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
Kabbalah: Geburah in Atziluth
Reading with Playing Cards: Equivalent to the Five of Clubs



The Five of Wands, RWS and Thoth Card Meaning


The Five of Wands proclaims that you are on your way to something good. But on the way there you will encounter others who desire to have what you have, be in your shoes, or block you for whichever reason they may have. Dealing with them and the obstacles they present, unfortunately, is part and parcel of getting to where you desire to be. It's up to you to show them what you're made of. After one's goal has been reached, the suggestion is that there will be battles at times in order to hang on to what has been gained or achieved. As well, you may be facing an unstable or unpredictable environment.

The corresponding RWS and Thoth card each refer to a scenario of "mini chaos". The climate is the result of having allowed change to come about; thus there are new energies in place which must be managed and organized as necessary.



The Five of Wands Dignified or Upright


  • You will gain new support through resolving a current conflict.
  • In the pursuit of that worth having, we are often presented with obstacles that we must overcome in order to obtain it.
  • When considering a new business deal, this card is a favorable omen.
  • Doing as is necessary to move forward.
  • Enjoyment gained from demonstrations of power.
  • Evaluating an option.
  • Brainstorming; examining various strategies by which to tackle an issue.
  • Exerting your power.
  • Making a bold move.
  • Taking control of the situation; assuming command.
  • When you're in need, this card suggests that the energy is right for someone to be generous with you.
  • Experiencing doubts, or feeling a lack of security.
  • Being challenged.
  • You are expected to demonstrate your abilities, so an assessment is underway.
  • You will experience strife, but nothing major.
  • Family money, or a wealthy family background.
  • 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.
  • Luxuriousness, richness.
  • Pondering moral issues.
  • Multiple admirers.
  • You are experiencing delay due to a process being underway.
  • You feel as if you've been personally attacked, but it seems you may have been overreacting.
  • Using underhanded tactics to reach a positive end result; that is, doing the wrong thing for the right reasons.


The Five of Wands Ill Dignified or Reversed


  • Unpredictable and uncontrollable energies.
  • Disagreements, opposition, or arguments.
  • Time to seek legal counsel.
  • Exorbitant spending sprees.
  • Actual physical fighting.
  • Contrary behavior.
  • An unfavorable omen in business considerations.
  • Being targeted, or used as a pawn.
  • Lusting after a person or thing.
  • Engaging in excessive behavior.
  • The gloves have come off, so to speak.
  • Wastefulness.
  • An act of cruelty.
  • Lies, chicanery, a con.
  • Acting out of rage.
  • Being reviewed by one's peers or superiors.
  • A lawsuit.
  • Fraudulent activity.
  • A time of turbulence ends, peace is at hand.
  • Having trouble letting go of what was.
  • An audit or other investigation.
  • 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.





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