Five of Wands – the struggle

I’ve had this blog post in the back of my mind for some time now. The insight and wisdom of what the five’s in tarot can teach us about ourselves and the healing they offer is one I encourage when we are feeling blocked or struggling. The five of wands speaks of conflict, struggle and competition but I want to simplify this card and at the same time add a little more depth.

The wands suit is connected to fire which is passion and energy. The number five is connected to the planet Mercury. So let’s put together what we know and have a look at how this relates in our lives.

I’ve been personally working with this card because I’m experiencing a lot of change with my work and for someone like me who has a lot of energy, having a clear direction of where I’m headed is so important.

And with like all change, we observe ourselves pushing to make things work because we want something to flow but as you can see from this card there is no flow if we are pushing to make things happen. We are in battle with air and fire, with thought and expression. Mercury is a planet of communication and is connected to the element of air and as you can see when we put these two energies together there is conflict.

The communication is off and yet we have the motivation, determination and energy to create (fire) but our minds are in battle and the way we’re communicating within ourselves is creating struggle and conflict.

If you are feeling like the five of wands, I would suggest looking at any expectations you are placing on yourself, your life or a loved one and explore in depth why you are pushing for this expectation. What is it that you want to happen? What is it that you emotionally NEED that you have to push to make things happen? We can see when we break it down how it comes from a place of fear and exploring this with the 5 of wands will offer you a greater understanding and give you the clarity you need to go with the flow.

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