Five of Wands



A hand of medium skin tone reaches in from the right side of the scene, forming a fist in which five yellow and green arrows are held. The pinky of the hand is sticking straight out. A white diamond against a blue background serves as a backdrop to the scene.

Key words

Upright: competition, rivalry, conflict

Reversed: inner conflict, avoiding conflict, reconciliation

Reflection questions

  • What is my relationship to conflict? Do I tend to avoid it, get defensive, or go on the offense? How could I improve in this area?
  • How can I maintain a sense of compassion and understanding for others, even in the midst of conflict?
  • How can I use my own strengths and skills to contribute to a more positive and collaborative environment at work, at home, or in my relationships?

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.