Five of Wands Tarot Card Meanings

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Five of Wands Tarot
Card Meanings and Keywords:


Arguments and bickering.

Being irritated.

Wanting to stand out from the crowd.

Clashing of personalities.


Difficulty in moving forward.

Doing sport.

Being annoyed by demands.


Avoiding conflict.


Loss of individuality.

Symbolism in Five of Wands tarot card

The five wands have the potential to form a pentacle if the people work together. The wands clash together symbolising conflict and competition. The people are only using their wands to strike against the other wands rather than each other symbolising no one is getting seriously hurt.  The uneven ground symbolises difficulty in moving forward. The five people are all wearing different coloured clothes symbolising there is no team, each man to his own.

Five of Wands tarot card and Astrology

Saturn (World) in Leo (Strength).

Five of wands tarot card meanings upright

Five of wands in a general reading

Five of Wands tarot card denotes standing up for what is important to you, even if it means meeting some opposition. Five of wands can denote arguments and quarrels. Everyone want to get their opinions across and there is tension. Five of wands can mean people have personality clashes and they find themselves easily irritated by others.

Five of wands in a love reading

In a love reading, Five of wands tarot card denotes arguments between couples. If single, the Seeker might find it hard to stand out, and they might feel like the single market is too competitive.

Five of wands in a career reading

In a career reading, Five of wands tarot card signifies competitive jobs, sporting careers and physical work.

Five of wands as Feelings

Five of wands as feelings denotes the Seeker is feeling irritated and emotionally dysregulated. They could be easily triggered. If you are asking what someone feels about you, Five of wands can mean this person feels a bit threatened by your presence and you could have hit a nerve with them. In a relationship, Five of wands speaks of the need to clear the air between the couple. Five of wands speaks of the need for more emotional freedom in a relationship and also in the seeker’s life in general. Yin and Yang are in a perfect dance.

Learn what Five of wands tarot card mean in the Grand Tableau.

Personality types in Five of Wands tarot card

Five of wands tarot card indicates someone who has problems with authority figures and experts. They doubt themselves and cover up their insecurities by hiding behind a cold and prideful posterior. This is someone who is fighting their own insecurity issues and are often in fight mode. As a result, they suffer exhaustion and get overwhelmed and stressed by the smallest of changes. They need to be more patient with themselves and others. They have a tendency to overreact and make things out to be a lot worse than what it is. This is someone who is fighting a battle with themselves and is, therefore, fighting the whole world.

five of wands tarot card meanings reversed 5 of wands tarot cardFive of wands tarot card meanings reversed

Five of Wands tarot card reversed indicates loss of individuality. There is a struggle to stand out among others equally talented. The seeker might have no faith in winning and therefore doesn’t even try. This card also shows up reversed when there is a fear of conflict and a fear of success. The seeker might be overly defensive, believing everyone is attacking them.

Personality types in reversed Five of wands tarot card

Five of wands tarot card reversed denotes someone who needs special love and attention. They need to know that they matter and that they are special. They often get ignored as they tend to have low self-esteem and issues with speaking up for themselves. They are easily overpowered which feeds their low self-image. They often give up easily, believing they are failures. They want to be an individual but are afraid to stand out in case they get attacked.

Tip to the reader: Five of Wands reversed can denote that the seeker needs to ‘find themselves’. They need to do some soul-searching and find out who they are. Once they are in touch with their essence their life will start flowing in amazing ways.

Five Of Wands Tarot Card Combinations

Some important tarot card combinations including Five of wands:

5 of wands + The Fool: A newcomer. 

5 of wands + The Magician: Practising a talent. 

5 of wands + The High Priestess: Initiation. Inner changes. 

5 of wands + The Emperor: Challenging authorities. 

5 of wands + The Hermit: Helping others reach their goals. 

5 of wands + The Wheel of Fortune: Standing out from the rest. 

5 of wands + The Hanged Man: Feeling left out. 

5 of wands + Temperance: Bridging the gap between cultures and class systems in society. Activism. 

5 of wands + The Tower: Being led astray. 

5 of wands + The Moon: Exploring creative individualism. 

5 of wands + Three of cups: Jealousy. 

5 of wands + Four of cups: Restlessness. 

5 of wands + Six of cups: Raising children. 

5 of wands + Seven of cups: Time wasting. 

5 of wands + Nine of cups: Protecting your habitat. 

5 of wands + Knight of cups: Business politics. 

5 of wands + Ace of pentacles: Job interview. 

5 of wands + Two of pentacles: Turning a creative venture into a business opportunity. 

5 of wands + Three of pentacles: Work rivalry. 

5 of wands + Six of pentacles: Computer games. 

5 of wands + Ten of pentacles: Family conflicts. 

5 of wands + Page of pentacles: Reinventing yourself. 

5 of wands + Ace of swords: Having your beliefs challenged. 

5 of wands + Two of swords: Conflict resolution. 

5 of wands + Three of swords: Breakdown in communication. Misunderstandings. 

5 of wands + Four of swords: Bordering to burn-out. Old-couple bickering. 

5 of wands + Seven of swords: Outsmarting others. Confusing others on purpose. 

5 of wands + Eight of swords: Self-doubt. 

5 of wands + Page of swords: Getting on people’s nerves. 

5 of wands + Queen of swords: Playing your own game. 

5 of wands + King of swords: Skill shortage. 

5 of wands + Ace of wands: Waiting for the right time. 

5 of wands + Two of wands: Being original. 

5 of wands + Three of wands: Rudeness. 

5 of wands + Four of wands: Multiculturalism. 

5 of wands + Six of wands: Fighting for recognition. 

5 of wands + Eight of wands: Athleticism. 

5 of wands + Page of wands: A dramatic personality. 

5 of wands + Knight of wands: A strong personality

Five of wands tarot card meanings summary

There is a time to follow and there is a time to lead. The Five of wands tarot card speaks of a time where you are somewhere in between. You are not sure if you are ready to lead, but you are not trusting in who to follow either. The result is often bickering and pity conflicts. One of you will have to take the lead, even if it means sticking your neck out. If you don’t like the leader, and you don’t want to be a leader, you might end up a loner. Find out who you are and what you believe in, and your life will become so much easier. You are not meant to follow everyone, however, you are not meant to fight everyone either. Finding out who you are and believing in yourself will make you less argumentative and more able to stand on your own two feet.

Learn the Meanings of the Suit of Wands Tarot Cards Here.

Learn the meanings of Five of CupsFive of Pentacles, and Five of Swords

Learn the meaning of the Number 5 in numerology. 

39 thoughts on “Five of Wands Tarot Card Meanings”

  1. I got this in reversed as “how someone sees me” romantically along with the upright sun. However, your description in the reversal is not how I am at all. So, I’m trying to find out another meaning in reversed because I was told that this could also mean the person will choose you amongst others that are competing for affection.

  2. I think the meaning is this person has the ‘wrong’ impression of you. This person sees you as five of wands reversed, but as you said, that is not who you are at all. The good news is, the Sun appeared next to it, meaning the person will soon see the real you, and get a new impression that is true to who you are.

  3. Hi Inger , me and my best friend took our relationship to another level. He is separated and playing the field.
    He really wanted the best for me. So I’m being distant so I won’t fall him.
    I asked how he feels for me I received judgement + hierophant And 5 of wands in regards to feelings towards me. Do you know how I should readi that ?

  4. This card combination can mean he wants to be nurtured by you, and he wants someone to look after him. He might want the benefits of a relationship without the commitment. He is not letting you go, and you must make sure you get a commitment, which he might not yet be ready for.

  5. I got the six of wands followed by the Five of wands reversed, In the “problems” positions for a love reading.
    Any idea what that could mean?

  6. Hi, this card combination can mean that maybe one person’s personality is domineering the relationship and the other person might feel like their individuality is not allowed to come out as much as this person would like to.

  7. Page of cups and 5 of wands in regards to my ex who suddenly went cold after we were on decent speaking terms?

  8. I’m really struggling with figuring this combination out. I got the 5 of wands reversed and knight of cups reversed in advice on whether to contact a guy I’m dating but has gone quiet (they fell out together) then clarified with 8 of cups reversed and the world card.

  9. The reversed cards are telling you to take a step back and wait until this person contacts you, or wait until you know for sure what you really want. 8 of cups reversed can mean you have been sacrificing too much in personal relationships, and the World card means you will step up in your life and be the person you were always meant to be, but that also means, you must expect more of the people who wants to stay in your life.

  10. Hello! I got 5 of wands/page of wands/ and the hierophant for monday general reading, but if at work, what does it mean?

  11. Hi! I did a reading and got 9 of cups/5 wands/7 of wands. Could you clarify this reading for me? – I’m a little stumped.


  12. Hi! For a true love spread i got these in order:
    5 of wands reversed
    The devil reversed
    The emperor
    4 of cups reversed
    Ace of wands reversed

    What does this mean?! Some cards are strong and positive while others a bit vague..

  13. Hi Inger,

    For the, the overall theme I got 5 of Wands but the clarifying cards are:

    Knight of Wands (reversed)
    Knight of Swords

    I would love and very much appreciate your interpretation!

    Thank you so much!

  14. This card combination speaks of a lot of flow in being with your true love and this will be a very karmic relationship. Your soulmate will open a lot of doors for you in life and I feel you will move to a completely new place. Your true love is strong and very manly, and you will have a lot of passion.

  15. Hi Inger,

    For an overall theme, I got the 5 of Wands but it’s clarified with:

    Knights of Wands (reversed)
    Knight of Swords

    I would love to know your interpretation! Thank you!

  16. Hi Inger, I did a reading regarding a love interest and i got five of wands in the love position, the chariot in the situation position, and ace of cups in the challenge position. lol! can you clarify this spread?

  17. Hi, I got 5 of wands and ace of swards in question why he doesn’t do any effort towards me. I’m very confused with this combination. Could you help please. He’s fire sign and he tends to have lots of girls around him. Does it mean that I have completion with other girls or he’s fighting he’s insecurities

  18. Hi, this card combination can mean you are so much like that you could be clashing and forgetting about the connection that is there. This card combination also speaks of the importance of remembering to have self-love in a relationship.

  19. Hello Inger! I had a disappointing conflict with my loved again.. again the yearly thing when he bursts over the pettiest reasons. in the past he said its stupid and immature, now he blames me. I think his materialistic environment might be partially responsible and I dont recognize him anymore..
    Subject of reading: how to at least help him open his heart again to compassion and understanding and bring peace in our relations. It felt like a very karmic relationship and Id like us to evolve and not end up enemies..

    Self (how I should appear to him when I finally go to talk) 5 of Wands
    Advice (how to act, general advice on the subject) Ace of Cups
    Challenges (/things that need to be addressed) 9 of Wands

    I noticed the Wands add to 14 which is the Temperance card which lately comes up a lot in my readings even reversed. The Devil also.. I feel drawn to the result but I find it hard to understand how I should speak since he is the 5 of wands personality type and sometimes even the 5 of swords “win at all costs” type.. thats why im currently avoiding to deal with him.. hes very Aries and Im very Libra astrologically cause of our ruling Mercuries..

    Please help me understand the message.. I wish you all the best <3 God bless you

  20. Dear Ri. Please read your own comment with Self-Compassion and Self-Love in your heart. You say: How should I speak? How should I act? Your partner sounds like a piece of hard work to be honest and I really hope you are not blaming yourself and/or think/feel (even on a subconscious level) that you are responsible for his behaviour. I can only recommend that you raise your standards to what you expect of him in the way he speaks to you and how he acts towards you. I have a feeling you have done nothing wrong and you are merely reacting to his demeanour. I really recommend you observe him closely and if he is abusive to you, do not absorb it. I recommend this channel to you:
    God bless you. Please take care of yourself.

  21. Thank you very much Inger.. I asked such a question because I reached a boiling point and I didnt know how to act.. Below is the update, I hope it happens to noone else but I wish I knew the signs before.
    He felt Im distancing myself and we were estranged anyway but he started lying about me harassing him and now pretends he doesnt want to see me (and yet kept communicating all that online) I watched the video and some stuff like callousness and lack of remorse hes exhibiting.. He always had some avoidant paranoid personality disorder going on but its not only that now.. the other day he went to work like a mess and got kicked out.. I dont think I can help, maybe the message from the cards is just this :(
    I reconnected with him exactly at my Saturn Returns start, without knowing then and all this experience has brought me here too.. Im thankful for that, I only wish I hadnt put the need to help him above my needs.. long term it turned to be a mistake for both me and I do self blame on some level.. Thank you for everything Inger from the bottom of my heart

  22. Hi Inger!

    I hope all is well on your end! I would very much appreciate your interpretation of this card combination.
    The overall theme was the 5 of Wands
    but it got clarified with the King of Cups, Ace of Swords (reversed) and the 9 of Wands (reversed). I’d greatly appreciate your interpretation!

    Thank you as always!

  23. Dear, Ri. You wanted to help him because you are a good person and he took advantage of that. Keep watching Richard’s videos when you feel low because you will realize that what happened was not your fault in any way and when you let go you will feel sooo much better!!! :)

  24. May I ask about a relationship already ended, but some feelings are still alive
    Our feelings
    5 of wands ab Me
    2 of swords – ab Him
    9 of wands – does he have new relationship or new love
    Judgement – The possible conclusion

    Thank u very much

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