Five of Wands Tarot Card

The Tarot Suit of Wands

The Tarot Suit of Wands is associated with the suit of Clubs in standard playing cards. The tarot suit of wands is also known by other names, such as staffs or as staves in some decks.

There are meanings associated with each of the suits in a tarot deck, as well as the more specific interpretations associated with each individual card - and yet more precise meanings pertaining to particular cards in particular locations within spreads. The suit of wands is associated with the element of fire. It is also associated with the season of summer, i.e. of the sun, which is a 'fire', and with the direction South.

The suit of wands may be thought of as concerning personal growth and the expression of our 'inner fire', through work, intellect, or creativity.

The Fives in the tarot deck tend to depict images of loss, sorrow, and misfortune. They stand in stark contrast to the secure structure conveyed by the Fours. One way to think of this is to imagine the fours as the body complete with its four limbs, yet the Fives also include the head together with awareness, concerns, hurt, and uncertainties. These take different forms for each of the four suits.

The theme of the 5 of Wands is the struggle and challenge of progress and growth. It implies that there is some imbalance and possibly conflict of views surrounding our situation or issue.

The 5 of Wands tarot card is illustrated in various different ways in different tarot decks. For example, in the case of the Elemental Tarot deck the image for this card includes a hand the ends of the digits of which are alight with colourful yellow / amber flames.


Keywords and phrases for some of the many possible meanings of the 5 of Wands Tarot Card include:

  • Conflict
  • Healthy competition at work or while studying
  • Obstacles
  • Strife. Although this is not necessarily a negative card; it is an energetic and developmental one
  • Unfulfilled struggle
  • Vigorous debate especially in business or politics

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What about the Five of Wands Reversed ?

Some interpretations of the meaning of the 5 of Wands reversed include:

  • Conflict over for now
  • Unhealthy competition that does not serve those involved
  • Consider more effective ways to manage stress due to overwhelming and sometimes conflicting responsibilities

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