Progressing on from the victorious stage of the Six, we now find that the glory has faded, and we are asked to justify our actions and decisions. We know we are within our rights to stick to our viewpoint and are determined to maintain the high ground. This takes a huge amount of courage and strength of will, not to mention the determination necessary to stand alone against popular opinion.
A young man stands on a raised piece of ground. He holds a staff as though to fight off the six other staves we can see in the foreground. He almost looks like a giant in the landscape. We cannot see his enemies, so he could just be planting a row of beans. He wears a green tunic and odd shoes. A small stream runs between his feet. The grass is a lush green, and the sky is a cloudless blue.
When the Seven of Wands turns up in a general reading, it indicates you may have to stand up for something you believe in or a decision you made. It may involve seeing off the competition because you know you are right. It’s possible you are going against the consensus, so could feel isolated. It’s pretty scary, and you could be tempted to change your viewpoint – this card tells you not to do that; you have the higher ground.
You could find that a lot is expected of you by others – they look to you to provide the ideas, the leadership and the commitment. Are you up to that kind of responsibility? If feeling fearful, know you can do this thing.
Major Arcana cards that support the Seven of Wands would be Strength (you can achieve your aim) and Justice (you have right on your side). Opposing cards are the Hanged Man (the time isn’t right to do battle) and Death (nothing you can do will prevent change).
Reversed, the Seven of Wands has layers of meaning. Are you being too obstinate? Does the situation call for more flexibility on your part? Are you easily swayed? Are you feeling threatened or overwhelmed? Could you be treating others with a lack of empathy? The card must be read in the context of the situation and with total honesty from the seeker.
Interpretations in Various Areas of Life
You may be asked to do something you don’t agree with. Express your opinion so that you are heard, but don’t tread on anyone’s toes.
You have come up with an idea that you think could be beneficial. Others disagree. Take the time to form your ideas and present a workable plan. Be prepared to deal with challenges and have all the answers ready.
When attending job interviews, you stand head and shoulders above the competition, don’t be afraid to use your advantage. Ensure that potential employers are aware of your unique value.
This could be a challenging time in an established relationship. One or both of you are always in a state of readiness to do battle. Stand down and try to get on the same side. Determine what you both want and then fight for it.
You may be in competition to attract the one you have set your heart on. Be confident, don’t show weakness. Your courageousness will shine through and you will be the chosen one.
Money is trickling through your fingers, and you can’t seem to prevent it. You have to lay down the law with your loved ones. Your partner and/or children need to be told that you have to pull in the reins on spending for the time being. You aren’t going to be popular, but you have to do what you have to do. Make sure you explain the reasons — you don’t want to come across as a bullying skinflint.
You know what treatment you need. Doctors might be opposing you, but you must insist. Get a second opinion if required. Ask your family to back you up. If you are healthy, try to avoid getting stressed.
This may be a challenging time, spiritually speaking. You have firm ideas about the direction you wish to go — it’s a good idea to reexamine your beliefs to reassure yourself that you are on the right path.