First Reaction To A 5 Of Any Suit
Yesterday, at a Tarot reading session for a client, one of the cards picked in the Tarot spread was the 5 of Cups. Her question pertained to her state of relationship with her husband, and she stared intently at that card. Before I could even provide her a detailed narrative of the significance of the card to her situation, she burst out crying. Our hour together went on to 2 1/2 hours because I truly wanted to support her as much as I could and realized that her despondency set in deeper when the image on the card appeared quite negative at first glance.
So, I have decided to dedicate this blog post to the family of 5s; 5 of Pentacles, 5 of Wands, 5 of Cups and 5 of Swords, to share my perspective that these cards are not to be feared, They are possibly the cards that can offer you the best advice ever to lift you from the negativity of your situation. For this purpose, I am using my Rider-Waite Tarot deck.
5 Of Pentacles
The image on the 5 of Pentacles card shows a destitute couple walking through a snow, one is limping with a crutch in hand, and the other is covered by a shawl. A church is in the background with 5 pentacles etched on its stained glass window.
Typically, this card is a reflection of the querant going through financial strive, loss of job or home, or other material adversities. However, I often like to take the querants on a journey into the card and show them the crutch and the shawl that are there to Iend them support and warmth in their time of need. I'd point to the church behind them which is a symbol of spiritual comfort. Most importantly, I'd point out to the fact that there are 2 people in the card, each of them are not alone.
So, when you see the 5 of Pentacles, ask yourself these questions. What currently within your situation is that resource you may have to help you through the challenges? Whom can you ask for help? What or who is that 'church', 'crutch' or 'shawl' in your life ? Know that when you are thrown into a deep end, you will always find some form of support floating nearby, and your struggles against the tide will bring you lessons richer than ocean life that can only make you stronger.
5 Of Wands
The image on the 5 of Wands card shows a group of people dressed in different clothes, raising their rods in competition with each other.
Typically, the 5 of Wands is a reflection of the querants experiencing struggles, tension and conflict within their respective environments. However, I'd often invite the querants to "walk into the card" with me so that we can get a better assessment of the situation. The people in the card image wearing different outfits reflect the different beliefs, opinions, values of the people the querants are dealing with. On closer look at the card, the people raising their rods aren't hitting each other with it. The rods are raised to create awareness, fear, noise and possibly to just put their individual points across.
So, when you pick a 5 of Wands, ask yourself these questions. At what point can you come to a compromise? Can you agree to disagree? If you can't change the situation, can you change how you think about the situation? Know that life is made more colorful and interesting because diversities exist. People's attitudes, beliefs and approach to things are so different, and if you can learn to respect that diversity and work within a framework with proper rules of engagement, you don't have to see life as one big struggle.
5 of Cups
The image of the 5 of Cups card depicts a man in a dark cloak who has turned away in despair. On the ground sits 5 cups, 3 of them have been knocked over and the 2 remaining cups left standing. In front of him, a river flows in a torrent of waves separating him from his house. A bridge is seen at a far distance.
Typically the 5 of Cups is a reflection of the querants experiencing emotional loss, disappointment, inability to attain a goal and perhaps not able to accept or move on from these challenges. However, during our journey into the card, I'd point to the 2 upstanding cups and tell the querants that there is hope, they should never lose hope. I'd point to the bridge and tell them that if they had bothered to look further ahead, they'd see they can get support in their time of need, and there is perhaps a silver lining in their situations. That bridge is beckoning them to walk over, cross the river and move on.
So when you pick the 5 of Cups, ask yourself these questions. Is the person you're experiencing that disappointment over, worth it? Did you look closely enough to find the right solutions to the issue? Were you expecting too much? Did you reassess your goals? Know that challenging situations are opportunities to teach you valuable lessons. And really, it's okay to give yourself time to heal.
5 of Swords
The image on the 5 of Swords resonates tumultuous energy and depicts a man looking intently at his conquered enemies. 2 men are seen walking away from him. He brandishes 3 swords in his hand and 2 swords lay haphazardly on the ground.
Typically, the 5 of Swords is a reflection of the querants undergoing conflicts, hostility, isolation and tension. The card also speaks of negative ambition and perhaps the querants may have achieved something but at a great cost.
A "walk into the card" together often provides greater clarity for the querants to see if the "swords" are worth fighting for or perhaps they should pick their battles. When we "talk" to the image of the 2 men walking away in defeat, we often come to a conclusion that the continued perception of betrayal or that all is forever lost will only perpetuate greater disillusionment.
So when you pick the 5 of Swords, ask yourself these questions. What are you prepared to give up for that win? Can your disillusionment change the situation for the better? What can you do to rally the right support to help your situation?
The 5s Are Your Best Guides
I often like to precede my Tarot reading sessions with clients by telling them that Tarot is not a fortune telling tool but rather a tool to help them uncover choices with which they can use to influence the outcomes of their respective situations. The 5s are possibly the best 4 cards in a Tarot deck that can provide you with the necessary guidance to help you influence a positive outcome. I don't believe in destiny. Destiny is in your hands. I like to tell my clients that if they can't change their situations, they should change the way they think about their situations.
About The Writer:
The writer of this blog post is a marketeer by trade, and a tarot card reader by accident. She was awarded a Certified Professional Tarot Reader qualification from the Tarot Certification Board of America (TCBA) and was recently certified as a numerologist in Singapore. A member of the American Tarot Association (ATA) and the Tarot Association of the British Isles (TABI), she is also a reader for the Free Tarot Network and is a mentor for the ATA.
She can be contacted at www.facecbook.com/SunGoddessTarot or www.sungoddesstarot.com