Deck: Standard Rider-Waite
Card: 5 of Wands Reversed
Card Type: Minor Arcana (the everyday mundane world of sense experience and our everyday lives)
Element: Fire (action, passion, energy)
Number: 5 (challenge that can result in growth, struggle on a new path, chaos, breaking old habits, trial by fire, learning, movement)
Planet: Saturn (time, challenges, barriers, limitations, discipline, self-control, maturity, wise application of knowledge)
Zodiac Sign: Leo (joy, loyalty, generosity, affections, cheer, pride, authority, confidence, drama, entertainment, charisma, energy, restlessness, laziness, arrogance) and Capricorn (ambition, determination, dependability, practicality, perseverance, focus, organization, responsibility, caution, privacy, pride, self-sufficiency)
Chakra: Solar Plexus/Navel (Manipura – vitality, will, determination)
I-Ching Hexagram: Song (Your cause is worthy, but fighting fire with fire only leads to more fire. Learn to use the other elements at your disposal to bring about the desired and necessary changes. There is room for growth.)
Colors: Brown (grounded, thoughtful, commitment); Red (passion, fire, life); Blue (emotions, communication, peace)
Keywords: arguments, conflict, competition, ongoing struggle, combative personality
We see youths here at play, mimicking the act of war. This serves two purposes for them. One – it is a game that provides entertainment and freedom from boredom. Two – this is training that provides lessons to be applied later in life. Much the same way that young lion cubs train with adult lions – these youths spar to ensure their futures. In truth, someone is going to get hurt. But such is life, and that is simply a possible consequence when a dangerous game is played.
What does this mean for us today? Perhaps there are conflicts that have arisen in our lives. I know I have some! Or conflicts that never seem to go away. I’ve got some of these too. This card is reminding us that not all fires need to be fought with fire. You could smother it with dirt (doing different actions for different results) or douse it with water (emotional open-ness).
We need to be contemplative and not just charge head forward into the fray, guns a-blazing. Assess reality and respond to it from a balanced perspective, and not from a highly charged emotional state (as you have done in the past). Even if the other party involved is being unreasonable, you will still be doing yourself a service by not continuing to feed your distorted ego. And what’s more is: you may find that the other party meets your balance with balance of their own.
The Five of Wands may come up reversed when a disagreement is finally resolved. You may be ready to admit you were wrong or apologize to someone, or someone may apologize to you. Be aware of smoothing things over for the sake of avoiding conflict. The issue will come back again and again until you confront it.
This card may come up when you back down too quickly in the face of opposition. Remember: Obstacles are opportunities.
If you are finding a relationship dull, this card could indicate a need for increased competitiveness. Play sports or board games together.
This card could also point to inner conflict, such as wanting to do two things that cannot both be done together.
Take-Away Message: You might be feeling particularly feisty today. You may find yourself involved in a heated debate, or have a craving for some fun competition. The warning is to not get too attached to winning — keep it light and have fun! New ideas and strengthened relationships are possible.