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Seven of Wands Meaning - Tarot Card Meanings

By Tina Gong


7 of Wands Keywords

Upright Keywords Reversed Keywords
protectiveness, standing up for yourself, defending yourself, protecting territory giving up, admitting defeat, yielding, lack of self belief, surrender
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Seven of Wands Meaning - Original Rider Waite Tarot Depiction

The Seven of Wands Tarot Card Description

The Seven of Wands has an image of a man who is standing on a tall hill and being challenged by the opponents below. He seems to be defending this position and attacking in retaliation. It is interesting to note that in the Rider-Waite depiction of the Seven of Wands, the man is wearing not matching shoes. This is linked to the symbolism of being on uneven ground or not having a stable footing in life.

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Upright Seven of Wands Meaning

The Seven of Wands has a similar in meaning to the Five of Wands; both cards indicate struggles after the initial fulfillment and satisfaction of an event. The Seven of Wands however is different as it is is about the struggle that you need to go through to maintain your position, rather than to attain it. This is about the difficulties we face to continue to have success. You should be ready for the competition to you defend your title, and to prove yourself. Others are going to desire the same results that you do, so you need to stay ahead of the them.

There will be challenges to the success of your project or venture from an outside source. You must remain dedicated to your desires, and with a clear purpose and effort, you will overcome them.

The overall meaning of the Seven of Wands is to hold your ground, no matter what is challenging your position.

The overall meaning of the Seven of Wands is to hold your ground, no matter what is challenging your position. You will need to defend this position and take a stand against those who are aiming to take your spot. There are setbacks during this time, but you need to keep fighting for your beliefs and confront those that may threaten or oppose you and your beliefs.

Upright Love Meaning Upright Career Meaning Upright Finances Meaning
setting boundaries in relationship, fighting for romance fighting off competition, defending your position, facing challengers protecting your financial stability, long term success

Upright 7 of Wands Tarot Love Meaning

You may have to set boundaries when this card comes up in a love tarot reading, even though it may create some uncomfortable situations. If you’re with a partner, you may find yourself in a situation where you must fight for your relationship. There may be objections from other parties; family, other suitors, friends that oppose the two of you being together. You may have to put in a lot of effort to make the partnership last, despite many external things in your environment working against the two of you. Despite all these factors, you may be filled with confidence that this is the right thing to do. Hold on to this feeling, it will help keep you energized when the going gets tough.

Career Meaning - Upright 7 of Wands

In general, the upright seven of wands signifies challenges and perseverance. If the seven of wands appears here, these ideas apply to your work life. Though they might sound a bit frightening, this card doesn’t need to be negative. When upright, this card indicates that you are capable of solving (though perhaps caught off guard by) the issues you are about to face. Others may be attacking you, or envious of your position at work. Embrace your inner confidence and proceed without fear. Challenges either to your position or to your morals can be particularly common now. Fortunately, you have the strength to push past any fears or concerns and successfully stand up for both yourself and your beliefs.

Finances Meaning - Upright 7 of Wands

The seven of wands in this position and orientation relates to success in long term investments. This can mean that you are profiting off of previous efforts and/or will in the future. You likely are demonstrating financial foresight at this time. Though your position is currently stable, you are conscientious of how fleeting this stability can be and are taking steps to protect your earnings. This financial planning can be in the form of starting a retirement fund, buying a house, or otherwise starting to save more. Regardless of what form your investments take, these choices will serve you well in the future (as they may have previously). The seven of wands is also associated with the jealousy of others; so, do not be surprised if you find people coveting your financial success.

Reversed Seven of Wands Meaning

The Seven of Wands reversal meaning is that you could be feeling overwhelmed by all the responsibilities and challenges that you are facing. This can make it difficult to see the whole picture. You can also feel that you have to compete and compare yourself to other people, which leaves you feeling vulnerable and inadequate.

The Seven of Wands reversal meaning can also reflect your feelings of being criticized and judged constantly by others. Your friends and family could be questioning you about your decisions and choices, and you feel overwhelmed by their judgement. 

Avoiding conflict and backing down is common with the reversed Seven of Wands. This can lead to unhappiness because you run away from activities and relinquish your goals, when you are challenged by anyone. Remember all that you fought for to be here, and think carefully on whether you truly believe that is worth giving up now. Another reading of the Seven of Wands reversed can also be that you are being too aggressive when you are protecting yourself and damaging your relationships by doing so.

Reversed Love Meaning Reversed Career Meaning Reversed Finances Meaning
defensiveness, denial in love, a breakup from external pressure failure to hold your ground, being overcome by competition some loss of savings, overconfidence leading to loss

Reversed 7 of Wands Tarot Love Meaning

Too much defensiveness can be working against you. The reversed 7 of Wands tarot love meaning can suggest that the relationship that you are working so hard to defend can indeed be on shaky ground. Others around you may see this clearly; concerned about your well-being. You may instead be brushing off these concerns, and perhaps be in a period of denial. Love may be making it difficult for you to see the truth. Alternatively, even if you two are together for the right reasons, you may find it increasingly more difficult to remain together amongst the external forces that are trying to pull you apart.

Career Meaning - Reversed 7 of Wands

When the seven of wands appears in a career reading, your attempt to stand your ground may not be working out. This can come from a lack of preparation. You may not be ready to defend your past victories, your principles, or your position. Right now, it is crucial that you protect your job position or business, but you are not willing or ready to do so. People can oftentimes become envious of success, so it is not enough to rest on your laurels. Sometimes, such as now, you may need to be on guard for people attempting to undermine you. Whatever choices you have made recently have left you vulnerable to someone else coming in and stealing the opportunities you tried to build. Be wary.

Finances Meaning - Reversed 7 of Wands

Beware of frivolity if you find the seven of wands here. Do not let yourself be over-confident in your financial stability. Regardless of your income, economic dips are a part of life. The seven of wands is a reminder of that. It cautions against wasting your earnings on useless purchases when you should be saving and considering the future. Even if you feel inclined towards and capable of mindless spending, such activity is never recommended, especially now.

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