26-Five of Wands – Reversed Salem Deck

Your Chosen Card – Five of Wands Reversed Salem Deck

When reversed, the Five of Wands warns of being ambushed or unfairly attacked by your adversaries. Be sure you have the proper resources before engaging in battle. You may need to confront disputes, strife, quarrels, and unfair competition to achieve your goals. A divergence of opinions may be causing difficulty in a relationship. Sometimes this card indicates the need to settle differences in a court of law.

Keywords Reversed: Quarrels, strife, disputes, disagreements, harassment, annoyances, litigation, trickery, hostile competition, unfair aggression, blocked efforts.

Timing: 0 Leo–10 Leo. Tropical, 23 July–2 August. Sidereal, 18 August–26 August.
Astrology: The stern taskmaster Saturn (debilitated) in the first decan of fiery Leo, realm of the Waite King/Thoth Prince of Wands (Air of Fire) and Strength (Leo). Saturn is linked to the World. The Golden Dawn regarded this decan as the beginning of the zodiac.
Number Symbolism: 5 – instability, disruption, loss, crisis, tension, competition, conflict.

Etteilla: Riches, affluence, gold, splendor, abundance, luxury, brilliance; (R) disputes, annoyances, legal proceedings, wrangles, harassment, opposition, litigation, court case.

When Five of Wands is reversed you can pretty much take it that life is going well but that’s when life takes us by surprise.  If Five of Wands is unclear it may help to choose a card from the Major Arcana to provide more insight into what it is Five of Wands is trying to tell you.  If you had a particular issue in  mind, or want to seek clarification on something else, you can also choose again to get more guidance.

This chosen card is part of your reversed card reading for Five of Wands using cards from the Salem Tarot Deck. You will find many more tarot pages that will be of great help if you need tarot card meanings. Use the search at the bottom of the page. We have some amazing tarot books for you to browse. Please see below.

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Portable Magic
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Portable Magic: Since the identities of the trumps reside in the images they bear, and these images vary from deck to deck, it follows that the essential natures of the trumps will vary depending on which deck is used. For example, differences in symbolism on the trump the Star between the traditional Marseilles deck and the modern Thoth deck change the very identity of that trump. Over the centuries, a general and somewhat vague consensus has developed as to what symbolism should appear on the trumps, so that they may be recognized, but modern Tarot designers often depart from the traditional images of the trumps in radical ways.

Tarot Books

Complete Book of Tarot: When upright, the Five of Wands is a card of competition. It suggests that you are assertively pursuing your desires, even though your personal interests may conflict with those of your colleagues. You are willing to compete fairly and enthusiastically with your rivals to achieve your goals. This card advises you to ‘put your pedal to the metal’ as you engage in the game of life. A mock battle can prepare you for the real thing. Allowing for diversity of opinions is a sign of strength in a relationship. Traditionally this is a card of riches and opulence; perhaps only the affluent could afford the expensive outfits and leisure time to play at the mock battles depicted on this card.

Tarot for Beginners: However, The Emperor reversed can warn of domination, inflexibility, excessive control and even rigidity. You or someone you know is losing perspective on the situation: take a step back and remember that flexibility is the necessary counterpart to solid structure.

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Reversed Cards: Have you ever just taken something from someone because you could? Maybe you thought you were just borrowing their idea, dulling their light, or putting it out there where it could do some good. But in reality you knew if you took action, you would get the glory. The human ego is very good at convincing us that all things that benefit us are good. The shadow aspect of this card lets you know that you acted with intention. You knew the consequences and you were thrilled by them. Someone else’s loss was your gain and you loved it.