The 5 of wands tarot card is one of disagreements, and butting heads. It’s a card where it seems like everyone is trying to talk over each other.
I suggest, while looking at this card description, you have your tarot deck in front of you and decide for yourself if you agree with the feelings on this page or if the card represents something entirely different to you.
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A few words to describe the card:
Strife, disagreement, difference of opinion
5 of Wands
The 5 of wands tarot card is a strife starting to happen. It’s an accusatory card, where people are looking for a fight to happen. There’s a lot of tension and it seems like there’s a disagreement going on.
Does something feel like it’s breaking in your life right now? Or do you just feel like there’s a fight waiting to happen? Seeing this card in a tarot reading can represent arguing just for the sake of arguing, and unnecessary tensions.
But sometimes this argumentation and differences of opinions can lead to breakthroughs. Just because you might not see eye to eye, doesn’t mean the other person doesn’t have a point. And this is important to remember. Everyone is coming from somewhere different in their life.
If you can, when this card appears, this is a great opportunity for you to take a step back and see the other point of view. What is it you’re fighting? Are there any truths to this other side of the story? You might end up learning a lot from it.
Often with the 5 of wands tarot card, there are 5 people in the scene, each one holding a long piece of wood, and are pointing it at each other. It almost seems like they are trying to talk over each other or are using the wands to point blame at each other. There’s not much physical altercation, like later on in the wands series, but people are clearly unhappy.
Still confused about the meanings of the cards? A few tools that have been really helpful for me have been: practice, taking the time to look at each card, read books like Tarot: Learn How to Read and Interpret the Cards by Kim Arnold. Or try out tarot spreads! Try doing a simple reading every day. The Labyrinthos app is really helpful too. Or try some that I’ve created by looking here: Tarot Spreads.
Want other comparisons of tarot cards? Find those here! It might help you better understand how tarot decks are different.