Seven of Wands

Written by Jacob. Published on October 14th, 2011 at 00:13.

Seven of Wands Rider Waite Tarot

Seven of Wands Artwork Description

“A young man on a craggy mountain top brandishes a staff; six other staves are raised towards him from below.” 1

Seven of Wands Associations

  • Seven: Control, management, power; restraint, patience; opportunity.
  • Element: Fire.
  • Timing: Summer; hasty; immediate/fast-paced.
  • Direction: South/ubiquitous; spontaneous.
  • Keywords: Passion, personal driving force; the arts, creative-source, hobbies; career/ambitions; personality/ego; travel, trade, and commerce.

Seven of Wands Basic Meaning

The Seven of Wands is about fighting against the odds. Combating, negotiations, courageous action. Everyone is against the Querent, and may be seen “in the wrong” but the Querent must be on defense and stand up for themselves. I was told that if some one bigger than you keeps knocking you down in a fight, just keep standing back up, even if you can’t fight. If you keep standing up your opponent will eventually see they are wasting their time or be put off by your courage. The Querent has a vantage point from which they can take action.

Additional Interpretations

“Going where angels fear to tread; fulfillment through courageous action; challenges but they can be overcome; uncertainty and risk; success after extreme difficulties.” 2

“A man defends himself with one wand against six others. This is the ‘under siege’ card. The stakes are high, and the querent is under attack; even worse, the odds are against him. This is where the energy you’ve been using to create must be used to defend what you’ve created.

Usually this card indicates a disagreement with how you are directing and managing your career, criticism of a philosophy, or a schism in the religion. Those who you gathered in, who were your supporters are now at odds with you. They think you’re in error and that someone else could do better. They want you to step down.

And so you’re on the defensive, fighting to regain control. The card urges you to stand your ground. The reader can tell the querent that though his enemies seem stronger, they don’t expect resistance, and his fighting spirit will daunt them.

This card tells us to use what we’ve learned about maintaining our energy, about being bold and stalwart and we will win the battle.” 3

“Meaning: It is a card of valour, for, on the surface, six are attacking one, who has, however, the vantage position. On the intellectual plane, it signifies discussion, wordy strife; in business — negotiations, war of trade, barter, competition. It is also a card of success, for the combatant is on the top and his enemies may be unable to reach him. A dark child.

Reversed: Perplexity, embarrassments, anxiety.” 1

Axank’s Dream Recollection

October 12-13, 2011
I was outside my house and there was a lot of something ruffling in the bushes. It turns out it was a black panther. Me and my roommate were in my neighbors house behind the glass door and our other roommate was taking out the recycling. We yelled at him to run and get inside with us. It got pretty dangerous and scary but he made it inside!