Minor Arcana – Fives


Five Of Wands
wands05The Five of wands stands for times when your environment seems to be fighting you. Nothing flows smoothly; everyone is working at cross-purposes. The figures on this card are all batting at each other. There is no coordinated effort, no agreement. When this card shows up, be prepared for a bumpy ride. You’re going to need extra patience and perseverance to get to the point where you can accomplish something. The Five of Wands does not represent major blockages, just many small, irritating ones.

Keywords: Competiton, disagreement, hassles, Arguments, Annoyances.

Five of Cups

5cupsThe Five of Cups is about loss. It refers to that time when the pain of a loss is most acute. This man is looking only at the overturned cups in front of him. For now, he cannot acknowledge the two cups that are still standing. Later, when he has healed somewhat, he will be able to see all that remains. The loss could be great or small. It could be tangible or intangible. It could be imminent, hence acts as a warning or a experience just passed.

Keywords: Loss, Regret, Bereavement, disappointment, resistance to change.

Five of Swords


The Five of Swords is about self-interest. In a reading, it can mean that you or someone else is forgetting the larger view of self. You are defining your interests too narrowly. If you try to get ahead in isolation, your actions will come back to haunt you later, one way or the other. But if you are been oppressed or abused in some situation it can also mean you need to stand up for yourself and put your interest first.

Keywords: Self-interest, Hostility, Discord, battles, Dishonor

Five of Pentacles

5pentaclesThe Five of Pentacles can represent a lack –  of several kinds. Such as poor health, material, and economic setbacks, or lack of acceptance itself. The two figures on this card are cold, hungry, tired, sick and poor –  a reality many in the world face every day. Hence this card is a signal that either we are experiencing one of the worst periods in our life, especially financially but also that we are neglecting certain aspects of our life as well. Nevertheless, Whenever you experience hardship, know that it is only temporary. Look for the spiritual center that will take you in and give you shelter.

Keywords: Hardships, Ill-health, Rejection, depression, feeling ostracized, sufferings, spiritual seeking.

A running theme in the suits numbered five is that of Instability, conflict, loss, the opportunity for change and recreation. In a reading, many 5s indicate change, challenge, and fluctuation.




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