The Thoth Deck 5 of Wands-Strife, displays the three wands of the Adepts. It is Geburah in the suit of Fire. Geburah, is on the Left hand path--the Path of the Goddess as Sephiroth #5 who is the State of Energy Conscious called Severity. Which states a dichotomy of both tame-less irrational energy and the benign and gentle influence of the feminine. This very fact is shown in the stars, as this card is ruled by Saturn in Leo. Leo shows the element of Fire at its strongest and most balanced. While Saturn weighs it down and embitters it.
This is a volcanic energy---in that it destroys to build up, just as the Hawaiian islands experience volcanoes and there seems to be no end to this energy.
The Middle Wand represented in the Five of Wands, is the Wand of the Chief Adept and shows that the Authority of Severity is derived from superiors; keeping this from being a truly disastrous moment in the Querent's life. There are also two Wands of the Second/ Major Adept Topped with the Head of the Phoenix, these Second Adept wands represent purgation through Fire and the resurrection of the pure energy from its ashes.. The Minor Wands (or Third Adept) are considered the daughters of the Three of Wands-Virtue which refers to Binah (Great Mother) in the Suit of Fire.
What the understanding of the destructive benevolence of the 5 of Wands points out is the absolute need to tear down the old to build the new and/or wake up the non-productive being with a hot jolt of sever energy (energy-in-motion) to get them moving and producing again. Rather than destroy a soul who is mired in its own delusions, The Great Mother, would rather shock you back into performance than loose you. This is a card that bespeaks "Tough Love".
When this card is thrown in a reading, the Querent will experience in 5-wks or 5-months, Strife, quarreling, fighting,violent contest, and even boldness and rashness. There could be cruelty,lust, and desire---overwhelmingly so. Prodigality and generosity as well. The lay of the cards will show the dignity but anyway you look at it , an eruption of energy-in-motion directed by a "Higher Power" is upon the Querent and no matter how fearfully viewed or painful the experience, it is for the benevolent purpose of revitalizing the Querent.
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