Function: Will, activity, Imagination, Beginnings
The Five of Wands can create some mystery. There are five young men, each holding a wand. They seem to be in a fight, or possible it’s a game, yet none of the sticks is touching each other, nor are they hitting any of the men.
It is possible that each man is demonstrating how to use the wand or maybe that it’s a disorganized group with no direction. Each wand is held in a different position, and each man wears different clothes. The one thing that we are clear on, is that the Five of Wands represents diversity and the chance of action.
The men are all ready for action, but none of them is taking it. Maybe the men are trying to work together or maybe they are at odds with each other. If not functioning as a group, perhaps each is trying to do his own thing. It is a chaotic card and there appears to be no rhyme to the energy that is busting from the men.
This card suggests that while it is fun to not have a plan in place and just experiment, it also shows that if you are spread too thin, little will be achieved. It might also point to a competition, simply because the men can. The only thing they hope to gain is to prove who is the best.
If there are good intentions behind the chaos, it doesn’t have to imply something negative. It could show that moment when the organization begins. People come together and it takes some time to iron out the first messy few steps so that the group can work together to achieve.
We left the Four of Wands at his destination after completing his journey. He was heading to a group of people. Now the Five of Wands continues with the organization of the people. But this is not an easy task. People are unaware of their purpose and this is creating confusion.
The Five of Wands signifies the start of action as a group. It shows that the work required needs people to put their minds together and make sure they are following a common purpose. It is normal that people misunderstand things at the beginning, but nobody is intentionally causing confusion.
In this position, it is often a sign that you are stuck in a phase where you can’t concentrate your energies or your attention. It seems impossible for people to work together, regardless of your efforts.
In many cases, you will give up on this situation, leave the chaos of the group behind you and carry on alone. The solitude provides you with great comfort, but you risk missing out on the strength of the group had you been a little more patient in the beginning and succeeded in getting everyone to work as one.
Reversed, the Five of Wands may also suggest that you haven’t got everything together, but you choose to ignore this. You might be putting your efforts into concentrating on what needs to be done.
You might be dwelling on a painful time in your distant past. You may not remember all of the details, but it still troubles you now. This needs to be resolved, especially if it is related to a group of people.
This is a stressful time for you and negative emotions are high. Be careful that these emotions don’t cause you to jump into the first opportunity you are offered. Steer clear of arguments and learn how to take more control over your feelings.
There may be a situation in the future that you are going to regret, perhaps an unavoidable conflict. Use your time now to figure out how you can be ready for this situation. But remember you won’t be able to avoid it, there will always be times in our life when disagreements happen.
The answer will be no.
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