The incredible world of tarot could offer some amazing insights regarding our destiny.
Although no divination technique predicts the exact course of events, let alone changes our fate, it could help us to understand it better.
Throughout the course of our known history, we could trace various divination practices; we have always wanted to know what the ineffable forces on the high have in store for us.
Divination art and all related practices, spirituality overall, religion, but also science and else, have always been a part of our intention to find out our place in the universe.
Well, we are here, which definitely proves that we were meant to be exactly where we are.
However, we still long to know what has been here before us and what will become of us.
Some people choose to follow their rational mind alone and rely exclusively on science, some turn only to belief and others to alternative ways of interpreting reality.
In older days, all these were more connected, that is, interconnected, and there was no strict line between them. It seems that, throughout history, these concepts merge and get distant from one another, but then they again become closer.
In any case, divinations are still being practiced. Tarot card reading is one specific type of divination.
In order to use tarot cards to tell about the future and get a better insight into one’s destiny, one has to gain great knowledge of the symbolical value of tarot cards and get experience through practice. Let us begin with some tarot basics!
Tarot Suits Basics
Tarot decks are richly illustrated cards originally created for playing various card games. There are many variants and certain cards and suits are known by different names. There are also many different designs of cards and you can find some fascinating modern examples.
However, each tarot card has to contain characteristic symbols, for their meanings have to remain ultimately the same.
Decks are large and they count seventy eight cards in total. These cards are divided into two most important parts, called Major and Minor Arcana.
Now, these terms do not speak about the lesser or greater importance of these cards, but about their role in a reading. Major Arcana cards are related to the major plan; they represent situations, allegorical, archetypical and symbolical that affect us on the bigger plan.
The Minor Arcana cards are related to the minor plan, that is, our everyday life and situations we face. It is also about the people we meet and various circumstances.
Major Arcana counts 22 cards, numbered from 0 to 21. Minor Arcana, which is the part of the deck that interests us here, counts 56 cards, but they are also divided into more groups.
Minor Arcana cards are divided into four suits composed of fourteen cards each; four face cards and ten numbers, numbered from 1 to 10.
Each suit is associated with a characteristic symbol. We know them as the suit of Wands, suit of Cups, the suit of Swords and the suit of Pentacles. Each is associated with an element and embodies a specific type of energy.
Suit of Wands Major Characteristics
The suit of Wands is one of the four Minor Arcana suits and it is associated with the element of Fire, which, at the same time links it to the fiery signs of Aries, Sagittarius and Leo.
The nature of this suit is energetic, pro-active, everything is directed towards creating something, doing something. The suit of Wands is about activity and movement, taking charge and leading.
Wands are sometimes known as Batons, Rods, Clubs, Scepters or Staves. One interesting observation about the suit of Wands is that the wands featured in each of the cards have leaves growing on them.
This is a very curious detail and it tells that these wands are not just a tool, but that they possess an incredible energy, that is, the energy of creation.
The leaves represent not only creation alone, but also vitality, rebirth, regeneration and rejuvenation.
In each of the cards, wands bear this symbolism, although the overall meaning of cards is very different, when you look into them separately.
The seven of wands, for example, is not that favorable card, but it has its good sides. Let us see into it.
Seven of Wands Tarot Card Quick Facts
Seven of Wands is one of the Wands’ numbers. This cards is not that welcome one or, at least, it is not a card that brings ease and fortune. It would be best to say that the Seven of Wands is an ambiguous card.
This card is associated with not making compromises, with standing for your causes, your beliefs and views.
This card is definitely about strength and self-confidence, determination and courage, but also about defiance, with an uncompromising attitude, which is not always the best.
This is a card of struggle and arguments, which, on one side, could be understood as unwillingness to take up an easier path and allow free passage to others, but, on the other side, it also represents blockage, rejection and else.
Before we delve into the more detailed interpretation of this Minor Arcana card and take a very close look into its symbolic imagery, we will briefly go through some quick facts. These are the most important terms and characteristics associated with the Seven of Wands Minor Arcana card.
7 of Wands key terms: Overcoming obstacles, standing your ground, defending your opinion, moral views, attitude, facing challenges, daring spirit, defiant attitude, struggling against an obscure enemy, taking a risk, strength and courage
Key essential element of the Seven of Wands: Fire
Minor Arcana type: Number, 7
Yes/No question for The Seven of Wands card: Maybe
Reversed 7 of Wands key terms: Losing temper, losing ground, loss, being defeated and overthrown, usurpation, making compromises, cooperation and solutions
Visual Description of The Seven of Wands Card
Seven of Wands card represents an interesting scene. Minor Arcana cards stand for various situations in our everyday life. They stand for different phases of our life, circumstances we find ourselves in and experience.
Each card of four suits of Minor Arcana features a symbol characteristic of the suit. Here we have seven wands, but they are placed in a peculiar imagery. Let us see into it.
The main actor of this card is a young man. He carries one of the wands in his hands.
In fact, he uses it as a battle stick, a weapon to fight someone back or to defend himself. His face expresses the state of action, determination and strong will. He is ready to give battle, although he has no other weapon, save for the stick he holds. He has no armor, no shield or whatsoever.
His overall body posture is a characteristic ‘fight or flight’ pose, although we are sure he will not run away.
The young man is dressed in green robes, which tell about his vigor, vitality, youth, the willingness to develop, to grow and to pursue his goals against all odds. He is not willing to give up. His youthful nature is that of iron determination, but also of stubbornness.
Moreover, the man appears to be physically fit and in his prime. Unlike male figures on some other cards of the Wands suit, this man does not appear to be tired or hurt; we will have such figures on the following cards of the same suit. He is still in his full strength, ready to face challenges. He looks into the face of difficulties and he will stand his ground.
The remaining six wands are in front of him, stuck into the ground, forming a fence, a barrier between the man and the outer world.
This wall of wands does not seem particularly well-secured and impenetrable, but that is all he has. He is young and daring, but his overall position is not yet firmly grounded.
He still has to prove his worth and defend his causes, ideas and principles. That is good enough. Now, let us take a look on where is he standing.
The young man stands on a green fill, it seems and there is a stream of clear blue water. These are always positive symbols, speaking of something refreshing, ever-flowing, natural, vital and creative.
Seven of Wands Card Meaning Guide
I strive for perfection. I believe in ideals.
This card embodies a very youthful, promising, though sometimes very stubborn energy. Seven of Wands is about defending your ideals and beliefs, rather than protecting what you have already achieved; something we will find in another wands card. This card is about believing in your ideals and principles.
Sometimes all we believe in is shaken, attacked, others try to bring it down. General interpretation of this card is related to defending our beliefs.
In its most positive sense, it stands for posing excellent arguments on why we think we are right or counter-arguments towards those who would like see our ideals fall apart for their own causes.
Sometimes we fight an invisible enemy and start doubting our own beliefs, due to various causes, lacking self-confidence, believing everyone known better than us and so many other reasons.
Seven of Wands is not a card that brings general ease and peace, but encourages us to stand for our beliefs.
On the other hand, it is also an active strive for perfection. The man on the card is full of youthful energy and willingness to endure the harsh path in order to become skilled, better, the best in something. He will not give up, even if it will greatly exhaust him; the reward will be priceless, because he will prove to himself that he is worth of something. We speak of the figure on the card, but it applies to the questioner.
7 of Wands – YES or NO
The Seven of Wands is a tricky one when it comes to ‘yes or no’ readings. These readings are perfect for simple questions, because, through one card, they provide the answer to a direct question: yes, no or maybe.
The case with the Seven of Wands card is ambiguous, because the nature of the card is itself ambiguous.
Seven of Wands is a MAYBE. The answer is neither a yes nor a no, because your question requires some further analyses. This card is about rethinking your principles and beliefs, in this case.
While in general it is about defending our beliefs, sometimes we should stop and think through them.
This is greatly related to the youthful spirit expressed through this tarot card. Sometimes we face challenges that would really show us some things we have believed into do not longer stand.
Yes, it could be disappointing, but we will form new ones. For this reason, the answer is neutral.
Seven of Wands Card Upright Meaning
If Seven of Wands appears in the upright position in a reading, it tells you to brace yourself, for a challenge comes down your path.
One way or another, your beliefs, principles and ideals will be challenged; it could happen in different ways. Sometimes it could be another person to try to bring your ideals down or you yourself will lose your faith for other reasons.
The upright 7 of Wands tells you to stay strong and not let it happen. Your ideals are precious and they are good, if the card is upright; you should do your best to save them.
The card is also about your process of developing your skills, with an intention to master it.
Do not give up if faced with troubles; there is no way everything will go smoothly. Now it is no time to step aside and surrender in front of the first challenge.
This is a card that tells about obstacles, but also about overcoming obstacles. Through struggle, you will build yourself up.
Seven of Wands Card Reversed Meaning
When the card is reversed, it tells about all the negative sides of determination, the often foolish stubbornness.
Sometimes we just don’t want to give something up, for the very sake of not giving it up! This is not a clever, but an immature behavior.
We also do this because we hold on to certain principles as our only safe haven, so we are unwilling to let it go.
The reversed card is also about loss, about losing your ground, about being defeated in an argument. Now, these are not nice experiences, but they are a part of life.
Some could have been avoided, if we ourselves have played it more tactfully. For this or that reason, we did not and now we face consequences.
Seven of Wands Tarot Card – Career Meaning
Seven of Wands in a career reading brings challenges, to your ideals, your work ethics, even your position.
These are no obstacles one cannot overcome, but it requires a lot of effort and, above all, readiness to do so. The key is belief, belief in your own worth, the good purpose of your work, your ideals.
Even in a career reading, Seven of Wands is more about defending causes than about money and finances.
Seven of Wands Tarot Card – Love Meaning
It is similar in a love reading. It could happen that a partner was the one to challenge what you have believed so far. This could have a positive, but also a negative effect.
On one side, a loving partner could direct us towards windows we have never looked through, because we were oriented to only a specific one. In that sense, our partner opens or views, widens our horizons in a very good way.
On the other hand, some people become so influenced by a partner (or another close person) that they stop believing what they believed so far, but not because they really think their beliefs were wrong, but because another person instructs them so.
It happens in relationships and it should be taken care of. Do not let yourself to be manipulated.
Therefore, this card is not that much about romance and romantic relationships alone, but about all close relations in which one’s set of ideals and principles, and beliefs, could be under attack by a person who has a strong influence over that one.
Seven of Wands Tarot Card – Health Meaning
In terms of well-being, this card is the one that advises to keep your nerves, in the first place.
In front of the life’s challenges, be it emotional, physical, mental or of whatever other sort, do not lose your nerve, do not become wrathful and angry, desperate and chaotic.
Keeping your mind calm, even in the hardest situations is the key to good health.
This does not mean to surrender to the tides and become ignorant, on the contrary. It is about practicing your nerves, the ability to stay strong, focused and undaunted in the hard times.
If the case is that you were physically ill or injured, the message is the same; stay strong, but, in the first place, stay strong in your mind and heart.
7 of Wands Combined
When the seven of Wands card appears in combination with other tarot cards, they get specific meanings.
In the following examples, we will see several interesting 7 of Wands combinations.
- Seven of Wands and The Hierophant: Defending of ideals and principles
- 7 of Wands and The World: Peaceful attitude
- Seven of Wands and The Four of Wands: Advantages, favorable position
- 7 of Wands and The Ten of Cups: Pleasurable position
- Seven of Wands and The Three of Swords: Backstabbing, betrayal
- 7 of Wands and The Ace of Pentacles: Business opportunities
Seven of Wands Message
Seven of Wands is one of the card about defending beliefs and ideals. Its core meaning is visionary, but it also brings many obstacles.
This card, in fact, says that nothing comes without a challenge, certain kind of test; the test of our faith into something, in the first place.
Even if the card is not an easy one, it brings great hope, it suggests that we should fight for what we believe in.
Like other cards inspiring courage and standing your ground, this card also comes with another meaning, a bit more difficult to accept than the first one.
Do not be stubborn in defending your causes, do not be defiant of everything else; that is not the point and that, in fact, undermines your own ideals.
Sometimes we do have to make compromises, but we have to be wise enough to recognize the right moment.