All the fives of the different suits in the tarot deck are laid out.

Has a source of power and control become apparent as it increases its dominance? Is there a release of energy in a controlled environment for a stated purpose occurring in your life right now? Will you be able to name the thing that holds sway over your efforts? A tarot card with a five on it will be released into your reading when these issues are at the forefront.

Sexual prowess is released in this number that simultaneously controls and enslaves our lust. Addictions and commitments become two sides of the same coin. When a card with the number five on it appears in your tarot reading, you are either in control or completely submissive.

Power is prevalent in all relationships, be they between two people, or between individuals and institutions, other groups or the culture at large. Some of our major emotional responses in life are to having power or to being under the control of another. When we are locked in the throes of addiction or the arms of love, we are submitting body and soul to something or someone. Let’s take a closer look at what it means when one or more five cards appears in your spread. 

Number Five Cards In Tarot 

Five of Swords 

The Five of Swords tarot is the card of cheap victory, winning control but ending up with nothing worth having power over. This card features one central character and two subservient ones. As the haggard man smirks at his enemies dropping their swords, it is painfully apparent that they have not been defeated but are rather walking away in disgust.

Perhaps the man did not fight fair; perhaps the fight was not worth the energy. Regardless, the battle is over and the man is overjoyed in collecting the bounty of surrendered swords. But the sad scene indicates that this is a hollow, lonely victory.

Five of Wands 

The Five of Wands tarot reminds you to take valuable time off to have fun. But in resting and relaxing, let your creativity be put to the challenge. Are you obsessed with making the most beautiful sandcastle on the beach, knowing that the wave will consume it at high tide? If you still work to make the turrets of your sandcastle just perfect, you have mastered the Five of Wands. This is the card that appears to tell you that some things you are involved with are just fun and games — either lighten up and enjoy them or find a way to better integrate them with your life.

Five of Pentacles 

The Five of Pentacles tarot card that appears when economic times get bad. It shows up when we are losing faith in a relationship, an institution, or just in ourselves. It is a card that illustrates us lacking faith in tough times. It’s often assumed to be a bad omen when it appears in a reading. The meaning of the card can change dramatically depending on where it lands in a Tarot reading. The other cards around it also heavily influence the Five of Pentacles.

Five of Cups 

The Five of Cups tarot is the card that reminds us that even in the powerlessness of grief, we still have a chance to control our emotions. As the person pictured in it is hiding the face in a sort of shame indicates that the person receiving this card may have been complicit in a tragedy. The biggest tragedy of this card just might be the guilt factor. And yet the card gives its recipients hope amidst the gloom. There are still two cups standing. This indicates hope for the future. The river is a symbol of all things moving on. The bridge and town mean that there will be other times and places for life to go on, far away from the current misery.

Interpreting Number Five Tarot Cards 

If your Tarot reading has more than one of these cards with a five, you are most definitely in a power struggle of some sorts. Do you need anger management classes? Are you going back again and again to a lover who mistreats you? Are you withholding love in a relationship in order to maximize your dominance in the partnership?

Each Tarot reading places cards in positions to indicate your past, present or future. When a card with a number five lands in the past position, the foundation of your current situation is one involving a lack of control, an outburst or a repression of feelings. When a Five card lands in the present position, you are empowered like never before; take charge of your own destiny. In the future position, Fives are a great warning for us to look at the structure of things now in order to maintain control in the coming weeks or avoid being sent into servitude in the coming years.

If you feel on the outside of a group, consider what the lack of power means in crippling your ambition. The chance to make amends and be redeemed might seem impossible. And yet, the light from your association with this group still glows within.

Sometimes we just do not fit in, and other times, we abandon organizations that might otherwise work with us to find a role. If you have been on the outside looking in, the two cripples in this card underscore the point of your lowest feelings. Again, a Five card features two people on the outs.

Interested in Learning if a Number Five is in Your Cards?

The tarot cards with the number five are your best bet to explain an unbalanced relationship or provide you with a sense that only one narrow path of behavior will be acceptable. These cards remind us to enjoy the few times we experience true equity in relationships because the nature of things is balanced toward someone or something having more control and power than others. A lot to take in? You bet. So explore the world of tarot by speaking to an experienced Keen advisor. Gain insight on what the power of five means when it shows up in your tarot spread.