Seven of Wands Tarot Card Meanings & Combinations
Fire, male active energy
Keywords and Phrases:
Being assertive, defending personal values, standing firm.
Seven of Wands Tarot Card Meanings
At first glance there’s the feeling of a threatening atmosphere in the image of this card; the man stands in readiness against six other wands that point toward him, but if you look closely you’ll notice that he stands firm and looks calm. The door behind him is slightly ajar but beyond we catch a glimpse of a night landscape, which could represent his inner world, the seat of his ideals and beliefs, which he defends.
The Seven of Wands indicates standing up for yourself or something you believe in that’s important to you. You may feel challenged or need to assert your position regarding a situation or point of principle. It’s time to stand your ground but this card is more about being assertive whilst holding your own, rather than taking an aggressive stance.
Stay calm, remain confident, but be resolute and have the courage of your convictions, because if you can do so you have the ability to win through despite challenges or opposition. You can be successful so long as you stay true to your integrity, but if surrounded by negative cards it may suggest examining your motives or reasons for feeling defensive.
If reversed or ill-dignified, may indicate wavering or being indecisive, alternately it could suggest being fixed and fail to see alternatives, weakening your position.
Similar or supporting cards: The Chariot (strength of will) Strength (inner courage)
Ace of Swords (clarity of purpose) to some degree, Nine of Wands (perseverance).
Opposing or contradictory cards: Four of Pentacles (holding back) Four of Cups (blasé) The Moon (uncertainty) Two of Swords (indecision)
Seven of Wands Tarot Card Combinations:
Multiple sevens in the spread can also indicate a cycle change. If reading in a simple line, look to the following cards to see the result.
> Ace of Swords: triumph (equally, other cards representing success)
> Two of Swords: no change
> Ten of Swords: failure, fighting something you ultimately can’t win.
> Hanging Man: re-evaluate the situation and your position, if surrounded with
Two of Swords > Seven of Wands > Hanging Man: may be up against a brick wall similarly… Nine of Wands > Seven of Wands > Ten of Wands
> The Moon: fighting fog, you could also jump in too soon without all the facts to hand yet, take time before asserting position.
> The Emperor: may suggest coming up against authority, but could also strengthen your position (depending upon context) whereas, The Emperor > Seven of Wands: more aligned to asserting your position and adds clout.
Five of Wands > Seven of Wands > Five of Swords: be careful you’re not being set up, others providing bullets for you to fire.
> Five of Cups: disappointment.
Seven of Swords > Seven of Wands > Temperance: diplomacy and careful handling recommended, compromise may be needed to restore harmony.
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