Deception. Impulsiveness. Strategy. Evasion. Dishonesty. Theft.
The Seven of Swords may indicate someone who rebels against the normal way things are done. There may even be an attention-seeking motive.
The Seven of Swords may appear when someone is disregarding the consequences of their actions and will do anything to get their way. It can also point to someone fleeing from something they have done that they are not proud of - an ulterior motive or deception.
The Seven of Swords can also indicate fibbing or telling “little white lies” - there is not the calculation or malice of the Five of Swords and it seems that the decision to manipulate or cheat the system is likely a spur of the moment decision.
When the Seven of Swords appears in a reading it could be a warning of a false friend, - someone who is backstabbing or scheming.
Finally, the Seven of Swords may be counseling you that you need to take clever action to handle a situation and get the outcome you desire. Things are not always as they appear - the trickster in the image may be acting cleverly with good intentions (taking back his own swords, stopping an oncoming assault or teaching a lesson, perhaps).
How Do You Read the Seven of Swords in Reverse?
Reparation. Unfounded accusations. Paranoia.
When the Seven of Swords appears reversed it can point to unfounded accusations and paranoia. Maybe you believe that someone is getting away with something or is behaving badly, but in fact they are not.
The Seven of Swords reversed also suggests that if you’re thinking of doing something unethical you’re likely to get caught and have to answer for your actions.
It can also indicate that you need to stand your ground against someone else and not be outsmarted. You might need to think like your opponent in order to even the playing field.
The reversed Seven of Swords may indicate that reparations for past harms are coming.