Tarot for the 21st Century!
The Fives from the Today’s Journey Tarot deck all have to do with change. Either a change is needed, a change has occurred or it is about to happen – depending on where the card falls in the layout. The Element determines how this change is taking affect and what it will mean to your life. Fire can bring about a sudden and confusing change as the energy becomes scattered and disjointed. Water is the emotional Element that makes it difficult to accept change and creates longing for the way things were before. Air is contrived change brought about by someone’s intellectual agenda. It could be positive or negative of course but it is usually well planned. Earth hits us where we live. This could involve a major change in the course of our lives.
The Five of Fire shows a street basketball game. The young men are all very competitive and combative as they try to score points. One is already been knocked to the ground and the show of stress on their faces is very intense. There are no teams or rules or referees. The change that can come about with this type of powerful energy can be totally out of control and even violent. This energy takes on a life of its own and replenishes itself any way possible. When our lives are driven and everything seems to be snowballing into a more and more frantic pace we are susceptible to accidents, illnesses, rash decisions, relationship misunderstandings or worse. This change could be avoided by calming the confusion and refocusing your attention. The Five of Water shows a middle aged man reliving the glory days of his youth by looking through his yearbook. Trophies from the past surround him. The change that is needed here is releasing regrets and learning to live in the present. The man is so emotionally attached to his former fame that his life today is not fulfilling. The Five of Air shows a used car lot and the unscrupulous salesman who works there. He has just made a deal. Often change comes about in our lives because someone else has inflicted it upon us. There is usually a dishonest aspect to this – we are cheated, stolen from, or deceived in some way. This is a very destructive way to use the power of thought, but there are those out there who take pride in being able to outsmart others for their own gain. This is simply a fact of life. It is up to us to be reasonably careful and alert for this type of behavior. The Five of Earth shows a grieving woman seated before a stone monument. A white feather floats down behind her. There is loss in life that brings about drastic changes. It is appropriate to grieve this loss but at some point healing begins to take place and we rebuild a different life for ourselves. The feather represents that hope and the eventual freedom from grief. We just have to begin by seeing that the feather exists.