Seven of Swords

Written by Jacob. Published on November 4th, 2011 at 01:42.

Seven of Swords Rider Waite Tarot

Seven of Swords Artwork Description

“A man in the act of carrying away five swords rapidly; the two others of the card remain stuck in the ground. A camp close at hand.” 1

Seven of Swords Associations

  • Seven: Control, management, power; restraint, patience; opportunity.
  • Element: Air.
  • Timing: Spring; instant; speed/swiftness.
  • Direction: East/flowing; unexpected.
  • Keywords: Intellect, the mind; communication, sharing of thought; insight, wisdom; philosophy, enlightenment; movement, creativity, origin of conflict.

Seven of Swords Basic Meaning

The Seven of Swords is about theft and trickery; bad-luck and loss; Lies, deceit, or manipulative communication. This requires the Querent to be tactful (outsmarting) and to be on their guard for what might be trying to swindle them.

Additional Interpretations

“Theft by a stranger; possible move of house; a setback; a cycle of bad luck; tact is necessary in any situation; partial success that will not justify the risks involved.” 2

“A thief sneaks off with five out of seven swords. It’s no surprise that when it comes to swords, attacks are sneaky and tricky, not direct like with Wands. Yet this is still an attack that requires creativity and steadfastness. The image also us back to number five (stolen swords) and ‘loss’ along with what remains behind, number two, and choices.

This is the ‘Thief’ card, and though it can be taken literally (protect yourself against theft), it usually means a different type of stealing. Being the intellect and communication, what might be stolen are ideas, something you’ve written, or even an internet password. The querent should be warned to be on their guard, especially against those who are trying to extract information from them.

Stand guard over what you value, and try to outwit the thief. In some cases, in fact, this card might be advising the querent that they have to be the thief. They need to be tricky, sneaky, even dishonest because, in some situations, honesty is not the best policy. Sometimes flattery, lies, dissembling is necessary to get back what you feel belongs to you.” 3

“Meaning: Design, attempt, wish, hope, confidence; also quarreling, a plan that may fail, annoyance. Dark girl; a good card; it promises a country life after a competence has been secured.

Reversed: Good advice, counsel, instruction, slander, babbling. Good advise, probably neglected.” 1

Axank’s Dream Recollection

November 2-3, 2011
Little recalled…