Cards of Five in Tarot

Cards of Five in Tarot: Description and Interpretation

What is the meaning of Cards of Five in Tarot

The number “five” is chaotic, and it exists as if it’s purpose is to spoil the stability of the four. Sometimes it becomes necessary to bring energy into a stagnant situation, but more often this leads to a crisis. Fives have earned a bad reputation for most often means unpleasant events, which, however, are an integral part of life. A Tarot deck would be incomplete without such cards. By learning to understand these complex cards, you will eventually be able to channel their energy to change the situation towards the desired outcome.

Fives in Tarot always bring with them an external crisis, some circumstances that are not in your favor.

Key words and phrases:

Imbalance. Violation of stability. Struggle. Uncertainty. Disorder. Change. Interruption. Expiration. New cycle. Shifts. Settlement. Misfortune. Conflicts. Disputes. Disappointment. Losses. Omission. Competition. Problems. Difficulties. Studies. Education. Everyone has a rainy day.

Corresponding Major Arcana card: The Hierophant.

Situation and advice: The number “five” is associated with the Hierophant Tarot card, with the planet Mercury, and the astrological signs of Gemini and Virgo. The metal Mercury is also called mercury. Mercury symbolizes change, freedom of movement, adaptability, pliability, mobility, variety, travel and learning. People born under the sign of Mercury prefer intellectual activity to craft. They need to beware of impulsiveness and the chameleon ability to adapt their thoughts to the situation.

The appearance of fives in the Tarot spread indicates a big change, often related to promotions, or possible travel. Some kind of public acceptance is also likely. Fives often portend adventure, solving interesting tasks, or moving. This is a time of tension and serious expenditure of nervous energy.

The number “five” represents Yang energy, restless, volatile and impetuous. Perhaps this is a time of hasty action, adventurism, excitement, freedom from the constraints of the past, important changes, insecurity, scattered energy and creative opportunity. This time is favorable for literature, art, public speaking, advertising, travel, research, gambling, trade and communication. Since the character of fives is rather restless, this is not the best time for long-term projects.

Five of Wands


Five of Wands Key words and phrases:

Competition, conflict, discussion, joint efforts, working groups, bright individuality, different views, lack of a common goal, lack of leadership.
In the reversed form: quarrels, aggressiveness, deliberately creating problems, useless criticism.

As we saw in the Three of Pentacles, a group of people working together can achieve significant results. However, there is no consensus in the Five of Wands about what to do and how to do it. Everyone has their own opinion. Brainstorming is a great way to present and select the best ideas. Competition can activate the best qualities in people. But such fickle energies can quickly spiral out of control and lead to fruitless conflicts.

Five of Wands Tarot Card
Five of Wands Tarot Card

You wake up and hit your little finger on the bed on the way to the bathroom. You’re on the toilet, and suddenly you realize that the paper has run out. At breakfast, you put a stain on your favorite blouse. You are trying to start the car and realize that the battery is low. It will be a terrible, bad and very long day. You are plagued by troubles, by those little troubles that infuriate because they seem to be minor, but they get in the way.

The Five of Wands shows the times when it seems to you that everything is against you. Nothing flows smoothly, everyone works for different purposes. There is no coordinated effort, no agreement. When this card appears, be prepared for obstacles. You will need extra patience and persistence to get to the point where you can do something. The Five of Wands does not promise us strong obstacles, but only a lot of small, annoying and distracting moments.

This card also calls for competition. Healthy competition can be very beneficial. It fosters extra effort, generates excitement, and encourages better performance. When the Five of Wands appears in the Tarot spread, you need to check if you have any competitive moments in your life. Perhaps you are taking part in a competition, race, or some kind of game. You may find that you have opponents who oppose, challenge your position. You may feel discouraged (or you can feel excitement and cheerfulness!). Being in an environment where everyone is squabbling among themselves. Competition is fundamentally controversial, but if it helps you achieve your goals, that’s not a bad thing at all. But if you suddenly realize that this situation is not good, try to find ways to organize cooperation.

Five of Cups

a loss

Five of Cups Key words and phrases:

Grief, feeling of loss, sadness, regret, remorse, bitterness, despair.
In the reversed form: Self-pity, obsession with the past, self-flagellation, inability to grieve.

The Five of Cups does not symbolize so much the loss itself, but rather reflects the emotional reaction to it. Grief is a natural feeling that is needed in order to heal. Other components of healing include taking stock of what has been lost, returning to normal life, and adapting. First, however, comes grief, which can be overwhelming, but you should neither avoid it, nor drown in it.
The Five of Cups is about loss. This card refers to the time when the pain of loss is most acute.

Five of Cups Tarot Card
Five of Cups Tarot Card

In the Tarot spread, the Five of Cups can warn us about the possibility of loss and our associated emotions: sadness, regret, denial. The loss can be large or small. It can be tangible (money, things, relationships, work) or intangible (dream, opportunity, perspective, reputation). You may already know what this card is to you, but if not, use its appearance as a warning to avoid losing, or at least reduce the loses.

You may feel discouraged by this card, but it also has a positive side. Each loss opens up new opportunities for growth, because each loss initiates change. Loss hurts because it is our emotional resistance to change.

The more we try to hold on to what is gone, the more we suffer.

Five of Swords

victory at any cost

Five of Swords Key words and phrases:

Victory, defeat, humiliation, aggression, poor physical shape.
In the reversed form: Pyrrhic victory, dishonor.

How can the keywords for this card be “victory” and “defeat” at the same time? Swords symbolize the truth, which is not always clearly divided into black and white. So it is in this case. Presumably there is a winner, but at what cost did he win? Obviously, he made enemies for himself, did an act that he could regret. The Five of Swords indicates that the situation is not clear and actions that seem to be correct may not actually be so. Before heading to victory, try to see the big picture and assess the future consequences.

Five of Swords
Five of Swords

The Five of Swords is a representation of personal interest. The Golden Rule of Ethics teaches us to think of others, but we often resist. How can we survive in this cruel world while ignoring our own problems? This dilemma comes from our self-determination. If we consider ourselves only as our personality / body, our interests become interests associated with the satisfaction of the needs of this “I”. Do I have enough food? Am I happy? Do I have everything I want?

But we must understand that we are connected with everyone in the long run. In truth, our “I” is the world. What we do with this world, we do with ourselves. This understanding is so fundamental, but it is very easy to forget it in the hustle and bustle, which we do all the time.

In a Tarot spread, the Five of Swords can mean that you or someone else forgets about this broader view of yourself. You define your interests too narrowly. If you try to act in isolation out of your selfishness, your actions will have consequences, and not the most pleasant ones.

Sometimes this card implies the need to put your interests first. If you are abused or feel abused, you must free yourself from it. If you are tired of the demands, be able to defend your boundaries. If you feel that you are being unfairly deprived, take a step forward and demand what is due. Just know that if you hurt others in the process, your victory will not be complete.

The Five of Swords also represents hostility, from crossword to real wiles against you. This Tarot card can mean open dishonor, deception, lies, gimmicks, even crimes. Moreover, you can be both the one against whom these intrigues are woven, and the intriguer himself.

Five of Pentacles

financial losses
poor health

Five of Pentacles Key words and phrases:

Poverty, shortage, need, hunger, bankruptcy, death, deprivation, health problems, refusal to help, inability to see the source of possible help.
In a reversed position: neglect of yourself and your finances, excessive hope for charity, using someone to your advantage.

The Five of Pentacles tells a sad story of loss and poverty. The people on the card have a natural need for food, shelter, and medical care. And although these travelers have available options for action, they either do not see them, or refuse to use them. People are not alone at all. In this bleak case of extreme need there is still kindness and responsiveness for them. No one wants this card to see this card in a Tarot spread, but we all find ourselves in similar situations. We must take steps to change the situation. Help is much closer than it semms.

Five of Pentacles Tarot Card
Five of Pentacles Tarot Card

The Five of Pentacles is a nightmare that haunts many people in our world, a reality that is too close. Even those of us who have never been in dire need are afraid of this. When we don’t have what we want and need, it hurts unbearably.

In a Tarot spread, the Five of Pentacles can present several types of issues. First, poor health. It is difficult to solve life problems when we have no vitality and physical health. This card can be a signal that you are neglecting the needs of your body. But if you continue with this, it can turn into serious problems.

This card can also be a sign of material and economic failure. There is no doubt that life gets harder when we don’t have enough money or decent work. When we try to make ends meet, all other problems are compounded. Even if all is well at the moment, we may still feel insecure, afraid that an accident will take away everything we worked for.

The Five of Pentacles can also represent refusal or rejection. We are social creatures and feel pain when we are excluded from any community. We want to be included in a social group not only for our emotional well-being, but also for mutual support. It hurts to be rejected.

The Five of Pentacles refers mainly to a material disadvantage, but it also has a spiritual component. From the stained-glass window, you can guess that these two figures are located next to the church. Consolation is so close, but they do not see it. The church symbolizes our spirit, perfect and whole in all respects. We are meant to enjoy abundance in all areas of life, but sometimes we forget that this is our birthright. Whenever you are in trouble, know that it is only temporary.

2 thoughts on “Cards of Five in Tarot: Description and Interpretation”

  1. I was taught that the Fives in the Tarot always bring with them an external crisis – circumstances that are not in your favor.

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