Tarot Five of Fire, Wands, Strife
Minor Arcana, First Decan Leo
Five Fire, Five of Wands and each of the Minor Arcana cards numbered Five express attributes of Geburah, whose title is Severity, the fifth sphere corresponding with Mars on the QBL Tree of life.
Sephirothic Planetary Correspondence
The planetary correspondence of Geburah is Mars and each of the minor arcana cards numbered “Five” exhibit this planet’s quality colored by their corresponding elemental suit of fire, water, air or earth. These four suits correspond to the four worlds of the QBL: Fire: Atziluth, Water: Briah, Air: Yetzirah and Earth: Assiah.
Five of Fire Astrological Decan Allocation
This card is allocated to the first decan of Leo, whose planetary attribution is Saturn. The combination of Five Mars and the decan planetary attribute of Saturn is summed up by the card’s title of Strife. A Mars Saturn combination in Fire indicates stifling of energy leading to a delay of growth in undertakings.
Strife is the title of Five Fire, the first decan of the astrological sign of Leo. The Mars Leo combination might under other conditions evoke sensuality but Saturn’s influence impedes the expression of sensuality, resulting in the condition of Strife.
Here we witness the image of the mythological hero in conflict with forces antagonistic to the achievement of the said hero’s goals. Geburah’s title of Severity introduces this attribute and with it can come obsession to achieve one’s objectives at any cost. When taken to an extreme the cards influence may indicate brutality.
These are the influences manifested by the appearance of Five of Fire, Wands. Expressions reminiscent of Achilles’ personality as depicted in the Iliad. The card illustrates a condition one experiences when thwarted from achieving opportunities summoned by the following card Six of Fire Victory. Six of Fire can only be achieved through successful resolution of Five of Fire’s challenges and lessons.
The character qualities of the court card Prince of Fire are those best suited to receive and translate the specific ancestral voice of this decan. Because of the nobility of this Prince, we find the brutal aspects of the card tempered. Although expressing qualities of swiftness and strength, his personality is not brutal. This is paramount for insuring the negative qualities of the card Five Fire do not run out of control resulting in irreversible situations. See the major arcana card Tower whose attribute is Mars.
These are personality traits expressed by the Prince of Fire since he corresponds to Air of Fire. Air brings an analytical component to his character.
In our failure to understand what any minor arcana card is saying, we need to allow ourselves to be driven back into the specific inner voice of this decan to bring resolution. It is to deliberately induce and focus a mild schizophrenic state achieved through techniques of shamanic or magickal practice
In this example of Five Fire, the conjunction of major arcana cards Strength and Universe, corresponding to Leo and Saturn, are the specific signature of this decan and will be projected through the personality type represented by the Prince of Fire. The Prince of Fire corresponds to Air of Fire.
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