Never Compete Against Someone Who Has Nothing To Lose

Five of Fire from the Mystical Cats Tarot

“Never compete with someone who has nothing to lose.”
― Baltasar Gracián

The Five of Fire (5 of Wands – Saturn in Leo) from the Mystical Cats Tarot is a depiction of play fighting – there really is nothing sinister in the image itself, yet this quote sprang to mind… One of the keywords for the 5 of Wands is ‘competition’ and while some Spiritual Teachers argue that the fully ascended and spiritually evolved person has stopped both competing and comparing him/herself to others, there is a lot to be said in favour of competition.

Competing can helps us strive for excellence to get the edge. It spurs us on and the competition can be seen as sparring partners. Cats play fight to train for the hunt and because they enjoy it.

It comes down to whether you feel the ego is useful or not. To those of us who cannot afford the luxury of leading secluded monastic lives, the ego is indeed often useful… but there is a tipping point and the scales tip in favour of the Shadow when someone who has been gravely injured has to fight their corner – someone who has nothing to lose.

It then becomes life and death.

There is room for everyone and I am not worth more than you, yet I want to be recognised for my unique skills and talent (ego) event though I derive enormous satisfaction from act of serving itself (Spirit).

Push me too far and I think you will find that I’m not ‘spiritually evolved’ enough to turn the other cheek, nor would I recommend it to anyone. I will hit back and if the scales tip, they tip. I’d rather not lull anyone into a false sense of security.

I’m just as much Lilith as Eve as Virgin Mary and what is truly fair is still up for debate. The Universe has its own equilibrium and the scales keep tipping one way and the other.

You really don’t want to know how far you have to push because I enjoy engaging just as much as any kitten… 🙂

Love and Blessings,

Lisa Frideborg



  1. chloetarot · October 7, 2014

    Some excellent points there, Lisa. An ego is a useful necessity in everyday life. And I’m sure you’re a fierce kitten with sharp claws when you need to be, or a bear, if someone attacked one of your cubs! 🙂


    • Lisa Frideborg Lloyd · October 7, 2014

      Thanks Chloe – as I’m sure you could be too under the right circumstances. 🙂 The ego, IMO, is necessary but needs to be kept in check… Temperance springs to mind. I don’t like it when people speak of the ego as ‘evil.’


  2. The Empress · October 7, 2014

    Couldn’t have come at a better time when there’s a full moon in Scorpio around the corner and it’s my moon birth placement at that. I’ve just finished watching “We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks” and I’ve thought of people I admire because they are game changers in their field despite the odds stacked against them. Takes me back to Aleister Crowley’s Thelema tenet, “Do what thou wilt.” There’s a time for everything and the wheel turns.


    • Lisa Frideborg Lloyd · October 7, 2014

      Hi there, when the Moon is Full, it is in the sign opposite the Sun Sign, so it is actually full in Aries tomorrow. Blessings


      • The Empress · October 13, 2014

        Thanks, Lisa! I actually realised my mistake hours after I wrote the comment but couldn’t edit haha.


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