03/05/13: Unnecessary Drama / 5 of Wands Rev


Today is the Five of Wands reversed, associated with Saturn in Leo. Dramatic (Leo) work (Saturn) would be a useful way to expend this energy, but how many of us do that?

Seeing this version from the Zodiac Tarot, I’m inclined to tell you not to let your ego (Leo) run amuck. It could be limiting (Saturn) via conflicts. Fives are conflicted cards. Be especially wary of temper tantrums because you know what? It’s probably way unnecessary.

Time makes a lot of things seem way less important. Often, just a little bit of time, you know?

Use your dramatic skills for good and not evil. Okay? And if you’ve got drama showing up, recognize it as such and take a step back. Every play ends.

You witness to unnecessary drama?

Zodiac Tarot
by Lo Scarabeo

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09/24/11: The Point of the Fight | Five of Wands


“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” –Philo

Whose fight is it, anyway? That’s always the question, at least for me. What’s mine and what’s not is the ever-present query. Because even if I need to do some fighting, knowing where my emotional responses come from, detaching from other people’s vision and choices, allows me not to take discord so damn personally. It whisks away a lot of the sting.

5_of_WandsToday’s Tarot forecast is another pretty card from the Psychic Tarot oracle—maybe too pretty. “Obstacles and Challenges” is better known of the Five of Wands or Lord of Strife, associated with Saturn in Leo. Got to control (Saturn) the Ego (Leo)!

Tarot folks will recognize the traditional image, while today’s Psychic Tarot Oracle version suggests a more internal struggle than I usually read for this card. The Legacy of the Divine version likewise emphasizes internal conflict, showing all the warriors growing from the same tree. It’s a good point, though—reactions are internal, even if the disagreement isn’t.

Fighting through our own issues prepares us, to take the next step forward. It’s only through releasing the drive to control anybody else that we gain true control of ourselves.  Peace doesn’t come from convincing the world to revolve according to our dictation. Obstacles and challenges appear for a reason—they are attachments, lessons, pockets of energy that have to be worked through before we can move through to another plane, experience a new level of mastery (Saturn) and shine (Leo).

It’s an opportunity. Tarot fives are conflicted, but there is always a lot of energy and movement afoot. We can use that! Thinking back on the times in your life when you’ve made the most significant changes, when you’re grown the most, weren’t challenges and conflict an integral part of the process? Personally, I’d have been lost without them.

What point do you see in your obstacles?

The Psychic Tarot Oracle Cards: a 65-Card Deck, plus booklet!
by John Holland

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08/22/11: Conflict Zen | Reversed Five of Wands


“A conflict begins and ends in the hearts and minds of people, not in the hilltops.” –Amos Oz

I do make it practice, to “live Zen” much as I can, because  I’m so much happier! :yinyang: Even (especially?) with little things, I consider job to keep my intent pure, leaving the Universe to sort out the rest. I maintain faith that as I send out any energy, it will go where it needs to go, whether or not it’s how I’d have anticipated.

It’s is a very freeing perspective. Once I hit send on an email, hang up the phone, even once I write an Everyday Tarot column, I make a conscious effort to let that energy go without “outcome strings.” It’s not a guarantee I’ll never become frustrated, but it is a guarantee I’ll skip some ego-driven, internally-generated drama. If you always do the best you know how and put that out infused with good intent, it’s like Karmic insurance.

Today’s Tarot is the Five of Wands reversed or Lord of Strife, associated with Saturn in Leo. This lovely version from Shadowscapes features feisty foxes fighting. And you know, there is kind of a “pack” feel to the Five of Wands. It’s a crowd mentality—everybody is going at it with all they’ve got. Reversed, though, I’d expect an opportunity to end the struggle, perhaps simply by dropping out of the fray.

What if someone is being unkind or hurtful? Obviously, aggression doesn’t endear folks to us, but how much does it change, practically speaking? Is the threat real? Are the issues at stake relevant, or is it about hurt feelings? Restraining (Saturn) ego (Leo) may be in order. Because if we find a situation disagreeable, we can often choose not to pay attention. I try to feed the energy I like in my life, and starve unpleasant frequencies. It’s like an energetic volume setting.

There are an awful lot of fights we can escape by simply disengaging. Just because we’re nearby and get a shot aimed our way doesn’t mean we have to opt-in for a full-blown war. Certainly, there are times when it’s appropriate and necessary to fight. I’d never suggest otherwise. The question is, “Is this one?”

The reversed Five of Wands suggests reviewing battle zones. Is this a fight worth having? Can you easily erase it from your life by ceasing to pay attention? If it is a worthy battle, hold tight to your highest intention throughout and maintain kindness even as you step up to the challenge. Keep your integrity intact regardless. But if it’s not worthy of your attention, send good wishes to your would-be adversaries and leave the trashy vibes out on the curb. The stench lingers.

Do you have a battle afoot? How is it going?

Shadowscapes Tarot
by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law

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Everyday Tarot, 06/27/11: Short-Circuit Conflict / Five of Wands

five-wands-tarot-forecastUh oh. “There are no bad cards. Really. There are no bad cards. Seriously.” I remind myself. I mean, you’d think I was talking about The Tower or the Three of Swords or something. But no.

I hate conflict. So I wince when I see the Five of Wands. Last time I drew it for Everyday Tarot, I pulled two more cards so he would have less attention. (That’s legal.) Evidently, he still wants to be heard. Tarot is kind of insistent like that. And thank God! Who knows how much I’d miss, otherwise?! I can be oblivious.

Registered and duly addressed, oh Source. Thank you. “Conflict” is the topic today.

Today’s Tarot forecast is the Five of Wands or “Lord of Strife,” associated with Saturn in Leo. Tarot fives highlight conflict, although it’s useful to remember that not all conflict is negative. Some conflict is necessary and highly productive. Remember this, Dixie.

This version from Legacy of the Divine is especially interesting, because all the attackers shoot off as branches from the same tree. I sometimes get this version for internal conflicts, or situations where the parties fighting have the same goal, but radically different visions of how to get there.

I keep coming back to, “As within, so without.” It doesn’t matter where the perceived roots of the conflict lie. Internal and external mirror each other; that’s how energy works. Conflicts that suck emotional energy are all indications of attachments to some vision of reality—maybe how other people should behave or how the world should work or how you should be treated.

When I’m very upset with others, I know it’s because it triggers some nerve in me. If I’m livid over disloyalty, maybe it’s stimulating an old wound, or aggravating self-doubts, or causing me to question my own loyalties. Or whatever. If I’m hurting, there has to remain a predisposing vulnerability that allows pain in. The more upset, the bigger the pond we’re diving in.

That’s not to say I have to like everything, that everybody does. Good God, no! The question is, how much does it knock me off my game, take away my own sense of balance, disrupt my own energy flow?

One way to short-circuit is reaching under the surface and tugging at triggering roots. It takes some of the punch out, knowing why you’re feeling what you are, and gives options for shoring up. Those attacks don’t feel so personal anymore. The more responsibility (Saturn) I can take for managing my own show (Leo), the more powerful I am—and the fewer situations able to disrupt my peace, you know?

The Five of Wands reminds me that conflict is an inevitable and vital catalyst for change, but feeling conflicted is purely optional. Opt-out.

Do you see this connection, or something else at work?

Legacy of the Divine Tarot
by Ciro Marchetti

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