The Six of Cups allowed us to feel emotionally settled, safe and loved. Now the Seven of Cups demonstrates how easily we can become unbalanced if we let our emotions rule us without the tempering influences of logic and common sense. While it is a good thing to pay attention to our gut instinct, it’s very possible to become enmeshed in feelings and imagination, and thus to turn constantly inward away from the world.
A figure stands in silhouette, his right arm outstretched stiffly. Before him, floating on clouds, are seven golden chalices, each holding a dream, desire or fear. A beautiful human head represents the need for love, a shrouded figure is the subconscious, the snake is both wisdom and lust, a castle represents our desire for security, the jewels represent wealth, a laurel wreath is our wish for victory and the dragon mirrors our deepest fears.
In the Tarot of the New Vision, where we see the scene from the front, we also see two women standing behind the man. One looks on in awe and wonder at the gifts of the chalices; the other hides her face in fear. This indicates that there are at least two ways of regarding our wishes; either as rewards to motivate us toward the future or as empty promises acting as temptations to madness.
When the Seven of Cups turns up in a general reading, the seeker must examine their current motivations. Are they faced with so many choices that they are unable to move forward, or are they wasting time dreaming of the future instead of dealing with the present? It’s possible they are operating only from their emotions – reacting rather than being proactive, hanging onto an ethereal dream that will never come into reality.
For a creative type, this would be a welcome card that reflects their ability to use their imagination. However, care must be taken to use the imagination as a jumping-off point rather than as somewhere to reside indefinitely.
Reversed, the Seven of Cups dream state is even more extreme. Here is the woman who believes her long-drowned sailor husband will return. Or the man who is convinced that a celebrity, when being interviewed, is talking to him exclusively in coded messages. It will take a jolt to get these people to return from the fantasy world they have created for themselves. Combined with the Devil, this card can hint at dangerous obsession. The reversed card may also warn of substance abuse.
Interpretations in Various Areas of Life
Should the Seven of Cups appear in a career-related reading, it means that you have too many options right now. Although this seems to be a positive thing (and it usually is) it’s possible to get so hung up making the choice that you don’t make any choice at all, and a prime opportunity slips through your fingers.
Be careful of projecting too much on your loved one. S/he is a mere human being after all. Putting them on a pedestal and expecting them to be the source of all your happiness is a big mistake. Sooner or later that person will fail or make a mistake, and your carefully constructed idol will reveal themselves to be a mere mortal.
Your riches are all pie in the sky at the moment. Nothing solid has materialized, and you are in danger of losing money. You have invested with your heart instead of learning the business and seeking out deals that are more suited to you. Step back, restructure your finances and refrain from throwing good money after bad.
You may be on a strict budget, so stop gazing in shopping lust at things you can’t afford. The temptation to take out finance and expensive credit is too strong. If you don’t see it, you won’t waste money on it.
You may be overindulging in food and alcohol. It’s fine to do these things occasionally, but if you are sitting down in front of the TV every night with a bottle of wine and a box of chocolates, it’s time to pull out of that downward spiral and do something about it.
In a spiritual reading, the advice from the Seven of Cups is exactly opposite to most given above. You should follow the guidance of your emotions. If you feel happy when contemplating a certain path, then go that way. If you feel uncomfortable, then don’t. Your emotions are the gauge that tells you whether you are in tune with whatever or whomever you are contemplating. Positive feelings tell you, “Yes!” Negative emotions tell you to run in the opposite direction. Of course, a dollop of common sense never goes amiss either.