Today’s card draw from The Wild Unknown Tarot is the 5 of Wands.
I want to start off by providing an important notice, which will be included in all of this series. However, other things that will be included that you can skip to are:
- Card Description
- Considering the Card, where I look at how I would interpret certain imagery used
- Traditional Rider-Waite definition
I only include the latter as a comparison, to show how wandering down your own understanding of images and symbols can bring you to a similar meaning, though along a different path with different experiences. This is to help expand knowledge of the card.
I will not, however, be including the definitions from the guidebook, as that is not the point of this. Also, I don’t have rights to that material.
I started this series because I had read that people struggled with the deck purely because the definitions in the Little White Book were very Rider-Waite-based, and that there wasn’t much wisdom regarding the animals and symbolism chosen.
This series is to help you to decipher the meanings yourselves. I am by no means saying what I have to say about the cards are correct for anyone outside myself. However, I am providing my daily journal entries regarding the deck to act as a guide so that you can begin your own journey.
When I started tarot, I had no idea what to write in my journal, and thus didn’t. Instead I obsessively read and re-read the Little White Book belonging to the Spiral Tarot (which is why today I can completely quote the book). I didn’t trust myself to know the cards, even when I could recite the definitions. I was afraid to put the book down.
To this fear of lack of knowledge, the creator of The Wild Unknown writes:
You do know enough. You’ve been a person on earth every day since you were born. You’ve experienced all the emotions and situations these cards depict. Quiet the naysayer…don’t let it prevent you from sitting down with a friend (or yourself) and using these cards to help talk about what’s going on in your life. It will be positive. It will be radical. You’ll find things start to reveal themselves through the cards that have been hidden away, covered with dust.pp. 10-11, The Wild Unknown Guidebook
Description of the Card
The 5 of Wands is simple, a depiction of five sticks thrown, perhaps in mid air. The lines come off them as if indicating a motion. Or perhaps a shadow. The sticks and lines follow no pattern, they’re just in motion—and yet there is seemingly an order to the card.
The depiction is very neat. A different set of lines comes off each stick, perhaps indicating different energies or perspectives or intentions.
Traditional Card Meaning
The 5 of Wands based on the Rider-Waite tradition, shows a handful of youngsters, possibly young adults, or sometimes shows children. Each figure has a Wand in hand, and they look as though they are fighting. However, un closer inspection it’s easy to see that there’s no malice in their faces, and that instead of actually fighting, they are playing.
This card indicates pent up energy waiting to be directed, and calls for practice and preparation for what’s to come.
What I derive from the Card itself
The 5 of Wands in The Wild Unknown shows order and chaos, thus portraying an energy. While it seems as though perhaps these wands are in mid-motion, they are still contained within the card. Each of the corners is blackened, as if acting as a frame. This shows that these sticks are not a clash in the wild, but a contained, possibly controlled lash. Thus, indicating maybe letting off steam, or play-fighting, preparation for what’s to come.
This is a difficult card to gain meaning from if you don’t already have a base-line of knowledge. But I think that the indication is in the small details.
About the Deck
The Wild Unknown Tarot is a 2016 Harper One publication, created by Kim Krans. The deck is widely available at most bookstores who carry Tarot cards, but also on Amazon. Kim Krans always wrote The Wild Unknown Guidebook.