After a relatively calm and harmonious time as reflected in the fours, the fives in the Tarot are seriously shaking things up.
There is struggle, strife, tension and hardship, a tough situation that requires courage, wit and resilience to cope with.
But despite the unpleasantness of the images and what they stand for, this kind of upheaval is necessary for renewal and growth.
That’s why in numerology, communication, fruitfulness and new learning are attributed to the number 5.
Numbered five in the Major Arcana, the Hierophant perhaps is a good example of what happens, when there is no such movement, and everything stays the same for too long.
Old, outdated structures begin to crumble and turn to ruin, if change doesn’t happen from within.
So, the fives in the Tarot advise us to change, be flexible, alert, and free ourselves from a rigid structure.
Five of Wands – competition, conflict, disagreements, tension
Esoteric Title: The Lord of Strife
Astrological Attribution: Saturn in Leo – releasing suppressed tension, fighting an opposing force, personality clash (ego-driven)
Interpretation: quarrelling, anger, discord, disharmony, chaos, stress, competing with others, feeling threatened, aggression, rebelling
Flower – energy source
Bees crawling over each other – everyone for themselves, lack of teamwork, competition, busy, relentless; each carrying their hidden weapon
Red / orange / yellow colours: element fire (Leo) combined with Saturn (earth, which is reflected in the dark grounding colour at the base of the flower and green in the background – potential for new growth), intense energy, in the heat of the moment, hot-tempered
Five of Cups – loss, sadness, grief, mourning, disappointment, depression
Esoteric Title: The Lord of Loss in Pleasure
Astrological Attribution: Mars in Scorpio – hurt feelings, endings and transformation (Scorpio linked to Death), shattered dreams, broken promises; clashing elements fire (Mars) and water (Scorpio) causing emotional havoc)
Interpretation: emotional pain, bereavement, disenchantment, grief caused by someone else, bitterness, resentment, self-pity
bridge – need to cross the bridge to move on; acceptance, forgiveness
butterflies – transformation
stars – hope, faith; need to look towards the future with optimism
forest – uncharted territory, uncertain path
trees – protection, nurture (emotional support)
blue / purple /pink colours: element water (Scorpio), feeling the blues, melancholy, need for healing, new light in the distance suggests new beginning
Five of Swords – defeat, betrayal, hollow victory, conquest
Esoteric Title: The Lord of Defeat
Astrological Attribution: Venus in Aquarius – peace-loving pacifist Venus weakens inventive, rebellious, forward-thinking Aquarius; mental weakness; relenting; accepting defeat
Interpretation: recognising limitations; (trying to avoid) humiliation, giving up, isolation after victory, notorious; loss of trust, unhealthy ambitions, ruthlessness, lose-lose situation, short-term gains; arrogance
War memorial – remembrance of loss and victims
George and the dragon – victory and sacrifice; defeat and submission
Owls – gaining wisdom from adversity; learning lessons from what’s happened to avoid repeating mistakes made
blue / grey / black colours – element air (Aquarius); depressive, sombre mood, unemotional, detached, dull, lone wolf mentality
Five of Pentacles – hardship, poverty, insecurity, health problems
Esoteric Title: The Lord of Material Trouble
Astrological Attribution: Mercury in Taurus – mental overdrive causing unsteadiness and uncertainty; worries and anxiety mixed with inactivity, difficulties to adapt or adjust
Interpretation: financial loss, down-sizing, loss of property / possessions, homelessness, need to be thrifty, health issues, poor diet; feeling abandoned, trying to make ends meet, out in the cold, hopelessness, waiting for change
winter landscape, snow – cold, barren, gloomy
evergreen plant – something can grow and thrive, if you put your mind to it
stars – hope, renewal, asking for help and guidance; focus on building confidence and new aspirations
twilight – lack of clarity, pessimism
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