The Six of Swords showed how we made the decision to move on toward a better life. This was done in an open and honest way. The Seven of Swords, on the other hand, is all about guile. Keeping plans close to our chest, not letting anyone in on the secret. Often depicted as a negative card, the Seven of Swords has many positive aspects. As a Swords card, it is strongly connected with words, thoughts and impulses, rather than actions or material possessions.
A self-satisfied looking thief almost dances away from an encampment of brightly colored tents. He wears a flowered tunic reminiscent of the one worn by the ‘architect’ in the Three of Pentacles. He also wears a red fez, red boots, and blue leggings. He carries five swords and seems to have left two behind. In the background, there is a group of soldiers in silhouette. We can’t tell if they’ve caught sight of the thief as he leaves camp with his booty. The thief looks as though he is walking across a stage in front of a backdrop, with the last two swords marking the back of the stage. The sky is golden and cloudless.
When the Seven of Swords appears in your reading, the context and question will help you determine whether the card is positive or negative. Nevertheless, the first thing to do is to take it literally. Make sure your personal belongings and property are secured just in case there is a light-fingered thief about.
Someone may be playing a trick or a joke at your expense. Take it lightly — it’s not meant in a malicious or detrimental way, although it could be seen as immature and silly. Alternatively, someone is putting on a front, acting their part. Pretending that all is well when it isn’t. Can you tell if a close friend or family member is hiding the fact that they are in trouble or worried?
Often this card represents someone ‘stealing back’ something that was lost or taken from them. For example, a woman in an abusive relationship could decide it’s time to take action, take back the self-confidence that her partner knocked out of her and leave, secretly if necessary.
If the Seven of Swords is reversed, it means that someone is caught out in a lie or deception. They can’t offer a reasonable explanation because there isn’t one.
Interpretations in Various Areas of Life
You may be thinking that it’s time you sallied forth alone, taking all that you have learned and applying it to your own business or consultancy. Make sure that you are leaving in an open and above-board basis.
If looking for work, then try researching areas and career paths that you might not expect to produce results. Poke around in places you wouldn’t normally look to for opportunities. You may be surprised at what turns up.
Are you deceiving or being deceived? Is your partner telling white lies or blatant untruths? Perhaps you are keeping a secret from them? You could have a good reason; it might be a future surprise, or you don’t want to upset them. Maybe you are protecting another member of the family or a close friend. This might be a good time to bring it all out into the open, but you must use your judgment wisely.
In a reading about finding your true love, this card hints at deception. While not advocating distrust, it would be wise to be extra cautious at this time. You might meet someone who has great charm and wit. Watch out they don’t steal your heart.
Don’t allow anyone to take advantage of you — whether in the purchase of a low-cost item on an auction site or if it’s someone handling your investments. Take the time to carry out due diligence to ensure the transaction is legitimate.
You may be duped into handing over cash. It doesn’t hurt to double-check where your money is going. Maybe your teenager pleads for money for a certain reason, just be aware it might be for another purpose.
You may not be given all the facts. Perhaps for very good reason. This doesn’t mean the worst is going to happen, merely that your doctor or someone is protecting you to avoid placing extra stress on you.
If you are undergoing alternative therapy of some sort, it might be time to break away and deal with the issue either on your own or with a different practitioner.
Don’t go signing up for any spiritual course, books or website without paying attention to the small print. Is the ‘guru’ in it for the joy of spreading the word or are they simply looking for some hard cash or acolytes? Do your research; a spiritual path shouldn’t cost a fortune, neither should it attempt to brainwash its followers. For the time being, consider doing it your way.