Which Tarot cards represent bullying?
Sometimes people come to me for a reading because something in their life is not how they’d like it to be, but they don’t want to face what’s going wrong. In a few cases, people have been being bullied, either at work or in their personal lives. This is clearly very nasty, and this blog doesn’t aim to look deeply into what is, generally, a very personal issue for those concerned. Instead, it focuses on a series of cards that may appear at this time; the fives.
The Fives often symbolise power and dominance.
Major Arcana card number Five, the Hierophant, denotes conformity. The bullying in your life is likely related to your free-spiritedness, which (through no fault of your own) somehow threatens others. Your choices: conform, rebel and suffer the consequences, or remove yourself from the bullying situation.
The Five of Wands
In the Rider-Waite deck, this card shows men with wands raised but not striking, so bullying may be subtle and temporary. The men are in different-coloured clothes, so the conflict may arise from differing belief systems. Try understanding the others’ viewpoints, and help them understand yours.
The Five of Cups
This is a card about loss. It may mean getting sacked, or being ostracised by friends. But there’s a positive side. The figure on the Rider-Waite card grieves over spilled cups and fails to see full ones, so this Five says be aware of what you haven’t lost and, as in the World War II slogan, “Keep calm and carry on.” Remember the saying, “Don’t cry over spilled milk,” and focus on all the good things you heave left.
The Five of Swords
American rock star Johnette Napolitano says, “This is one of those cards that makes you wince.” Overt conflict, hurtful words, aggressive physical abuse—that’s the Five of Swords. If this card appears, consider leaving the abusive relationship. If you choose to stay, examine your behaviour to determine why you’re staying.
The Five of Pentacles
When the Five of Pentacles appears, a bully may be making you feel bad about yourself. But behind two impoverished figures the Rider-Waite card shows a lighted church window, symbolising hope. Don’t let yourself be undermined. Avoid the bully if you can, and seek positive influences to counterbalance the negativity.
Please remember that these cards don’t only represent bullying; they have differing interpretations depending on where they’re located in the spread and which other cards are around them.
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