Seven of Wands
A description and interpretation of the role of The Seven of Wands in the Tarot
In a nutshell...
fear of conflict
Recalling, in the influence it exerts, The Chariot, the Seven of Wands is usually considered as a highly beneficial card, carrying a powerful truth that draws its energy from the Earth. From a numerological point of view, it is interesting to note that the 7 is the last prime number of the non-court arcana, thus testifying to the end of one period and the beginning of a new adventure.
On the card, the center of the intertwined wands forms a checkered diamond. It is not blue by chance; the color represents the power of the expanding spirit. The narrow red joints at the edge of the central part testify to the pure energy inherent in the change that is taking place in the seeker's mind. They thus reflect the upcoming setting in motion. The sticks are prolonged in yellow, a color traditionally associated with openness to the world.
The arcana of the Seven of Wands thus profits from a perfect harmony of spirit and action. This creative energy materializes concretely in the seeker's life. It will allow them to use their hidden desires and sexuality to define themselves in relation to the world.
Pleasure: the feeling that power is growing.
from an emotional viewpoint
Like the Five of Wands, the Seven of Wands should be considered above all as a card that represents struggle. If the seeker is already in a relationship, it may mean that it will soon be a struggle to keep what has already been acquired. If they are looking for true love, the card reminds them that they are not the only one. Here too, it will be necessary to learn to fight for what you want. However, you need to use your energy wisely, the important thing is not just meeting someone, but creating a union with someone who is a true match.
from a career viewpoint
When the seeker faces the Seven of Wands, it testifies to the deeply competitive nature of their work environment. They may have had objectives defined for a long time now but that doesn't mean they won't have to make their own value obvious to those around them before the objectives can be achieved. They must never take the risk of being eclipsed by their colleagues and accept credit where credit is due. This is the only possible solution if they want to climb the ladder.
from a life path viewpoint
The Seven of Wands suggests that the seeker's beliefs and values are being challenged by the events of their life. This situation may seem uncomfortable, but it is ideal for anyone who wants to evolve and start back down their life path on firmer ground. Of course, adversity is part of human existence and it is sometimes very useful to help you learn to stick up for the things that are important to you. So that you don't create too much turbulence, you will need to do it respectfully and with empathy.
In the short term, the Seven of Wands testifies to a major period of struggle, likely to make you waver over your most cherished beliefs. These doubts will concern your emotional life as well as your professional world. Although this experience will seem uncomfortable to begin with you should grow as a result and leave it more certain of your values.
In the long run, the Seven of Wands teaches you the virtues of moral rectitude and self-denial. As conflict is a natural part of being a human being fleeing or giving in as soon as your beliefs are challenged is pointless. If you want to feel in harmony with your inner self, learn to remain consistent in your actions, your words and your values.
Interpretation of The Seven of Wands upright
When it appears upright, the Seven of Wands can, at a glance, strongly resemble the Five of the same suit. Although both cards reflect the existence of a struggle, their message is very different.
The Five of Wands warns you against excessive aggression when you find yourself in a situation of conflict. The card is driven by a desire for power and domination, which encourages the seeker to win their battles at all costs, even if it clashes with their deepest beliefs. The Seven of Wands, on the contrary, emphasizes the importance of remaining true to your values.
Conflicts are an inevitable part of a human being's destiny, and it is hardly fruitful to give up as soon as adversity occurs. To have confidence in your values is to be willing to assert them in the face of the world when the opportunity arises and never to deny the things that are important to you. To lay low when you face conflict is to admit that your beliefs are weak and easily shaken.
Thanks to their idea of moral justice and vision of what life should be like, the seeker has patiently constructed their world. In this struggle of influences, it will be up to them to keep what they have acquired and retain their point of view.
Interpretation of The Seven of Wands reversed
While it is always difficult to analyze a draw of this type without taking into account the other arcana, the inverted Seven of Wands usually refers to two different situations.
In the first case, the reversed arcana shows the seeker has an uncomfortable feeling of being cornered. Attacked from left and right, in their professional life as well as in their love life, it becomes incredibly difficult for them to stick to their stance and not to question the values that drive them. The challenges they are facing seem impossible to overcome.
In other situations, the inverted Seven of Wands indicates a propensity to give in at the slightest difficulty. Which means the seeker's beliefs are frequently ignored and their path forks as soon as a difficulty arises. Greater consistency will help to alleviate the situation.