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The Tarot of Eli: The Druid Craft Tarot- Five of Wands & The Thoth Tarot- 5 of Wands-Strife.

Qabalistic Tarot Card Comparisons.

The Thoth Deck Five of Wands is named-STRIFE . This idea of Strife is also depicted in the corresponding card The Druid Craft Tarot- Five of Wands. Here we have 5 youths, all going at each other with wands, as if they are quarter-staffs, in an individual attack. None are cooperating, and all is chaos because of it.

Individual strife, is well shown in this card, as consolation and focus is definitely required if one is to "carry the day" in this scene of frantic and volcanic activity. The Cock in the foreground, is the ancient symbol for "penis" and a phallic totem in Rome, and the Vatican. In fact, hidden in the treasury of the Vatican, is a bronze image of a cock, with penis head, on the torso of a man; inscribed on the pedestal is "The Savior of The World".{Knight, pl. 2]

Hence, the artist of this beautiful card, is showing us a "cock fight", brought on by the testosterone of youthful males.

Artfully Lady Freda Harris displaying her knowledge of the Tantric Arts in the composition of the 5 of Wands-Strife. Here is a scene of 3 wands that could be called the Chakra Puja or Pancharmakara, or the Choli Marg Tantric rituals. You can look these rituals up in the Book: THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF EROTIC WISDOM by the author, Rufus C. Camphausen.

The objective of Tantric and Taoist sexual practices is to harmonize, balance, exchange and utilize the life energies (Vital Fire) set free during erotic play and sexual union. The Sexual Self is Spirit---it is the Adorable Fire of Life. Qabalah, which means, "receiving" is to show the way to open up to this Adorable Fire of Life; this inner burning of Creation, unblocking ourselves from the closure of ignorance. In the instance of the 5 of Wands, the male Electric-Fire is being heavily invoked by the Female Magnetic Water. Achieving an Electromagnetic surge which causes a great deal of physical strife and re balancing, causing a great deal of bliss and a higher vibratory nature of the body’s vital energy which is known as the Adorable Fire to the well-studied student of Qaballah, this is the Masters Wand that represents the Masters Body. This is the Adorable Fire of Tantric, Gnostic, and Magick ritual…. often called the "Strife filled Ecstasy", which is always invoked by the communion of male electric and female magnetic.


To the Elements, the 5's bring serious problems of unbalance. The 5 of Wands-Strife, brings quarrel and strife in the Vital energy: The 5 of Cups, brings disappointment to relationships; The 5 of Swords, brings defeat to health and mind; The 5 of Disks, brings strangulation to income and business.

All seemingly very gloomy; However, the other cards in the divination will show how long the difficulty as well as, how serious the fives are to be taken. Really, these nasty old 5's just announce that a difficulty exists and often the solution to the problem at hand is in the other cards of the Tarot reading.

Therefore, THE 5 OF WANDS- STRIFE, heralds a need to correct one's actions.

This Lord of Strife astrologically is Saturn in Leo, which is the influence of Geburah (The Fifth Sephiroth) in the World of Pure Spirit; Atziluth of the Four Worlds.

Here the powerful heavy effects of Saturn, united with a Fire sign like Leo, brings quarreling and Strife in energy. In other words, volatility.

The Angels of the Decan are Vahaviah and Yelayel, necessary knowledge for those who wish to call on them.

Wands are a continual outpouring of force, with Saturn influence, this flow of force is agitated and disturbed, not unlike water flow is disturbed by rocks, causing rapids. Or more likely, as volcanic magma is disturbed by the tons of rock it’s pushing through. Thus in the Five of Wands, there is contest unresolved.

Crowley's Thoth Card, shows the nature of the energy rather than its disturbed nature displayed by the Golden Dawn or Ryder-Waite Tarot Decks, or Druid Craft Tarot Cards. Energy's nature is to proceed from order to disorder, as stated in the 2nd law of thermodynamics.

In the 5 of Wands, are shown the Lotus wand of the Golden Dawn Adeptus Minor of Tiphareth, the Phoenix Wand of the Adeptus and the Major of Geburah, all crossing the central wand of the Major Adept. The fact that the Major Adept Wand is central is because its position implies this severity is directed by Geburah-Severity, rather than happenstance. The Phoenix wand implies resurrection from the purgation of Fire, while the Lotus Wand is of the Mother. Since this is from the Divine Creatrix , one can look upon this issue as "tough love".

Many people find Geburah a difficult Intelligence to understand because she is a volcanic as Pelé (Hawaiian Volcano Goddess), all irrational disturbance. Yet these disasters are derived from the benign and gentle influence of the Feminine that is Great Mother Binah. To me, this just shows Spirits "tough love" for its incarnations. Spirit knows you are the best built Divine Creative Image yet, and have the internal strength necessary to handle anything this Universe can throw at you. Yet, because we often believe the definitions of those who "rule definition", we see ourselves as a weakness, trying to become strong,. This misconception is often corrected by strife as all "up side-down" thinking must be corrected.

Because of Organized Religion's insistence that the "flesh is weak" and the Spirit is strong, we are taught to believe that mortality is a weakness, rather than the only way to experience the courageousness of our Souls ability to learn discrimination through sensation ; i.e, The Power of Limitation. Immortals don't have need of courage.......they don't die. However, they also don't have sensuality which is needed to produce discrimination/discernment and/or measurement. I know it may seem weird, but the Immortal/Infinite cannot measure Itself, for infinity has no measurement. To "Know Thy Self", requires a self to measure! Thus Strife is a loving corrective on the journey of measurement that we Soul's call "self-conscious" and not a punishment.

Sensuality requires a "beginning and an end", to exist. The very fact that Soul of you is seeking sensuality by building an incarnate persona, requires severity just to make it so and a fearlessness to make it happen! For example, a certain amount of friction is required to form energy into creations and all creations will proceed from order to disorder. Without the severity of friction/magnetic force, form could not become form, but this very need of friction destroys it as well! Just so, without the friction of severity in one’s life, accomplishment, progress and evolution would not happen, nor aging and death! We Souls knowingly build an incarnation, knowing it can be a "crap shoot" and the soul is certain severity will be applied!


When the Five/5 of Wands is thrown during a divination

It implies:

  • That the querent is involve in a spiritual conflict. This frustrating conflict can ensue for 5 weeks or 5 months because of this confusion of ideas.  The solution of which depends on the diligence of the querent.
  • Here, the querent is adjusting the identity, struggling with self-doubt while striving to move forward,
  • There may be a struggle or strenuous warfare- like competition for riches and success, a kind of battle in life.
  •  The querent might also feel like they are in an impasse, powerless in a time of trial and difficulty. 

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