Five of Wands

Upright/Well Dignified: All fives in the Minor Arcana are showing some sort of less than perfect situation but this one here is the most blunt about it. Aleister Crowley called this card “Strife” and I don’t think that there’s a better word for it a lot of the time. A few niggling things have been popping up and now it might seem like they’re all coming together to stop you from progressing forward. In all truth though, this isn’t true. The reality of the situation is that you are letting these things get in your way rather than dealing with them and moving forward. There might be minor setbacks that you’re experiencing, but these aren’t truly setbacks that are going to be long-term enough to truly worry about as long as they get dealt with decisively early on.

You might find yourself clashing with people. These clashes are minor at best and best left alone after a little while. Take a deep breath

This is sometimes a card of simple competition, where you are being called forward to take on whatever is being thrown at you. The keyword to remember here is strategy. While everything around you might look like chaos, it’s pretty hard to get caught up in everyone else’s chaos if your own strategy remains solid enough to hold onto. Go into whatever’s happening with a plan and you should do fine.

All that being said, there are many ways to deal with what’s going on, but there is definitely a “right” way to go about things and a “wrong” way. Right and wrong aren’t words that I’d normally use, but here, there is a way that will remove you from conflict and a way that will lead you headfirst into conflict. Pick the wrong strategy, or worse, no strategy at all, and you will find yourself tripping over your own feet a lot and being your own worst enemy.

All up, this is a card about struggle. Struggle, but the possibility of an awesome payoff if you can make it work for you.

Reversed/Ill Dignified:

This card reversed can often be about letting the small things get on top of you. There was a lot of opportunities to get things done, but ignoring them has allowed the small fiddly shit to build up until it is finally big enough to be a genuine problem. Thankfully, as a large problem that is built up of smaller smaller ones, it should be easy enough to lessen the intensity by taking t apart piece by piece and dealing with each issue individually rather than dealing with the entirety of what some would call, a clusterfuck.

This is also sometimes a call to recognise that there is already a structure to work from, but you’re ignoring it for one reason or another. The structure is solid  but for any number of reasons, it’s being left behind in a flurry of wasted effort that would have been extremely useful, had it been directed constructively, rather than somebody choosing to “wing it.” Not taking advantage of the structure so far has cost you, but thankfully, this doesn’t have to be a long-term issue. Simply recognise the useful structures and put them into play.

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