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.

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