The Qabalistic Thoth Tarot-FIVE OF WANDS: Strife
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 and where energy
resurrects from the ashes of purgation.
To the Four 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.
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.
As stated, 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 the stony resistance of 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 Connolly Tarot Decks. Therefore 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.
- 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.
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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 the Divine Feminines "tough love" for its incarnations. The Divine Creative Self knows you are
the most creative-emotive- Self-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
indoctrinates), 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, as they seek discernment in thought, through manifestation. As before stated, the vulnerability of mortality, provides all the empathetic character traits that show how to treat others as ourselves.
Immortals don't have need of courage nor empathy; they don't die nor feel sensation. Immortals also
can not see an end or beginning of themselves ; they don't have one. Hence no fear of death.
Therefore to learn discriminating or discerning thought, while being able to observe how it works as a
pattern in life, they need to operate through a mortal-living being that supplies immortals with mortal sensuality. It should be obvious that Sensuality requires a
"beginning and an end", to exist, and that our bodies are sacred to the Soul. The very fact that Soul of you is
seeking sensuality ( a senses of Self) 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 or oppression (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!
This is a world of Form and animation requires a serve function of resistance and force of will to overcome resistance. Therefore, the 5 of Wands is often called the "Masters journey card". For each wand represented on the card, is a journey of initiation up the Tree of Life, depicting a courageous cleansing of the dross of civilized indoctrination from the personality, as it travels towards the Solar Logos of its "beginning".
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 ignorantly fearing
life's changeable nature.
Therefore the 5 of Wands 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.
The Connolly Tarot-5 of Wands, depicts disturbance as a rough sea, that dislodges the ordered assembly of the wands, as two are tossed forward of the stack.
The man, whose hand is upon the tiller, is courageously braving the rough sea, to deliver his cargo.
The red of his clothing and the clouds, is the only real reference to this being a card of elemental fire.
With wind and wave, opposing forces are shown to be creating agitation. There is a positive note here, implying that one is almost at their destination, for we see land and buildings in the distance.
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, but they are almost there, so they are reminded to keep "at it".
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