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Five of Wands - Tarot Card Meanings

Key Symbolism


conflict, opposition, disagreements, pitting ones strength against others, competition, tension, chaos, group activities, different opinions, different cultures, discussions, personal struggle, inner conflicts


Description and Symbolism

The Five of Wands card shows five men, each of them using a wand to playfully fight with each other. They all wear different colored clothing to symbolize different personalities, cultures and opinions.



General Meaning


The number 5 indicates movement and conflict. After the stable state represented by the Four of Wands, there comes some change and movement again. This card can represent situations when we have to compete with others or when we have a disagreement with someone. It indicates different views and opinions. Five of Wands can also indicate that you feel torn. Maybe you have conflicting thoughts about a matter. 

Love Meaning


In a love reading the Five of Wands can symbolize conflicts, discussions, and disagreements. It can also indicate a recurrent conflict. Maybe you have a disagreement about a matter and each of you is constantly defending their own point of view. The Five of Wands can also stand for conflicting feelings and thoughts that you have about a person. It can also indicate that you have to defend your relationship against your family or friends. Another interpretation is that you have to compete with someone for the attention of your love interest.

As Feelings


If you ask how someone feels for you, the Five of Wands can indicate that the person in question feels torn about what they feel for you. There might be things they like about you, but at the same time something just doesn't feel right to them. You can be sure that they have not made up their mind about you yet. Another interpretation is that they feel excited, agitated or energized because of you. 

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