Not new to electronics but new to circuit level stuff. I’m looking to build a simple 12v circuit that will flash on/off 5 times per second, or 300 times per minute. I have been pointed in the direction of the 555 timer or an NPN Darlington. The more I read about these components, the more confused I become. I don’t understand some of the deep theory behind how all of these components work together. I would like to press a button and make a lighting relay flash 5 times per second on 12v. The relay can handle it and the light can handle it because I can push the button 5 times per second and it works. I’d like to make this as reliable and with as few components as possible. Not interested in Arduino for this project. Can anyone help me understand this simple circuit?