Five of Wands Tarot Card Meaning

The Five of Wands Tarot card description has a few interpretations. One of the key meanings of this minor arcana card is that it points to the road ahead being filled with difficulties, not in themselves overwhelming but enough to produce a stalemate.

This tarot card could mean that many obstacles prevent you from achieving your goal or aspiration. However, it may also indicate that you will have to use your brain, skill, and determination to maximize the success of this endeavor. Another interpretation is that of having power and suggestiveness over both men and women.

The five wands can be a very expressive tarot card. Other tarot cards influence the meaning of the tarot spread. The ‘source’ of its imagery also changes when certain other cards are drawn. One example will be if the court cards have been drawn but not the Tower, where it could indicate independence, invincibility, or confidence in oneself.

Five of Wands Upright

The Five of Wands depicts a quarrel and has multiple tarot card meanings such as inner conflict or even high blood pressure in a health reading.

Five of Wands Tarot Card Meanings (Upright): In a reading, the Five of Wands suggests that there is mistrust and suspicion, or it could also mean unity, clashing personalities or facing competition. Uniting together to solve a problem, and find harmony whether on the personal level or globally, would be the meaning in this case.

Love & Relationships – Upright

If this card appears in a love tarot spread it indicates a strong desire for love and unity or a relationship. It may also be pointing at the need for balance in your love life as well as the nature of the relationship, and its effect on your life.

Career, Business & Money – Upright

The career meaning can indicate much about a career and the need for money. Success is important, and it could be that you find yourself in a position where you feel very limited in your life, or perhaps you are feeling very pressured to succeed. Perhaps some big changes are coming your way.

This card can also represent a challenge in your career or business.

Health & Wellbeing – Upright

The Five of Wands upright position in health readings reflects all kinds of health issues, from physical health to mental well-being, and even the body’s overall strength concerning energy levels. It also could be pointing at depression or feelings of discouragement or loss.

Family & Children – Upright

The Five of Wands upright signifies change, either in a new relationship or vulnerability regarding current ones, particularly if the other cards have been drawn to indicate that. It can also point to concern with children and how we are raising them, perhaps being needed as a parent or doing something to protect them from a potential threat.

Nature & Environment – Upright

This card often reflects an interest in animals and nature, even if it is only one card on the tarot spread in question. It could signify spending time with your pets and sharing the joys they bring into your life.

Spirituality – Upright

The Five of Wands upright could indicate a desire to connect with an aspect of your spiritual self, such as the divine or your higher purpose. It may also be pointing at emotional pain or a state of mind preventing you from connecting to the spirit.

The Five of Wands upright can also point to personal growth and inner self-awareness. Perhaps you feel lost in life or worry about making the right decisions in the future. It could also indicate permission to step out of old patterns and become more independent. Perhaps you have been holding back for too long, and this card suggests you take the first step towards change.

Five of Wands Reversed

This card reversed represents avoiding conflict.

Five of Wands Tarot Card Meanings (Reversed): When reversed, this minor arcana card means cowardliness and retreat to avoid conflict. It is sometimes interpreted as an inability to confront things during an argument or make way for something new due to fear of failure. However, one could also use it to surrender one’s ego and let go of pride when doing so would mean one can preach peace and harmony within the heart.

Love & Relationships – Reversed

The Five of Wands reversed meaning in a love reading is unnecessary conflict in the relationship, or it could be pointing at you not confronting something within yourself that is causing tension or internal conflict. It may also signify a lack of commitment and the need for honesty.

Career & Money – Reversed

The Five of Wands reversed can reflect a lack of motivation in the workplace or home. It could also mean that for you to move forward with your plans, especially with finances and career, some changes need to be made first regarding other people involved in these situations. The card could also point to a lack of support in these situations.

Health & Wellbeing – Reversed

The reversed Five of Wands can indicate health concerns, such as a lack of strength or confidence. It could also point to depression or fears about dying and ending this life.

Family & Children – Reversed

The Five of Wands reversed indicates a need for boundaries regarding family, either the children of the relationship or those in it. The card can also point to a conflict between you and those close to you, especially if it is in an adverse position.

Nature & Environment – Reversed

When the Five of Wands reversed is in the reading, it can indicate a relationship with nature and the environment, or perhaps a love of pets. It can also point to spending time with your animals, either at home or outdoors.

Spirituality – Reversed

The Five of Wands reversed could indicate intolerance to negativity and someone who avoids being in difficult situations. A fear of confrontation may also be present in this card and resistance to letting go of old habits or ways of working in your life that has been successful thus far. It could also be pointing at a lack of inner peace and harmony within yourself that prevents you from connecting to the spirit and following your path for healing.


In conclusion, the Five of Wands is a card of conflict, competition, and anger. If the other cards in the spread point to issues concerning your career or money, or ones that could lead to them, such as health and family issues, then this card could indicate that you are being challenged.

You may find yourself under a lot of pressure to succeed or do well, or you may also feel like you are under attack from others, whether in your workplace or at home. Are you trying to achieve too much? There is always a line between success and failure, so try not to cross it — there could be more competition than usual on your horizon.