Rider Waite Smith Five of Wands Tarot Card Meaning

Five of Wands


The Five of Wands is all about confusion and chaos. Think of the phrase "too many cooks in the kitchen." Here is a scenario where there's so much action and scrambling about that the real task at hand can't be accomplished. This can either be internal - a struggle with the self - or a situation where the confusion is external and muddied by multiple people and their agendas. This five also addresses how ambition and action without a solid vision can quickly dissolve into situations of discord. While some toes might get stepped on here, the overall motives aren't nefarious. Instead, not enough attention is being paid to the task at hand and the other people who are influenced by one's actions.


Over-ambition, action, confusion, conflict, creative strife, competition

Appears As

Impatience and inability to accomplish something, competition at work or in a creative situation, action without a concrete vision for the future, winging it, overselling something (especially someone's abilities), being in over one's head, creative differences.