Turmoil and agitated strife builds to a possible fevered pitch as the figures in the "Five of Wands" go at it, using their wands as protection and/or aggressive weaponry. The million-dollar question is, in this case: Are the figures different personages or are they one and the same being, fighting the demons within? Hmmm...all depends on the querent or who the querent is asking about, the actual question asked, the spread used, and where the Five of Wands falls within that spread.
In her book, Robin has mentioned that the figures were all drawn from the same model, a guy very adept at the martial arts. But that information wouldn't keep me from feeling that the men were all different people (of any gender, age, race, etc.), battling against each other, especially if my own intuition as a reader led me to believe this was so. No matter what, this is no passive confrontation. There's lots of energy being expended and whatever is being fought over is certainly important to those involved. It's as if their passion for the situation has translated directly into raw, spark-ignited
power. Also, the figures aren't just punching and swinging blindly in the dark, they're skilled and determined and highly focused. After all, martial arts IS a creative art...can even be thought of as a dance in some circumstances...
Once again, as in many of the other cards of this suit, the wands are all silver, though Robin mentioned she had actually meant to make them copper...as she said, "...to show the vast amount of energy that was available here." Each wand has a different colored crystal topper, which as a whole make up the colors found on a color wheel. This same color spectrum can be found on the various outfits worn by the figures. Interestingly, Robin drew these different colors to "...show the buried harmony, that is just waiting to reveal itself in this situation." If one or more of the colors stand out, I'm reminded of the chakras and how when one or more of them are out-of-balance or blocked, I can feel at odds with myself. If different colors make themselves apparent to me when reading for a querent or if the Five of Wands appears reversed, I might actually look for some chakra blockage.
Robin noted that the key words for this card include "unfulfilled struggle." I might ask myself if these figures seem to be storming in a teacup; going round and round with no end in sight and no conclusion ever to be drawn. Or is the fight a valiant, noble one and worth all the effort expended? If the card speaks of inner struggle within one person, could there be other ways to find the answers needed for peace and piece of mind? Or must this individual go through this bitter struggle in order to reach a must-needed decision? Hmmm. The Five of Wands is an action-packed card that makes me think very hard and deeply when it appears in a reading.