The Five of Wands tarot card is about the positive challenges you face when you are in conflict or competition with others. While conflict, rivalry, and strife seem like negative things, they are opportunities for growth. You’re going to have to suit up and fight. There’s no hiding any more.
When you see this card in a tarot spread, you are ready to go All In and commit with total focus and discipline. Win or lose, you’ll at least know you gave it your all, which is the ultimate success. GO ALL IN.
Most of us do “just enough” to get the job done, without ever committing to see what our full potential actually looks like. With the Five of Wands, you must commit beyond anything you’ve done before. This is radical change, discipline, and focus. And with your radical commitment, you’ll see radical growth.
In the traditional RW-based tarot deck, the Five of Wands shows five young men fighting, each with a wand in their hands. From the expressions on their faces, this feels more like play-fighting than real violence. This card is about competition, rivalry, and sport.
It’s a positive, fun, and active card. In some cases, this card can represent interpersonal bonding, sports, or even sexual play.
Keywords for the Five of Wands Tarot Card
- Interpersonal bonding, sport, rivalry
- Conflict, challenge
Keywords for the Five of Wands Reversed
- Harmony, resolution of a problem
- Cowardice, giving up
- Beating the competition
Patterns and Correspondences of the Five of Wands Card
- The Wands = rules the personality, ego, and personal power
- Suit of cards = clubs
- Timeline = days to weeks
- Number 5 = the turning point
- Zodiac sign = Leo
- Element = Fire
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Five of Wands Tarot Card Meaning for Love
A tarot card about competition, conflict, and rivalry is never a good sign for love or romance.
If you are looking for a new relationship, you need a radical change. What you’ve done in the past won’t work now. Change your online profile to showcase the real you, work with a relationship coach, join a MeetUp or group exercise class, and totally commit to finding the love you want. Don’t settle for anything less.
If you are in a relationship, beware outside influences in competition for your lover’s attention (or even your own). Use your competitive spirit to bring the relationship closer together.
Bring the focus back to your partnership by doing “activities” together. Anything physically active and in a group setting will be a great way to deepen your bond. Maybe you could learn a martial art together, then practice at home on top of the mattress? Naked, of course.
Five of Wands Tarot Card Meanings for Work
The Five of Wands is about competition, rivalry, and conflict. In the business world, you could be facing intense competition with your company and products, or you could find someone is gunning for your job.
Either way, you’ll have to commit to reaching your goals at a level that scares you. This means changing your daily routines, beliefs, and habits quickly so you can work with absolute focus and clarity. There is no more room for daydreams and wishes. You need to Do The Work. There are NO exceptions or excuses.
If you work independently, it could be the struggle is between your limitless creativity and your discipline. Focus and commit to doing the work. Don’t get distracted by every new possibility and shiny idea. Your creativity needs to serve your goals, instead of distracting you from them.
If you have been putting full effort into a project, you may see your efforts are futile. Instead of giving up, find a new way. Search for a creative solution with fewer challenges and conflict.
Five of Wands Tarot Card Meanings for Health
This is a physically active card. If you are looking to increase your general health and fitness, look toward group activities or a competitive team sport. Join a dodgeball league, sign up for a Krav Maga class, or get your friends together for flag football.
If you are struggling with your health, this is not the time to accept the situation or take half measures. You’ll have to fight. This means being the squeaky wheel with your doctor and the insurance companies. It is your responsibility to get the time, attention, and answers you need. Rally a strong group of supporters behind you, so you can go into battle prepared.
Use the fighting spirit of this card as inspiration. Commit to your goals and never, ever, ever give up.
Five of Wands Tarot Card Meanings for Money and Finances
Financially, it’s time for you to focus and create the discipline to defeat your past bad habits and mistakes. You are fighting for your financial future and every dollar saved is proof of your commitment and determination. You are building your character as much as you are building your net worth.
Don’t let the peer pressure of trying to keep up with the Joneses derail you from your own goals. The Joneses are miserably in debt and stay up every night wondering how they’re going to pay the light bill. Don’t hold yourself to standards you didn’t set. Create a set of standards, values, and rules for yourself and then hold yourself accountable to what you have determined is important.
Use the power of a competitive group to create new habits and reach your goals. Find a financial accountability group or join an online community of people who are changing their habits. Use your competitive spirit, instead of being used by it.
Five of Wands Tarot Card Meanings for Spiritual Guidance
This is not a spiritual card. The Five of Wands is very practical.
If you have been struggling on your spiritual path, find a new and creative solution with less conflict. There are too many obstacles on the path you’re currently on. Get off this path and find a new one.
But don’t give up or pull back. Put in the discipline and effort to see this through.
This card is about committing to what you want. You have to figure out what is worth fighting for in your life. What are your values and commitments? What are non-negotiable? Once you know what you will never compromise on, you can go into battle prepared to win.
And, yes, living your life deeply in line with your personal values and non-negotiable commitments is a spiritual undertaking! You must walk your talk, even when (especially when!) it is difficult and you are challenged.