When you are being tested, the Seven of Wands tarot card tells you to stand your ground. You must defend yourself against the bullies, energy vampires, and “helpful” people who think they know what is best for you.
They know nothing. Only you know what is best for you.
You must stand up for yourself and defend what is most important to you. Your steadfastness will pay off. Don’t compromise or settle for less than what you need and desire.
Traditionally, the Seven of Wands shows a man at the top of a hill, using a wand to defend his position from the six wands attacking below him. You don’t see the attackers, but his facial expression indicates this is a serious attack.
This card is about standing your ground when you are challenged. It’s about honoring and protecting your goals and values so you can create the life you were meant to live.
This card is about power, agency, and control. You won’t let yourself be a victim any longer. You have to go against the crowd and blaze your own defiant path. Do not let anyone stand in your way.
In some cases, this card can have a less intense message about teaching, writing, or self-employment. In professional settings, this card represents competition, owning your skills, and presenting your work proudly to the public.
Keywords for the Seven of Wands Tarot Card
- Courage against bullies
- Defend what is yours
- Competition is stiff
- Self-defense, defiance
Keywords for the Seven of Wands Reversed
- Surviving a threat
- Having weak boundaries
- Giving up, quitting
Patterns and Correspondences of the Seven of Wands Card
- The Wands = rules the personality, ego, and personal power
- Suit of cards = clubs
- Timeline = days to weeks
- Number 7 = surety and inner wisdom
- Zodiac sign = Leo
- Element = Fire
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Seven of Wands Tarot Card Meanings for Love
If you are looking for love, the competition is fierce. But so are you! Get clear on the type of person you want to be with and the type of relationship you want to have. Once you know what you want, communicate your wishlist clearly to your friends, dates, and potential partners.
Telling the truth is scary and getting specific may feel like you’re limiting your options. You are! That’s the point. You’re unwilling to settle any longer.
So you must tell the truth. Even on a first date. Even if it ruins your chances with your hottie crush. Even though you’re scared you’ll be alone forever. The Seven of Wands is a card about getting rid of the good and good-enough so you can have something great. Telling the truth is the only way to get what you want.
If you are in a relationship, someone is pressing your boundaries hard. It may be your partner, a family member, or rival. Get clear on what your boundaries are and take action to maintain them.
Don’t compromise or settle on what is vitally important to you.
Seven of Wands Tarot Card Meanings for Work
In this competitive environment, first get clear on your goals and values. Define what are you willing to compromise to reach your goals and what you won’t compromise no matter what.
Once you know where your line is, you can defend it. You can trust yourself because you know what matters.
Commit to protecting what is yours. Don’t let anyone steal or take credit for your work. Build your resources so you will have a strong defensive stance when you are inevitably attacked. Hire a good lawyer and use a contract every time you purchase or provide a service. Get good insurance. Be proactive about protecting your assets and your work.
If you have critics or haters (and if you’re doing anything awesome, you will), celebrate them! Have you ever known a hater who was more successful and committed than you? Of course not! People who are happy, successful, and grateful never tear other people down. There’s a reason they want to tear you down to their level. It’s because you are so far above them!
If you are looking to become a teacher, start your own business, or write professionally, this card is a good omen. Treat your work seriously and Turn Pro.
Seven of Wands Tarot Card Meanings for Health
If you are struggling with your health, take charge. Don’t let others (not even your doctors) control the situation. They will never care about your body as much as you do.
Get everything in writing and make sure you fully understand what is being said. Ask questions until you understand and write down their answers (or record audio with their permission). Don’t be bullied into accepting information because you feel embarrassed, ignorant, scared, or rushed.
Scary health situations are stressful so you might not remember what questions to ask or what was said. You need to be your own advocate, so write things down and take as much time as you need.
If you are looking to get back in shape, trust your body. Just because your personal trainer says yoga is the right choice doesn’t mean it’s the right choice for you. Do the work, but do it your way. If you enjoy competitive activities or team sports, use the energy of competition to drive and motivate yourself to become healthier.
Seven of Wands Tarot Card Meanings for Money and Finances
Put up good boundaries around your money and protect what you have. Get good insurance and set up extremely strong passwords everywhere online. Open up your bank, credit card, insurance, and investment statements and read through every line. Take control and take responsibility for what is yours.
Hire someone to help you and ask questions until you understand every single thing. Get everything in writing and don’t trust anyone to manage your money for you. (Hire financial advisers, not money managers). They will never care about your financial situation as much as you do.
No matter how much you trust your financial adviser, accountant, or investment club, it is your responsibility to understand what is happening with your money. No one is born knowing what a REIT is. We all have to learn. You may think finances and investing is boring, but when it’s your money it gets interesting very quickly!
Seven of Wands Tarot Card Meanings for Spiritual Guidance
If you are being challenged about your beliefs, stand your ground. This happens often in traditional religion, but even in enlightened spiritual communities there can be significant peer pressure to do things “the one right way.”
You don’t have to follow the traditional or common path. You know what your soul is calling for. Trust your intuition before you trust any one else. Walk your own path.
And don’t be afraid to call people on their bullshit. Jesus, Buddha, G*d, the Goddess, and the Universe don’t judge or discriminate. So if someone claims to be spiritual but is trying to judge, intimidate, or control you, they aren’t actually spiritual at all. You don’t need that kind of hypocrisy in your life.