Herbal Tarot - Five of Wands - Turmeric

Soaring Eagle

You can see the minor arcane cards in Constellation 5.

Description: Five different hands are holding staffs out towards a large turmeric plant.

Significant Details: The staffs symbolize strength of will. Turmeric symbolizes the curing of the body.

Keywords: Competition, Testing yourself, Minor setbacks & conflicts

Medicinal Uses: “Turmeric (Curcuma longa) has been used for 4,000 years to treat a variety of conditions. Studies show that turmeric may help fight infections and some cancers, reduce inflammation, and treat digestive problems…Turmeric has been used in both Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine as an anti-inflammatory, to treat digestive and liver problems, skin diseases, and wounds. Curcumin is also a powerful antioxidant. In addition, curcumin lowers the levels of two enzymes in the body that cause inflammation. It also stops platelets from clumping together to form blood clots. Research suggests that turmeric may be helpful for the following conditions: Indigestion or Dyspepsia, Ulcerative colitis, Stomach ulcers, Osteoarthritis, Heart disease, Cancer, Bacterial and Viral Infections, Uveitis.” University of Maryland Medical Center

My Interpretation: This may be a time of competition with minor setbacks or conflicts. This may be a time of testing yourself and of making changes.

Number Significance: 5 - Expansion, Conflict, Instability, Opportunity for change

Thoughts/Points to Ponder: The 5 of Wands is ruled by Saturn in Leo. The 5 of Wands is in Constellation 5 with the V High Priest, XIV Temperance, and the Fives. Testing. Counseling. Training. Assimilating and Integrating. Healing. Guidance. Bridging. Translating, Interpreting and Channeling. Arbitrating.

Even though it looks as if the people are shaking their staffs at the plant, my initial reaction was that they were praising the plant.