Five of Wands


Key words

Upright: competition, rivalry, conflict

Reversed: inner conflict, avoiding conflict, reconciliation


Five people are engaged in a fight, wielding wands as weapons. They each wear different outfits, signifying diversity (this diversity could be in the form of identity, beliefs, or approaches to the task at hand). They stand atop a rocky terrain against a backdrop of a bright blue sky. Though the scene is chaotic, no one appears to be seriously injured.


5: Conflict, loss, change, adversity, rebuilding

Five of Wands Upright

You’re facing some strong competition, and it’s making you want to work harder. You feel impeded by others’ ambitions, but you may be perceiving conflict where there is none. It is healthy to respectfully disagree, as it opens the conversation up to other points of view. However, choose your arguments wisely, as you don’t want to waste valuable time and energy on petty disagreements. 

Five of Wands Reversed

The Five of Wands in reverse can indicate inner battles or the avoidance of an issue because of a fear of conflict. While it’s smart to sit out arguments wherein the stakes aren’t high for you, but you need to speak up for yourself in high-stakes situations. Alternatively, the Five of Wands in reverse can signify the resolution of an argument or a situation where you are a capable mediator. Choose your words carefully and approach the conversation with humility— this will help you keep the peace.