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Seven of Swords


Card Information:

Numerical Value: 7

Element: Fire


  • Deception

  • Betrayal

  • Sneakiness

  • Theft

  • Secrecy

  • Dishonesty

  • Strategy

  • Cunning

  • Manipulation

  • Trickery

  • Avoiding confrontation

  • Theft of ideas

  • Stealth

  • Evading responsibility

  • Planning ahead

  • Strategic retreat

  • Guardedness

  • Caution

  • Avoiding conflict

  • Self-protection


  • Exposure

  • Truth revealed

  • Honesty

  • Confrontation

  • Consequences of deceit

  • Transparency

  • Coming clean

  • Openness

  • Accountability

  • Confronting lies

  • Confronting dishonesty

  • Being caught in the act

  • Facing consequences

  • Unmasking

  • Revealing intentions

  • Integrity

  • Trustworthiness

  • Letting go of deceit

  • Repentance

  • Making amends

Seven of Swords Meaning:

In the Seven of Swords card, a young person is seen taking five of the seven swords in secret and moving away. In the distance, five men from the Five of Swords are seen continuing their quarrels, unaware of this incident. The two swords left behind by the thief are planted parallel to each other in the ground. There is a mocking look on the thief's face as if they have successfully stolen something.

The Seven of Swords is one of the elusive cards in Tarot. It appears when we have slyly lost something that belonged to us to someone else. Sometimes, it can signify loss of possessions or money, and at other times, it represents the loss of something through deceit or intrigue. There is a victory for one and defeat for another, but it has happened through unfair competition. This card can also indicate a loss of power or status, serving as a warning to be vigilant against attacks from enemies and traitors.

The Seven of Swords is also a card of hidden affairs and intrigues. When this card appears, something may be going on in the background, or someone may be undermining us behind our backs. Additionally, the Seven of Swords can symbolize hidden losses or offers that may seem beneficial but could lead to harm. Someone might be profiting from us through trickery or unfair gains without our knowledge. In general, the Seven of Swords advises us not to accept something without knowing its true nature. There is a possibility of being deceived when this card appears.

The Seven of Swords can also indicate the likelihood of achieving success through unfair means or wrongful paths. If you draw this card, it's essential to reevaluate your plans for success. Taking unethical shortcuts and resorting to unfair tactics in pursuit of victory may lead to losing what you have gained later on. The Seven of Swords is a warning against seeking quick and easy success through shortcuts; instead, success should be achieved step by step with integrity.

While the Seven of Swords shares almost equal energy with the Magician card, the key difference is how the energy is used. The Seven of Swords suggests the misuse of intelligence and abilities for negative purposes. It serves as a reminder not to redirect one's talents and abilities toward wrongdoing. If this energy is channeled into more positive endeavors, genuine success will come naturally. Choosing to fulfill responsibilities, make long-term plans, and progress steadily is the path to real success.

The Person Represented by the Seven of Swords:

The person represented by the Seven of Swords is quick-witted but tends to take shortcuts. Instead of dealing with long-term plans, they focus on short-term solutions. This card shares a similar energy with the Magician but differs in how energy is directed. The individual has high energy and skills but may not be utilizing them in the right way. They likely opt for quick fixes over long-term planning.

The person represented by the Seven of Swords is cunning and inclined toward deception. They are also secretive and self-centered. 

This individual may engage in secretive or illegal activities, potentially even being a thief or a scam artist. They are untrustworthy and prone to lying, so when this card appears, it's essential to be cautious about the people around you and any seemingly fantastic job offers. This card can also indicate someone who takes advantage of others through deceit or unfair gains, all without any remorse.

The individual represented by the Seven of Swords is also informal, unserious, and mocking. They cannot be relied upon, are indecisive, and are likely to abandon tasks before completing them. Their impulsive actions often lead to regrettable consequences. They are not a suitable choice for partnerships or business dealings. They engage in secretive and potentially illegal activities and are inclined toward quick and easy gains.

Seven of Swords Reversed:

In a reversed position, the Seven of Swords carries a more passive meaning. The person who draws this card may be a victim of injustice or theft, possibly losing something that belongs to them. The card also suggests that others may have their eyes on what belongs to you, and you should be cautious of underhanded moves by your competitors. Whether upright or reversed, this card advises you to protect yourself against deceit and theft actively.

In some cases, the reversed Seven of Swords may indicate that you are the one engaging in unfair practices. Instead of getting involved in intrigue or clandestine affairs, you should redirect your energy toward areas that will bring you genuine success. The Seven of Swords carries the energy of the Magician, but success will only come when that energy is channeled in the right direction. Avoid taking advantage of others' weaknesses or resorting to dishonesty to gain income or profit. It's best to stay away from such paths.

Seven of Swords in Love:

The Seven of Swords is a card in love that serves as a warning, suggesting that you might be doing something wrong in your romantic life. It is also a card of deception and intrigue. When it appears in matters of love, it may indicate deceit or intrigue coming from a partner. Additionally, the card can symbolize losses in love that may initially seem like gains. While lies and games may lead to temporary victories, they will eventually be revealed and could end the relationship. If you see this card in your love reading, it's a warning to be honest in your romantic endeavors and put an end to any deceitful behavior.

When the Seven of Swords appears in reverse in matters of love, it carries a more passive meaning but still emphasizes the need to address any wrongdoings or intrigues in your relationship. Even if everything appears fine on the surface, you should be more honest with your partner and avoid getting involved in games that could jeopardize your relationship. The reversed Seven of Swords underscores the importance of maintaining trust and not engaging in risky behaviors that could harm your connection.

Seven of Swords in Career:

The Seven of Swords represents deception and intrigue in the career realm. When it appears in your career reading, it suggests that you may encounter situations related to unfair competition or intrigues. However, it doesn't specify whether you're the one engaging in these intrigues or if they're being directed at you. There's a situation involving the theft of achievements or unfair taking of someone's success through intrigues. When this card shows up, it's essential to carefully analyze any seemingly fantastic job offers, as there might be hidden agendas behind them. The theme of theft and unauthorized taking is prevalent in this card's context.

When the Seven of Swords appears reversed in career matters, the general theme remains the same. You might encounter situations where something is being misrepresented or a seemingly excellent job offer turns out to be a bad deal. In both upright and reversed positions, the card carries the themes of deception, intrigue, and theft, so if you see it in your career reading, focus on protecting yourself from what others want to take from you. The Seven of Swords presents a situation with both a thief and someone who has their belongings taken. Ultimately, it doesn't clarify which side you're on; you'll need to interpret it based on your life circumstances.

Seven of Swords in Finances:

When the Seven of Swords appears in the financial realm, it serves as a warning about unjust gains. However, it doesn't specify whether you're the one benefiting unjustly or if someone is taking something from you unfairly. The card illustrates a situation where someone's money or a potential source of income is being taken away from them in an unjust manner. Nevertheless, the card doesn't provide information about whether you are the one committing the injustice or experiencing it. Interpretation depends on the individual's circumstances.

In a reversed position in financial matters, the Seven of Swords retains its theme of unjust gains and intrigues. Financial losses due to deceit or theft are possible, and the card still doesn't clarify whether you are the one being taken advantage of or the one taking advantage of others. Whether upright or reversed, there are both foreground and background aspects in financial matters when this card appears. While everything may seem fine on the surface, behind the scenes, there could be financial losses or unauthorized actions that harm your financial interests. It's essential to be vigilant and not tolerate any injustices when dealing with financial matters.


Please remember that Tarot card interpretations can be highly personal and situational. The context of the reading and the reader's intuition play a significant role in understanding the full meaning of a card. These interpretations serve as a general guideline but should be adapted to your specific circumstances and feelings.

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