The 5 of batons relates to fire at ether or change
The fire represents our nature, or DNA, or innate talents and character, ether represents the bridge between the physical world and the causal realm and is a transformer from one state to the next. So we could summarise by saying this card is where energy and character is being transformed though the ether.
In practice, this can be seen as bodily changes, which are connected to changes I our ideas, beliefs etc. All of the physical world originates in the causal realm, so if we change our inner world the physical world changes too.
In a reading, the easiest way to interpret this is changes in energy levels and mood, metabolism, hormones, PMT, onset of the menopause, etc. for example, if we are suffering from depression, we may find that we put on weight, feel lethargic and move a lot less, or conversely, we may go travelling and the combination of excitement and change in routine means we loose those few extra pounds we couldn’t shift whilst at home! Many people have had the experience of letting go of a grudge or forgiving someone on an internal level and finding that as a result a back problem they had, or stomach pains, or a rash on their arm, suddenly disappear – they were caused by stress and emotional blockages.
Whether this card is based in physical or emotional changes, it manifests as individuals ‘not being themselves’ and ‘acting out of character’ to those who know them. Sometimes it’s as if their personality suddenly changes; one man came for a reading believing that his marriage was over because his wife was acting so strangely towards him. The 5 of batons came up next to the queen of swords reversed , showing that she may be suffering from a female complaint that she felt self-conscious talking to him about. After id explained the potential situation in some detail, his face lit up and he said’ you’ve made so much sense of how she’s been acting, and I was so concerned that it was about me, I never considered it might be a medical problem’.
Puberty, teething and the male menopause and pregnancy are all indicated here, all created by natural changes happening within the body. They are not though drug or alcohol induced changes, however the 5 does indicate the body healing from and expelling the effects of a drug used for medial purposes, for example, recovering from a general anaesthetic, recovery for alcohol addiction, getting over a virus, weening oneself off nicotine and any other after effects that can affect us for a while.
Mentally, this card shows as circling thoughts and inner arguments, we experience this as confusion and thoughts that go round and round, often after an argument, when we wish we’d said this or that, or if there is an unresolved conflict, where we can’t decide what to do. When this rumination happen, we find physical symptoms such as bunged up sinuses or headaches, back pain because were not breathing properly whilst we hold onto to all this ‘stuff’. A few examples may be seen as follows:
With the 9 of batons reversed: physical weakness and mental exhaustion
With the 8 of swords: stagnation, often manifesting as circulation problems and lack of blood flow
With the 4 of coins: an improvement in health
When the card is displayed n the mental level, it is inner arguments and on the physical level it is the ailments caused by this inner turmoil
When reversed the card shows this is externalised and indicates bickering, disputes and conflicts. This is not the same as the direct, punchy and intense anger and hurt of the 3 of swords, but an expression of the thoughts within ones head, its nagging or where people go on and on about the same issues and problems, sometimes enjoying the petty quarrels and disagreements that result. On a more positive note, this card can indicate a friendly debate, where two parties agree to disagree.
Circling thoughts and inner arguments
The above is externalised and results in bickering and petty disagreements