Thoth Tarot of the Hermetic Qabalah:
The Five of Wands: STRIFE and the rest of the fives, are of a conscious energy state of Severity (Geburah). The Five of an element, such as the Five of Wands-Fire, are the idea of motion coming to the aid of the material of that element. The Fours represent Perfect stability is a state of stasis, and energy in stasis, is the end of motion. This would be the end of the Moving Universe,i.e. the end of the alive. Thus, the severity of the fives is needed to "kick start" the engine of Life before it succumbs to the demands of entropy.
Again the message, that change is the only constant, rings loudly in the Fives.
Hence, in the statically stabilized system, a storm arises and stresses the system into an unbalance, thus, a new motion is begun. Knowing this, we know the Fives are not "evil" but rather just the opposite. For it would be evil (live spelled backwards) to insist on not moving.
For many of us westerners, the Buddhist doctrine of Sorrow implicitly states that inertia and insensitive mental states must characterize peace. Thus "Life is Suffering", is not a negative, but a positive motion towards change that is both empathetic and concerned with individual progress. When we stay inert because we hurt, we are losing motion as lack of understanding won't let us move, and to be alive---is to move. "Alive", is an animation with the ability to be observant, and thus able to change direction when needed; a kind of AI. Every experience, every phenomena is Sacred to Knowledge. So every Phenomenon is a Sacrament. Pleasure and Pain are both honored guests, in the Divine Temple of Human Being. Not because we are obsessed with them, but because they are the Hierophants that teach us . Pain teaches us error, and pleasure teaches us accomplishment, each to be enjoyed in the moment, and then changed into a new motion. Be that as it may, a disturbance is disturbing, and the Five of Wands is Strife...our peace is being assaulted.
Therefore to the Four Elements of Hermetic Qabalah, 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 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 or Ryder-Waite 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 a volcanic as Pele ( 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 Spirit's "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 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 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 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 may even have a Crib death!
Just remember, those who wish to rule you and enslave your imagination to their vision, malign, persecute, besmirch, belittle, and demean the human body, enlisting well paid assassins of your self image and/or identity, such as psychologists, sociologists,theologians, psychiatrists, self proclaimed spiritualists,judges,police ... a list that goes on and on, to keep you into "I Robot" mode of the enslaved. As my dad used to say to me, "You value is only known by your enemies"! This can only mean that by loving your human form, and enjoying its special phenomena of sensuality, you are hated by your rulers as an abolitionist and a free spirit which may cause a certain severity in your life! However,the body is sacred to the Spirit and those who fear it are not spiritual!
The Jungian Tarot-Assertiveness, is a card of action, of combativeness, assertiveness and of originality. It is a card of process without fear of outcome. Therefore the 5 of Wands-Assertiveness, may mean a showing of great personal courage; risking one's life to save another, or putting ones reputation of the line for something they totally believe in. In positive terms, this is a card of candor, clarity and emphatically expressed opinions.
At worst, thoughtlessness and aggressive attack. There is a fine line between intelligent assertive management and management that is arbitrary and tyrannical, as anyone who has experienced a demanding superior will tell you.
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.
- 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.
- Receiving unusual strife from a boss.
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