What Does the 7 of Swords Mean?

Futility or theft? Or both? The 7 of Swords tells of a poor effort, which leaves us vulnerable to being taken advantage of. You give up too soon and lose out, while someone swoops in, cleans up and gains.

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Tarot Card Meanings for the 7 of Swords

Keywords for the 7 of Swords
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; being underhanded; spying; a fact finding mission.
7 of Swords Reversed
Being caught out; feeling ashamed of your actions; blaming others; making excuses; walking away at a crucial point; revealing who you are; uncovering a sham.
7 of Swords as People:
Private investigators; spies; researchers; loafers; fairground/attraction workers; festival/outdoor event staff; pickpockets; thieves, burglars.

7 of Swords Correspondences

TimingFeb 9 – Feb 18. Moon in Aquarius
Numerology7 – Regaining or losing control, mastery, choices, responsibility, myth, secrets
Card Counting Value7 – card number
Yes or NoNo


7 of Swords as a Daily Tarot Oracle Card

Oracle Message: Guard your stuff & your ideas. Giive your best effort.


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.

Shadowscapes Tarot by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law


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