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What does the Five of Wands mean?

July 18, 2017

Five of Wands -- Tarot of the MastersHere is a pithy meaning for the Five of Wands:
Some people just love to cause trouble.

This pithy meaning arises from the fact that the Five of Wands sometimes reminds me of Eris, the Goddess of Discord. See the following tale from her entry in Wikipedia:

The most famous tale of Eris recounts her initiating the Trojan War by causing the Judgment of Paris. The goddesses Hera, Athena and Aphrodite had been invited along with the rest of Olympus to the forced wedding of Peleus and Thetis, who would become the parents of Achilles, but Eris had been snubbed because of her trouble-making inclinations.

She therefore tossed into the party the Apple of Discord, a golden apple inscribed – “For the most beautiful one”, thus provoking the goddesses to begin quarreling about the appropriate recipient. The hapless Paris, Prince of Troy, was appointed by Zeus to select the fairest. The goddesses stripped naked to try to win Paris’ decision, and also attempted to bribe him. Hera offered political power; Athena promised infinite wisdom; and Aphrodite tempted him with the most beautiful woman in the world: Helen, wife of Menelaus of Sparta. Paris chose to award the apple to Aphrodite, thereby dooming his city, which was destroyed in the war that ensued.


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  1. rappleyea permalink

    I’m loving your pithy comments, in fact so much so, that I’m going to have to get the book! Soul’s Journey was far and away the best tarot book I’ve ever read. Thank you!

    BTW, what is the deck used for Wands 5 card?

    • Thank you for the kind words. Tell all your friends, OK? 😉
      That is the Five of Wands in my own deck, “Tarot of the Masters” (which is now OOP)
      PS: You can click on the card to link to more info on that deck.

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