Fire Tarot (Lo Scarabeo, 2011).
In this version of the Five of Wands, there is no overt battle or competition going on. Rather, we see two figures standing side by side a slight distance apart. Both wear ornate headdresses, one of them with fur around it. They both also wear different earrings, necklaces, belts and bracelets.
The one on the left wears a flower garland around her neck, and has nothing but a shawl around her shoulders, leaving her breasts semi-exposed. She carries a little silver pot in her left hand, with her right hand raised as though to warn someone off, or maybe offer them a blessing. The one on the right, with the fur headdress, has a matching, fur-trimmed vest, and appears fully clothed. Behind them towers a tornado of fire! The figures seem unconcerned by the burning column so close to them.
Perhaps, after all, we could interpret this traditionally. Maybe they are competing to see who can act the most unconcerned, or who can tolerate the most heat... Overall, though, there is a rather magical feel to this card: they seem to me like two priestesses calling on a fire god/dess.
The challenges I face today are rather more mundane, but may require an equal level of faking being okay with difficult circumstances. Big Boy is going into hospital, and I always go with him to the operating theatre, holding his hand while they put him to sleep (this will be the tenth time!) It never fails to upset me, watching as the life leaves his face and body, and knowing that it could be forever, as there is a risk with any general anaesthetic, any surgical procedure.
I am grateful for my trust that things will work out as they should, whatever that is.