I’ve always seen the 5 of wands as conflict, pure and simple. It’s very cut and dry to me: everyone’s fighting, and there’s a lot of strife, and that’s what the card means. I have never allowed the card to speak to me of nuances and deep, personal truths.
Cue the Fountain Tarot, an amazingly expansive deck made up of ethereal oil-paintings that hint of dreams, the unknown, and the self.
The imagery on this 5 of wands is one of action, surely, but this portrayal runs deeper, more shadowy.
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Today’s energies revolve around the reversed High Priestess. In order to talk about this Major Arcana card in reverse, it’s first important to talk about her as she shows herself upright.
The High Priestess, key II, comes directly after the potent burst of energy by the Magician. Her magic is no less powerful, no more hidden than her Magician counterpart, yet it manifests in an entirely different way. She, positioned between her two pillars, embodies the connection between human and the Divine, the magician and the source of magic. She does not need a go-between; she is both the veil and the rending of the veil, giving light to that which had formerly been obscured to all but the initiates. When the High Priestess arrives, know that you are an initiate, no – you are beyond the need for initiation and are a part of the grand tableau in your own right.
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Alright, let’s talk about purpose within the context of personal practice.
Purpose, and having a sense of what I’m supposed to be doing, is an issue I struggle with on a regular basis. I’m the kind of person who sets a goal, strives towards it, meets the goal (or the goal becomes irrelevant to my current path), and then suddenly realizes that I no longer have a point in the distant future to run towards. I do this with mundane life and my practice in general. It’s disorienting, and frequently leads to me spending large chunks of time running back and forth, wasting energy moving myself in circles trying to figure out what to do next, rather than being able to fall back on a fundamental system that governs the action aspects of my psyche and processes.
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