Tarot, like astrology, has long been one of our favorite divination systems. Interpreting either takes practice. As you learn, we wanted to help you to quickly connect to the cards and use them in ways that are actionable and practical in every area of life. xoxo, Tali & Ophira
Co-authored by James Kerti
What does the Seven of Wands tarot card mean?
The Seven of Wands represents standing up for what you believe in.
This minor arcana card indicates enduring challenging external influences. It often appears after a period of success.
Achievement may feel like the holy grail, but alas, it is not the end of the journey. Once you hit a benchmark, what will it take to maintain that level of success? The Seven of Wands is about keeping hold of what you’ve already accomplished, rather than pushing for something new.
The poet Rainer Maria Rilke once wrote that the purpose of life “is to be defeated by greater and greater things.” The Seven of Wands carries that message of needing to rise up to face bigger challenges that come your way.
Seven of Wands Tarot Guide
Keywords for the Seven of Wands: Standing up for yourself, conviction, protection, perseverance, strong will
Yes or No: Yes
Zodiac Sign of the Seven of Wands: Leo
Planet of the Seven of Wands: Sun
Element of the Seven of Wands: Fire
What does the Seven of Wands card mean in a love reading?
The Seven of Wands commonly appears in love readings when you need to pay more attention to your boundaries.
If you’re in a relationship, ask yourself whether you and your partner have set appropriate limits and parameters with one another. Do you have a history of codependency and caretaking in relationships? Is one of you always making concessions while the other acts irresponsibly? The Seven of Wands alerts you to deal with these red flags.
It’s also possible that this card has appeared to warn you about external influences that require stronger boundaries. Sometimes family members, work, or other outside factors can interfere with the health of a romantic relationship. To safeguard your bond, set clear limits with other people.
Pay attention to how your boundaries impact your ability to truly connect with others. If you have a history of dating emotionally unavailable people, you might consider whether you’re as open and vulnerable as you think you are.
As painful as a partner’s stonewalling behavior can be, their distance allows you to hide your own “secret spots.” As you work toward healing from shame and building a stronger sense of self-acceptance, your capacity to be present for a healthy relationship expands in kind.
The Seven of Wands encourages you to stay grounded in your own worth and beliefs. Having the so-called trophy partner might prove to be a hollow victory if you feel unfulfilled in the relationship itself. Remember what you bring to the table (instead of subverting your needs to please your mate). That alone may restore the respect and magic to a failing bond. Willpower is required!
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What does the Seven of Wands tarot card mean for career, money and finance?
The Seven of Wands in a career or money reading reminds you to protect what you’ve already built and accomplished. This card could refer to competition or challenges within your workplace or from business competitors. Look to other cards in your spread for more context as to whether this meaning pertains more to your actual position or assets, or needing to stand up for your convictions or beliefs.
Though this card speaks of challenges, you are inherently occupying a position of strength. You’ve earned your place and you have what it takes to defend it.
As it relates to finances, the Seven of Wands encourages you to be responsible with your assets. There may be challenges coming your way and you’ll need to be extra vigilant. Don’t be too quick to trust a “promising” start-up or let unproven rookies onto your VIP team.
What does the Seven of Wands tarot card mean for health?
In a health reading, the Seven of Wands isn’t an adverse sign, but it does mean you’ll have to do some work to maintain your health. If you know you have some counterproductive habits—but have so far avoided long-term consequences from them—you may take this card’s appearance as a warning to change those behaviors and deploy preventative ones in their place.
The Seven of Wands can also have mental or emotional health connotations. Have you shied away from setting stronger boundaries with certain people, even though their presence is upsetting? The Seven of Wands reminds you to safeguard your emotional well-being. It’s okay to set boundaries with people you care about in order to protect your overall balance.
Seven of Wands Tarot Card in Reverse Meaning
Are you feeling burned out? When the Seven of Wands appears reversed, it often means that you’re weighed down by obligations and external expectations. Although it isn’t always the case, some of this pressure may come from feeling like you’re quitting or giving up when you shouldn’t be.
Being hard on yourself won’t make the situation better. How would you talk to a friend who was going through a similar situation? Offer yourself compassion for not rising to the occasion just yet. Then see how you might find a more manageable way forward. A small gesture is still a generous one, especially if it’s all you can currently muster.
Is the Seven of Wands tarot card a yes or no?
The Seven of Wands presents itself as a yes, though not without some challenge and effort on your part.
What does the Suit of Wands mean?
Wands are associated with fire signs, which ignite action. Fire signs carry excitable, creative and visionary energy, and people with those signs love to jump right in.
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