Seven of Swords Tarot Card Meanings & Combinations
Air, analytical thought and intellect. Suit of challenges.
Keywords and Phrases:
Caution, handle with care, an unexpected twist, dubious activity.
Seven of Swords Tarot Card Meanings
There are varying definitions linked to the Seven of Swords, but the image in the Rider-Waite deck reflects dubious activity and an element of stealth, although the Gilded appears slightly different. Over time, with use and tracking results, my meaning for this particular card has changed slightly. In some ways, the more traditional interpretation of the Seven overlapped with the Five, yet I found this card would halt and disrupt my flow in a reading, because I wasn't connecting with the given meaning.
If using the RWS I’d probably revert, due to the image. For some, the Seven of Swords represents dubious activities that aren’t above board, acting in a way that is dishonourable, sneaking around, trying to get away with something, probably something you shouldn’t. It can also show someone has designs on something but their motives aren’t good and the plan could fail.
With the Gilded Tarot I leave the Five of Swords as the ‘sneaky’ card, but the Seven of Swords has been most reliable to represent a situation where you feel you’re having to tiptoe around someone, as if stepping on eggshells, or having to handle something with a kid-gloves approach. It may be that you have such a situation, or person, that requires very careful handling in order for progress to be made. The Seven of Swords can also suggest an unexpected twist, particularly if it appears as the last card of the reading.
If reversed, danger averted, advice that can’t be trusted, or possibly arguments.
Similar or supporting cards: Strength and Temperance (the diplomatic aspect of such) the caution of the Four of Pentacles, in a positive aspect.
Opposing or contradictory cards: To some degree, The Chariot and The Emperor indicate a more forthright or open approach.
Seven of Swords Tarot Card Combinations:
Due to the nature of the Seven of Swords it comes in very useful for highlighting those areas that require a softly-softly approach. In simple lines, pay particular attention to what precedes and follows to see what needs to be handled with care and what the outcome would be. As an easy example…
Five of Pentacles > Seven of Swords > Two of Pentacles: a difficult financial situation that needs to be handled carefully but by doing so results in maintaining harmonious balance.
Multiple Sevens in a reading suggest a change of cycle.
The Magician > Seven of Swords: a skilful manipulator
The Emperor > Seven of Swords: exercise care and caution with authority figures
Nine of Cups > Seven of Swords: your wish comes with an unexpected twist! In the opposite order, taking great care in order to manifest your wishes.
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