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7 of Wands

7 of Wands

 

Sevens are about solitary introspection, seeking higher purpose, and learning to spend time alone doing what needs done.

Wands, representing the element of fire, are about the “spark”, the initiative to set a thing in motion. Transformation.

In this card, we see one man holding a wand, but he holds it as if it’s a weapon, or as if he’s using it to defend himself. This man either is, or feels like he is under attack.  He must hold his ground.  Because sevens represent a solitary state, the card could indicate the resolve to stand alone against opposing forces, to hold your ground even when outer influences are trying to sway you one way or the other.

The LearnTarot.com website isn’t functioning this morning, but I do have the book, so I’ll type out it’s definition. The book is called : Learning the Tarot: A Tarot Book for Beginners by Joan Bunning:


ACTIONS:

Being Aggressive
going after what you wantasserting yourself
taking the offensive
firing the first shot
fighting
making your point forcefully
seizing the advantage

Being Defiant
holding out against pressure
defending your position
opposing all challengers
combating criticism
refusing to yield
saying “no!”
resisting authority

Showing Conviction
being sure
having a fixed position
demonstrating strong character
standing up for what you believe
knowing you are right
acting resolutely
being firm

Description: The Seven of Wands is about taking a stand. Taking a stand is a forceful act that changes the energy flow of the world for good or ill. Most of the time we flow with our lives as if on a river. Events and feelings carry us forward with little effort. Sometimes, though, we are not content to drift. We want to resist the flow or change its course entirely!

The figure on the Seven of Wands appears to be in a battle. He’s either attacking or under attack, probably both. When we decide to take a stand, we set in motion an energy of resistance. When we take up a firm position, others do the same. The Seven of Wands stands for aggression and defiance because they are two sides of the same coin. You attack; your opponent defends. He counterattacks; you defend.

Some battles are worth fighting, others just cause trouble. If you are involved in a conflict, ask yourself if it’s worth the struggle. Is it important? Does it have value? Will the outcome serve you or others? If so, be bold and aggressive. Defend your position. Refuse to yield! If not, then consider letting the conflict go. Be honest with with yourself about this. You will be tempted to hold onto your position, especially if you have invested much time and energy into it. Don’t let battle lines be drawn unless the war is worth fighting.

The Seven of Wands can also indicate strong convictions. In order to take a firm stand, you must believe in your position and yourself. You’ll need integrity and strength of character to see you through. If your cause is just, use the energy of the Seven of Wands to make a difference.

Here’s from Aeclectic Tarot:

SEVENS

As the fives indicated a particular problem, so do the sevens. The fives were about loss, losing momentum, losing love, losing an argument, losing money. The question there was, “How do I deal with this loss?” The sevens are about finding yourself in a situation where you are not in control. Sevens relate to the Chariot, a card about finding and maintaining complete control and mastery over wild or opposing forces.

If the charioteer lets his horses run where they will, as they will, the chariot will crash. He not only has to have them completely in hand, but to win in a race or war, he must also control direction and speed. So, too, in life. You need to know not only how to take control but also how to direct the forces once you have them in hand. Sevens, like fives, are about overcoming fears and finding a way to succeed in a tough situation. They answer the question, “How do I take control?”

Seven of Wands

A man defends himself with one wand against 6 others. This is the “under siege” card. The stakes are high, and suddenly, the Querent is under attack; often when they’re tired or vulnerable. This is when others look at what you’ve done and get jealous or greedy. The Querent is being criticized, maybe someone is trying to take over his project. He’s on the defensive. How can he take back control? The card urges the Querent to stand his ground. Don’t give up, don’t surrender. If you do, your enemies will take control and show you no mercy. Fear not, success is near to hand.

And, from Numerology and the Divine Triangle by Faith Javane and Dusty Bunker:

Tarot Symbolism: Six wands are already planted, which means that six senses (the sixth being intuition) are developed; and the seventh, the ability to leave the body at will, is being  planted, or developed. The figure represents a person who is willing to work hard without thought of self, for he is dressed simplyu and works on a barren hilltop. He cares little for the luxuries of the world; he is interested only in higher development. Self-sacrifice and determination to give service to others are his goals. Sometimes this is a martyr’s card.

Astrological Influence: Third decan Leo. There is the power of the world beater in this area of the zodiac, but the problem is best expressed in the old proverb, “He who would conquer the world must first conquer himself.” The fiery power of this decan (the total power of the fire trinity) may have enough impetus to propel you to extremes. You need to develop steady but progressive attitudes in making your way in the world. You have a strong pioneer spirit and innate leadership qualities. You are tireless and can inspire others to work with you for worthwhile goals.

As a Temporary Vibration: Haste, messages, settlements. Pursuits are approaching completion, and your rewards are in direct ratio to the efforts expended. Stagnant conditions are stirred up, and final settlements are made.

This is an active, hopeful period in which you rapidly advance toward your goals. You may receive communications of all kinds and these messages propel you onward. Your messages are dashed off in return. Romance is emphasized now, and messages of love fill the air.

A negative reaction brings about disputes, legal difficulties and delays. Business and love relationships can stagnate. Quarrels and domestic problems arise, sometimes because of jealousy or rash behavior. It requires extra effort on your part to bring about a settlement.

Travel, perhaps by air, is very likely in order to bring affairs to a successful conclusion. This period sets the wheels in motion. Your affairs are obviously progressing, and you can see that time brings all things to their designated completion.

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When I see the Chariot, the keyword for me is control… consciously directing the course, finding balance between the positive and negative forces of life.  Upright tells me the quarrent is gaining control, navigating their own path, choosing the direction and speed they travel.  Inverted, it tells me there NEEDS to be a gain of control, that the quarrent has been being pushed and pulled and directed by outside forces rather than by their own will. Upright, it indicates a certain maturity, a realization that we are responsible for our own outcomes.  Inverted, it suggests there NEEDS to be the awareness that we are not victims of circumstance, but that we’ve created our own circumstance… and if we don’t like it, we need to regain control and create a new circumstance. Chariot can also indicate a complete change in direction, travel of some sort.

Here’s what the other sources say:

From LearnTarot.com:

achieving victory
reaching your goal
winning
being successful
dominating
coming out on top
beating the competition 
using your will
being determined to succeed
focusing your intent
rising above temptation
letting nothing distract you
sustaining an effort
concentrating your energies
fixing on a goal 
asserting yourself
being ego-focused
establishing an identify
knowing who you are
feeling self-confident
having faith in yourself
looking out for your interests 
achieving hard control
mastering emotions
curbing impulses
maintaining discipline
holding in anger
getting your way
assuming the reins of power
showing authority

Picture Julius Caesar riding his chariot triumphantly into Rome. He has defeated his enemies and conquered vast, new lands. This is the spirit of the Chariot. Card 7 represents the victories that are possible through willpower and self-mastery. A military image is appropriate for the Chariot because this card stands for the strengths associated with combat – discipline, grit, determination and assertiveness.

The Chariot represents the positive aspects of the ego. A healthy ego is one that is strong and self-assured. It knows what it wants and how to get it. We can get annoyed at someone whose ego is too healthy, but we often turn to that person to lead us through difficult moments. We know he or she won’t be wishy-washy.

In readings, the Chariot often appears when hard control is or could be in evidence. At its best, hard control is not brutal, but firm and direct. It is backed up by a strong will and great confidence. The Chariot can mean self-control or control of the environment. This card also represents victory. There are many types of wins; the Chariot’s is of the win-lose type. Your success comes from beating the competition to become number one. Such moments are glorious in the right circumstances.

From Aeclectic Tarot:

Basic Card Symbols

Triumphal “car” (chariot), armored warrior, sun/moon symbols, lingam & yoni symbol (the encircled rod on the winged shield), black and white sphinxes/lions/horses, sometimes at rest. A canopy of stars and sometimes a throne inside the car.

Basic Tarot Story

The Fool is close to completing what he set out to create long ago, back when the Magician revealed those tools to him. But enemies are now standing in his way, devious human enemies, bad circumstances, even confusion in his own mind. There’s no more forward momentum; he feels he is fighting just to stay where he is. Walking along the shore, watching the waves come in, he puzzles over how to defeat these enemies and get things moving forward once again.

It is here that he comes across a charioteer, standing in his gold and silver chariot, his black and white steeds at rest. “You seem a victorious warrior,” the Fool remarks. “Tell me, what is the best way to defeat an enemy?” The Charioteer nods out at the ocean. “Have you ever been swimming in the water and been trapped in that tide which pulls you out to sea? If you try to swim forward, head-on, you go nowhere. You swim forward, the tide pulls you back and, if you tire yourself out, you drown. The only way to win without sapping all your energy is to swim parallel to shore, and come in slowly, diagonally. So, too, when fighting in a chariot. You win by coming up alongside that which you wish to defeat.” The warrior nods to his beasts. “Your steeds keep the wheels turning, but it is your control and direction that brings victory. Dark and light, they must be made to draw in harmony, under your guidance.”

The Fool is impressed and inspired. He thinks he now knows how to win his own war. He thanks the warrior, but before he leaves, the warrior stays the Fool, “One thing more,” he says, “no victory can be won unless you have unwavering confidence in your cause. And remember this above all, victory is not the end, it is the beginning.”

Basic Tarot Meaning

The chariot is one of the most complex cards to define. On its most basic level, it implies war, a struggle, and an eventual, hard-won victory; either over enemies, obstacles, nature, the beasts inside you, or to just get what you want. But there is a great deal more to it. The charioteer wears emblems of the sun, yet the sign behind this card is Cancer, the moon. The chariot is all about motion, and yet it is often shown as stationary.

What does this all mean? It means a union of opposites, like the black and white steeds. They pull in different directions, but must be (and can be!) made to go together in one direction. Control is required over opposing emotions, wants, needs, people, or circumstances; to bring them together and give them a single direction, your direction. Confidence is also needed and, most especially, motivation. The card can, in fact, indicate new motivation or inspiration, which gets a stagnant situation moving again. It can also imply, on a more pragmatic level, a trip (usually by car), a vehicle – in the shop for repairs if the card comes up reversed – or a message.

Thirteen’s Observations

The Chariot is a fascinating card, but also frustrating. Like the crab, it is armored, but also cut off – a charioteer fights alone. It moves from one plane to the next (water to land and back again) – conscious and unconscious, Earthly and spiritual. It succeeds by attacking from the side, rather than straight on.

On the one hand, the Chariot indicates loyalty and faith and motivation; a conviction that will lead to victory no matter the odds. But the chariot can also signal a ruthless, diehard desire to win at any cost. The Querent should be reminded to save his energy for what comes after. Victory is just the start of things.

From Solitary Witch: Book of Shadows for the Next Generation by Silver Raven Wolf:

Balance; victory after a struggle; possible purchase of a new vehicle or a vehicle requiring repairs; achievement; success; control; self-discipline; greatness; movement in life/career; travel. Astrological association: Cancer

And from my newest favorite source: Numerology and the Divine Triangle by Faith Javane and Dusty Bunker:

The Chariot represents receptivity to the will of the one Source. The keyword attributed to this card is fence or enclosure, and its sense function is speech. Every word we speak is a fence enclosing an idea or thought. An eloquent vocabulary is a powerful tool for protection and preservation, as well as advancement. When we speak, we set in motion a vibration that acts upon the ethers, space and akasha. Blavatsky said, “Sound or speech is a tremendous force when directed by occult knowledge.” It is only when we become still, quiet and receptive that we can be victorious. Then the primal force can work through us.

Symbolically, the Charioteer is the soul, directing the chariot, the body. Notice that the Charioteer has no reins. It is mentally, through the will, that he directs the sphinxes, the positive and negative senses, to draw the chariot along. The starry canopy overhead indicates that we are recipients of celestial energies. The waxing and waning moons depict time and rhythm, which are stages of the mind. This can be seen by their placement on the shoulders, ruled by Gemini, which is the first air sign, symbolizing the mind.

The winged globe on the cart represents self-consciousness, elevated by aspiration. The disc with an upright rod through the center depicts the positive and negative forces joined in a working relationship. The square on the Charioteer’s breast indicates an orderly attitude, and his eight-paneled skirt decorated with talismans, represents the soul’s dominion over the material world.

The message here is that through control of the senses, and elevation and purification of the desires, by the use of our own free will, we can achieve complete dominion while in the physical body.

Astrological Correspondence: Moon (And Cancer). The Moon has four seven-day cycles, and since the earth was created on the sixth day, the Moon, a satellite of the earth, could not have come into manifestation until after the sixth day. With 7 as the end of a physical cycle, we can readily see why the Moon is assigned to this number.

Cancer, the crab, rules this key, 7. The crab has a fence or shell which protects its soft body from the dangers of the outer world.

During a 7 cycle, one is sequestered away from the world in some manner, as the crab, Cancer, withdraws into its protective shell to ponder recent experiences and examine them subconsciously (Moon).

Number 7 people are quiet, introspective, analytical and very profound. They are the thinkers of the world, and are usually involved in some scientific, philosophical or metaphysical pursuit. Alone, they can mentally wander the universe, searching for the shell that will enclose their ideas with form and substance.

I can see where a few adaptations in my understanding of this card would be appropriate. Although my definition was on track (no pun intended), I did not incorporate the concepts of battle and victory. I like the story of swimming parallel to the shore, diagnally. And two of these four sources specifically mentioned possible situations with a vehicle – either getting a new one or repairing an existing one. Considering that I wrote yesterday that my Jeep needs a bit of TLC, I think I’d better heed that warning and do what I can do to get it back in good running order.

I can see where this card’s energy applies to me in the here and now, in a few different categories of my own life. It’ll be interesting to see which other cards join this one in today’s Daily Dose.

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7 of Swords

7 of Swords

 

This card came up in a reading T did for me over the weekend, in the Higher Power position, along with the Beauty fairy oracle.  It brought me to tears and caused a whole lot of reflection and introspection.

Seven of swords indicates dishonesty, thievery, manipulation…. someone taking something that doesn’t belong to them.  When it came up with the Beauty card over the weekend, it sent me through a bit of a time warp making me aware that I’ve allowed others to take away my sense of self-worth, making me feel as if I’m anything but beautiful.

This card seems to shake the spiritual foundation.  We spend so much time and energy, put so much faith in a thing, a circumstance, a person – and when we realize that it’s been an illusion or that we’ve been lied to, it’s like an earthquake to the soul. I suppose the card is coming up for me again this morning to remind me that I’ve got some healing to do and need to learn how to rebuild my trust, and re-discover my own sense of beauty.

Here’s what the other sources say:

From Solitary Witch: Book of Shadows for the Next Generation by Silver Raven Wolf:

“Theft by a stranger; possible move of house; a setback; a cycle of bad luck; tact is necessary in any situation; partial success that will not justify the risks involved.”

Here’s from LearnTarot:

running away
shirking responsibility
sneaking off
leaving
avoiding obligations
being afraid to face the music
taking the easy way out
hiding from the truth
procrastinating 
being a lone wolf
feeling you don’t need anyone else
wanting independence
deciding not to help
keeping something to yourself
preferring solitude
staying aloof
wanting to go it alone
holding people at arm’s length 
choosing hidden dishonor
deceiving or being deceived
covering your tracks
maneuvering behind the scenes
being two-faced
seeing others take the rap
controlling without appearing to
avoiding a shameful secret
lying or stealing

The Seven of Swords is tied to the Five of Swords because both cards involve separation from others. On the Seven we see a man tiptoeing away from society (the colorful pavilions). He’s taken some swords and seems rather pleased with his successful heist. He gives the impression of having secret, solitary plans.

This card sometimes represents the “lone-wolf” style – the desire to run lone and free. In films, the lone-wolf hero always acts totally on his own. He discovers, investigates and solves every problem using only his own wits and resources. He believes he’s successful because he ignores the fumbling efforts of ordinary people.

In readings, the Seven of Swords can be a sign that you or someone else wants to be a lone wolf. You feel that you will be more effective and comfortable on your own. This approach is useful when you need to bypass an ineffectual group or assert your independence, but it can also be troubling. We cannot be happy and productive for long without some commitment to others. If you feel inclined to act alone, be sure this isolation is really working for you.

Sometimes the Seven of Swords means that you are running from something – commitment, responsibility, hard work, love. You may be procrastinating, letting problems slip because you don’t want to deal with them. Sometimes we just have to face what has to be faced. The Seven of Swords lets you know when you might be making things worse for yourself and others by running away.

The Seven of Swords can also indicate a hidden dishonor – a choice you or another has made that does not do justice to the highest. We all make wrong choices that we want to hide. Some of these are minor, some serious. Your inner voice will tell you when this is happening. When you see the Seven of Swords, take a good look at what you’re doing because hidden dishonors will eat away at your happiness and self-respect.

And from Aeclectic Tarot

SEVENS

As the fives indicated a particular problem, so do the sevens. The fives were about loss, losing momentum, losing love, losing an argument, losing money. The question there was, “How do I deal with this loss?” The sevens are about finding yourself in a situation where you are not in control. Sevens relate to the Chariot, a card about finding and maintaining complete control and mastery over wild or opposing forces.

If the charioteer lets his horses run where they will, as they will, the chariot will crash. He not only has to have them completely in hand, but to win in a race or war, he must also control direction and speed. So, too, in life. You need to know not only how to take control but also how to direct the forces once you have them in hand. Sevens, like fives, are about overcoming fears and finding a way to succeed in a tough situation. They answer the question, “How do I take control?”

Seven of Swords

A thief sneaks off with 5 out of 7 swords. This is the “Thief” card. It implies that someone is stealing something from you, your honor, your ideas, your time. They may be spreading gossip about you. How to take control of this situation? You have to be equally sneaky. Sometimes, to win a race or battle, the Charioteer must direct his horses around instead of straight on. You may feel like you want to go charging in, be confrontational, but this is not going to work. That is the out-of-control solution which will allow the thief to play the innocent. To catch a thief, you must be a thief.

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