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Seven of Cups Meaning - Tarot Card Meanings

By Tina Gong


Seven of Cups Keywords

Upright Keywords Reversed Keywords
choices, searching for purpose, illusion, fantasy, daydreaming, wishful thinking, indecision lack of purpose, disarray, confusion, diversion, distractions, clarity, making choices
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Seven of Cups Meaning - Original Rider Waite Tarot Depiction

Seven of Cups Tarot Card Description

The Seven of Cups symbolizes imagination, choice, wishful thinking, illusion and fantasy. The card shows person with their back turned towards us, contemplating 7 images that are creeping out of the cups, all of which are floating in the clouds. Clouds are a representation of dreams, illusions, thoughts and imagination. There are numerous fantasies that are appearing from the cups, which are representative of the many visions that one sees while dreaming. The Seven of Cups may imply that you have a number of options to choose from.

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Upright Seven of Cups Meaning

To draw the Seven of Cups in a reading shows that you need to clearly see the shadows and visions in your imagination, not only in your dreams but also in the real world. You should be careful of wishful thinking and be alert of the choices that you make. In one sense, the Seven of Cups indicates that you are a dreamer who is both excited and afraid of the things that you see in your unconscious. In another, the Seven of Cups is a reminder that although it is good to have dreams and wishes, it is even better to take action attaining those dreams. At one point in life, you will need to stop fantasizing and face the reality of life.

If you are unable to make a decision due to the many options that are available, you should evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of each option so as to make the best choice. It is important to exercise caution when you are making your decision, as the card itself seems to show there is not only wonders and treasures that are available to you, but also monsters and shadows.

There are some cases when the Seven of Cups may show that you are living in ways that are not necessarily grounded in real life - that your actions are guided by illusions that you feed yourself. Your ideas may be so up in the clouds, developed only on your imagination. As such, you will need to separate what is real and what is not so that you can make better choices.

You will need to separate what is real and what is not so that you can make better choices.

The Seven of Cups is also linked with temptation. This applies in the upright meaning and also the Seven of Cups reversal meaning.

Upright Love Meaning Upright Career Meaning Upright Finances Meaning
choosing between lovers, be cautious about romantic decisions many career options, make a choice and stick to it several financial opportunities, caution about financial choices

Upright 7 of Cups Tarot Love Meaning

Several decisions lie ahead of you with the appearance of the 7 of Cups in a love tarot reading. If you are single, you may have to make a decision between different lovers, or perhaps between love and family, or love and career. The 7 of Cups tarot love meaning can also signal that all the choices may look tempting right now, but though they glisten with promise, they may be illusions. Take your time and consider things carefully; only diligent communication and evaluation will give you what you desire. With love, we may be tempted to rush into a situation, letting lust and infatuation guide us towards something that in the long run won’t last. It is important to think of all the options, as well as look into any red flags or gut feelings of “something is wrong”, you may feel about the relationship. Trust your instincts.

Career Meaning - Upright 7 of Cups

The seven of cups depicts a person confronted by a variety of options. If this card appears in relation to your career, you may be presented with many different ways you can advance at work. This plurality of options is generally a good thing, but it may be important to be wary about how much time you spend dreaming about something instead of taking steps to make it happen. Remember, a potential path is only as good as the steps you are willing to take down it. You have plenty of ways to make progress in your career, and they can all serve you well. But none will get you what you desire if you don’t choose one path and commit to it. Whatever you end up deciding will serve you well; so, act decisively and with confidence.

Finances Meaning - Upright 7 of Cups

The seven of cups suggests that there are a number of ways you can better your financial standing. Take time to consider what your options are. Though generally this card does present you with many opportunities, it doesn’t mean that everything is decided for you. In order to turn these opportunities into reality, you will need to be proactive. Weigh each option and consider it critically. Often things that sound too good to be true are. Listen to your instincts and open your eyes to any red flags.

Seven of Cups Reversal Meaning

The Seven of Cups reversal is somewhat similar to the upright, as they both indicate dreams, illusions and temptations, but seem to emphasize the more negative qualities of this card. Your views may be inclined towards fantasy, and not grounded in reality. It may imply that you are unclear about the things that you are searching for.

The Seven of Cups reversed may also demonstrates your unwillingness to face the realities of life, and you are seeking to escape through imagination and daydreaming.

On the other hand, the Seven of Cups reversed may also indicate an end of confusion, of cutting out illusions, and moving forward with clarity.

Reversed Love Meaning Reversed Career Meaning Reversed Finances Meaning
chaotic and confusing love life, avoiding romantic decisions, clarity about love lack of career options, missed opportunities, creating clear career vision financial clarity, distraction from financial goals, lack of financial goals

Reversed 7 of Cups Tarot Love Meaning

Your lack of clarity about what you want in love can make your love life even more confusing and chaotic than it needs to be. There can be wasted time, missed opportunities, emotional upheavals, all because one is unable to make a choice. Your dating life can be filled with dead ends, broken hearts, and mixed messages. It is important to remain focused on what you want, instead of letting the world make your choices for you. Alternatively, if you are developing some awareness of what is important to you, taking action on those decisions can be rewarded. You can now take the steps you need to make things happen.

Career Meaning - Reversed 7 of Cups

While the upright seven of cups represents a plethora of options, the reversed seven can signify the opposite. It often appears to people who feel as if they are stuck in their job with no opportunities to advance. It is also common for those who feel as if they realized too late that the perfect position was available to them but they failed to act in time. Regardless of if either (or both) applies to you, try not to get hung up on these negative emotions. This card also represents a clear vision in terms of your career goals. Use these skills to honestly assess your position and where you have fallen short. Ask yourself what you could be doing to more proactively make progress in your career.

Finances Meaning - Reversed 7 of Cups

When it comes to your finances, the reversed seven of cups can have several conflicting meanings. You’ll need to take a closer look at your circumstances to understand which apply to you. It can signify clarity when it comes to making financial choices, giving you the focus and willpower to reach your goals. You are not easily distracted and are thus able to focus on what you need. This foresight will serve you well as it prevents needless spending. You might find that you are able to make and follow budgets or other structured plans particularly well right now. Alternatively, this card can also signify confusion and delusions, or an inability to turn daydreams to reality. When it comes to opportunities that are being offered to you, ensure you are not being scammed. Make sure you understand all the facts of any deal that is being presented to you.

Seven of Cups Tarot Cheat Sheet

Seven of Cups Meaning - Tarot Card Meanings Cheat Sheet. Art from Golden Thread Tarot.

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