FIVE OF WANDS: Strife
Astrologically this card is Saturn in Leo. Since Leo is a fire sign, this represents quarreling and strife that comes from an outpouring of force that is both agitated and disturbing. Illustrated on this card are the Golden Dawn wand of a Chief Adept crossed by the Phoenix Wand of the Adeptus Major of Geburah and by the Lotus Wand of the Adeptus Minor of Tiphareth. These wands symbolize the nature of the energetic forces involved which are volcanic and purgative through fire where energy resurrects from the ashes.
I have explained the minor cards in previous blogs, so greater detail into the esoteric meanings will be ignored.
It is enough to say that when this card is thrown it represents a confusion of ideas and retribution which is the active power of re-balance. The querent (person receiving the reading) can be having a moment of strife in the petty obstacles of life and love where nothing seems to work out right in work or play.
Since 5 of Wands is purgative in nature, we know that it is a precursor to change, where change is needed in ones spiritual, emotional, and mental processes and the "inner fire" of Spirit is bringing change in life by changing our direction of life motion with a swift surge of agitating energy to adjust the identity. For a moment this may frustrate the individual who naturally wants things to go their way, but soon the conflict will become an agreement to adapt to change. The only real oppression here is from ones lack of self-knowledge and ignorance of life's changeable nature. This card may sound devastating but it really is more of a pinch on the ear to get us to turn our head and if we observe the new perspective willingly, we'll be rewarded with a greater self-awareness and a less agitated life. Of course, if it falls next to a 5 of Swords- Defeat, or 5 of Disks- Worry than the 5 of Wands-Strife becomes more ominous and demands that immediate action be taken before greater health problems ensue.
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