Traditionally, the Seven of Cups tarot card shows a man contemplating seven strange cups floating in the air. Each cup holds something different. There’s a face, a glowing man, a snake, a castle, jewels, a wreath, and a dragon.
The Seven of Cups is about fantasy, illusion, and unquenchable desires.
This card shows up when you are living in your daydreams and wishes for the future, believing in your own fantasy in order to escape reality without doing anything to actually change your life.
This card can also mean a bad marriage, sexual abuse, or escaping into addictions.
It’s not completely negative, though. It can also indicate a situation where you have too many wonderful choices or where you are in the “creative dreaming” phase of a new project.
Keywords for the Seven of Cups Tarot Card
- Temptation, fantasies
- Wishful thinking
- Too many options
- Day dreaming, imagination
Keywords for the Seven of Cups Reversed
- Common sense returns
- Things are finally clear
- Cold reality ends your dreams
Patterns and Correspondences of the Seven of Cups Card
- The Cups suit = rules the emotions
- Suit of cards = hearts
- Timeline = weeks to months
- Number 7 = mystical inner wisdom
- Zodiac sign = Scorpio
- Element = Water
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Seven of Cups Tarot Card Meanings for Love
Be careful what you wish for! This card may mean an embarrassment of riches, so if you are looking for new love, you may have too many suitors to choose from. What a wonderful position to be in!
Take your time to get to know each person and explore your relationship options. Although it may be difficult to juggle so many different dates at once, you’ll learn more about your own desires when you compare and contrast your suitors at once. Go on lots of dates with lots of different people to find your true match.
Be careful, though. You could be searching for something that doesn’t exist. There is no ideal mate who will fulfill every wish and dream you’ve ever had. Does he really need to be over 6 feet tall? Does she really need to do yoga every day? It’s time to limit your list of desired qualities to the ones that truly matter.
And if you are currently in a relationship, keep your eyes where they belong. The grass may look greener, but that’s because it’s fertilized with someone else’s bullshit. Temptation and unrealistic fantasies won’t make your relationship stronger. Use your creativity to bring fantasies and spice back to your existing relationship.
Seven of Cups Tarot Card Meanings for Work
Professionally, you have too many options or your head is in the clouds. Take your time to work through each of the choices you have in front of you and seek outside counsel to get different opinions. Be sensible and realistic about your options before taking any big risks.
Use the energy of this card to brainstorm wild and crazy possibilities. These are just ideas. You don’t have to act on any of them. But challenge yourself to come up with new ways of viewing, approaching, and solving old problems. When you are radically creative with your ideas, you’ll discover opportunities and connections that will result in big leaps forward.
If you’re feeling professionally restless, it’s because the things you have worked for are no longer satisfying. It’s time to move on to new dreams, new goals, and new challenges.
Seven of Cups Tarot Card Meanings for Health
Be careful how you spend your time and energy. The Seven of Cups indicates a tendency to avoid reality by escaping into addiction or gluttony.
Too much is never enough and it’s never satisfying. Focus your time and energy on what feeds and nourishes you. It seems like a contradiction but by limiting your choices, you’ll have more freedom.
Stop chasing quick-fix solutions and the shiny new tools. You don’t need anything fancy or new to regain your health. Go back to the basics. Eat food where you can identify and pronounce all of the ingredients and move your body every single day. Everything else is a distraction.
Seven of Cups Tarot Card Meanings for Money and Finances
If you have been hoping to win the lottery or marry rich, it is time to face reality. Wishful thinking won’t get you any closer to your dreams.
Instead, consider all of the available options in front of you. There are more than you think! Strategically choose only one or two, with great consideration. You need a solid plan to reach your financial goals, not hopes and wishes.
And most importantly, do the basics. If you haven’t mastered the natural rules of money (spend less than you earn, build assets, and avoid debt), you can never expect to succeed at your financial goals.
Seven of Cups Tarot Card Meanings for Spiritual Guidance
Your life is full. Overly full, in fact. But the abundance surrounding you is not as emotionally or spiritually fulfilling as you anticipated.
It’s as if you’ve climbed to the top of the ladder, only to realize it’s been leaning against the wrong wall. You’ll need to re-define your values, dreams, and goals. Once you are clear on your true calling and service to the world, you’ll be able to reach the spiritual and emotional abundance you desire.
But first, stop climbing and get off this ladder. Don’t keep moving forward when you know it isn’t working. Spend time in solitude and silence, and feel your pain, regret, and fears. Once you have mourned your mistakes (and realized they weren’t mistakes at all), you will be able to begin climbing again.