(i) Five of Wands YouTube Video
Five of Wands : My in-depth YouTube Video on the Five of Wands of the Thoth Tarot deck may be viewed below.
(ii) Thoth Five of Wands
In the Five of Wands we have 5 staffs on a strong yellow background. The phoenix wands face the lotus wands as if in conflict (compare with the 3 of Wands). Wings are found on the top and bottom of the figure. Here we have the destructive force of Mars ruling Geburah to destroy the stability set out in the 4 of wands.
(iii) Rider Waite Five of Wands
(iv) Five of Wands & The Tree of Life
The Five of Wands is associated with Geburah in Atziluth or the first world of the 4 .
(v) Shemhamphorasch Angels of The Five of Wands
Vehuaiah: Divine will, creative fire. Success for all new creation. sets a model and example for others. renewed energy that heals depression. Courage, audacity, bravery. When negative, triggers dispute, anger, intervention, violence, loss of direction, imposition of one’s will.
Jeliel: Love, wisdom. Reliability. Settles dispute or conflict. Altruistic. Calm inner turmoil. Powerful use of words that inspire calm. Unifies opposite principles. Negatively aspected, means separation, divorce, tyranny, perverse behavior, corruption.
(vi) Astrology of the Five of Wands
Decan : 1st decan (0 – 10°) of Leo ruled by SATURN
Saturn In Leo
Leo was Aleister Crowley’s Ascendant and so he writes a fair bit about on this card.
Saturn and Leo do not get on as Leo wants to be creative and express itself whilst Saturn is cold, dense and wants to set boundaries and limits.
Leo is a fire sign in the suit of fire (wands) and added to by the fire of Mars ruling the 5th sephiroth Geburah. Saturn tries to dampen down all this.
Saturn also opposes the swiftness of mercury (associated with the caduceus) and the expansiveness of Jupiter (associated with the Main Wand).
In summary, the astrological energies of this card are in DISCORD.
(vii) Symbology of The Five of Wands
Main Wand = the wand of the Chief Adept. This is the caduceus & is linked to Chesed, hence the 4 wings on the staff. It has the authority of Jupiter (which rules Chesed)
Seal on Caduceus = 7 pointed Star of Babylon combined with the Mark of the Beast (which is also in the Ace of Disks & Prince of Wands). represents the phallus inside the womb. Bringing forth the idea of positive and negative in the card, wings and serpents, fire and water etc.
Caduceus also is the Wand of Mercury in the Magus Card(seen below) = AIR (the result of fire and water as per the tetragrammaton)
serpents = union of opposing forces, yin & yang & they wear the crowns of Upper and Lower Egypt, the principle here being that these 2 parts of Egypt merged to become one.
Phoenix Wands = the wand of the Major Adept. They represent the purification through destructive energy as if as a phoenix rising out of the ashes represents something new. They are orange/red on the shafts, the energy of Geburah & blue in the heads representing water. They have purple winds = mix of fire and water.
Lotus Wands = wands of the Minor Adept. They are first seen in the 3 of wands and represent the feminine principle which is evident in this card. We are also on the feminine pillar of severity so we would initially think that this is a very masculine card but that is not so. They have blue shafts representing their relationship to water.
10 flames from junction of the wands = a reference to the 10 of Wands (Oppression) when Saturn completely dominates the suit of fire. Here we have too much fire for that to happen.
Crowley says we can look through history to help us understand the concept for a destructive energy coming from a feminine figure:
Egyptian Lion Goddess PASHT (also spelt Pasht) , meaning ‘she who scratches’ is a lioness goddess of war.
Tibetan Banners of “Shiva” & “Shakti” . SHIVA symbolises consciousness, the masculine principle.SHAKTI symbolises the feminine principle, the activating power and energy.Whenever a power becomes active, and wherever energy exists, Shakti is working.
Hindu system of “Bhavani” & “Kali”
Kali is the Hindu goddess associated with eternal energy. The name Kali comes from kale, which means black, time, death, lord of death. Kali means “the black one”.
(viii) Quotes from Book of Thoth
In the “Naples Arrangement”, the introduction of the number 5 shows the idea of motion coming to the aid of that of matter.. the result is a complete upset of the statically stabilized system. Now appear storm and stress (p180)
This must not be regarded as something “evil” (p180)
(ix) Divinatory Meanings of The Five of Wands
This card indicates that you could be in the middle of conflict, tension and competition and it is impacting your ability to move forward with your goals. Rather than being able to work together with others, you are coming up against opposition and are constantly being challenged on your viewpoint.
Sometimes, this type of conflict and discussion can be very positive, such as in the case of group brainstorming .Try to be open to this type of conflict and discussion as a positive contribution to improving the quality of your ideas and actions.
The Five of Wands often points to competition where you are up against a number of people of similar quality or experience as you. You may not be used to having to compete with others just yet, as you have built your success on your own but now it is time to truly experience what competition really means and requires. It is like the top student who excels at university, only to enter the workforce with a number of other high-performing individuals and is forced to compete for the top spot. Where there is competition, respect your opponent but stand up for your point of view. Fight the tendency towards frustration, anger, hate and prejudice.
The Five of Wands also encourages diversity and differences of opinion. You may be in a situation where you are dealing with people from different cultures and backgrounds, and may be struggling with accepting their way of living. Know that each person has something unique to bring to the table and that you will actually benefit by learning more about them and what they have to offer.
Having lots of energy but not being focused with it
You have a tendency to avoid conflict wherever possible. You may find that any sort of tension or conflict makes you feel quite uneasy and you wish it would just go away. Consider whether always avoiding conflict and stressful situations is the best way to go, or if you are finding yourself just compromising on what is important to you.
Unable to work with others and see their point of view.