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Seven of Swords Meaning - Tarot Card Meanings

By Tina Gong


Seven of Swords Keywords

Upright Keywords Reversed Keywords
lies, trickery, scheming, strategy, resourcefulness,sneakiness, cunning confession, conscience, regret, maliciousness, truth revealed
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Seven of Swords Meaning - Original Rider Waite Tarot Depiction

Seven of Swords Tarot Card Description

In the Seven of Swords card, there is a man that is seen running away sneakily from a camp of some sort, while carrying five swords in his hands. Behind him, two other swords are on standing on the ground. From this image, we can deduce that the Seven of Swords is about stealth, getting away with something, deception or betrayal. 

The expression on the man’s face shows quite a bit of confidence, and he seems to be sure of his success on this mission of stealing the swords. Unfortunately for him though, on the left there seems to be a group of soldiers who have discovered the theft and one soldier is actually raising a flag or a weapon as if to signal his pursuit.

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Upright Seven of Swords Meaning

The Seven of Swords in general, is said to be about betrayal and deception. When you get this card, it may imply that you or someone else in your life is having difficulty getting away with something. There are instances when we are forced to be sneaky, hoping that we will not be discovered. When we are found out, we have to face the consequences - whether it's embarrassment, punishment, or worse. Sometimes this happens when there are instances when you had to think on your feet, and did something that was somewhat shrewd and out of character. Now there is a danger of the secret coming out.

There are instances when we are forced to be sneaky, hoping that we will not be discovered. When we are found out, we have to face the consequences.

You may be tempted to sneak away from somewhere, indicating a situation that is no longer working as expected. Instead of dealing with it, you choose to sneak away and hope that you will go unnoticed. Perhaps you were hoping that this issue would just resolve itself over time, and you've neglected it - leaving it to only grow and get worse.

The big question, when looking at the Seven of Swords, is whether escaping will solve this problem that you are facing. While you might be thinking that you have gotten away, you discover that the situation has cornered you and you are found out as you are trying to escape.

There are instances when the Seven of Swords may indicate the willingness to go solo. You may have the urge to explore and discover some things on your own. This can be an effective approach if you want to assert your independence and bypass group agreement. The Seven of Swords symbolism may be encouraging you to go on this path; sometimes innovation comes from a rogue genius.

Upright Love Meaning Upright Career Meaning Upright Finances Meaning
lies and deception, affair, sparing feelings, feeling suspicious gossip, sabotage, jealousy at work, working strategically shady business deals, fraud, theft, scams

Tarot Love Meaning - Upright 7 of Swords 

Lies and tricks may be abound with the 7 of Swords tarot love meaning. It may be important for you right now to remain cautious, especially if you’ve met someone new. You or someone in your romantic life can be dishonest right now, and in the worst possible cases, even unfaithful. If your instincts have been telling you that you are being lied to, you may need to confront this and have an honest discussion. If this has been you, consider the long term consequences of your actions. Even the kindest lie to spare feelings can grow into big problems should the root cause not be addressed. If you’re single, you may need to evaluate whether you’ve been too suspicious or untrusting of potential lovers, or on the other hand, been leading them on, or exaggerating who you are.

Career Meaning - Upright 7 of Swords

There may be some shady characters in your workplace. Lies and deceit can take you by surprise. You may be dealing with colleagues attempting to sabotage you with gossip, badmouthing you to bosses, or attempting to take credit for your work. Be cautious about who you trust in this situation; it may come from where you least expect it. Sometimes, this card can also suggest you will need a certain degree of strategy to accomplish your projects. You may be the underdog here, and others may have more resources or established positions. A certain degree of working tactically can be an advantage for you now.  

Finances Meaning - Upright 7 of Swords

Be careful regarding your finances right now, as there may be some sort of trickery, scam or stealing of your resources. This can come outside of you, but you may also be inviting these situations if you are trying any get rich quick schemes, or gambling away your money on other shady deals. Stay away from things that feel suspicious or too good to be true.

Seven of Swords Reversal Meaning

The Seven of Swords reversed can have multiple meanings depending on the context of the other cards within the reading. It can suggest firstly a need to change your approach - the tactics you've been using are not working. While upright, this card can stand for a cunning victory attained by deception and trickery, the reversal can stand for either a more extreme version of such behavior. Or instead, a kind of renewal of conscience. You or someone in your circle may be deciding to unburden themselves with their guilt, and come clean about some piece of manipulation they have been involved in. Trust has been broken, but with a confession, you may be on the road to repairing it. There is a desire here to try and do things in a different way, one that is collaborative rather than independent.

Reversed Love Meaning Reversed Career Meaning Reversed Finances Meaning
lies revealed, end of playing games, dropping pretension liars exposed, consequences of actions, changing approach consequences of dishonesty in finances

Tarot Love Meaning - Reversed 7 of Swords

An end to lies and deception may be suggested by the reversed 7 of Swords tarot love meaning. Dishonesty always eventually comes to light, and this card signals that the truth is coming to surface now. If you’re the deceiver, it is in the long run more important to confess and admit to any wrongdoing. It is not easy to carry the weight of dishonesty; for it usually comes with constant anxiety of being found out. Those looking for love can be more willing to drop any pretensions or stop playing games. In the long run, this can bring you more fulfillment than having to consistently change yourself for love. 

Career Meaning - Reversed 7 of Swords

Truths are coming to light now, and if others have been acting untruthfully now, their lies can be exposed. Whether you’re the victim of this deceit, or you’re the one that has been unfair, guilt and shame is likely to push the perpetrator to confession and perhaps reconciliation. As long as you make amends, and face the consequences, there is likely to be forgiveness. Alternatively, the situation at work can escalate; sometimes those who are at fault are not brought publically to justice. Keep in mind, that however disappointing, one’s character will dictate their fate in the future. Sometimes the 7 of Swords is a simple statement that the strategies and the approach you’re using at work is just not working, and you’ll have to change how you handle your projects. 

Finances Meaning - Reversed 7 of Swords

Have you been completely honest in your financial dealings? Now may be a good time to get your taxes paid, and in order before you get in deeper trouble. Or have you been a victim of theft, scams or fraud? The truth is coming to light now and there can be consequences for those that have not walked an honorable path.

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