Monday, February 16, 2015

The Five of Wands, RWS and Thoth Tarot Card Meaning

Five of Wands, RWSFive of Wands, Thoth
Meanings Upright, Ill-dignified, and Reversed, rx
Rider Waite Smith, and Thoth

Occult Name: The Lord of Strife
Five of Wands in timing: Five Days; or from July 22nd to August 1st
Qabalah: Geburah in Atziluth
Astrological: Saturn in Leo
Reading with Playing Cards: Equivalent to the Five of Clubs



The Five of Wands, RWS 


The RWS Five of Wands shows young people in a tussle. Though it doesn't seem like the most pleasant of settings, no one's wounded or injured, no one looks particularly stressed--yet. This suggests that things are generally okay, but there are issues. As it goes though, little in life worth having is obstacle free. The querent has moved into a phase where they're dealing with new elements and considerations, and maybe a new setting and new people. They may be dealing with countering, jealousy, or boundary testing. A demonstration of will, may nudge things into order; this could involve discussion, making a firm statement, issuing a directive, or similar.

It could alternatively be that the querent's workplace is so competitive, they feel out of place there. Even if it is highly competitive and they are not a competitive sort, there may be a place for them and what they have to offer, once they get over their reaction to being there. Sometimes one needs to step back and calm down, in order to figure things out.

Furthermore, it goes without saying, that one ideally needs to take responsibility for strife if they themselves are the source, rather than to go seeking external solutions that won't help anyway. Being the source of their own mini hell, may be an external expression of an inner condition... perhaps the person is simply in a setting that is a far cry from what they want to do, where they want to be, thus they act out. Such a situation will serve as a reminder of sorts, for change to be created.



The Thoth Five of Wands


There are wands of various adepts present on the Thoth Five of Wands; one large wand overlays four smaller. The largest is that of the Chief Adept; an authority or overseer is symbolized by it. The smaller wands are at strife with each other; each phoenix is staring down a lotus. At the point where the smaller wands touch, flames are emitted. The Chief Adept's wand does not involve itself in their conflict.

The lotus wand represents the Minor Adept, and also Leo. The phoenix wand represents the Major Adept, and, not only rebirth in all instances, but also the simple act of the sun rising again each day
and us rising with it.

There is a highly volatile energy present. This is strife urging for change or for solutions to be found; peaceful operations cannot take place here the way things stand. Yet at the same time, the dominant wand is a symbol of unity and astute management. From this we glean that any temptation to create further conflict should be avoided, and at the same time, balance and unity should be incited. Though this last message may seem glaringly obvious, so often people blindly go on their merry way, doing as they are prone to do without stopping to think. Where the commonly applied idea of competition comes in, is that when there is a group overseen by a superior, there often is an environment of competitiveness and playing up to the boss.

Another point is, when experiencing strife, we should consider what those whom stand as remarkable role models, would do in our shoes. For those newer to tarot: with the intensity of yellow, expression of will in this card is a central issue, as is personal power.




The Five of Wands Dignified or Upright


  • An uncomfortable, strife laden setting. 
  • The need to overcome an obstacle.
  • Doing as is necessary to move forward.
  • Brainstorming; examining various strategies by which to tackle an issue.
  • Resolving a conflict, gaining admiration in doing so.
  • Assessing an opportunity. 
  • Competing.
  • You have multiple qualified competitors.
  • Exerting your will.
  • Making a bold move.
  • Taking control of a situation.
  • Someone sees you are struggling or are in need, and will assist you.
  • Being challenged.
  • You are expected to demonstrate your skills and abilities.
  • Making one's way to the top.
  • Prepared to make a fortune.
  • You are presented with a choice, either accept the situation for what it is, or else do as you must to create change.
  • Pondering moral issues.
  • Multiple admirers.
  • Experiencing doubts, or feeling a lack of security.
  • Guilt coloring one's approach to a matter.

Archaic: a favorable omen in business, luxuriousness, richness, wealth, fortune, a rich or wealthy family background.



The Five of Wands Ill Dignified or Reversed


  • Unpredictable and uncontrollable energies.
  • Disagreements, opposition, or arguments.
  • Actual physical fighting.
  • That which is coveted.
  • Avoiding matters requiring attention and action.
  • Enjoys demonstrations of power; challenges/counters others for the fun of it.
  • One's own behavior is mirrored in the chaotic activity surrounding them
  • An unfavorable omen in business considerations.
  • Being targeted or manipulated.
  • Lusting after a person or thing.
  • Engaging in excessive behavior.
  • Whatever degree of altercation there was in the past, now the gloves have come off, so to speak.
  • Wastefulness.
  • An act of cruelty.
  • Lies, chicanery, a con.
  • Enraged. 
  • Being reviewed by one's peers or superiors.
  • A lawsuit.
  • Fraudulent activity.
  • An audit or other investigation.
  • Time to seek legal counsel.
  • A time of turbulence ends, peace is at hand.
  • Having trouble letting go of what was.
  • Less than dependable.
  • A romantic interest has multiple admirers, leading you to feel that you don't stand a chance in competing for their attention.
  • Getting carried away with spending sprees.
  • A project is unlikely to thrive due to a heavily competitive environment.
  • Using underhanded tactics to reach a positive end result; that is, doing the wrong thing for the right reasons.
  • Making amends for previous wrongs.
  • Delay; there's a matter needing to be dealt with causing such. 
  • Focusing on the feeling of being under attack, when it would be better to take action to resolve the situation at hand.





Illustrations from the Rider-Waite Tarot Deck®, known also as the Rider Tarot and the Waite Tarot, reproduced by permission of U.S. Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT 06902 USA. Copyright ©1971 by U.S. Games Systems, Inc. Further reproduction prohibited. The Rider-Waite Tarot Deck® is a registered trademark of U.S. Games Systems, Inc.

RWS image is a Wikimedia file from a 1909 deck originally scanned by Holly Voley http://home.comcast.net/~vilex/

Thoth image copyright (c) US Games Systems Inc.; AGMuller; O.T.O.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The Five of Swords, RWS and Thoth Tarot Card Meaning

Five of Swords, RWSFive of Swords, Thoth
Meanings Upright, Ill-dignified, and Reversed, rx
Rider Waite Smith, and Thoth

Occult Name: The Lord of Defeat
Five of Swords in timing: Five weeks; or from January 20th - 29th
Qabalah: Geburah in Yetzirah
Astrological: Venus in Aquarius
Reading with Playing Cards: Equivalent to the Five of Spades



The Five of Swords, RWS Card Meaning


Above all else, the Five of Swords alludes to being unnecessarily harsh or heavy handed in interactions; the RWS image sums up the sentiment quite effectively. In the foreground, the man has all of the swords, the others have none. It would serve the others to have at least one each, but no. It's a scene of annihilation and degradation. The bleakness of this card suggests that such behavior has repercussions. Will those hurt, plan a payback? Will they remember and cause further repercussion, at each opportunity? Will it have been worth it in the long run, to have lost them as allies? Will the two bring others to their side in future, and in that introduce deeper hardship and or conflict? In the end the so called victor stands alone; there is no true win.



The Five of Swords, Thoth Card Meaning


The image of the Five of Swords, Thoth card, shows the swords in an inverse pentagram formation. Four swords are straining, and the lower one, the fifth, is missing a large piece; this is mental activity run amok. The inverse pentagram is used to symbolize evil on this card, despite the fact that Crowley did not see any symbol as accurate in doing that. The lowest point of the pentagram represents spirit; it has been beaten down and is now the weakest sword. Gone is the rose of the Rosy Cross, so prominent in the Four (symbolic of, for just a few things, social peace and harmony, expanding awareness, silence, and man harmonizing his base nature with his spiritual nature); the swords have dismantled it and turned it upside down--its petals worn like a perverse trophy.

The environment is rife with negativity here in Mars (Geburah) in Yetzirah; it breeds ugliness, such as malintent, fear, loss, poverty, jealousy, greed, dishonor, etc. Amicable Venus and Aquarius, cannot be true to their nature in this setting.



The Five of Swords Dignified or Upright


  • A loss of stature amongst one's peers in light of actions taken.
  • Suffering, hardship or blockage, has been brought about through previous actions.
  • Focusing upon one's own needs, and at the same time exhibiting a disregard for others.
  • An omen portending of a result other than what is desired.
  • Harsh words spoken, ill thoughts or intents conveyed.
  • Malicious gossip, slander, and false accusations.
  • Spiteful actions, or an attack.
  • Causing frustration to others.
  • Malicious intent.
  • Loss or defeat.
  • Anxiety and stress.
  • Facing a problematic issue.
  • Taking action that will lead to failure or loss.
  • Doing as one must to bring a situation to a end.
  • Nullification.
  • Greediness.
  • A degrading experience.
  • Acting out destructively.
  • Being afflicted with an illness or condition.
  • A terrible or horrific situation or event.
  • Speaking or acting out of prejudice.
  • Abusive behavior; poor or inexcusable behavior.
  • Feeling that one has been taken advantage of.
  • Feelings as if everyone stands against you.
  • Self-defeating thought.
  • You're facing someone that has power and knows how to use it effectively. It's unlikely that you'll gain the upper hand.
  • There's something quite important to you that you've been waiting for, but it has been totally forgotten about by the person in charge of it; or it could mean that the person is far too busy to attend to it, and that their blockage has become yours as well.
  • Serious miscommunication. It's a hassle to get your point across; it may seem that one or both sides are always on the defensive. Or a faulty dynamic in communication; no matter what you say or how you say it, in conversations, if you win you lose and if you lose you lose.
  • A situation that has you feeling that you need to prove something, that you're in danger of losing somehow.
  • Harsh words spoken by the querent have been repeated to others, who are not pleased.
  • Someone has demonstrated concern and offered help; but either they had no such intent, or their concern was temporary.
  • Smart and witty, but with no verbal filter.
  • Giving up, or has already given up.
  • Grave misunderstanding.
  • Pursuing unrequited love.
  • Tempted by perversion.
  • Depravity.
  • Ill fortune.


The Five of Swords Ill Dignified or Reversed


  • By and large, the meaning of this card remains the same ill dignified; but the energy may be weaker, stronger, delayed, or in a future tense.
  • Deep sorrow.
  • Grieving someone's death.
  • Funereal proceedings.
  • A burial vault.
  • In facing failure and moving on from it, one is heading towards success.
  • A phase of utter loss, that will lead on to other phases which will lead the querent to where they need to be.
  • In a matter of misunderstanding or during an altercation, acting or speaking on behalf of another.

Illustrations from the Rider-Waite Tarot Deck®, known also as the Rider Tarot and the Waite Tarot, reproduced by permission of U.S. Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT 06902 USA. Copyright ©1971 by U.S. Games Systems, Inc. Further reproduction prohibited. The Rider-Waite Tarot Deck® is a registered trademark of U.S. Games Systems, Inc.

RWS image is a Wikimedia file from a 1909 deck originally scanned by Holly Voley http://home.comcast.net/~vilex/

Thoth image copyright (c) US Games Systems Inc.; AGMuller; O.T.O.

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