Tarot Card meaning for the Seven of Swords



In the Seven of Swords, we see a man holding five Swords in his hands (in a rather painful way). His manner shows he is moving away without others’ consent. What do the Swords he carries represent? Why is he leaving two? Who are the others from whom he is hiding his behaviour?

The Seven of Swords as a day card

Today, someone around you – it could even be you – may try to sneak away. We might take on work or a project, in an uncomfortable or impractical way. Why are we doing this? What is gained by walking away and leaving the two swords standing? If this doesn’t relate to ourselves, who is this and what are they doing?

Negative or reversed meaning for this card

If we subscribe to the idea that this card has an element of deception than that would be a fairly negative interpretation. We could have a valid reason for trying to get away somewhere. We might ask the person we are reading for what the Swords represent and why they are being carried in an awkward way.

How this card could present itself in real life

When I did Tarot card readings in a shop several years ago, this card comes up regularly when there are affairs in the clients live. For me personally I once walked out of a friendship without saying goodbye, looking back it was very immature, still painful to think about (see the Swords) and I wouldn’t do it again but we live and learn. On the flip side if we walk away quietly without anyone noticing this might be our best bet in some situations and after this situation there will likely be an element of relief that we are in a better place.

How this card is represented in other Tarot decks

In the Crowley deck the card is symbolised by one Sword raised to the sky and six Swords coming down in the direction of our main Sword. It shows that action is somewhat futile. My question would be how can we change this and make action and focus align?


Note: Especially with the Air element in the Tarot which is represented as a Sword card in the Rider Waite deck, there is a lot of ‘argument’ and there are several different ideas about weather Swords should represent Air and what else could be used. This leads us into a fairly advanced Tarot conversation - at this stage remember that Swords in the Rider Waite deck does not necessarily mean swords in another deck. Tarot creators could have changed Swords with Wands or replaced Swords with rainbows or crystals to name a few. This is not wrong or right it is another way of thinking about the different elements used in the Minor Arcana of the Tarot cards.

If you have multiple decks, it might be interesting to have a look at how the Swords are represented.

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