Inverted, this is still a card of conflict. As a card aligned with fire signs, this could refer to a conflict that has been burning for some time. Inverted, this may indicate how you are reacting to the relationship, the situation.
Are you coming to the end of this conflict? Have you chosen to either step out of it, or put your foot down on a particular issue? If this is the case, you are nearly done with this and soon you can leave that stress behind you.
Are you prolonging the conflict? Are you intentionally adding fuel to this fire? If so, what are you getting out of it? Is it really in your best interests to continue this fight? Will this serve some ultimate purpose, or will it only exhaust the people involved? You might feel energized after each confrontation, but that might simply be the result of stealing someone else’s energy. This might be a good time for you to take up a vigorous sport like running or even boxing as a natural means to express anger.
The Suit — Rods, Wands, Staves, or Clubs
The Rod is a tool with a spark of life in it. This suit is associated with the element of fire, due largely to an ancient belief that fire is held captive in wood. Certainly, sensitive souls can feel the energy of wood, but we don’t expect it to combust on its own. When we refer to this suit as Wands, we acknowledge its power. Rods are creative and fiery. They can also feel like a burden in excess.
Number — 5
Five is a number of conflict, change, and opportunity.
There is nothing to fear with an inversion. Mary K. Greer explains in her book, The Complete Book of Tarot Reversals, that an inverted card may be interpreted in one or more of these twelve ways:
- Blocked or Resisted
- Delayed, Difficult, Unavailable
- Inner, Unconscious, Private
- New or Dark Moon (if you are reading cards from a round deck)
- Breaking Through, Overturning, Refusing, Changing Direction
- The Opposite of the Upright Meaning, or Lacking
- Misused or Misdirected
- The Upright Meaning Backward
- A Rectification or Cure
- Magical, Unconventional, or Humorous