The Five of Wands depicts a group of five young people each brandish a stout wand. They stand on uneven ground and each appears to be trying to gain advantage.
This is an interesting card full of complicated meanings and seeming contradiction. It is sometimes connected to the process of learning and practice. Reflect on these questions to begin exploring the Five of Wands:
One of the most interesting parts about this card is that every youth appears to be the same person even though they are all dressed very differently. Some readers like to interpret this card as referring to mental confusion and internal conflict. Have you ever felt divided against yourself when trying to make a complicated decision? This card can speak to that feeling
Sometimes this card is interpreted to show a mock battle or a pretend fight. Although I think this interpretation has value, I pay attention to the fact that everyone seems to be attacking each other at the same time; there is no one defending. This is a serious conflict in the sense that all participants are taking it very seriously. Even if there is no particular motivation for fighting, the outcome is still important to the participants. Reflecting on the reasons why you are involved in a conflict can help you decide if it is worth fighting.
The Five of Wands can also refer to the difficult stage of growth that must be experienced as one advances in education, career, and life experience. There will be many conflicts and small battles; knowing how to handle oneself inside these circumstances takes wisdom.
The King of Swords represents clarity and rationality, with little room for gray areas. This card calls for careful consideration when making decisions.