Is this true, or is it not? We become complacent. We get comfortable in our comfort zones. We reach a point where we know we can rest and relax on our accomplishments. But guess what? Something or somebody will inevitably come along to challenge your perceptions of what personal perfection is. This is called competition. This is to be challenged. To be challenged is to find new routes to perfection and to realign what your thoughts are about how good you actually are. It is to reassess your limits and to redefine what it means to be on top. When you look at the Rider Waite rendition of the five of wands tarot card, we see an excellent dramatic depiction of this idea.
When we look at the Rider Waite’s five of wands we see what appears to be a battle in progress. Is this battle a war? Is this a do or die proposition? No, not exactly. This is more of a completion. This is a group of challengers working to best each other, more so than a battle to the death. Sometimes, this is what we need. We need to be a challenged in order to be our personal best. When we become complacent, what better way to get out of the rut we are in than to have to prove ourselves within the context of another who is also trying to be the best at whatever the common thread is between we are in?
The five of wands may also be interpreted as frustration. Ever have a hard time trying to figure something out? Ever feel stressed out studying for a test? Trying to figure out the instructions to something or other? Ever been pressured by a deadline and it seems impossible? The five of wands may in this case be telling us to get focused and figure it out.
When the five of wands comes up for you in a reading, ask yourself, “Have I become too comfortable in my area expertise? Is the world moving on without me? Is there more I should be doing to stay on top of my field?” You may also ask yourself, “Am I focused enough on this? What can I do to make this easier for me? Is there help I can ask for?’ The five of wands is an indicator of competition, be this be from an outside force, or from our own brains.