|Dr.Nikki's Tarot -
|The Fives are aligned with the Major Arcana
Card the Hierophant (or Priest); they each
capture a situation where one is forced to
confront one’s own inner truths and knowing.
The Fives can represent difficulties, challenges
or unusual demands within their specific element.
The Fives are considered challenge cards and
they challenge you to look into yourself for your
Since ancient times the number five has been
revered as the number of vitality and life. The
five takes the equality and equalness in the 4 and
expands it to a more collective factor rather than
a singular one.
The Kabalistic Link to the Minor Arcana
Number 5 is Geburah, Strength, Severity. Just
as Chesed, the father of his people in times of
peace, may win our love, it is Geburah, the King
in his chariot going forth to war, who commands
|our respect. Here is the fear of the Lord (Law),
which is the beginning of the achievement of wisdom.
Geburah is representative of the breaking-down force
that is necessary for the equilibrium of the Tree of Life
to be maintained. Like Vishnu and Shiva, the
preservers and terminators of life, Geburah and
Chesed are indispensable to each other. One builds
and the other breaks down in an endless cyclic
relationship, in order to maintain balance. Here we
find the warlike qualities of Mars, which is Saturn on
a lower arc.
|That which we call evil is actually just simply misplaced force. These forces
can be either misplaced in time or space, or both. Much like the forces of the
elements themselves; the forces of earth, air, fire and water are necessary to
life. If they are chaotic, life cannot be sustained. If earth isn’t solid and
stable we can not live upon it; air can be a gentle breeze or the terrifying
uncertainty of a tornado. Water is consistently listed as one of the greatest
dangers for natural disasters. And fire – it can either gently illuminate the
darkness, provide comforting warmth or it can become a ferocious beast,
destroying anything that is in its way, reducing it to ash.
In our modern culture we have been taught that building and construction –
modern improvements, were good; conversely, destructive forces are evil. Of
course, destructive forces normally come with the loss of human life and that
has much to do with the association. However, the table can’t be built without
the sacrifice of the tree. In order to harvest the pearl, one kills the oyster.
When tending the garden so that the fruits of the earth can be harvested the
weeds are ripped out ruthlessly. Love, like children, can either fill your heart to
the highest of the Universe, or, leave you empty and bereft, a shadowed husk.
In all these examples the all-important concept of balance in called into play in
every phase of life.
Click on the link below to view the meaning of the other individual number and
court cards within the Minor Arcana.