Five of Wands Tarot Card Meaning

Tarot, like astrology, has long been one of our favorite divination systems. Interpreting either takes practice. As you learn, we wanted to help you to quickly connect to the cards and use them in ways that are actionable and practical in every area of life. xoxo, Tali & Ophira

Co-authored by James Kerti

What does the Five of Wands tarot card mean?

When the Five of Wands shows up, get ready for a conflict or disagreement — if you’re not already in it.

But don’t fret. The Five of Wands doesn’t necessarily signal a doomed outcome. It’s simply a sign that it’s going to take some effort to navigate the challenges along the way.

If you’re at odds with someone, it may be time to have a hard conversation and stand up for what you believe in.

Likewise, if you’re facing stiff competition for your goal, stay in the game! Whether you win or lose is not the point. You’ll be better served taking this as an opportunity to grow and get better—even if it isn’t a clear slam dunk.

What is the Five of Wands zodiac sign?

The zodiac sign of the Five of Wands is Leo

Five of Wands Tarot Guide

Keywords for the Five of Wands: Conflict, disagreement, competition, challenge, tension

Yes or No: No

Planet of the Five of Wands: Sun

Element of the Five of Wands: Fire

What does the Five of Wands card mean in a love reading?

We can’t blame you if you’re not thrilled to see the Five of Wands appear in a love reading. 

Do you have your eye on someone special? You may have to compete for their attention or affection, either with other people who are interested or with the demanding responsibilities in their life.

You’re being given an opportunity to assess what’s important to you. Revisit your boundaries. Do you need to set clear parameters around what you will and won’t put up with? Even if you aren’t being ignored or neglected “on purpose,” this card may indicate that the timing is off for this relationship.

If you’re currently partnered, the Five of Wands could indicate a period of discord in your relationship. The demands of life may be limiting the time you have for each other. Stress levels could be taxing you both. Do what you can to mitigate this before hostile energy intensifies and drives a permanent wedge between you.

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What does the Five of Wands tarot card mean for career, money and finance?

When the Five of Wands makes an appearance in a financial reading, it’s can signal an ongoing workplace conflict. You might be competing with a colleague for a promotion or trying to navigate a disagreement about an important topic or project. It’s going to take some patience and effort to resolve this situation.

This card can also allude to your own competitive urges. In your zeal to crush a goal, have you allowed cutthroat tendencies to creep in? Are you treating other people as obstacles to run over or around? Burning bridges is never advisable. If you keep an open mind, you might recognize opportunities to come together and solve the problem.

What does the Five of Wands tarot card mean for health?

As a card of conflict and tribulation, the Five of Wands can indicate battling an illness. You may be tempted to push yourself through recovery instead of resting—but don’t.

Conflicts and stresses in your life could be negatively impacting your mental and emotional health. Take stock of what’s keeping you up at night and what (or who) could be draining your energy.

Five of Wands Tarot Card in Reverse Meaning

Considering its general meaning, the Five of Wands is one of a handful of tarot cards that tends to carry a more positive meaning when it appears reversed.

The Five of Wands in reverse suggests that a time of peace and harmony is at hand. If you’ve been experiencing conflict, you can feel encouraged that its end is near.

While that doesn’t mean it’s time to take your foot off the gas completely if you’ve been putting in the effort to resolve the situation, the Five of Wands reversed is a sign that you’re on the right track.

Is the Five of Wands tarot card a yes or no?

The Five of Wands usually means no when pulled in this manner.

It’s telling you that the situation is currently too chaotic for there to be the positive outcome you’re hoping for.

What does the Suit of Wands mean?

Wands are associated with fire signs, which ignite action. Fire signs carry an excitable, creative and visionary energy, and people with those signs love to jump right in.

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