Seven of Wands Tarot Card Meaning

Key meanings (Upright): Protectiveness, protecting territory, self-defence, standing up for yourself/belief, defending your corner, determination, challenge, stamina, opposing, holding your ground, maintaining control, assertive, dominance, territorial, relentless, strong-willed, demanding

Key meanings (Reversed): Surrender, giving up, yielding, admitting defeat, being timid, weaknesses, quitting, lack of courage or stamina, dent in belief, failing to defend/protect, compromise, losing power/authority/control, lack of respect, giving up territory, exhausted, worn out

Seven of Wands tarot card description

The image on the card of seven of wands depicts a man standing on top of a high building or hill and assessing his challengers below him. The man is not cowering away in fear of the attackers and even if he seems to be alone and by himself, he is stubbornly holding and protecting his position. To read the body language, we realise that he is standing his ground, being brave, and defending his territory and position while attacking back with retaliation. This can be interpreted as bravery and challenge, someone who is not scared to fight back even if the numbers are uneven.

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No matter the pressure, not fearing the opponent is the key to success. With closer inspection, we notice that the man is not wearing matching shoes in the original Rider-Waite depiction. This can be interpreted as maybe the man is not standing on even grounds and is unstable in general in his life currently. Even if he has the courage and dedication to protect what’s his, he seems to be in a critical situation, and he should evaluate every step.

Seven of Wands (Upright)
Upright Seven of Wands Meaning
Seven of Wands

After the fulfilling and satisfying feeling of success induced by the six of wands, the Seven of Wands in the upright position interprets struggle and hardships. Unlike five of wands, where you had to struggle to attain a position, with this card, you have already secured an eloquent position for yourself in society, and it indicates your struggle to maintain that position. You are in a very good place now, and everyone knows about it. So naturally, you have started to grow competition and rivals that are ready to take your position, if you slightly lose your grip.

This card represents the continuous struggle to maintain the streak of success and to defend your title to prove that you deserve it. This card is a warning that others are plotting behind your back to get to the position you are in, so be aware and prepared. Chances are that you are going to be challenged to prove your worth, or to prove that your project or idea deserved all the recognition that it received. And these challenges will come from outside sources.

Keep believing in yourself and stay dedicated to your work and beliefs and you will easily be able to overcome all the problems. The indication of the seven of wands is to stay put in your position by believing in yourself and your capabilities, no matter how hard the situation gets. You will have to fight those who are aiming to take your position from you. Time may get hard, and many major setbacks may occur, but keep staying strong and hold your ground. Confront those who are challenging you and don’t back down easily.

Love and Relationships (Upright)

In a love and relationship tarot card reading, the Seven of Wands (upright) indicate a time to set boundaries and territory, even if the situation makes other parties uncomfortable. Chances are that the relationship between you and your partner is going to be challenged by external forces, such as family members not wanting you to be together, society objecting, or other suitors trying to create disputes and misunderstandings between the two of you. So you might have to take on a lot of challenges against all kinds of external things that are becoming a threat to your partnership to protect and defend your relationship.

But you have confidence in yourself and your partner. You believe, and you are not wrong to believe it, that you have built a beautiful and amazing relationship which is based on love and trust, and every effort and struggle is worth it to save that relationship matter what. Keep a firm belief in yourself and your plans, and you will surely overcome these testing times very soon.

Finances (Upright)

This Minor Arcana tarot card represents success when it comes to finances and money. This card indicates that you will have a fortune if you have invested money somewhere. You are getting back profit from an investment you made a long time ago, or you will be making one that is going to result in fruitfulness. You are demonstrating financial foresight during this time because you have the sense that even if you are financially stable for now, this stability is fleeting and can be taken away at any time, so you are preparing beforehand.

You could be planning to buy a house, set up bigger savings, or indulge in retirement plans. No matter the choice, these investments are surely going to benefit you in the future. Jealousy and envy are also indicated by the seven of wands reversed. So be aware of people being jealous of your position and stability on the financial ground.

Career (Upright)

Challenges and persistence is the most important indication of the seven of wands tarot card, in the upright position. And the same applies to your work and profession. Although it might seem jarring and scary, this card doesn’t necessarily represent negative things. You should take this card as a warning as it indicates to you the upcoming challenges that might catch you off guard if you are not prepared, and overcome these challenges with willpower and dedication.

Be confident in yourself and the success that you have achieved in work and keep moving forward with your head held high, even if other people are jealous of your position at work. People are waiting to attack at the slightest wavering they see from you, and you will be constantly challenged for your position and morals. But you have reached where you are right now with sheer force and determination. So it is not that easy to take you down. Keep being persistent and brave, and you will easily overcome these challenges.

Health (Upright)

In terms of health tarot card reading, the upright Seven of Wands represent challenges and struggle. You have come in association with an illness that is becoming nuances for you. This card indicates that you might have to struggle quite a bit due to this illness. You will have to fight a lot to get rid of this illness and even then it might not end up leaving.

But keep being persistent and endure it with determination and strength, both physical and mental. Even if it becomes very challenging, with sheer determination you will be able to keep this illness in control and be free from it completely.

Seven of Wands Tarot Card (Reversed)
Reversed Seven of Wands Tarot Card Meaning
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When the Seven of Wands appear reversed, this indicates that you might be feeling overwhelmed by the challenges that keep occurring regularly, or the new responsibilities that have been put upon your shoulders because of the new position. With everything so hectic and in the face, it is becoming hard for you to relax and see your life as a blessing. You might be finding it hard to see the bigger picture because right now everything seems challenging. Because of this, you are constantly bound to compare yourself with others, which in return makes you doubt yourself and your potential, making you feel vulnerable and inadequate.

This card also represents constant judgement and criticism. This card in the reversed position interprets your feelings and emotions as you feel you are being judged because of your decisions. You are feeling overwhelmed because your family and friends keep criticising the decisions you made, which in turn is making you feel inadequate to make your own decisions. You are feeling demotivated and unsure about yourself and your capabilities. It is a general interpretation to back down or give up by the reversal of the Seven of Wands.

Although you have worked hard enough for the current position you have, it is becoming hard to feel satisfaction as you keep avoiding confrontation and keep running away when you see a challenging approach. It is suggested that no matter how hard it seems right now, you should keep reminding yourself how much work and effort you had to put in to get the position you have right now and if it’s truly worth it to throw everything away with the slightest of inconvenience. Another interpretation of seven of wands reversed is that you are trying too hard to protect yourself and your position, and that is ruining your relationships.

Love and Relationships (Reversed)

The reversed seven of wands in a love tarot card reading interprets that you are holding on to something that is not healthy. You are trying too hard to defend your relationship and your partner, but it is hurting you as well as your partner in the process. It is possible that the relationship you are trying so hard to protect and keep intact is actually on shaky ground and your close ones can feel it.

Your friends and family can see the agitation you are in as you struggle to make your relationship work, and are worried about you. Maybe you are still not seeing the problems and are currently in denial. Love is making it hard for you to see everything. Another interpretation of the Seven of Wands reversed is that maybe you are with the right person and are very sure about your relationship, but troubles from the outside are making it hard for you, or external forces are trying to pull the two of you apart.

Finances (Reversed)

Be careful and aware of every situation and do not be overconfident. The seven of wands reversed is hinting to you that no matter how secure you feel about your finances, you should not take everything for granted because ups and downs are a part of life, and no one can escape that.

This card is warning you against wasteful expenditure and keeping note of all your expenses, and whether you need to spend the thousands. Avoid useless purchases even in times when you feel you are obligated. Even if you think that you are very much capable of spending money, keep your urges in control and start saving as fast as possible, especially during this time.

Career (Reversed)

The Seven of Wands (Reversed) can be a sign that you are finding it difficult to stay steady and defend yourself in your career. Your position is being threatened by your rivals, and you are not able to hold your ground which is frustrating you. The reason behind this could be your lack of preparation or planning which you were supposed to work on before you achieved your goals, on how you would defend your position and prove to everyone your potential. Your lack of preparation is keeping you from defending your past victories, your principles, and your values.

The Seven of Wands reversed indicates or suggests you strongly hold your ground and keep defending your position as it is extremely crucial, but it seems like you are just not in the mental space or mood right now to do so. With success comes hardships and responsibilities, as well as enemies who are envious and want what you have. People are constantly attempting to attack you with the slightest hint of wavering. So you need to be aware of everyone, even those who are close to you. Your current choices were not the best ones, and this has made you vulnerable, which your enemies can see too.

Health (Reversed)

The seven of wands reversed is a sign that maybe you are getting tired or overwhelmed by an illness and losing the will to fight anymore. This card indicates that maybe you have been struggling with an illness for a long time, but it’s getting very hard to defeat it completely, and it’s becoming very taxing for your mental health. Because of this, your motivation to fight and defend your body is diminishing day by day and you feel like you don’t have any other option but to give up at this point.

An illness or condition is spiralling out of control and you are not able to do anything but suffer is what this card is indicating. You should consult your doctor, or think of changing them because the current treatment is not helping anymore.

Seven of Wands: One Card Pull

One card pull is done when you want to have straight to the point and quick answers. It is for the time when you wish to know specific answers in the form of Yes or No. So, if you are going through any tough situation or are stuck in a dilemma, getting a one-card pull is always helpful. Post shuffling the card, you can choose one from the deck. Depending on your question, you shall get the answer to the question. The results for one card pull in the seven of wands card is:

Upright Position: If the seven of wands are pulled in the upright position, this means that the answer is yes, but you stay firm in your beliefs and hold your ground.

Reversed Position: If the seven of wands are pulled in the reversed position, the answer is still yes, but this card is hinting to you that you need to take some rest and work on restoring your energy before working for your goal.

Seven of Wands Card for Timing

If the question is about the exact time when something you are wishing for will come to reality, and the seven of wands have been pulled out, this can indicate that the time is very near. To be very specific about the time, one should expect it to be during the spring, of the zodiac signs season Aries, Sagittarius, or Leo.

In numbers, if one wants to count, they should expect the time to be one month later, or specifically the 7th, 16th, 25th, or the upcoming month. Keep in mind that whatever you are wishing for is right around the corner and needs just a bit of patience. You will soon figure out the time. If the reading is done during the summer season, this does not mean that your wish will be fulfilled during the spring.

It could also be interpreted by taking the number of the card. In this case, the number is “seven”, so you should expect it to be during the 7th day, 7th week, or 7th month of the reading. It is hard to predict the future taking into consideration years since our future keeps changing with every action we take.

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