Five (V) of Wands

Five (V) of Wands

5 of Wands Upright


Conflict, Chaos, Commotion, Unruly, Boisterous, Struggle, Inner Struggle, Lack of Cooperation, Lack of Control, Challenges, Feats, Opposition, Territory, Battles, Skirmishes, Pettiness, Quibbles, Rows, Disagreements, Sparring, Egos, Defensive, Agressive, Assertive, Conflicting Personalities, No Common Ground, Lack of Team-Work, Pent-Up Energy,  Adrenaline, Frustration, Restleness, Impatience, Dissipation, Petty Problems, Irritations, Bothersome Trivialities, Rough Play, Sport, Games, Competition, Going for Gold, Sales, Brainstorming, Bright-Sparks, Strikes, Picketing,



When the Five of Wands appears in your reading, that is unless it is in a past position, it is best to prepare for struggles, opposition and a rough ride.  Everyone seems to be out to upset or annoy you and even the Universe seems to be working against you. You may just want to be left alone to get on with things or finish a particular project but are constantly coming up against petty problems and setbacks. Frustration and impatience will be evident.  Not too much importance should be attached to these upheavals as they generally are minor and only temporary.  If you have slept it out, got soap in your eyes in the shower, burnt the toast, got a flat tyre on your way to work, knocked over the bosses coffee during a meeting and then realised you had left your wallet at home after loading the conveyor belt in the supermarket with your week’s shopping then you are experiencing the energy of the Five of Wands.  It is just one of those days from hell and tomorrow is bound to be better.

The Five of Wands can highlight a group or team of people who are not working together. There is lack of co-ordination and team spirit but plenty of adrenaline and racing pulses. Everyone has their own idea of how things should be done. No one is prepared to listen to what the other has to say and in their own self-important world believe that each has the best way or idea.  You are bound to be caught up in power struggles and will need to keep a steady head and your cool.  Competition is key here and even though you believe you will come out on top, so too, do many others. Keep your eye on the prize and accept nothing less than gold.

The Five of Wands often suggests a situation of too many chiefs and not enough Indians. There is bound to be a lot of top-heavy egos to deal with and plenty of hot air.  This leads to a lack of productivity and growth.  Time and energy is wasted and dissipated due to a lack of communication and strong leadership skills.   The key here is to find some sort of common ground to work from. You will have to think of something that will appeal and benefit all or a solution to a problem that takes everyone’s issues and gripes into consideration.  This will put you in charge but you will have to show those involved that you are the best person for the job and that much would be gained by following your lead.  The thing is, no one wishes to compromise in this situation so you have a tough battle on your hands.

The Five of Wands can typify on-going family arguments and conflict.  The Christmas dinner or family get-togethers that always end in rows with family members shouting the same old insults and accusations at each other year in and year out, then doors banging as the offended and disgruntled storm off in disgust.  Many families operate in such a manner and the only way forward is for one member to find a way to pull them together and call a halt to hostilities or at least a ceasefire until matters can be sorted.  To the onlooker it may appear ridiculous, petty and childish and the energy of The Five of Wands would agree.  Generally, the problems are not as important as the people are making out them to be.  It is just that it has all got out of hand and they continue to fight just for the sake of it.

The Five of Wands in your reading can sometimes highlight someone who has a tendency to draw negative attention.  This person is prone and known to pick fights and loves getting embroiled in arguments.  Not matter what your opinion is their’s is always going to be the opposite and will be on the attack as soon as you open your mouth.  You must not let yourself be talked down to or belittled by this person.   Someone may have it in for you so stand your ground and prepare to defend yourself.  You must prove to be a worthy opponent.

In a Relationship spread the Five of Wands indicates a fiery relationship. Both partners are kept on their toes with great competitiveness within the relationship. This couple may have few commonalities, they may live separate lives, each with their own friends and interests.  This does not mean to say that the relationship is bad or wrong for the Wands people depicted in this card cherish their freedom and individuality.  One thing that they definitely will have in common is their love of a good, hot-headed row every now and then if their relationship gets a tad boring or dull.  There is bound to be lots of thrills and excitement in the relationship even if intimacy and romance are low on the list.  The relationship implied by The Five of Wands can suggest a sporty couple who enjoy the outdoors and lots of physical activity.

In a career Reading the Five of Wands can indicate an intense and challenging work environment full of excitement and enthusiasm but can also suggest  a tense competitive work environment where there is little teamwork.    The individuals may be responsible for this atmosphere but it’s quite likely that it is being encouraged and sustained by the nature of the work involved, so we see may sales-related careers represented by the Five of Wands. If applying for a particular job it would suggest that there is a lot of competition for the job or promotion you are after.

If this card comes up for you in a career reading it tells you that even though the going gets rough at times and competition is constant and fierce, you do have what it takes to succeed.  You must rise to any challenges thrown at you and not be undermined by the competition around you. Stand your ground and let the best man win. It might easily be you.  The Five of Wands can symbolise the effort put in to  fight your way to the top of the career ladder.

In the workplace, a group, team or work colleagues may be undermining each other instead of working together for the common good.  Workers whose grievances have not been dealt with by management may rebel against company policy by striking and picketing.

If you are going to a job interview, then prepare yourself for questions in relation to dealing with groups and teamwork that will highlight your leadership skills.  Preparing for intense questioning in these areas may tip the scale in your favour as this will be a vital part of the job spec.  Make sure you have examples to give your interviewers of how your handled groups of staff in the past or lead projects to a successful outcome. Try not to brag or show off as this would make you unpopular and will not foster good staff/management relations if they were to hire you.

The Five of Wands in a business reading can also suggest that a brainstorming session may be a good way to move a project out of a rut.  Bring everyone around the table and let them go for it.  It indicates that there is a lot of creativity around you and some impressive inspirational ideas that could greatly benefit the business.  Let everyone thrash their ideas about and see what comes out of it.  Everyone will be more than eager to prove themself but be careful not to pit one against the other.  You will have to maintain firm control in this situation and let everyone have their say. You will be surprised by what comes out of it. It will also release new energy into the work environment.

The Five of Wands can sometimes represent sporting occasions.  The Wands type love any type of sport where they can get stuck in and release some of their exuberant energy. Bumps, cuts, bruises or broken bones will not deter them and the rougher the sport the better. Rugby is a typical Wands type sport as it involves lots of tumbles and challenges and therefore a legitimate opportunity to play rough. Competition can be healthy but be sure you play by the rules.

Very often the conflict represented by the Five of Wands comes from within.  The stress of being pulled here, there and everywhere by the constant demands of partner, family, work, friends, clubs, children or study is internalised leaving you feeling as if life is just a constant battle.  Your mind may be all over the place with ideas, plans, people to see, phone calls to make and lists of things to do.  You have to ask yourself if it is possible that you are bringing a lot of this stress on yourself by overdoing things and taking on too much.  You may have too many fingers in the pie all at the one time. It may be a sign that you have lost sight of your goal and are running in too many different directions.  Time to get back on track and get your priorities in order.

On a very simplistic level you may be going through a period in your life when you just feel at odds with yourself.



5 of Wands Rx


Cooperation, Compromise, Common Ground, Solutions, Teamwork, Order, Communication, Control, Discipline, Productive, Focused, Peace, End of Conflict, Harmony, Full Scale Battle, Looking for a Fight, Hot-Headed, Lack of Competition,  Losing, Cancellation of Sporting Event, Physical & Nervous Exhaustion, Battle fatigue, Fear of Confrontation or Controversy, Shyness, Feeling Intimidated, Internalising Problems

When the Five of Wands Reverses, the constant battle and conflict has left everyone exhausted and fed up.  Sticks and weapons are laid down in an attempt to reach a compromise. People start listening to each other’s opinions and take on board how others do things.  With the reversal brings an end to a period of conflict and stress. All the minor details and tedious issues have been sorted. Focused and composed, you are back on target and have your goal in clear sight once more. If the problem has been internal, then you begin to prioritise and learn to say no to the constant demands of others.

On the other hand conflict and animosities may escalate with unpleasant skirmishes and angry clashes. If no one has stepped in to sort this situation out then the battle may indeed get worse as frustration reaches fever pitch.  It may have to get really bad before any attempt is made to find a solution.  Legal intervention may be called in as neither side wish to back down or compromise.  Then again you may be drawing unnecessary challenges to yourself by being too hot-headed and self-opinionated.  Are you deliberately looking for a fight?

 If involved in legal matters, do not drop your guard.  Your opponent may very cleverly be trying to give you the impression that they are ready to reach an agreement or concede defeat when their real intention is  to lure you into a false sense of security before going in for the kill. You may think you are now just dealing face to face with your opponent but they could easily have the rest of their group lying low on the other side of the hill.  Tread very carefully.

In the Upright version of this card we see bodies flying all over the place but when it is viewed in reverse, the lower part of their bodies, as in their legs and feet appear to find some sort of order.  The men now line up in an organised manner and we eventually see a team begin to form.  However, the Five of Wands Reversed can highlight the cancellation or postponement of a sporting event or losing to the opposing team.  In the extreme aspect of this Reversed Five we also see the soccer hooligans who deliberately stir up trouble wherever they go.  Surrounding cards would need to support any interpretations regarding this aspect.  For example look for the Reversed Knight/Page of Wands, Reversed Knight/Page of Swords or Five of Swords

When the Five of Wands Reverses it can suggest that a once volatile or erratic relationship has now settled down and developed into something more stable. Calm and harmony is introduced or restored and the need to compete with each other is replaced by respecting each other’s individuality and personal success.  Independence is kept but not at the price of intimacy.  A freshness is retained within the relationship. On the other hand and there always is with Reversed Cards, problems and conflict within the relationship may intensify. There could be explosive arguments and vicious battles. If marriage is involved then it may be time to get the counsellors or mediators in an attempt to salvage it or bring it to a mutual and fair conclusion. However, things may have gone a bit further than that. Barristers and solicitors may be doing your battling for your as they thrash it out in a courtroom of law. Again, look for supporting cards such as Justice, Queen or King of Swords and Judgement.  

In the workplace, The Five of Wands Reversed can herald the end of a dispute or period of conflict. Workers pull together and put their differences aside to get a job done or a project completed. Trade disputes get resolved or mediators are called in to settle disagreements and find a solution. It is time to go back to the Four of Wands to find stability and restore team spirit and morale.   Common ground has eventually being found and lines of communication opened. What have you done or what have you promised to get everyone to listen to you and follow your way of doing things? I do hope you based it on reality, that it is feasible and are in a position to deliver that which you promise.

If enquiring about a job interview it very much depends on the cards surrounding the Reversed Five of Wands to determine whether you have  won or lost the battle to secure a new position or promotion. The Reversed Five of Wands can also suggest that you fear competition and shy away from any controversial issues or subjects.  You also fear confrontation and prefer to internalise problems rather than bring them out in the open.

As with all Reversed Wand Cards, we may be looking at the physical results of the hard work and effort required to reach the top or to stay at the top.  Maintaining a constant level of excitement, enthusiasm, challenge and competition will eventually take its toll on the human body. You may think that the constant rush of adrenaline will keep you going but all it does is over-stimulate your nervous system and put too much pressure on your organs, especially the heart. Constant exposure to stress may result in physical and nervous exhaustion.  You may be suffering intense fatigue but keep going in the fear that others will see it as a sign of weakness and move in on your patch.

Wands  Cups   Swords   Pentacles

Ace of Wands   Two (II) of Wands   Three (III) of Wands    Four (IV) of Wands  Five (V) of Wands

Six (VI) of Wands  Seven (VII) of Wands  Eight (VIII) of Wands  Nine (IX) of Wands  Ten (X) of Wands

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