Seven of Pentacles Artwork Description
“A young man, leaning on his staff, looks intently at seven pentacles attached to a clump of greenery on his right; one would say that these were his treasures and that his heart was there.” 1
Seven of Pentacles Associations
- Seven: Control, management, power; restraint, patience; opportunity.
- Element: Earth.
- Timing: Winter; slow; patient/long-term.
- Direction: North/forward; immobile.
- Keywords: Earthly possessions, finances, property; physical health; work/labor, business; valuables.
Seven of Pentacles Basic Meaning
The Seven of Pentacles is about being patient in troubling times. Control comes from those who wait. You can learn a lot by standing back and watching, then when it comes time for action you have the upper-hand; It’s about better controlling or managing your finances/business. A card of proactivity and facilitative actions.
“Investing to reap later; progress and gain. A change in luck based on your performance. Success revolving around something you value. Career changes coming that will positively affect you if you have worked hard. Change in direction that involves financial planning or projects having to do with finances. Decisions now will have far-reaching impact on your financial standing.” 2
“A farmer leans on his spade gazing at pentacles that grow on a bush like fruit. He has done all the work, planted, planned, toiled. Now, all he can do is wait. And wait he has, for so long that he’s growing impatient. He’s beginning to doubt that the fruit on this tree will ever be ready to harvest and sell.
In all four Sevens, the challenge presented cannot be won unless the querent is determined to succeed and will not let himself give up. The challenge in the solid, earthy Pents emphasizes this the most. Sometimes called “Failure” this is a card where one’s patience is beginning to wear thin. You may be tempted to announce that it’s all a failure and walk away. Or, weary of waiting, you could make a mistake, assume that the fruit is ripe when it’s not.
This is an especially hard card (and challenge) for someone who has been out of work for a while, or has been trying to get back their health. They have to be told that, hard as it is, they must extend their patience. They must also be careful to recognize real opportunity from false opportunity. It’s all too easy to act out of frustration, thinking that doing anything is better than doing nothing.
But acting out of frustration can lead to failure. Real opportunity is on its way. Hang in there and use all you’ve learned to recognize it when you see it.” 3
“Meaning: These are exceedingly contradictory; in the main, it is a card of money, business, barter; but one reading gives altercation, quarrel; and another innocence, ingenuity, purgation. Improved position for a lady’s future husband.” 1
Axank’s Dream Recollection
August 29-30, 2011
I remember being stressed out because I was traveling around Sacramento seeing family and trying to work out finding a way to get back home and the situation seemed a bit out of control. But I was around people I cared about and enjoyed being with—I do recall blowing off family to do that.