What does the five of wands tarot card mean?

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The five of wands is part of the Minor Arcana deck of tarot cards and is part of the Wands suit.

Keywords: Challenge, competition, rivalry, conflict


Fives in the Tarot deck signify conflict and rivalry, and the Five of Wands is no different. This card indicates that you’re currently dealing with a conflict of some sort, and this it is potentially standing in the way of your goals. This could be a disagreement with a partner or colleague, or perhaps you’re working on a group project on which nobody can agree. This card can also sometimes point to a friendlier, more productive competition; perhaps you’re competing in a sport or are have a job interview for which many others have applied. This is a chance to prove yourself and your abilities. You may be dealing with new people from different backgrounds, so it’s important to keep an open mind and try to cooperate.

Reverse Keywords: Avoidance, ignorance, relief

Reverse Meaning

In reverse, the Five of Wands suggests that you are avoiding conflict. It’s understandable that you should want to avoid tension and arguments, but sometimes ignorance is not bliss. Ignoring a problem in the hopes that it will go away often leads to a bigger problem you will eventually be forced to face. Unlike other reverse cards, the meaning of this card is actually more positive than the upright position; it can also indicate that the worst is over, and that a recent conflict is now resolved thanks to you finally facing it, meaning you can move on with pursuing your goals.

Other Minor Arcana Cards (in the Wands suit)