Fire, or the Wands suit of the tarot, represents energy and ambition. The raw force to get things done and make change happen. It is visceral, powerful, and forms often an uneasy and delicate balancing act with the other elements of our personalities.
5 (Gevurah) is “the essence of judgment…and limitation, and corresponds to awe and the element of fire“. In the Tree of Life it is found on the left Pillar of Severity in the Triangle of Intention–how we determine we will act toward others, and how this determination colors our actions to come next.
So, the 5 of Wands is known as “Strife.”
Here’s the thing about your fire in relation to others and the way you direct your fire toward them: They will respond in kind.
You send fire their way and they will defend themselves with fire. This is why 6 of Fire, or the balance of intentions toward others, is called VICTORY– it is Victory over others.
It’s the way to achieve a Balance of Intention with the Wands.
By contrast, the 6 of Earth (Pentacles) is known as SUCCESS– it is a celebration of the fruit of your own work; the personal victories over your own self.
And, in every situation, we find a need to embrace one or the other. The Tree of Life is a picture of us all in entirety, at all times.
But it helps to be aware of the effects of our Fire upon others, so we are prepared to stand and continue to flame if we must.