Artist: Ravynne Phelan
Rivalry, Competition, Aggression, Bullying, Conflict, Discord, Chaos, Obstacles
– A time of chaos, conflict or confrontation
– A battle for control or dominance
– A desire for power, influence, or wealth
– Do not judge or condemn others
– Base your concerns in fact
– Avoid pack mentality behavior
– Make no place for bullying’
– Focus on your vision, not what others are doing
The Five of Fire symbolizes a time of chaos, conflict, or confrontation – either at hand or ahead. Someone may now see themselves or others as a rival or competitor, and may be willing to use ruthless or aggressive measures to come out on top.
Rivalry between people, and a battle for control and dominance, can lead one person to place obstacles in the path of another in order to slow their progress or deter them completely. Why? Because they want to be the one with the power, influence, or potential wealth, and will not allow a competitor to take what they believe to be theirs.
This ugly situation is now often made worse by technology and social media. Rumors can be spread, lies told, and reputations destroyed – and all can be accomplished with almost complete anonymity.
At its extreme, we can see bullying in the modern age as a gladiatorial sport for voyeurs. A victim is thrown to the wolves, while an aggressor sits upon their throne, and spectators scream for blood – following their leader blindly and embracing a pack mentality. But these wolves do not hunt for survival; they hunt for sport and recreation, or simply because another asked them to. All too often, they hide their attacks behind a belief that it is their right to question, and then judge and condemn the life choices of another.
If aggression is motivated by rivalry, the aggressors may declare that their rival has copied or stolen their ideas …ideas that have often been expressed in one form or another countless times before, all over the world, by people who have never met and never will meet. Now, because technology has made the world smaller, and social networks have created connections across the globe, complete strangers can be attacked, simply because someone who knows someone who works in a similar way, or has a similar business, saw that similarity and brought it to the attention of someone who then allowed their own ego or fears to have them believing the worst.
Whatever its motivation, lives have been ended because one or more have decided to target another with vicious cruelty.
The Five of Fire, therefore, represents a choice to walk one of two paths – to embrace or even condone this behavior, or to end it.
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