In this version of the Five of Wands we see five black branches scattered about the card. Shaded lines spread out from either side of the branches, making them seem like the tops or bottoms of ridges or troughs. The card corners are also full black, the darkness encroaching.
What I see here is a number of counterpoints. Like people standing up for their opinion, and influencing the area around them until they bump up against the next project or opinion :) In that way, it seems possible to link this card to traditional interpretations of competition.
I am reminded today that coming up against other people's views can be a way for us to be challenged, to grow and learn. It's not necessarily a comfortable experience. Still, it may give us that push we need to get things done. I hope that will be the case today as I try to finish rewriting my dissertation protocol. Wish me luck!
I am grateful for people who challenge me to think and write.