Seven of Cups Artwork Description
“Strange chalices of vision.” 1
Seven of Cups Associations
- Seven: Control, management, power; restraint, patience; opportunity.
- Element: Water.
- Timing: Autumn; slothy; dynamic.
- Direction: West/indirect; continuity.
- Keywords: Relationships; family, friends, strangers, enemies; coworkers; romance/lovers; emotional attachments to other sentient beings or highly valued things.
Seven of Cups Basic Meaning
The Seven of Cups is about indecision. One who is faced with multiple choices all of which have a grand beneficial prize—but this is an illusion. Do not be persuaded or tricked by what is only a lie. Use your logical mind over your heart to work out the nitty-gritty details which will set apart the right from the wrong.
“All that glitters isn’t gold; read the fine print; concentrating on illusion—whatever that may be; illusionary magick; imagined success; self-deception; possible personality disorder; denial; wearing many faces but not allowing yourself to be the ‘real you.’ The warning with this card is: ‘To your own self be true. Look at the writing on the wall and read it.’ Possible poison in your choices—beware, someone is trying to trick you.” 2
“A man sees seven cups floating on a cloud, each with something enticing rising out of it. This is the ‘daydream’ card. Cups are the suit of emotions, but also fantasies and illusions. It is card where our own dreams and emotions make the situation difficult. Think of a girl who gets asked out by three different boys. Her strong emotions toward each keep her from saying yes or no; instead, she indulges in fantasies of how the dates might go, which not only puts off the decision, but makes it harder.
This is the Seven of Cups where you, the chooser, are given the challenge of getting past mixed emotions and self-deception. It predicts that the querent is or will be faced with choices that emotionally pull them in several directions. Daydreams of what could be will further muddy the waters. Seven, as mentioned, is a number of creativity, and cups are the suit of creative dreamers. Which makes the challenge of this Seven to rein in that abundance of creativity. To stop it from running wild.
Emotions, too, have to be reined in. The querent needs to concentrate on what they really feel, really want and can realistically imagine getting from each of these choices. The choice must be made not hastily, but soberly and maturely. And definitively.
Once again, the message is to stand fast. Don’t let your emotions carry you off into fantasies and daydreams. Stay in reality, focus on making a decision. This card can also indicate a person who is living in dreams, preferring fantasy to reality, or someone lost in ‘their cups.’ Meaning using alcohol or drugs to escape reality.” 3
“Meaning: Fairy favours, images of reflection, sentiment imagination, things seen in the glass of contemplation; some attainment in these degrees but nothing permanent or substantial is suggested. Fair child; idea, design, movement.
Reversed: Desire, will, determination, project. Success, if accompanied by the Three of Cups.” 1
Axank’s Dream Recollection
September 18-19, 2011