The Thoth Five of Wands: Strife
The stability of the fours is being shaken by a powerful 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 force, it
must keep moving so when we get complacent and satisfied in our
stability--well---, energy must transform to continue moving. So the
Authority in your life (The Divine in you) starts moving things around
in your "living" to get you moving! The bell is rung, you best come out
swinging for its now time to change things!
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 "come to
Grand Mother's house" as a wolf in disguise to "bite you in the ass" and/or stimulate you to act.
Astrologically this card is Saturn in Leo, Saturn is the planet of
discipline, of knowing your limits, boundaries, and of time. 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 this card is the active energy of Leo.
- The grey lotus represent creative thought unable to bloom ( The Alchemical leaded consciousness of Saturn) 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.
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 in your own creative manner and wants you back in motion. Repose is over---time to get back on your feet and move forward!
To the Four Elements, the fives bring serious problems of
- The Five of Wands-Strife, brings quarrel and strife in the
- 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.
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 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.
Deck Card, shows the nature of the energy rather than its disturbed
nature as displayed by the Golden Dawn, Ryder-Waite or Babylonian Tarot Decks. In the Thoth 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 as
volcanic as Pelé ( Hawaiian Volcano Goddess), seemingly 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 most creative 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 (our
indoctrinators), we see ourselves as a weakness, trying to become
strong. All because we are taught to believe that
mortality/vulnerability is a weakness, rather than the only way to
experience the courageousness of our Souls/Psyche, as they seek discrimination.
Immortals don't have need of courage; they don't die. Immortals also
can not see an end or beginning of themselves; they don't have one. So
to learn discriminating thought, and be able to observe how it works as a
pattern in life, they need to operate through a mortal-living being.
Also, immortals, also don't have sensuality. Sensuality requires a
"beginning and an end", to exist. The very fact that Soul of you is
seeking sensuality, the only way to learn discrimination, by building an incarnate persona, requires severity
just to make it so and a fearlessness to make it happen! All is
"friction", "action/reaction" in the mortal realms. For example, a
certain amount of friction (strife) is required to form energy into
creations. Without the severity of friction, form could not become form
nor could it move! 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/strife will be applied! Heck, sometimes the
Soul-body hook-up doesn't work, so we have a Crib death, a definite not "meeting the strife" and overcoming it! Even physical birth, takes practice!
The Babylonian Tarot, 5 of Wands-Conflict. Depicts the conflict between opposing forces.
In the World of the Assyrians, Sumerians, and Mesopotamia, the average person saw the world around them as a place of supernatural forces. Instead of Movement and Friction, they saw gods, or demons, battling as opposing forces of good or evil. The anthropomorphic representation of gods, demi-gods, and demons was a common representation of a "supernatural" force.
The darker demonic forces, were considered evil in their actions, or sometimes as messengers of the gods carrying out ordered punishment. Most gods or demons were of human-animal hybrid creatures, such as shown on the Babylonian Tarot Card.
The Assyrian lion-human headed creature, a lion-centaur, wearing a crown of divinity, is Urmahlullû or the Lion man. He was often portrayed outside absolution rooms as a form of protection. Here, he is battling the demon, Murkil-res-lemutii or "evil attendant", who takes the form of a lion.
The symbols for the War god Era, are the five lion-headed wands at the top of the card which are placed in opposition to each other. The cuneiform symbol for the number 3 is displayed at the lower left of the Babylonian Tarot card.
The colors are all of solar red and gold, depicting the element Fire, of the Wands card.
When the Five of Wands, is thrown during a divination, it implies:
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.
- Here, 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.
- The querent might also feel like they are in a impasse, powerless in a time of trial and difficulty.
- If this card is thrown, in the next 5 weeks or 5 months, the
opportunity for releasing anxiety or frustration to creative self is to
- Any frustration with 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!
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
- Evolution demands we correct the errant emotional
patterns of our past to move forward as a successful "I AM ME" in the
- Conflict, strife, and quarreling.
- May indicate a healthy competition.
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