Tarot Post – Five of Wands

Five of Wands (Conflict / Strife)


Five of WandsFive of Wands (Revised) by G A Rosenberg



Conflict Has Risen
Voices Cry Out To Be Heard
Defend Your Passion





Let’s Play War
We’ll make forts
and attack each other
with sticks and shields
rolling around we’ll wrestle
until you’re pinned
then we’ll get up and do it again
Our energy cannot be contained
Want to have a go?
After all its only a game
Isn’t it
and in our youth we are invulnerable.


Wands deal with force-creative, spiritual, and vital. Fives stand for conflict, change and a breaking through to higher thought. With the Five the spiritual force that was so uneasily contained in the Four breaks through.
Much in the way that adolescent energy in a teenager breaks through with lots of energy that needs to have an outlet. These outlets can get a bit aggressive such as fighting with sticks but they are games and a means of directing the energy externally, testing one’s power or force against that of another.


Astrological CorrespondenceSaturn in Leo – Saturn in Leo energy has a strong need for recognition yet does not necessarily seek the spotlight. It is a very autocratic energy who’s main lesson is learning how to compete fairly with others instead of ‘winning at any cost’. It is an energy of absolutes and can be pretty inflexible, preferring to fight (and win) rather than yielding. The Saturn in Leo energy can also be the force needed to jar us out of our complacency when we have been too long in a situation that needs changing, especially when the situation involves how we view ourselves by bringing it to a breaking point.


I Ching Correspondence 49) Ko – Revolution

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This Hexagram is comprised of the trigram for Joy over the one of Fire. As anyone knows, when fire is underneath water, things will soon come to a boil. The two are opposites so there is bound to be some conflict and yet we harness the combination to work in tandem all the time especially in cooking, using the two opposing forces to good effect. Nature often seems to made up of forces in a very natural opposition to each other (ie the changes of the season with its interplay between light and darkness) Indeed without this natural opposition of forces life would become stagnant.


When Five of Wands shows up in a reading, there may be conflict or competition underway in the person’s life but it is more playful and creative conflict rather than a full-out war. It is good to keep it light and playful because in such situations, it is easy to misunderstand and start taking things way too seriously and make it about winning rather than about resolving the conflict at hand


When the Five of Wands is reversed in a reading, conflicts have gotten out of hand, what may have started out playful has become bitter and nasty and all rules have been thrown out of the window.

Quote of the Day – February 28 2013

“If the point of life is the same as the point of a story, the point of life is character transformation. If I got any comfort as I set out on my first story, it was that in nearly every story, the protagonist is transformed. He’s a jerk at the beginning and nice at the end, or a coward at the beginning and brave at the end. If the character doesn’t change, the story hasn’t happened yet. And if story is derived from real life, if story is just condensed version of life then life itself may be designed to change us so that we evolve from one kind of person to another. ”
― Donald Miller


Every day I hope is a new step on my journey of transformation. I look back on my past as a series of snapshots in all of which I was hopefully more ‘jerky’ than I was today. I trusted people too much and adopted the points of views of others uncritically. I thought I knew more than almost anyone around me and that I was cleaver.I was much more quick to judge and much less discerning. I hope that in the future at the end of another chapter that I will again see this period of my life as snapshots in which again I may see at least equal growth.
Of course, youth is a time for jerkiness. We are a lot more awkward in our bodies then than we become as we grow older so perhaps there is a resonance in our characters.
Blessings, G


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Mind Field 3

Mind Field 3 by G A Rosenberg

Butterfly of the Mind

Butterfly of the Mind by G A Rosenberg

Quote of the Day – February 27 2013

“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.”
― Jack Kerouac


I often over think  things, well everything really. I indulge my mythology with convoluted tales either on a personal or political level. More and more I realize that what I need to do is simplify. So much of the complexities I tell myself are inventions that obscure the truth. I’m learning tho to unravel the layers and discover more and more who I truly am.
I will find the simple words that express the truth of my being and I will know they are the right words because of their simplicity.
Blessings, G


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SalutationSalutation by G A Rosenberg


GalaxiesGalaxies by G A Rosenberg

Quote of the Day – February 26 2013

“Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.”
– Henry David Thoreau


When I was younger I would often go into a state that I called ‘the dark’. During those periods, nothing seemed to make a whole lot of sense and I felt alone and friendless and nothing seemed quite worthwhile. More than anything else I felt lost. This state came about more often than not at the end of one of my ‘adventures’ where I tried to twist my life and my experience into a new shape or religion or belief structure only to find out that it wasn’t the answer. I would despair of ever finding the answer.
Eventually I learned that there was not an external answer in the way that I had thought. The reason why no one else’s path worked for me was that I am on my own path. This does not mean that truth does not exist nor that I always walk alone. Merely that my way consisted of learning as much as I could about as many paths and lifestyles and beliefs as possible and that it all led to formulating my understanding. This has been an ongoing process and one that I feel fairly sure will be unending. After all, the elephant has a lot of parts. More and more this realization has led to larger and larger periods of self-discovery. I am mapping myself as I go.
Blessings, G


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Indigo Bubble
Indigo Bubble by G A Rosenberg


TunnelAt the End of the Tunnel by G A Rosenberg

Twin Flames in Flight (Redux)


If we are limitless beings
If time and space are merely conceptual maps that we use
than there is a part of me that knows itself as being me that can travel in time
that sees me here
that can / is guiding me along to the point where i am that…
I can read and know people’s minds and hearts
i can heal myself and others
and I can know that i am limitless…


heart opening
light coming through
a glimmer
in a dark room that can shine like the sun


senses expanding
Gazing at Starlight
Realizing we’re so much more
transcendence occurs.


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Quote of the Day – February 25 2013

“If you cannot be a poet, be the poem.”
— David Carradine


Today I shall be lyrical, not hysterical
I shall wax poetic
in the full moon light
and be an ode to those I love
I am recited onstage
at a jam
Performed and rammed
out singing
stinging those who need to be
and sent out to the world
on the interwebs
to touch hearts
and souls
Perhaps I will be a limerick
to be repeated like a cheap trick
they’ll parrot my words
and find them absurd
in hopes of receiving a lic…
my aim will be higher
I’ll fight to inspire
hearts and minds
awaken those
fogged with sleep
make them weep
Let me be the poem
AND the poet
self created
and never ending….
— G A Rosenberg

Blessings, G





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WelcomingWelcoming by G A Rosenberg


Emerald GridEmerald Grid by G A Rosenberg

Quote of the Day – February 24 2013

“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.”
― Ansel Adams

I have no words to describe how I feel. Confusion, Delusion, infusion, collusion, and all those other ions colliding into each other. “If I claim to be a wise man, it surely means that I don’t know” Luckily, I know better than to make such foolish claims. I offer my words up here daily, a sacrifice to the universe where I share what goes through my brain at the moment. Both an exercise in writing and an exercise in self-expression yet tonight I have reached a point where I have little to express. Tomorrow is another day with more art to share and hopefully a tarot post. For tonight… a moment of silence…
Blessings, G

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Xanadu by G A Rosenberg

Using Love to Pick Up the Pieces

Picking Up the Pieces With Love by G A Rosenberg

Quote of the Day – February 23 2013

“It will do you no harm to find yourself ridiculous.
Resign yourself to be the fool you are…
…We must always take risks. That is our destiny…”
― T.S. Eliot


What would life be without risk? Whether it be in a leap of thought, doing something labeled ‘dangerous’ for the first time, trusting a stranger or sometimes even trusting a friend, trusting our selves, risk becomes part of life. Everytime we choose to love or cry in front of another or even occasionally leave our house (or climb up on a chair or a ladder) we take a risk.
What is it that we risk exactly? Usually when the risk is physical, it results in some kind of fall or injury, When it us an emotional risk we chance damaging some concept of ourselves that we once had. It almost always results in the benefit of greater self-knowledge but usually that is gained only after some type of fall as well.  We need these falls at times to understand ourselves better and to be able to see through our delusions. That’s why we put them in our way. If we don’t take risks to better learn who we are than we lose the lesson
Blessings, G


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Cosmic Womb 2

Cosmic Womb by G A Rosenberg


Energy ChamberEnergy Chamber by G A Rosenberg