The Thoth Deck Five of Wands is named-STRIFE and its corresponding card in the Italian Artist, Milo Manara's deck is called , 5 of Fire.
The Erotic Tarot Deck does indeed show a situation of Strife and it is in the suit of Fire so its foundational meaning is ardor. Here Manara stresses the need for training, preparation and simulation.
The Astrological meaning assigned to this card is: Saturn in Leo, implying the need to focus and consolidate in an artistic manner.
Which, if you ask me, is well shown in this card, as consolation and focus is definitely required in this scene of frantic and volcanic activity.
Artfully. Manara is displaying his knowledge of the Tantric Arts in the composition of the 5 of Fire. Here is a scene that could be called the Chakra Puja or Pancharmakara, or the Choli Marg Tantric rituals. You can look these rituals up in the Book: THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF EROTIC WISDOM by the author, Rufus C. Camphausen.
The objective of Tantric and Taoist sexual practices is to harmonize,balance, exchange and utilize the life energies (Fire) set free during erotic play and sexual union. The Sexual Self is Spirit---it is the fire of Life. In the instance of the 5 of Fire card, the male electric-Fire is being heavily invoked by the Female Magnetic Water. Achieving a Electromagnetic surge which causes a great deal of physical strife and re balancing, causing a great deal of bliss and a higher vibratory nature of the bodiy's vital energy; is the nature of this ritual.
THE THOTH DECK FIVE OF WANDS-STRIFE:
To the Elements, the fives bring serious problems of unbalance. The Five of Wands-Strife, brings quarrel and strife in the Vital energy: The Five of Cups, brings disappointment to relationships; The Five of Swords, brings defeat to health and mind; The 5 of Disks, brings strangulation to income and business.
All seemingly very gloomy; However, the other cards in the divination will show how long the difficulty as well as, how serious the fives are to be taken. Really, these nasty old 5's just announce that a difficulty exists and often the solution to the problem at hand is in the rest of the Tarot reading.
THE FIVE OF WANDS; STRIFE.
This Lord of Strife astrologically is Saturn in Leo, which is the influence of Geburah (The Fifth Sephiroth) in the World of Pure Spirit; Atziluth of the Four Worlds.
Here the powerful heavy effects of Saturn, united with a Fire sign like Leo, brings quarreling and Strife in energy.
The Angels of the Decan are Vahaviah and Yelayel, necessary knowledge for those who wish to call on them.
Wands are a continual outpouring of force, with Saturn influence, this flow of force is agitated and disturbed, not unlike water flow is disturbed by rocks, causing rapids. Or more likely, as volcanic magma is disturbed by the tons of rock its pushing through. Thus in the Five of Wands, there is contest unresolved.
Crowley's Thoth Deck Card, shows the nature of the energy rather than its disturbed nature displayed by the Golden Dawn or Ryder-Waite Tarot Decks, or the Manara Erotic tarot deck.
In the Five of Wands, are shown the Lotus wand of the Golden Dawn Adeptus Minor of Tiphareth, the Phoenix Wand of the Adeptus and the Major of Geburah, all crossing the central wand of the Major Adept. The fact that the Major Adept Wand is central is because it's position implies this severity is directed by Geburah rather than happenstance. The Phoenix wand implies resurrection from the purgation of Fire, while the Lotus Wand is of the Mother, In the Manara deck, the male is in place of this Wand.
Many people find Geburah a difficult Intelligence to understand because She is a volcanic as Pelé ( Hawaiian Volcano Goddess) , all irrational disturbance, yet these disasters are derived from the benign and gentle influence of the Feminine that is Great Mother Binah. To me, this just shows Spirits "tough love" for its incarnations. Spirit knows you are the best built God Image yet, and have the internal strength necessary to handle anything this Universe can throw at you. Yet, because we often believe the definitions of those who "rule definition", we see ourselves as a weakness, trying to become strong. All because we are taught to believe that mortality is a weakness, rather than the only way to experience the courageousness of our Souls to learn discrimination. Immortals don't have need of courage.......they don't die. However, they also don't have sensuality which is needed to produce discrimination.
Sensuality requires a "beginning and an end", to exist. The very fact that Soul of you is seeking sensuality by building an incarnate persona, requires severity just to make it so and a fearlessness to make it happen! For example, a certain amount of friction is required to form energy into creations. Without the severity of friction, form could not become form! Just so, with out the friction of severity in ones life, accomplishment, progress and evolution would not happen! We Souls knowingly build an incarnation, knowing it can be a "crap shoot" and certain severity will be applied!
When the Five of Wands or 5 of Fire , is thrown during a divination
Thank you for your interest and comments, May you live long and prosper.