Five of Wands

The Five of Wands represents competition, conflict, and a struggle for dominance. The suit of Wands is associated with passion, creativity, and ambition, making the Five of Wands a card of tension and challenge.

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In the upright position, the Five of Wands represents competition, conflict, and the need to stand up for yourself. This card suggests that you are facing challenges and obstacles in your pursuits, and that there may be others competing for the same goals. It encourages you to stay focused and determined, and to assert yourself confidently and respectfully. The Five of Wands reminds you that competition can be healthy and inspiring, and that it can bring out the best in you.

The Five of Wands can also represent a need for collaboration and teamwork. This card may indicate that you are part of a group or team that is facing challenges or disagreements. It encourages you to work together and to find common ground, knowing that you can achieve more together than you can alone.

Possible examples of an upright Five of Wands: Competing for a job or promotion, dealing with disagreements or conflicts within a team or group, standing up for yourself in a challenging situation.


In the reversed position, the Five of Wands can indicate a the end or the resolution of a struggle or conflict that you have been dealing with. You might find a way of compromise or cooperation with others in order to reach peace and harmony in a matter.

It can also suggest a temporary truce or a false sense of peace. This means that the conflicts and challenges may not have been resolved, and that there may still be tension or resentment below the surface. It encourages you to be cautious and to remain aware of the potential for conflict, while still seeking resolution and understanding. The Five of Wands reminds you that conflict can be an opportunity for growth and learning, if approached with openness and willingness to listen.

The reversed card can also represent a need to choose your battles wisely. This card may indicate that you are facing numerous challenges or conflicts, and that you may need to prioritize your efforts and energies. It encourages you to assess the situation carefully and to determine which battles are worth fighting, and which are not.

Possible examples of a reversed Five of Wands: Experiencing a temporary ceasefire in a conflict, recognizing the potential for tension or resentment in a situation, choosing which battles are worth fighting.

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    Astrological signs: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius

    They symbolize: will, action, desire, ambition, masculine energy


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    Element: Water

    Astrological signs:Pisces, Cancer, Scorpio

    They symbolize: emotions, feelings, the subconscious, intuition


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    Element: Air

    Astrological signs: Gemini, Libra, Aquarius

    They symbolize: thoughts, intellect, communication, mental processes


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    Astrological signs: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn

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