8 Five of Wands Tarot Meanings: Love, Outcomes, Feelings & More!

The meaning of the Five of Wands Tarot card is ‘competitiveness.’ When the Five of Wands card rears its head, you can confidently predict that you’re about to engage in competition with a rival at some point in the future.

Sometimes, this card can predict friendly competitiveness; the guys down at the bar with their eyes on the same girl, the football teams, and the co-workers after the same promotion will all appear as the Five of Wands.

The Five of Wands General Tarot Meaning

The Five of Wands is a brilliant card for those involved in competitive sports, as it embodies the energy of sportsmanship. Other times, battles may not be so fun. Based on the surrounding cards in your spread, you can tell the tone of this competitiveness.

The Five of Wands speaks of the strife, but not the overall results. With this tension comes an opportunity for you to prove yourself. When push comes to shove, are you about to sink or swim?

The Five of Wands often warns of conflict that may not appear so dangerous at the time. However, jealousy can soon turn ugly. If you’re the victim of someone else’s envy, this is good; it means you’re doing something right. However, if you’re the one hating on others, this could spell trouble if you’re not channeling your emotions correctly.

There will be times when the conflict of the Five of Wands is imaginary, not real. It can appear at times when you’re too busy watching what other people are doing instead of getting to work building your own empire. If this sounds like you, use your jealousy as a compass that highlights the things you want and go from there.

Five of Wands Love Tarot Meaning

The Five of Wands usually makes an appearance in love Tarot readings where the object of your affection is unsure of their feelings. There could be another interest (or another person) in the picture competing for their affections. Therefore, be wary of this in the future.

The Five of Wands does not say if you will end up with your love interest or not; its meaning is elusive. Basically, the cards are predicting that you’ll have to fight for your partner’s affection either now or in the future. However, your cards cannot reveal for now if your efforts will ultimately pay off. Therefore, I recommend you wait until you have more information and then read on this matter again in the future.

(If you would like more detailed love and relationship Tarot meanings for the Five of Wands, be sure to check out my Love Tarot Meanings e-book.)

Five of Wands Feelings Tarot Meaning

When it appears as a feeling, the Five of Wands has a couple of meanings. Sometimes, the Five of Wands can mean that your love interest has their eye on someone else. Another person is fighting for your potential lover’s affection, and your lover is having a hard time choosing who they want to be with long-term. 

In relationships that are already well-established, the Five of Wands can mean that your partner feels they are fighting for your attention. Your lover does not feel that you’re giving them all that they deserve.

Five of Wands Career & Business Tarot Meaning

In a career Tarot reading, the Five of Wands speaks of your competition. If you think you have a cutting-edge idea that no one can compete with, you’re wrong. You have competitors who are worthy opponents. You will have to spend some time hustling and doing some market research to figure out how you can outsmart others in your industry.

It’s rewarding to have friends in the same business as you. However, the Five of Wands is a warning to remember that they are still your competition; you might see them as allies, but that doesn’t mean they see you the same way. Keep your mouth shut and don’t spill any company secrets.

Five of Wands Future Tarot Meaning

When the Five of Wands appears in a future or outcome position of a Tarot spread, this means you’re going to have to compete in the future. You could be competing for your lover’s affection or in a sports contest. Either way, the best man will win. 

It can be pretty frustrating when the Five of Wands appears in a future or outcome position. It predicts that the ending will not be revealed, only the struggle. You’re not going to be told the results of the battle as, for now, only the journey is written.

Yes or No with The Five of Wands

General – The Five of Wands is neutral meaning, neither yes nor no – in most cases, it depends on the question.

Do they like me? – The Five of Wands can indicate that they are undecided about how they feel about you. 

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Am I pregnant? – I would not read the Five of Wands as a pregnancy or conception card. 

Is this relationship going to last? – Because the Five of Wands is a mostly negative card, the future of this relationship seems uncertain. 

Does the future of this look promising? – The future of this matter looks challenging. 

Am I going to reconcile with my ex? – If you’re wondering whether your ex is coming back or not, the Five of Wands warns that getting them to return will require effort on your part. Your ex is currently focused on other areas and aspects of their life. You will need to try very hard to get their head to turn in your direction. 

The Five of Wands as a Negative, Weakness, or Obstacle

When the Five of Wands appears in a negative, weakness, or obstacle Tarot spread position, this means you’re going to have to fight for attention, affection, or notoriety. You might start to feel a little envious and jealous of other people. You will be worried that you’re not worthy of whatever you’re striving to obtain. 

In some cases, the Five of Wands will pop up as a negative if you feel that you are trapped in conflict. Because of a negative environment, you will begin to second guess yourself. You don’t know whether all the effort you’re putting in is going to pay off, and this makes a successful conclusion for the matter much less certain. 

Finally, the Five of Wands will land in a bad Tarot spread position when the people you’re working with are not team players – this is especially true if you’re involved in intensive hobbies or competitive sports. 

The Five of Wands as a Positive, Strength, or Advantage

When the Five of Wands appears in a positive, strength, or advantage Tarot spread position, this means an exciting new challenge is on the horizon. This is going to be your chance to show your skills. 

In some cases, the Five of Wands will appear as an advantage if the atmosphere of competition is working in your favor. If someone has to work hard for you, they’re not going to take you for granted. 

The Five of Wands will also appear as a strength when the competition is friendly. Sportsmanship is at an all-time high. The Five of Wands is a welcome card when you’re involved in a competitive past-time – your hobby is going to remain interesting.

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