Five Of Wands – Rider Waite Tarot Deck

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I. Five of Wands Rider Waite image description

The Five of Wands depicts five men waving their sticks in a chaotic way, without anyone knowing who they are, only knowing that they seem to be rivals. However, if you look closely, they just raised the stick up rather than fight. It is possible that they just drank themselves in chaos rather than harming anyone. Their clothing symbolizes different origins and beliefs.

Five of Wands Rider Waite image description

You wake up and walk into the bathroom, open the shower and realize that the soap has run out. In the morning, you are accidentally staining your clothes with sauces. When you are about to call someone, your phone runs out of battery. This is probably a terrible day for you. You all have annoying things that make you want to get angry just because they are too petty.

The Five of Wands card represents the time that the situation is going against you. Nothing in your life is going smoothly, people work for mutually contradictory purposes. The characters in the card are fighting each other. There is no collaborative effort or consensus. When this card appears in a deck, the message to you is to prepare for the next challenge. You will need more patience to be able to accomplish everything. This card does not imply big impediments, but a lot of small difficulties and nuisances.

This card also represents competition. Under the right circumstances, competition is necessary. It motivates people to do more, creates excitement and encourages the best. The core of competition is disagreement. So, you need to make sure that the competition is helping you and others around you achieve true goals. If not, consider collaborating together to advance.

II. 5 of Wands Tarot Card Meaning

Disagreement, Fight, Annoying.


  • Feel inconsistent with others;
  • Torn by disagreement;
  • Fight, quarrel, dispute;
  • Being dragged into controversy;
  • Disagree with others;
  • Fight for the little things.


  • Feel eager to fight;
  • Against an opponent;
  • Accept the challenge;
  • Participate in a game or sport;
  • Try to overcome yourself;
  • Seek competition;
  • There is an opponent;
  • Challenged by an overbearing man.


  • Uncomfortable with demands;
  • There are small steps backwards;
  • Need to take care meticulously;
  • Tolerate the sarcasm of others;
  • Being bothered by gossip.

III. Opposite and Support Tarot cards to the Five of Wands

Opposite cards

Support cards

IV. 5 of Wands Upright Card Keywords

disagreement, competition, conflict, tension

Words and Keywords

External conflict, struggle, competition, the need to prove oneself, male bonding relationships, same sex activities, fair competition, assertiveness, believe in the ability of a person’s competition, party while still young, physical activity, sports, movement games, join a group of friends, disagree, obstacles.

Time to take strong action, success through great effort, debate, conflict, agitation, controversy, discord, self-doubt, quarrel, compete, legal issues, a battle without any casualty, martial arts, annoying trivia, nuisance, disturbance, unexpected problems, a conflict of interest, too many things to do at the same time, a need to set priorities, war games, masculine, troubling hormones, territorial defense, delayed travel plans, story of Princess and the pea.


In Tarot, number five usually represents conflict and change, and so does the Five of Wands. This card says that you are in the middle of a conflict, tension or competition and it is affecting your ability to advance toward your goal. Instead of being able to work with people, you are against that, so your views are constantly challenged. The problem here is that everyone is trying to express their views but nobody is listening.

The ongoing discussions do not bring anything but conflict. Similarly, this card is representative of a group of people who have willing speech but unwilling heart on how to accomplish this goal because everyone thinks that their method is the most effective. To turn conflict into a constructive debate, let everyone share their thoughts publicly and listen to the thoughts of others. Once people have been told and heard, and every opinion has been reviewed, we can determine the best direction.

This card usually refers to competition for work/career, but sometimes it can also imply competition in love. Do not be afraid to fight because of your own values that you can use against your opponents, and you have reason to succeed in this “war”. But above all, you need to work hard to see the results.


When the Five of Wands appears in the upright, you need to believe in yourself stronger than you ever did. Keep your head high and have faith that you will win things that belong to you. You may be thinking about a change in your career, you should know that you can be totally successful.


Be aware that you are facing competition, but if you are lucky, you will probably succeed. The only way you can be sure of failure is not trying. You have to compete fairly even if people around you do not. Bad players seem to be winning in the short term, but that kind of victory will never last, said Gandhi.

5 of Wands Love

The person you are having a crush on, maybe being pursued by others. Even so, you should try your best. You need to know that you have done everything possible for this relationship. Five of Wands also has other meanings that you will be pursued by one or several other romantic people.


Although you may have a feeling that your financial situation is poor, try to analyze calmly. You may not be able to meet your obligations right now, but that does not mean that you will never be able to meet them. Do what you can, and be honest with the situation. Things will be financially better soon, most likely in a few weeks.


You may find it frustrating to look for answers about your health. If you are stuck in a health problem, remember that hasty work may not be the best response at this time. Sometimes, the best solution is to wriggle out the difficulties. At least, you should give yourself a break for a few hours. You still have other hours to use for anxiety. In fact, you are likely to be overworked, and that will negatively affect your health.


It will not be easy to develop spiritually if you are lacking in direction. Take time to rest, do not do anything at this time. You should create space for yourself to calm and listen to the sound from the surroundings. Life does not always need to fight and scramble. People sometimes need their own space to be themselves. Give yourself the gift of time and space from which you will see and feel the spiritual development.

Situation and advice

You may need to compete or face an interesting challenge to get what you want. You should avoid being passive at this point. Success will come through resolute efforts to overcome troubles and obstacles. There may be some conflicts because you refuse to recognize the views of others. Perhaps you have too much to do and disperse your energy in too many directions at the same time. If so, you need to set priorities in order to avoid excessive stresses.

The Five of Wands often points to the competition and your opponent is someone who has the same ability or experience as you. You may not be familiar with the competition because you have had successes of your own, but now it is the time to experience the real competition. Thus, you should find a place where there is competition and respect your opponent but stand on your own. Let’s fight against the tendency toward frustration, anger, hatred and prejudice.

There may also be problems and legal issues. You may need to face offensive things and trivial troubles. You participate in a contest which is expected. If you ask about love, you may need to compete with someone to win over the heart of your lover. If you ask about travel, then maybe your plan will be delayed or there is some trouble.

Sometimes, conflicts and discussions can be very positive, such as the whole team think together to solve the problem. You need a positive environment to test your ideas and listen to the challenges of others. If so, your ideas will be sharpened and improved. You can benefit by setting up a working group or cooperate with people with different perspectives and experiences. Be open to conflicting types and discuss as a positive contribution to improve the quality of your ideas and actions.

This card simply indicates that you have a lot of energy to burn right now. You may need a night out with your boyfriend or girlfriend, depend on the situations. Some people may want to practice karate or other martial arts.

The Five of Wands encourage diversity and different views. You may be in a situation where you have to deal with people from different cultures and societies, and may have to struggle with accepting their ways of life. Remember that each person has unique things to bring to you and you will learn more about them.

This card also encourages an enthusiastic approach to change. Change is coming, whether you like it or not. However, Your challenge will be to ensure that everyone is on the same ship and focus on dealing with this change constructively and positively. Now, everyone has a lot of ideas but no one can stand up. Your role is to define a clear strategy and purpose that can be accomplished by being joined by everyone.


Competitors; sports teams; public opponent; martial arts; enthusiasts; an aggressive person.

V. 5 of Wands Reversed Keywords

avoid conflicts, increase focus on goals

Reversed meaning of the Five of Wands

Words and Keywords

(+) Healthy competition, action games, sports, peace, harmony, the fight was over, end the conflict, opportunity, beneficial change, no more quarrel and conflict, a good legal decision (especially if there is a card representing “positive law” such as the upright Justice or the upright Judgment in a spreading).

(-) Internal conflict, lack of confidence in winning, fraudulent tactics, legal battle, argumentative, stress, unfair competition, unfair-play, evil, malevolence, step backwards, divergent, petty arguments, there is a problem with the travel plan, trouble with the contract, feeling too bad for health.


The reverse of the Five of Wands may imply a conflict or multiple competitions, usually in the field of work/career. Know that you are not (and should not) face this competition alone because there are always great mentors around you when things get tough. You should deal with each one and think carefully before acting or saying something.


Like the meaning of the upright card, you need to really trust yourself. If something or someone makes you suspicious at the moment, trust what your instinct tells you. However, no matter what happens, you also need to think carefully in order not to make things more stressful or make decisions that are not retractable. Do not rush, no matter how angry you are in the following weeks.


There may be some disagreements going on at work if you are currently working when this card appears. You should think carefully and calmly, and stay away from controversy. Make sure that you are well-prepared for your defenses such as behavioral records, written documents or there are witnesses during the discussion.

If you are looking for work, do not be discouraged by the challenging competition which you are facing. You should be confident about the strengths of your own to express and think positive.


If you are in a relationship in which the two of you are committed to each other when the Five of Wands appears in reverse, what looks like a conflict at the appearance can really be beneficial to your relationship (as long as both sides are fighting for justice)  because you will learn a lot about yourself, about the other half, and eliminate atmosphere of tension.

If you are looking for love or having a crush on someone who does not seem to care about you, know that their “closed heart” status is largely due to their problems, not yours. If you really want to be a partner with this person, you will need to learn how to be patient.


If you have money problems at the present time, it is time to ask carefully the old assumptions. You may have thought that you can not cut back on your spending, either by knowing how to make more money or by getting a higher return on your investment. Think again! Try to look at your situation but on the perspective of an outsider. What would you advise them to do?


The Five of Wands reversed may imply that you are trying to solve physical pain (which is applied in case you have encountered this pain before spreading). If you are injured, do not ignore any signs of it or make sure your healthcare practitioner is paying attention to every detail, even if there is no clear reason to explain the pain. This pain will affect the quality of life if it is not relieved. You should ask for serious care and do what is necessary to help you relieve symptoms. A change in diet can be beneficial for you. Heating and massage are also useful therapies.


You should be aware that mental development is not a struggle. When this card appears in reverse, people can try to convince you that you need to grow in a certain direction, at a certain speed and so on. You should also know that mental development can also involve resolving and accepting some obvious contradictions. Try to keep yourself comfortable with those contradictions.

Situation and advice

On the positive side, the Five of Wands reversed means the fight is over and it is time to move on.

On the negative side, this card represents unhealthy competition, small quarrels, cheating tactics, undesirable challenges, vicious opponents and bitter defeat. Normally, the upright card shows healthy competition and the reversed card shows the opposite. This reversed card may advise you that daily represses have abrasive you and adversely affect your health. Are you scattering your energy in too many directions? Now it is the time to set priorities and have a better way of dealing with stress in life. You will be relieved.

It offers that you should avoid conflicts wherever as possible. You may find that any type of stress or conflict also makes you feel uncomfortable and want to leave. So, you deflect a lot of energy and ignore the problem, if any. However, the trouble is that while doing this, you just remove some bothers aside, without actually tackling them. Some conflicts can be good, especially if they are constructive and point out the basics to find a better solution. Consider whether avoiding conflict is the best way to go or it affects things that are important to you.

The Five of Wands is like a sigh of relief after the conflicts and struggles. You are no longer fight too much competition. On a personal level, you have overcome your anger and hostility and feel safer in relationships. You do not have to constantly prove yourself.

It can also say that you really need to focus on achieving your goal. You have spent the time thinking about random ideas and finding yourself in the starting position. You acknowledge that in order to progress further, you must focus your attention on important priorities and be consistent with your goals without having to consider any additional possibilities or opportunities.


Sinister or mysterious enemy; sneaky opponent.

When the Five of Wands Tarot card appears in a single spread, you should check out the competitive elements around you. Perhaps you soon join a contest or some other games. Or, you will also be able to soon discover that you have rivals who are opposing you or challenging your position. You may even feel depressed (or full of enthusiasm) because of the fierce competition in which you are a factor.

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