Your Weekly Tarotcast™: Five of Wands

Weekly Tarotcast™: 8-13-19 through 8-20-19

Five of Wands Tarot

This week’s Tarotcast card is the Five of Wands. With the Five of Wands Tarot card, there’s competition and conflict in the air – and these aren’t necessarily negative. Be prepared to stand your ground. Don’t give up or give in but also keep in mind that conflict needn’t include aggression. Healthy competition allows us to showcase our abilities and prove our skills. Expect excited, heated discussions and debates. The rapid exchange of diverse ideas can cause the best to rise to the top. But everything can degenerate into hostility and bickering. Choose well.

The Elements

Leo Fire under the weight and pressure of Saturn lead creates a volcanic energy. It creates and destroys simultaneously.

The Number 5

The Fives of the Minor Arcana challenge the order and structure of their respective suits. They challenge the order and structure created by the energy of the Fours. Though disruptive, the fives shake us out of complacency, stagnation or stasis. They cleanse and regenerate. This keeps energy flowing so stability doesn’t become inertia.


On the Tree of Life, this card represents the formula 5. Sephiroth or sphere 5, Geburah (Strength). The sphere of Mars. Motion, storm and stress. In the suit of Wands (Atziluth). The archetypal world; the element of Fire – the will – plus Saturn in Leo equaling Strife.


This card represents Saturn in Leo. It rules from 0 to 10 degrees Leo, or July 22nd to August 1st. If your birthday falls on or between those dates, you’ll be feeling this week’s energy even more than the rest of us. Completing a triad of fire energy, Leo roars along in the suit of Wands and the sphere of Mars. But Saturn represents a heavy and unyielding resistance and weight. So, we have a strong, active planet in a fiery sphere and a fiery sign. All perfectly happy together – almost.

In real-time astrology, the Sun continues its transit through Fire-sign Leo. Mercury too is visiting the sign of the Lion (through August 29th). Leo energy is generous, affectionate and courageous. However, the Lion’s pride can cause some friction. If you need to defend your position, do it with respect and restraint. Avoid personal attacks on others.

The Full Moon in Air-sign Aquarius on August 15th occurs in Leo’s polar opposite sign. This energy sparks our needs for friendship and a sense of community. Aquarius is intellectual and brings some much-needed impartiality and objectivity to our dealings.

On August 19th Jupiter is semi-sextile Saturn. This is practical, no-nonsense energy. It’s excellent for business dealings. It’s also great for bringing new opportunities into your life. Avoid extreme risk-taking. Don’t speculate or gamble, but an educated guess may pay off.


Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of this card includes recklessness. Rash action, anger and poor sportsmanship. Aggressive confrontation.


Let’s focus on rising to meet the challenges we face. We can settle conflicts and disputes with the best possible solutions and ideas.


Power colors: orange, yellow, red and amber (for Leo) as well as indigo and black (for Saturn).

Power stones: rubies, diamonds, amber, onyx, obsidian and jet. Wear these as jewelry or carry as power stones. They will enhance strength, perseverance and persistence along with creativity and pride.

Power metals: gold (Leo) along with lead (Saturn). Go for the yellow or rose gold! Remember that the alchemists strove to turn base metal (lead) into gold. This symbolizes transformation from our basest selves to our highest selves.

Power fragrances: marigold, sunflower, valerian, comfrey, musk and patchouli. These will provide a clear head, a strong and passionate heart, and a courageous spirit this week.

Power foods: foods prepared with thyme or sunflower seeds. Tea brewed from comfrey. Beer brewed with hops (consumed in moderation of course). All provide the same beneficial effects already described.

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