The Thoth Five of Wands-Strife.
Shows the stability of the fours is being shaken by a powerful fiery-active force called Strife. The word Strife
tends to carry clouds of discomfort to our thought processes; However,
this isn't as bad as it sounds. For energy to stay an active living-force, it
must keep moving. Therefore, when we get complacent and satisfied in our
stability, energy must be transformed from an "outside" intelligence to continue moving. So the
Authority in your life (The Divine in you) starts moving things around
in your life to get you moving, whether you approve or not! Therefore the bell is rung, its now time to change
The accompanying states of confusion, frustration and anxiety
are all states of abundant energy that is being held back by complacency
and unwillingness to move forward. This causes Strife
to Grand Mother's house" as a wolf in disguise to stimulate you to act.
Astrologically this card is Saturn in Leo, Saturn is the planet of
discipline, of knowing your limits and boundaries. Saturn reminds us to
do things step-by-step---but do them you must! Leo is dynamic creative
power that wants limitless expression and will not be held back. You can
see that this is a paradigm for confusion, anxiety and angst if you
resist taking those necessary steps for motion in you life. Baby steps,
work but only if you take them! This is not a time to live in your
dreams----you now must act!
The yellow background of the Thoth 5 of Wands-Strife card is active
energy; the gray lotus represent creative thought unable to bloom ( The
Alchemical leaded consciousness) because of anxiety and
confusion; the Phoenix headed wand represents the triumph of rising from
your own angst to greater heights of creation; the winged Eye of Horus
is the all seeing eye of creation and the snakes beneath it represent
regenerative force which is what happens when we release anxiety to the
motion of creative self.
All in all, this card states that the Divine
thinks you're good enough for the job of expanding and liberating life
and wants you back in motion; repose is over, it is time to get back on your
feet and move forward. 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, in both The Spiral Tarot and Thoth Tarot represent:
Lord of Strife who is astrologically is Saturn in Leo, which is the influence
of Geburah 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.
are a continual outpouring of force, with Saturnine influence, this flow
of force is agitated and disturbed, and becomes leaded. Or more likely, as volcanic magma is held back and disturbed
by the tons of rock its pushing through. Thus in the Five of Wands,
there is contest unresolved.
"The Contest Unresolved" is also well illustrated in The Spiral Tarot 5 of Wands. In Kay Steventon's art work, there seems to be 5 men engaged in a mock confrontation. No one is yet engaged in battle. Therefore, this card often depicts challenges being faced in business or competitive life situations. The meanings being depicted are more prosaic than the Thoth Card.
Crowley's Thoth Deck Card,
shows the nature of the energy rather than its disturbed nature
displayed by the Golden Dawn, The Spiral Tarot or Ryder-Waite Tarot Decks.
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.
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 sensually designed
God Image yet, and have the internal strength necessary to handle
anything this Universe can throw at you. However, 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 Mortality is the only way to experience
the courageous strength of our Souls. Immortals don't have need of
courage.......they don't die. However, they also don't have sensuality.
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 manifest and a fearlessness to make it move forward into risk!
For example, a certain amount of friction is required to form
energy into creations. Without the severity of friction, form could not
become form nor could form move! Just so, with out the friction of severity in ones life,
accomplishment, progress and evolution would not happen; just as without the friction of the road surface, the automobile's tires would just spin, and the car would go nowhere.
The body human, is a security seeker intelligence of the Survival Mind of Nature. To move forward into the unknown, is greatly resisted in the brain of an animal. But to the Immortal Soul, moving forward is not the risk; not moving is! We
Souls knowingly build an incarnation, knowing it can be a "crap shoot"
and that certain severity will be applied; however, creativity demands risk taking!
When the Five of Wands ,
is thrown during a divination, it implies that the querent :
- is involve
in a spiritual conflict. This frustrating conflict can ensue for 5 weeks
or 5 months because of this confusion of ideas. The solution of which
depends on the diligence of the querent.
- is adjusting
the identity, struggling with self-doubt while striving to move forward.
There maybe a struggle or strenuous warfare- like competition for
riches and success, a kind of battle in life.
- Might also
feel like they are in a impasse, powerless in a time of trial and
- in the next 5 weeks
or 5 months, the opportunity for releasing anxiety or frustration to
creative self is to be utilized.
- May be dealing with frustration involving either Leo people
or in the month of Leo or with your own creativity should be solved
within this time.
- Creative thought and action are required!
- Many of us
have inherited anxiety, or patterns of angst from our parents and or
family life----now is the time to break these patterns in your self.
Just remember, blame will not help you here, nor is it a viable motion,
so forget blame and correct the error you see in your patterns of
motion. Evolution demands we correct the errant emotional patterns of
our past to move forward as a successful "I AM ME" in the eternal NOW!
Thank you for your interest, support and comments, May you live long and prosper.