Key Meanings: Competition and debates.
The traditional meaning of this Five of Wands is competition, and the message is to hold your position, rather than compromise.
Unlike the Five of Swords, this card does not predict outright battle, but there will be fiery opinions and a lack of agreement, at least for now.
Misunderstandings abound, particularly in work matters. You may find yourself in meetings during which everyone is talking at once, defending their position rather than reaching a consensus; it’s a fight just to be heard.
Scheduling problems and delays to travel plans are an additional meaning, so double-check travel documents and e-mails, (COVID restrictions this day and age), appointments, accounts, and agendas; pay close attention to any written documents.
The Five of Wands often comes up in readings to show being surrounded by people with strong opinions, particularly in families; in education, it predicts that you will need to compete hard in tests or examinations – but you can succeed. On a lighter note, the card can also show competitions that are important to you, such as sporting events.