“We are never so much disposed to quarrel with others as when we are dissatisfied with ourselves.”
― William Hazlitt
The 5 of Wands indicates competition, sparring, inner tension, arguments, conflict and restrained passion. It is Saturn (the planet of limitations) in playful and confident Leo.
While all 5’s speak of conflict or hardship to a certain degree, the 5 of Wands is nowhere near as deadly as the 5 of Swords, as filled with sorrow as the 5 of Cups or as filled with physical hardship as the 5 of Pentacles. Think of the energy of this cards as team mates on the same sports team, all aspiring for the top position or latest record.
The grace to be found in the 5 of Wands is to realise that the only person you ever need to compete against is yourself. Victory only ever serves to make you better at the skill you are trying to hone, so that you can better use it in service to all of humanity. When you are truly confident in yourself, the need to prove yourself by beating the competition ceases.
Hence, the true nature of the limitations imposed here by Saturn is a lack of confidence. Become aware of this and work on building it up the right way, which is by bettering yourself a little every day. Respect and encourage your sparring partners – we are all in this together!
“Never letting the competition define you. Instead, you have to define yourself based on a point of view you care deeply about.”
― Tom Chappel
Affirmation: “I am a winner.”
5 of Wands Prayer
Dear Mother-Father God (or whichever higher power you acknowledge), thank you for sending loving support when times are tough. Help me remember to ask for help instead of struggling needlessly on my own. So mote it be! (Listen to prayer on Instagram)
Correspondences for the 5 of Wands
Zodiac Sign: Leo
Archangel: Cassiel (Saturn) and Raziel (angel of Leo)
Gemstone: Golden beryl, hematite and tiger’s eye
Scent: Bergamot, melissa and sandalwood
Deck used: Victorian Romantic Tarot