7 of Swords

Seven of SwordsElement: Air
Timing: Feb 9 – Feb 18. Moon in Aquarius
Numerology: 7 – Regaining or losing control, mastery, choices, responsibility, myth, secrets.
Card Counting Value: 7 – card number
Keywords – Feeling ineffectual; delusion; feeling inept; pessimism; subterfuge; theft ; theft of ideas; mental procrastination; just doing enough; falling short of the mark; working beneath your own standards.
Reversed: being caught out; feeling ashamed of your actions; blaming others; making excuses.
As People: Private investigators; spies; researchers; loafers; fairground/attraction workers; festival/outdoor event staff; pickpockets; thieves, burglars.

Tarot Tidbit

The Golden Dawn call the 7 of Swords the Lord of Unstable Effort. Crowley called it Futility. Etteilla called it Hope. No-one called it Theft or Deceit, not even Arthur Waite in the Pictorial Key to the Tarot:

A man in the act of carrying away five swords rapidly; the two others of the card remain stuck in the ground. A camp is close at hand. Divinatory Meanings: Design, attempt, wish, hope, confidence; also quarrelling, a plan that may fail, annoyance. The design is uncertain in its import, because the significations are widely at variance with each other. Reversed: Good advice, counsel, instruction, slander, babbling.

It’s interesting to see the following in his description: attempt; a plan that may fail; annoyance. Waite then goes on to mildly state that the sources he has used all differ from each other and may account for the variations in definitions today, though I rather suspect the definition of deceit and theft came from the ‘say what you see’ camp of tarot interpretation. This is not to say this is wrong, I often use this myself, depending on the deck I’m reading with, but it’s good be aware of the differences with this card, particularly Crowley’s Thoth Tarot who brings in the keywords I highlighted at the beginning of this paragraph, particularly attempt and a plan that may fail. Crowley says this is because of a poor effort or stopping short of completion, not having enough stamina or even employing self-sabotage. He doesn’t regard this as an outside influence, he puts squarely on the shoulders of the seeker.

The Seven of Swords as a Daily Tarot Card

Opportunity makes a thief they say, and yesterday’s Wheel of Fortune provided plenty of opportunities.
The 7 of Swords is the Taroscope for today, but it doesn’t mean this is only just beginning, it can mean it’s already begun, you’re only just hearing about it.
Let’s presume otherwise, for the moment.
Be on your guard against the less than ethical, the proverbial wolf in sheep’s clothing is on the prowl today and what you have or have created is within their sights.
Some of you may be concerned about physical objects, and while it’s always a good idea to protect your possessions as best you can, you should also be careful wtih your private and sensitive information.
The 7 of Swords is an air card and as such refers to the mind and the mental realm. We could call this card the Thief of Ideas, so be careful who you trust with your thoughts, plans and ideas.
If they’re out there already, then consider this an act of flattery. Yes, I know. But consider this – the 7 of Swords is a card also concerned with a poor effort. He’s leaving those two swords behind not because he’s in a kind mood, he’s robbing from you.
He’s leaving them behind because he’s a lazy thief and hasn’t got what it takes to do better with your work than you.
The Lord of Unstable Effort may have his sights on you today, but he will leave empty handed, with his legs between his tails.

The 7 of Swords from a Buddhist Perspective

In a nutshell: “Don’t let events from your past dictate your future. Acknowledge, forgive & release. “
The 7 of Swords normally has us in a spin when we see it in a reading, it talks of deceit in the Rider Waite-Smith and futility in the Thoth, not doing a good enough job out of sheer idleness..
The Tarot Roots of Asia though, with it’s Buddhist approach to the tarot, talks of events from our past that are affecting our future.
Nothing unusual there, you might think, but this card is showing you that an event in your past is being held in your present because you cannot let go of it, or the feelings you associate with it.
It’s akin to unfinished business in your unconscious mind and it’s actually doing you harm and preventing you from moving forward to your future. Whether you’re seeking wisdom, enlightenment, better relationships or even a new job, what you’re holding onto is holding you back.
You can change that.
Personal work isn’t always easy, dealing with past issues can be painful. Remembering the event fully may shed light on something you didn’t see at the time, or realise. This can change your perspective on the matter. Once you’ve done this – and you cannot change what happened, you can acknowledgement it and allow it to slip safely back into history and you can move forward.
Sometimes forgiveness is necessary, which doesn’t have to be done in person, just in your heart – it’s your release and freedom from these chains you’re seeking so don’t forget to forgive yourself also. Your only obstacle is your pride and your ego and once you decide they’re not running the show, you can take steps to do things differently.
You cannot rewrite history, but you can prepare a better tomorrow. All you have to do is allow the memory to come forward, acknowledge its need for release and do it.

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