The Thoth Tarot -5 of Wands is named-STRIFE and its corresponding card in the Running Press Tarot-5 of Wands, shows conflict and/or Strife.
Which, if you ask me, is well shown in this card, as conflict and focused balance, is definitely required in this scene of frantic and volcanic activity of attacking, while balancing on a wand. Each participant is swing a very fruitful wand in attack, while three other wands are beneath them. The red/orange corners of this card, indicate it is of the Fire Universal Element.
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. 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/pain fluctuation and a higher vibratory nature of the body’s vital energy which is known as the Adorable Fire.
To the well-studied student of Qabalah or Western Mysteries, the Central Wand is the Masters Wand that represents the Masters Body , as it is leadened by Saturn. Saturn being Cronus,the demiurge who rules time and the body gives our Infinite Psyche, "a point in time". The Adorable Fire of Tantric, Gnostic, and Magick ritual which is also called the Strife filled Ecstasy, which is always invoked by the communion of male electric and female magnetic. In the 5 of Wands, are shown the Lotus wand of the Golden Dawn Adeptus Minor of Tiphareth, the Phoenix Wand of the Adeptus crossing the Major Adept of Geburah. The fact that the Major Adept Wand is central is because its position implies this severity is directed by Geburah rather than happenstance. The Phoenix wand implies resurrection from the purgation of Fire, while the Lotus Wand is of the Neophyte (Greek for flower bud) of the Mother Lotus (Creatrix).
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 Five of Cups, brings disappointment to relationships;
The Five of Swords, brings defeat to health and mind;
The 5 of Disks, brings strangulation to income and business.
All this severity seemingly very gloomy; However, the other cards in the divination will show how long the difficulty as well as, how serious the 5's are to be taken. Really, these nasty old 5's just announce that a difficulty exists and often the solution to the problem is at hand as displayed in the other cards of the Tarot reading.
This Lord of Strife astrologically is Saturn in Leo, which is the influence of Geburah (The Fifth Sephiroth-Severity) in the World of Pure Spirit; Atziluth of the Four Qabalistic 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.
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 Self- 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 by the guidance of our "masters". This misconception is often corrected by strife.
All because we are taught to believe that mortality is a weakness, rather than the only way to experience the courageousness of our Soul's journey into Self-Awareness is to learn discrimination and/or discernment through sensation and/or Pleasure and Pain. Immortals don't have need of courage, they don't die. However, they also don't have sensuality which is needed to produce measurement and discernment. Therefore, in Qabalah, Strife is viewed as a loving corrective not a punishment. Besides any journey worth doing is difficult and therefore, called an "adventure".
Sensuality requires a "beginning and an end", to exist ,i.e., Measurement. The very fact that the Soul/Psyche 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. Without the severity of friction/magnetic force, form could not become form! Just so, without the friction of severity in one’s life, accomplishment, progress and evolution would not happen! 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 of Wands or 5 of Fire, is thrown during a divination
- 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.
- One is reminded to stay calm during the chaos, by remembering who you are.
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