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Seven of Swords Tarot Card Meaning

Seven of Swords Keywords

UPRIGHT: deception | impulsiveness | strategy | evasion | dishonesty | theft

REVERSED: reparation | unfounded accusations | paranoia 

Seven of Swords Description

The Seven of Swords features a man stealthily departing from a military encampment, clutching five swords, indicative of a covert or deceitful action. His backward glance at the two remaining swords left standing suggests a connection or lingering concern with what he's left behind. The smug expression on his face implies self-satisfaction with his ability to act surreptitiously and successfully execute his plan undetected.

This card symbolizes stealth, cunning, and strategic planning, often in a context where secrecy or indirect tactics are employed. The imagery suggests a scenario of partial success or incomplete action, as not all swords were taken, implying potential future consequences or unfinished business. The Seven of Swords thus represents the complexity of situations where guile is used, highlighting themes of stealth, caution, and the moral ambiguity of one's actions.

NOTE: The tarot card meaning description is based on the Rider-Waite deck and Decoding The Cards

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The exercises this book are designed to challenge you to delve deeper into the meanings of each card, as well as consider your own personal experiences in relation to the traditional meanings.

Seven of Swords Upright

The Seven of Swords may appear when someone is acting recklessly and disregarding the consequences of their actions, with a single-minded focus on getting their way. It can also suggest someone fleeing from something they have done that they are not proud of — an underlying motive or deception.


Additionally, it can represent a false friend, backstabbing, or scheming against someone.


Finally, the Seven of Swords may be counseling you to take clever action to get the desired result. This card is a reminder that things are not always as they seem, and thinking outside of the box may be necessary to get a successful outcome. However, you should not forget the lesson from this card — actions have consequences, and sometimes these don’t always work out in our favor!

Seven of Swords Reversed

When the Seven of Swords appears reversed, it often serves as a warning against making unfounded accusations or acting on feelings of paranoia. This card may be hinting that although you may have suspicions about another person, they might not actually be true. 


The reversed Seven of Swords can also indicate that if you are tempted to act unethically, you will be held accountable for your actions and therefore should think twice.


Finally, it could indicate that someone is trying to repair past wrongs and  is offering restorative justice.

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