The Seven of Wands tarot card tells you to stand your ground when you’re being tested. Only you know what’s best for you, so defend yourself against the bullies and the people who think they know better.
You have to stand up for yourself and what’s most important to you, even if that means confronting people head-on. This card comes after all the success and acclaim of the Six of Wands, which means people might be looking to steal all you’ve gained.
This is the challenge that comes with success, so hold your ground and stand firm in your beliefs. You don’t need to prove yourself to anyone.
When you see the Seven of Wands card reversed, it can mean you’re feeling overwhelmed by all this competition. You’re constantly comparing yourself to others, and it’s affecting your confidence.
You might also face criticism from those close to you and the public, which makes you feel inadequate. Remember that you can’t win everyone over, and that’s okay. Don’t compromise right now. Instead, hold your ground and show people what you’re made of.
The reversed Seven of Wands can also mean you want to avoid conflict, but because of this, you’re backing down when you should stand up for yourself. Is this an insignificant battle, or do you need to do what’s right and stand up for your beliefs?
If you’ve tried your best and see no positive outcomes, it might be time to move on, but don’t compromise your values just to avoid conflict.
Reading this reversed card using the “blocked/restricted” meaning
Okay, so now let’s talk about how you can read your reversed Seven of Wands card. First, you can use the “blocked/restricted” reversed card meaning. When you read your cards like this, you look for an obstacle standing in front of the card’s upright meaning.
So for the Seven of Wands, this means something is keeping you from sticking to your beliefs. Why are you compromising, and is it what’s best?
Say you pull the reversed Seven of Wands card thinking about your job. You’ve been working for a startup for six months, and things have been going pretty well. It’s an advertising agency and you’re learning a lot since all the employees wear many different hats.
You really like the CEO, and even though things are a little disorganized, you’ve been happy overall. But last month, the CEO decided to let the main shareholder into all the meetings, and he’s been changing everything.
He’s your CEO’s mentor, but he’s not a good person. He has a misogynistic attitude, and his values don’t match up with your own at all. To him, the bottom line is all that matters, even if the quality of work you’re putting out suffers in the process.
You hate this new direction, but you’re afraid to stand up for what you know is right because you don’t want to lose your job.
Here, the reversed Seven of Wands tells you not to compromise your values. If the company is no longer moving in a positive direction, you should start looking for opportunities elsewhere.
You can try saying something to your boss, but it’s likely he’ll side with his mentor. Find a place where you can thrive and be true to yourself. There are always opportunities out there, so don’t settle for less than you deserve.
Reading this reversed card using the “opposite” meaning
Another way to read your reversed Seven of Wands card is using the “opposite” reversed card meaning. When you read your cards like this, you look for the opposite of the card’s upright meaning.
For the Seven of Wands, instead of persevering, you’re giving up easily. Try giving it your all to see what you’re really made of.
For example, say you pull the reversed Seven of Wands card thinking about your quest to improve your physical and mental health. This year, you decided to make some big changes and start taking better care of yourself.
So you found a therapist and signed up for a gym membership. You started out strong, going to therapy weekly and taking a few different classes at the gym, but you soon lost hope.
The classes frustrated you because it’s been so long since you worked out. You couldn’t keep up and you were too embarrassed to keep going. And therapy is too slow for your liking, so you haven’t set up a new appointment in over a month.
Here, the reversed Seven of Wands card tells you to take things slowly but try to stick with them. It’s possible you were making too many changes at once and just got overwhelmed. That’s totally normal, so this time, try adjusting to one change before adding another.
Make a new therapy appointment and be honest about how you feel. Your therapist is there to help and can make adjustments to suit your needs.
Once you’re feeling comfortable, try adding in a new exercise that holds your attention. Something new and exciting might do the trick. And remember to be patient with yourself and give yourself time to learn and develop new skills.
Reading this reversed card using the “worse” meaning
You can also read your reversed Seven of Wands card using the “worse” reversed card meaning. When you read your cards like this, you take the card’s upright meaning and put it in a negative light.
WIth the Seven of Wands, this means you’re holding your ground, but maybe you’re being hard-headed and unfair. Remember, healthy relationships require compromise and understanding.
Say you pull the reversed Seven of Wands thinking about your relationship. You’ve been dating a girl for several months, and you love spending time together. The two of you have the same taste in music and movies, and the conversation is always flowing.
The only problem is that she lives over an hour away, so it’s a challenge getting together. You have a dog, so you always make her come to you, and she says she can only do it once a week. You’re frustrated because you want to see her more, and you don’t understand why she can’t just fit it in.
Here, the reversed Seven of Wands card tells you to see things from her perspective. She’s spending gas money and her valuable time to come see you. She’s also putting miles on her car and spending a long time in it between the drive down and back.
You need to be understanding and find some kind of compromise. If you want to see her more than once a week, you’ll have to find some way to travel.
Find someone who can watch your dog for the night or bring him with you. You two can always meet in the middle to do something fun as well.
Compromise is key in any healthy relationship, so don’t let your stubbornness stand in the way of something great.
Reading this reversed card using the “no/not” meaning
Finally, you can use the “no/not” meaning to read your reversed Seven of Wands card. When you read your cards like this, you put a “no” or a “not” in front of the card’s upright meaning.
So for the Seven of Wands, this can mean you’re not standing your ground. You’re letting people walk all over you, and it’s time to stand up for yourself and what you believe in.
For example, you might pull the reversed Seven of Wands card thinking about your group of friends. You have a lot of friends because you’re a nice person and really easy to get along with.
Most of them know each other too, so you’re a pretty tight-knit group. But your role in this group is to take care of everyone, even though you never planned it that way.
Your kindness always gets the best of you, so you’re often the one driving, picking up food, helping people move, and listening to their problems. For the most part, you like this role, but lately, it’s seemed like everyone is taking advantage. No one asks how you’re doing or if you need anything, and it’s feeling like you’re just a doormat.
Here, the reversed Seven of Wands card tells you that sometimes people can take advantage without realizing it. Your friends probably don’t know how you feel, so let them know!
Tell them you need more support and you want to do more fun things. They’ll understand your needs and want to help. Remember, people can’t read your mind, so if you want things to change, just let them know!