Updated: Sep 22, 2020
Merry Meet! Onward we travel into those testy fives!
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The Fives The fifth sphere on the Tree of Life is known as Severity--the sphere of conflict of all types. Whereas the fours gave us the balanced structure and the promise of expansion, the fives want to tear structures down. Five is the sphere of Mars, the planet of energy, conflict, war, revenge, and destruction.
When Martial energy is used on behalf of the Good, then it confronts and destroys structures in our lives that no longer serve our good. But more frequently, Mars energy manifests as grievances and resentments that foster all sorts of conflict, scorekeeping, and retaliation.
Five is an unbalanced, odd number. It promotes motion and change. All Martial energy that promotes positive change is borne with little to no discomfort.
It is the festering resentments, the need to be right at all costs, and the downright cruelty of this sphere that we must be aware of and guard against indulging in.
The Five of Wands
Of all the suits, wands bear the fires of Mars quite well. This card often speaks of "in the moment" conflicts that don't carry any significant long-term weight. Often this energy manifests as temper tantrums, silly arguments, tiffs, and blow-ups. This card can indicate stuck energy that needs to be moved or trapped steam that must be blown off. In a reading this often is a reminder to the querent not to take any of these things too seriously, and that many of these kinds of upsets can be avoided by simply taking a bit of time out to get some exercise, breathe, and move some stuck energy.
The Five of Coins
Mars in cups is all about inner conflict. Martial energy when focussed on the emotional and spiritual planes often manifests. Depending on surrounding cards, this inner struggle can denote an initiation of sorts. This will often be a difficulty that bears great gifts. Too often, however, this five is depression, self-loathing, fear, and despondency.
In a reading this is often a call for the person to find a new perspective. Often the way out of their darkness is very clearly indicated in the surrounding cards.
The Five of Swords
Swords are about the battle, and fives are about the war. This pip is a conflict with absolutely no restraint.
No good can come of tolerating cruelty for its own sake whether it be a trait within ourselves or that we witness in others. If not dealt with directly, it can become even more problematic. In a reading, the Five of Swords frequently advises that abuse of any kind is not to be tolerated. If the person needs to extricate themselves from an untenable situation they should not delay in doing so.
Five of Coins
The Five of Coins represents a conflict in our assets. This can be financial loss, lawsuits, bankruptcy, tax audits, disinheritance, etc. If it is not about the finances, then there is definitely conflict in regards to possessions or assets of some sort or another.
In a reading, this card can be counseling the querent to deal with this conflict directly and using positive means. The cards surrounding it will usually offer a decent plan of action. Remember that no matter how bad a situation looks, to spirit its solution is a piece of cake!
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