The Qabalistic Thoth Tarot-5 OF WANDS: Strife & The Wild Wood Tarot-Five of Bow-Empowerment.
Astrologically the 5 of Wands 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 the Thoth Tarot card
are the Golden Dawn wands of a Chief Adept
, crossed by the Phoenix Wand
of the Adeptus Major of Geburah and by the
of the Adeptus Minor of Tiphareth. These wands symbolize
nature of the energetic forces involved which are volcanic and purgative
through fire, where energy resurrects from the ashes of burned impurity, Purity.
Tarot Card, shows the nature of the energy rather than its disturbed
nature as displayed by the Golden Dawn or Rider-Waite Tarot Decks. As stated, in the art of the Thoth 5 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 and lead in color, is because it's position
implies this severity is directed by Geburah, as the heaviness of Saturn (time), rather than happenstance.
The Phoenix wand implies resurrection from the purgation of Fire, while
the Lotus Wand is of the Mother.
Mundanely it 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. Therefore,
fire" of Spirit is bringing change in life by unconsciously changing
our direction of
life motion with a swift surge of agitating energy to adjust the "small
ego" and/or self-conscious
This new path of courageous motion
, is shown in the art of the Wild Wood Tarot-Five of Bows-Empowerment. Here we see depicted, the Ancient Giant of the Cerne Abbas giant. With some artistic license, this mighty figure is shown with a strung bow in his hand, along with five unstrung bows in the foreground. Obviously, this Giant is a symbol for fertility, but was also seen as an "opener of the Ways".
The implication being, that if we face and defeat our fears, we empower ourselves and grow more resilient and effective against Strife and/or adversity. For a moment this may frustrate
the individual who consciously
wants things to go their way, but with realization, soon the conflict
will become an
agreement and then action towards adapting to change. The only real oppression here is from
one's lack of self-knowledge and ignorance of life's changeable nature.
This card may sound devastating, or as a giant obstacle to our happiness, 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 and fearlessly, 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
In Qabalah, the Thoth 5 of Wands
is often called the
"masters journey card", since there is much resistance from the animal
mind to face what it deems uncomfortable and/or risky. Only the power of
the "Inner Will", can drive one forward now. As we know, "easy" doesn't build character, only the tempering of friction and/or Strife can a proper "master of matter" make.
sign of Leo is depicted on the upper right of this lovely card, and the
zodiacal sign for Saturn is on the upper left; therefore, we have the fire to temper the time of personality.
To the 4 Elements,
the fives bring serious problems of unbalance. Hence, the 4 serpentine wands form the path. As stated, this Lord of Strife
astrologically is Saturn in the constellation of Leo, which is the
influence of Geburah in the World of Pure Spirit; Atziluth of the
Qabalistic 4 Worlds. Here the powerful heavy effects of Saturn, united
with a Fire sign like Leo, brings quarreling and Strife in energy.
The serious problems of the 5's can be explained as the 5 of Wands
brings quarrel and strife in the Vital energy: The 5 of Cups, brings
disappointment to relationships; The 5 of Swords, brings defeat to
health and mind; The 5 of Disks, brings strangulation to income and
All 5's are
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 that is necessary for personal development and often the solution to the problem at hand is in the rest of
the Tarot reading.
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, and personal courage to resolve it is the solution.
find Geburah a difficult Intelligence to understand because She is a
volcanic as Pelé ( Hawaiian Volcano Goddess), all seemingly irrational
disturbance, yet these disasters are derived from the benign and gentle
influence of the Feminine Creatrix that is Great Mother Binah. To me, this just
shows Spirit's "tough love"
for its incarnations; i.e., "mommy spank"!
Spirit knows you are the most creative and intimate 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.
Look... Immortals don't have need of courage; they don't die nor do the give sensation to thought or imbalances.
Immortals also can not see an end or beginning of themselves; as they
don't have one. So to learn discriminating or discerning 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 of any kind, only a sense of Self.
Sensuality requires a "beginning and an end", to exist as a sensor and/or measuring device. The very fact
that the Soul of you is seeking sensuality by building an incarnate persona,
requires severity/friction 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, without 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" on earth and certain severity/strife will be applied just by the planet alone! Heck, sometimes the
Soul-body hook-up doesn't work, so we have a heart-breaking Crib death! Life is severity.
In quick reiteration:
Geburah, is on the Left hand
path--the Path of the Goddess as Sephiroth #5 who is the State of
Energy Conscious called Severity.
A master's journey, is a Path of the Flaming Sword, which dictates a dichotomy of
both primary irrational energy and the benign and gentle influence of
the feminine. This very fact is also shown in the stars of the 5 of Wands, as this card is
ruled by Saturn in Leo. Leo shows the element of Fire at its strongest
and most balanced. While Saturn weighs it down and embitters it.
is a type of volcanic energy---in that it destroys to build up, just as
the Hawaiian islands experience volcanoes that destroy some of the surrounding flora and fauna, but build more Island, for the surviving flora and fauna, in the process. There seems to be no end to
this energy of renewal.
As stated: The Middle Wand represented in the 5 of
Wands, is the Wand of the Chief Adept and shows that the Authority of
Severity is derived from Superiors/Archetypes; keeping this from being a truly
disastrous moment in the Querent's life. There are also two other Wands, one of the
Second/ Major Adept Topped with the Head of the Phoenix, these Second
Adept wands represent purgation through Fire and the resurrection of the
pure energy from its ashes. The second, or Minor Wands (or Third Adept) are
considered the "daughters" of the Three of Wands-Virtue, which refers to
Binah (Great Mother) in the Suit of Fire.
understanding of the destructive benevolence of the 5 of Wands points
out is the absolute need to tear down the old to build the new and/or
wake up the non-productive fear serving being with a hot jolt of sever energy
(energy-in-motion) to get them moving and producing again. Rather than
destroy a soul who is mired in its own delusions, The Great Mother,
would rather shock you back into performance than loose you. Hence, this is a
card that bespeaks "Tough Love".
Now, 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---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 life to get you moving! The bell is rung, you best come out
swinging for its now time to change things!
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
to "come 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, boundaries,
and of time. Saturn reminds us to do things step-by-step---but do them
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
The yellow background
of the Thoth card, represents the active energy of Leo, as does the yellow grass on the Wild Wood-Five of Bows-Tarot Card.
- The grey lotus, on the Thoth Tarot card, represents 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.
snakes beneath it represent regenerative force which is what happens
when we release anxiety to the motion of creative self.
in all this card is called the "master's journey card" for it 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!
if the 5 of Wands or Five of Bows card is thrown during a divination:
- 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
- One will experience in 5-wks or 5-months, Strife, quarreling, fighting, violent contest, and even boldness and rashness.
- There could be cruelty, lust, and desire---overwhelmingly so.
- Prodigality and generosity as well.
lay of the cards will show the dignity but anyway you look at it, an
eruption of energy-in-motion directed by a "Higher Power" is upon the
Querent and no matter how fearfully viewed or painful the experience, it
is for the benevolent purpose of revitalizing the Querent.
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.
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