Five of Wands – Tarot Love Relationship Outcome & Reversed


Five of Wands

Five of Wands – Love and Relationship Outcome

The Five of Wands in a Tarot Reading suggests you may have competition or a battle for the one you love, however, there is a strong suggestion that this maybe just sparing or banter. There is also a sense of speculation and adventure from which you may form a strong attachment as well as personal and financial gain.

In the reversed position you could be in a real dispute that could end up in the courts, however, this could be to your advantage.

Five of Wands – As a Person, Outcome and Feelings

Egotism, positive speech, contention, persuasion, suggestion, hot speech, demonstration (e.g. of love or desire); pushing power; all this may lead to trickery, to competition perhaps, and to struggle for riches certainly; it means speaking and thinking to such a self-centred way, that no notice is taken of other people’s standpoint; consequently clashing of opinions; sometimes it may allude to gold and presents, but to the promise rather than to the fact. There is little or no evil in this card. At most it may denote stupid and childish persistence in one’s own personal opinion, e.g. wishes. It has something sunny in it and is good for health and wealth in a general way, promoting both, but it is not ‘riches’ in itself.
A. E. Thierens, [1930]

Five of Wands

Pictorial Key to the Tarot – Rider-Waite-Smith
By A.E. Waite (1911), tarot card illustrations by Pamela Colman Smith (1911)


A posse of youths, who are brandishing staves, as if in sport or strife. It is mimic warfare, and hereto correspond the divinatory meanings.

Divinatory Meanings
Imitation, as, for example, sham fight, but also the strenuous competition and struggle of the search after riches and fortune. In this sense it connects with the battle of life. Hence some attributions say that it is a card of gold, gain, opulence.

Divinatory Meanings – Reversed
Litigation, disputes, trickery, contradiction.

Additional Divinatory Meanings
Success in financial speculation.

Additional Meanings – Reversed
Quarrels may be turned to advantage.

The Tarot

By S. L. MacGregor Mathers, c 1888

Five of Wands

Divinatory Meanings
Five of Sceptres – Gold, Opulence, Gain, Heritage, Riches, Fortune, Money.

Divinatory Meanings – Reversed
Legal proceedings, Judgment, Law, Lawyer, Tribunal.

General Book of the Tarot

By A. E. Thierens, [1930]

Five of Wands

Gold, riches, opulence, magnificence, brilliancy, luxury, the struggle for riches, “physical, philosophical and moral sun.” (Papus) But also process, trickery, contradiction, discussion, chicane, etc.

Air on the Fifth house: that of the sun. The house of the heart and of children, of speculation and love affairs, of pride and of will-power. There is more of the richness of the heart in it than of material abundance, though generally Leo-people know how to reach the latter. It is a house of Fire, and the combination of Fire and Air makes warm air, which may be used to heat rooms, in the same way as words, that contain warm feelings of the heart, will do good to other people, and on the other hand hot speech will arouse lively contradiction. Here is the same mistake: the card is not that of contradiction, but of hot speech, very positive expression, and contentions, suggestions, rather than discussion, egocentric thought, from which we may conclude, that it will evoke contradiction, or some other effect. But we have to do with the proper meaning of a card itself. It is quite true, that the house Leo may bring gold and presents. Thought-power taken to heart, or taking its motives from love and from the desires and wishes of the heart, may very often be more selfish than reasonable, but it is a real pushing power and therefore generally is the most helpful element towards attaining the goal. This, of course, has been the reason for ascribing riches, etc., to this card.

The Oracle of the Tarot – Exoteric Tarot

By Paul Foster Case (1933)

Five of Wands
In the triangle are the Tables of the Law, referring to the Hebrew attribution of 5 to Justice. But 5 is also Severity, and is called the Sphere of Mars, which somewhat modifies the meanings of the card.

Time period
First decanate of Leo, July 23rd to August 1st, ruled by the Sun.

Power, and pleasure in exercising it; adventure, speculation, and uncertainty; strong attachments.

Boldness, command, generosity.

Cruelty, violence, lust, prodigality.


Further reading

More information on the Five of Wands Tarot card.