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The Seven of Wands in Tarot and How to Read It

Andrea has a background in astrology, Myers Briggs, and pop culture, with expertise in relationships and dating.

Seven is the number of trouble in tarot. It is often associated with tensions and strife. This number indicates you're starting on the next leg of your journey. You're working toward your ultimate goal. The second leg of your journey is usually harder than the first. You have more experience but the challenges are harder.

If you haven't been conserving your energy, you might be running out of stamina. If you played really hard in your first run, you could run the risk of burnout.

The Seven of Wands indicates imbalance. You must fight to keep the ground you've gained. Others see you or your community as having too much advantage. They want to steal from you. They're jealous of your good fortune.

The Seven of Wands indicates imbalance. You must fight to keep the ground you've gained. Others see you or your community as having too much advantage. They want to steal from you. They're jealous of your good fortune.

What Does The Seven of Wands Mean?

Seven is the midpoint for all the suits. Each suit has 14 cards. There are ten numbered cards and four court cards (page, knight, queen, king).

The Seven of Wands is about stress. You feel the heat from all your activity. You're not really sure how to manage your stress. Now is the perfect time to prioritize your self-care so that you can succeed for the long run. Without a proper self-care plan in place, you will be treating yourself in an aloof way.

Too much strain can lead to pain. You will start to get cranky if there is too much on your plate. There are times in life where we have to climb peaks. There will be times of excessive stress. You can't stay in this place forever.

It's not a good idea to constantly challenge yourself. Your body can only take on so much force.

The Seven of Wands is a warning that your stress is getting out of hand. You need to rethink how you're handling your life.

Card Alignments

Upright

Challenge, stress, tension, strife, strain, competition, protection, defense, perseverance, holding down the fort, strength, stamina, last-ditch effort, swimming upstream.

Reversed

Giving up, surrender, overwhelmed, exhausted, outmaneuvered, outwitted, not enough, out-resourced, not enough strength, loose grip, loss, captured, communication breakdown.

The Seven of Wands is about holding down the fort. You're a line of defense. You've been caught off guard by the opposition, but you have a chance to protect what you love. This is a monumental moment. A battle you won't forget.

The Seven of Wands is about holding down the fort. You're a line of defense. You've been caught off guard by the opposition, but you have a chance to protect what you love. This is a monumental moment. A battle you won't forget.

Card Description

In the Rider-Waite-Smith deck, the Seven of Wands shows a man standing on a hill holding a stick like a club. He is pushing back against enemies who are trying to come up the hill with their sticks. The man on the cliff is in a defensive pose. He looks tense, but he is standing firm. He won't be easily shaken or defeated. However, this battle will take a lot out of him.

The man is ready for battle. He is a strong defender. He is deployed to protect others. He is defending the territory that's already been gained. He refuses to let others take from him and his community.

The man stands alone. He doesn't have other warriors by his side. He perseveres despite the odds. He alone must maintain the fight.

Libra as the Seventh House

Libra is the Seventh House of the zodiac. The midpoint of the zodiac is the passage from Virgo to Libra. Libra's purpose is to balance all the other elements. This sign searches for equality, justice, and fairness.

When you come across a tarot card with the number seven, it's a good reminder to focus on balance. You likely are in the middle of something that is lopsided. Someone isn't pulling their weight, so you're left with too much ground to cover.

You need to do what you can to adjust your alignment. You need to get it into better shape. The longer things are out-of-whack the more likely things will collapse. You can only hold down the pressure for so long.

Tarot Suits

CategoryWandsPentaclesSwordsCups

Elements

Fire

Earth

Air

Water

Represents

Free will

Physical Manifestation (The Body)

Thoughts

Emotions

Color

Red

Green

Yellow

Blue

Seasons

Summer

Spring

Winter

Fall

Numbers

1, 5, 9

2, 6, 10

3, 7, 11

4, 8, 12

Animals

Land Mammals

Reptiles

Birds

Fish

Music

Percussion

Brass

Woodwinds

Strings

The Body

Head, Heart, Thighs

Throat/Neck, Chest, Legs/Shins

Arms & Shoulders, Belly, Ankles

Hands, Root Chakra (Spine Base), Feet

Four Humors

Yellow Bile

Black Bile

Blood

Phlegm

Ruling Planets

Mars, Sun, Jupiter

Mercury, Venus, Saturn

Mercury, Venus, Uranus

Moon, Pluto, Neptune

Western Astrology

Aries, Leo, Sagittarius

Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn

Gemini, Virgo, Capricorn

Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces

Chinese Zodiac

Dragon, Monkey, Rat

Snake, Rooster, Ox

Horse, Dog, Tiger

Sheep, Pig, Rabbit

Yin and Yang

Yang

Yin

Yang

Yin

Court Cards

Knights

Pages

Kings

Queens

Poker Equivalents

Clubs

Diamonds

Spades

Hearts

Six wands stand against you. You have to prove yourself to your enemies. It's not going to be easy. This trying time will get the worst of you. You'll have to fight when your energy is low. There is a good chance you'll run into your breaking point.

Six wands stand against you. You have to prove yourself to your enemies. It's not going to be easy. This trying time will get the worst of you. You'll have to fight when your energy is low. There is a good chance you'll run into your breaking point.

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The Upright Seven of Wands

This card can suggest a surprise attack. You were caught off guard when the enemy struck. You're not adequately set up to win this battle. You'll have to move fast and rely on your instincts to secure the ground you have gained.

The enemy comes when you least suspect them. They come in disguises, in the middle of the night when you're sleeping, and they travel paths no one watches. Because you didn't have a good strategy in place to attack them, you are now on the defense. It's hard to gain the upper hand if you only play defense. You're in a vulnerable position!

Right now, it's important to do what you can to protect yourself and those close to you. Imagine this card as an attack on a village, and your top fighters are moving to the edges to stop the fighting from getting to the center.

You may lose some ground. You want to fight to keep your most treasured objects. How did things turn so sour? It's because of the Six of Wands: you won the battle in the Five of Wands, there were celebrations and ceremonies in the Six of Wands, and so the losers came in the middle of the night to attack you. Those who raise up their sticks against you in the Seven of Wands are full of envy.

Your opposition feels challenged by you. They want to dismiss your efforts. They want to take from you what they feel was wrongfully taken from them. Competition breeds more competition. You must continually prove yourself. The moment you stop trying to prove yourself is the moment you'll lose everything. Success is vapid.

Play to Your Strengths

Sometimes you must prove yourself from the shadows and in long-term plans. Other times, you must prove yourself in the heat of the moment. Pick up the stick and defend your hometown.

The more visibility you have as a leader, and the bigger your audience, the more you'll have to deal with the pressure. You can handle the pressure if you have: (1) the right kind of self-care plan in place, (2) the right people around you, and (3) the right skills.

People often want to take down those who stand out. You'll often be hated if you're in the spotlight because you have more than those who aren't in it. You have more money, you have more luxury, you have more fame, and you have something to lose. Paparazzi are coming for the famous. Villagers with torches are coming to pillage.

When the Seven of Wands appears take it as a warning that a crowd of haters are coming. More disagreeable people will be in your audience.

Step up Your Game

What can you do to protect yourself? Have a good lawyer, publicist, and therapist. You need a team of people who can support and protect you. They can help you construe the right messages, and they'll be interested in protecting your wealth if you cut them a share.

I would suggest avoiding getting too involved in social media forums or comment sections. People love to see blood on those. People will fight each other with words until they fall asleep. They don't have a real interest in you. Ask yourself why you're engaging in a conversation and whether it's meaningful for you. Watch what others are saying and doing; you don't always have to get involved or be heard. If you do decide to speak be ready to support your arguments, have sources ready, and be ready to keep fighting with words for a long time. You will need to be scrupulous and smart.

The Seven of Wands encourages you to map out potential threats. Who do you think stands against you? Who would love to see you fail?

Do you have locks on your doors? Do you have strong passwords? Do you have security checks in place?

There are a lot of questions when it comes to mapping out your potential threats. You need to have worst-case scenario plans ready just in case.

Right now you need to focus on defense. When you have a moment, you can restrategize. You need to listen to your instincts and hold your position. People are counting on you.

Right now you need to focus on defense. When you have a moment, you can restrategize. You need to listen to your instincts and hold your position. People are counting on you.

Reversed Seven of Wands

The reversed Seven of Wands indicates you're going to cave to all the pressure. You will surrender. You'll put up a good fight, but you will be overwhelmed. It's going to be extremely painful to surrender and to see your opposition overtake you.

You will doubt yourself because of this loss. You will have a hard time recovering from the pain of it. Constant opposition will break anyone down. Fight for what you believe in, but know that sometimes you'll lose. You can't win every battle. You won't get everything right. Sometimes the opposition is stronger than you.

Stand strong. Hold down the fort for as long as you can. Your sacrifice to hold down a tough position will bring honor to others. Even if you don't win the battle, you might be the breaking point that leads to the end of the war.

Resisting Critics

Don't change who you are to make others happy. Stay true to your heart. You may have critics on all sides of you, but it doesn't mean what any of them says holds water. People are wrong all the time. Prove them wrong. Hold your post. When it's time to let go, you'll know.

When you have time, focus on a new self-care strategy. You don't have to stay stressed forever. You want to ideally move away from the Seven of Wands. You want to get off this page and go somewhere better. In order to do that, you must give yourself time to think and come up with a new plan.

Conflict Avoidance

If you're trying to avoid a conflict and you keep resisting it, you may eventually be overrun by the problem. Ignoring a leaky pipe could flood your basement.

Reduce Stress

You must get better at stress management. When you can lower your stress then you will have more confidence to win the battle. Too much stress will prevent you from success.

Think about what your opposition has that you don't. Perhaps you need to invest in better gear, tactics, or skills. As a boss, you need to make sure your employees have the right tools and training.

On a personal level, you need to be good to your body and mind. Follow a sleep schedule and follow a healthy diet. You want to have a good relationship with yourself. It's easy to prioritize the wrong things and lose sight of yourself.

You might be too distracted and that's why the opposition could overpower you. You need to focus and make sure that your priorities are right. No one is destined for greatness. You have to cultivate greatness; it's a commitment. Once you realize that your dreams won't just be handed to you, you'll realize you've got to put in the work.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2021 Andrea Lawrence

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