I cannot believe that I forgot to add the Fives after The Hierophant. I suppose the draw of Valentine’s Day was so strong, I just skipped over the troublesome Fives and went right for the Lovers. Quite understandable, don’t you think?
So, now we consider the fives, representing change and instability and generally thought of as not fun at all.
The Wands are taking quite an active part in creating and sustaining the unstable energy while the Swords are taking a defensive posture. These are both active suits but one is participating in fueling the fire, so to speak…while the other is adjusting to, assessing, and analyzing the new reality.
In these, the passive suits, the characters have a very different feel. The Cups is the opposite of the Swords, by refusing to accept or adjust to a new reality. She clings to the past or holds onto what remains, but the change that occurred lays at her feet and she is unable or unwilling to take any action. The Pentacles is almost ¬†in a worst position, as apparently the change created some really amazing opportunity (represented by the window) but she refuses to see it, opting instead for crumbs instead of glory.
When there is change in your life, which stance do you take? It is interesting that the RWS image shows the 5 of Swords as such a negative card, when in reality, I think that is the best response to change…see what happened, what remains, what is new, and adapt to it.
All images from the Legacy of the Divine Tarot by Ciro Marchetti.