The Witches Tarot- Five of Wands, depicts a battle between the Elements, each shown as a colored dragon. Battling among the clouds, are the gold and green dragon of Air, the blue dragon of Water, the solid green dragon of Earth, the red dragon for Fire and the purple dragon represents the 5th element of Spirit. The dragon riders are all carrying their flowering Hawthorne wands that the Witches tarot uses to represent the suit of wands.
The intent of the riders, is shown in their accoutrement. Some are armored for battle, displaying intensity and aggressive postures. Two others, seem to be flying in to see what the ruckus is about. Dragons are known as magical beasts of great fiery ferocity and also for their great wisdom.
When this card is thrown in a divination, it implies: That minor annoyances and petty differences need to be dealt with. Therefore, this card may also indicate bickering among coven mates, co-workers or friends. Put your "game face" on, putting effort into solving issues, and you'll see some positive results.
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 after struggle. When strife is dealt with, a higher vibratory nature of the body’s vital energy flows up the spine; an energy that is known as the Adorable Fire to the well-studied student of Qaballah. The gray central Wand 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 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 at hand is in the other cards of the Tarot reading.
THE FIVE OF WANDS; STRIFE.
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 vital energy and with Saturn influence, this flow of force is agitated and disturbed, not unlike water flow is disturbed by rocks, causing rapids. Or the coiled snake of vital energy called the Kundalini, is disturbed by the communion of male-electric and female magnetic forces, causing it to rise in a rush upwards towards the head, but not yet exploding throughout the body as a fiery ecstasy that resembles adorable pain. However, in the 5 of Wands, there is contest unresolved, as the fire is building friction before the "release".
Crowley's Thoth Deck Card, shows the nature of the energy rather than its disturbed nature displayed by the Golden Dawn or Ryder-Waite Tarot Decks.
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, the 5th Sephiroth, rather than happenstance. The Phoenix wand implies resurrection from the purgation of Fire, while the Lotus Wand is of the Mother.
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 manifested Self- Image yet, and that you 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.
All because we are taught to believe that mortality is a weakness, rather than the only way to experience the courageousness of our Souls to learn discernment through the measurement between alpha and omega and/or sensation. 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 therefor, information. Not all information is usable at any one time so discrimination and/or discernment is necessary. Thus Strife is a loving corrective not a punishment. In Fact, strife is the journey of the Master of Time-Space.
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 or for creations to move. 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! Take child birth for instance, severity before the manifestation of ones most beloved child.
When the 5/Five of Wands 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.
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