Seven of Pentacles Tarot Card Meanings

Seven of Pentacles Tarot Card Meanings

What does the Seven of Pentacles card mean in a Tarot Reading?

Seven of Pentacles is a pretty ambiguous Tarot card. Its classical interpretation is of an insufficient reward for labor. Arcana can mean both a lack of prospects, and the need to show a little more patience. Let’s try to figure out the nuances of interpretation.
The Seven of Pentacles symbolizes the contemplation and development of ideas that lead to prosperity as they mature. However, depending on the adjacent cards and its upright or reversed position, this can mean different things.
The young man watches his fortune grow, waiting for the moment when the pentacles are ripe before harvesting. This means that you will soon see the results of the projects for which you are laying the foundation.

Goal: Harvest as a result of patient effort.
Element: Earth
Planet: Jupiter, Saturn
Astrological sign: Taurus


The Seven of Pentacles Tarot card depicts a young man – a farmer, who leaned on a hoe in deep thought. His gaze is fixed on a green bush, on the branches of which, instead of fruits, six pentacles ripen. Another pentacle lies right at the feet of the young man, next to the hoe, but he does not seem to notice it.
(For a detailed depiction, analysis of the Symbols and all Elements of the Seven of Pentacles Tarot Card, click here)

The Main Meanings of the Card In an Upright Position

Key Words and Phrases

Positive values
Re-evaluating a project you’ve been working on for a while. Waiting for results. Reflections on what you managed to acquire, what you managed to achieve over the past period. Hard work will be paid. Patience. Persistent attempts. Practical skills. Thorough work. Waiting period. Plateau. Patience.

Seven of Pentacles Tarot Card

Slow but steady progress. Attentive parenting. A respite, giving the opportunity to think carefully about everything and make a decision. Time for a change. Long-term projects. A period of lull in the development of a project. Time of creation and approval of plans for the future. Choice between risk and safety. Favorable changes in the field of finance. Waiting for results. Slowly but surely. You’ve come a long way.

Negative values
Depression. Feeling of failure. Feeling that all attempts were in vain. Failure of the project. Speculation leads to losses. Unpaid work. Premature termination of attempts to act. Something is missing. Unsuccessful attempt to seize an advantageous opportunity. Problems with conceiving a child. Dissatisfaction. Imbalance. Incorrigibility. From the Seven of Pentacles, there is a sense of failure.

The main meanings of the card in an upright position

labor will not be wasted;
have patience!
time interval – a year;
evaluating the results of hard work;
feeling of uncertainty;
more work needs to be done to achieve the desired results;
slow growth;
you should take your time starting something new;
money, wealth;
silver items;
whiteness, sincerity, innocence, naivety;
material progress;
perseverance, success over time;
dissatisfaction with the results of financial transactions;
ailments affecting internal organs;
financial achievements in the future;
successful implementation and growth of profitable projects;
persistence in achieving the goal, profit over time.

Seven of Pentacles. Witchcraft Tarot by Ellen Dugan
Witchcraft Tarot by Ellen Dugan

Situation and Advice

The positive aspect of the Seven of Pentacles is in the upright position: you may get the feeling that your efforts are in vain, but in fact it is not. You have reached the point where it would be logical to pause and consolidate the results. Your patient work makes for slow but steady progress. You have reached the intermediate stage, but you still have a lot to do, and only then will your persistence be rewarded as it deserves. While the results have yet to be seen, now is not the time to stop trying. The Seven of Pentacles advises you to reflect and reassess what you have achieved so that you decide what you need most to achieve your goal, and then continue to persevere in achieving success.
Your financial situation will change for the better. At the finish of the tough race, a reward awaits you. Light is already visible at the end of the tunnel.
If the whole spread is generally negative, the Seven of Pentacles has a less favorable meaning. You feel that the project you have worked on for so long and hard will have to be abandoned. You may be realizing that despite all the work done, you still won’t be able to reach your goal. You may have health problems, possibly due to injury, metabolic disorders, or infection.

Persons designated by Upright Seven of Pentacles Tarot Сard

Farmers. Investors. People who are planning. Patient workers.

The Main Meanings of the Card In a Reversed Position

Key Words and Phrases

Anxiety. Disappointment. Depression. Losses. Demoralization. Despair. Waste of energy. Unsuccessful investments. Work that will not give any result. Fatigue. Fast movement to nowhere. Lethargy. Hopelessness. Denial of success. Premature termination of attempts. Lack of finance. Anxiety about money. Bankruptcy. Loss in gambling. Hard choice. Fear of poverty. Refusal of the project. Missed opportunities. Self-pity. Impatience. Hasty decisions. Unwillingness to see the situation as a whole. Exhaustion. Emptiness. Sterility. Disease. Damage. Infection. Imbalance. Patience is the main virtue.

The main meanings of the card in a reversed position

labor will not be wasted (time interval 2 years or several years);
investments will not bring profit;
mental anguish, grief, worries, solicitude;
care, diligence;
fear, distrust, doubt;
unprofitable investment of funds;
rejection of opportunities;
financial difficulties, debts, health problems;
money problems, lower living standards;
unwillingness to be content with what is, lost profit.

Situation and Advice

Perhaps you are moving too actively towards nowhere. You are in a situation that forces you to give up positions too resignedly, perhaps due to hopelessness or despair. There is no doubt that you are worried about money right now. You may have to abandon a project due to financial problems that have arisen. Or maybe you borrowed too much or took out a large loan? Are you worried about unpaid bills? Are you doing work that doesn’t work? Are you complaining about failed investments? It is very important to learn from your mistakes, then another time you can avoid them. You feel discouraged, but, nevertheless, you should take care of your health and take preventive measures.

Seven of Pentacles. Tarot of Consequences by Corrine Kenner, Pietro Alligo
Tarot of Consequences by Corrine Kenner, Pietro Alligo

Persons designated by the Reversed Seven of Pentacles Tarot Сard

Those who lose heart. Those who give up at halfway through what they started. Impatient people.

In the Spreads

In its most general meaning, it can be characterized as modest results with a large expenditure of energy. Probably, everyone has had a situation when you give your best and the results are not very successful. Then they give up, and you don’t know whether to continue your actions.
However, modern tarologists also attribute importance to it as a need to show patience. To achieve the desired result, you need to be able to wait without losing motivation. In order to understand exactly what meaning the Seven of Pentacles will have in the spread, it is necessary to use intuition and look at other cards of the spread.
Interpretation, depending on the position, differs in intensity. If in the upright form of the Arcana the situation is good, more or less, then in the reversed form it is getting closer to hopelessness. But first things first.

In an Upright Position

The upright position of Seven of Pentacles, as already noted, means disappointment and lack of result, despite the efforts. The situation is in a stagnant state, very weakly moving towards its development or not moving at all. It may be necessary to show patience and continue efforts, or perhaps it is better to give up. Other cards of the spread will help you find the answer.
The Seven of Pentacles of the Tarot in a upright position means that the querent expects success and reward for his work, but not now, and somewhat later. The seeds have already been sown and will bear fruit over time, but for now you have to be patient and work hard.
The Seven of Pentacles Tarot card means limited success. Hard work and sustained effort can accidentally bring back deficits, but this will take a long time to come. The querent faces project delays and speculation due to over-caution. It is this cautious approach that causes and reinforces anxiety and fear of failure. If the querent shows persistence, his work will be rewarded over a long period of time.
The Seven of Pentacles Tarot card dropped in a upright position denotes patience and slow growth. It recommends not rushing, finding a promising chance for yourself, but thinking it over thoroughly, giving yourself time before making a decision. If you don’t rush things, you can be successful. This is the Arcana of difficulties and trials that require skill, courage and determination. Only with the help of these qualities can you prove that you are worthy of success. The Seven of Pentacles foreshadows the imminent results of hard and dedicated work.
In addition, the Seven of Pentacles can mean some slowdown in business, a delay, a delayed successful result. Either way, this is a good, promising card. However, in anticipation of future successes, do not forget about today. The Seven of Pentacles calls: take a look around – perhaps there is a profit right under your feet, which you can use here and now.

In a Reversed Position:

This provision has the same interpretation as the upright one, but even more strengthened. The situation is even more deplorable, there are more bad emotions.
In the reversed position, the Seven of Pentacles Tarot card means that the hopes of the querent for profit from some business are unlikely to come true.
The reversed Tarot card of the Seven of Pentacles predicts lost opportunities and depression. The querent loses courage or cannot stand the pressure of problems and gives up. Enterprises are closing, which undoubtedly leads to financial losses. The card warns the querent against making such hasty business decisions.
A reversed Seven of Pentacles means monetary difficulties, especially concerning unreasonable expenses or a loan that the questioner gave not being sure of its return. Your anxiety is justified, so be careful. Bad debtors, heavy losses, failure are possible.
The Seven of Pentacles, which fell upside down in the alignment or fortune-telling, increases anxiety and the likelihood of loss. The person may feel uncomfortable and anxious, or sink into melancholy. Problems become total, and impatience only makes it worse. The difficulties are growing. More and more new things appear, and fatigue only increases. Whatever the circumstances, the person is not able to pause and rest.

Seven of Pentacles. Guardian Angels Tarot
Guardian Angels Tarot

The appearance of this card in the spread says that you have made investments in some project, which over time, according to your calculations, should have brought a good profit, but these expectations are hardly destined to come true. Most likely, you made a mistake in your financial calculations.
The reversed Seven of Pentacles warns you of a possible default of debt or problems with debtors (illness, force majeure). In addition, depending on the spread, it may indicate that your impatience will prevent you from succeeding, or, on the contrary, excessive slowness.
One way or another, the reversed Seven of Pentacles means that your hopes are not destined to come true yet. In the worst case, you can suffer losses, in the best case, you will stay with what you have.

In the Spreads for Different situation

In an Upright Position:
A certain situation symbolizes the need to stop and take stock. The Arcana indicates the presence of a deadlock, slow but sure. It’s up to you whether you want to keep trying and be patient or try something different.
In a Reversed Position:
Arcana warns you about excessive haste. Too much energy is scattered in vain in all directions, instead of being directed to a specific goal. Accordingly, you do not see the result either. Stop, regain balance, and try again.

In the Spreads for Relationship

In an Upright Position:
The card of Seven of Pentacles in relationships and love has the meaning of an imbalance. One of the partners does more for the loved one than he receives in return. For example, a girl gives all of herself, plans a life together, but for the guy it’s just a short episode. Or a man genuinely loves a woman, and she just takes it for granted. If you got this card, analyze your relationship, it may be worth taking stock and changing something.
If you are entering a new alliance, then this card advises not to rush, not to interfere with the natural course of events with your impatience. Sometimes the card speaks of a breakdown in relations, a strong quarrel or a scandal.
In a Reversed Position:
Here the Tarot Arcana Seven of Pentacles means a complete lack of prospects. One partner treats another without serious feelings, the relationship has no development. The situation can be especially difficult due to the fact that the partner that is giving energy has put a lot of efforts to create a family and it will be especially difficult for him to break off such a connection.
The reversed Seven of Pentacles, which fell out in fortune-telling, is an indication of disagreements and the impossibility of achieving not only harmony in relationships, but even a compromise. The partner clearly disappoints, does not live up to expectations, performs actions that have a negative connotation. At the event level, the card is interpreted as suspicions of infidelity or dishonesty, as an awkward situation in which the querent finds himself (or will find himself) through the fault of his partner.

In the Spreads for Dates

In an Upright Position:
You could be a little more active. If you want to meet someone new, you need to go where not only old acquaintances come.
In a Reversed Position:
Don’t sacrifice your cleanliness to date someone. The game is not worth the candle.

In the Spreads for Family

In an Upright Position:
Your family is about to change a lot. Some of these changes will be tricky, but in the end, things will turn out in the best possible way.
In a Reversed Position:
Some members of your family need to think carefully about the situation before taking action.

In the Spreads for Friendship

Seven of Pentacles. Renaissance Tarot
Renaissance Tarot

In an Upright Position:
You begin to realize that friendship involves commitment, that you have to give and take a lot, but any personal sacrifice you make is really worth it. Friendship is not something that just happens. We need to work on it.
In a Reversed Position:
The card hints at gossip and that some friends are not worthy of your trust.

In the Spreads for Money

In an Upright Position:
Accordingly, in finance, it means insufficient monetary reward. It is less than it should be based on the work done. Low wages, unprofitable investments, etc.
In a Reversed Position:
In financial terms, the reversed Seven of Pentacles indicates a lack of profit, and in the long run, there is no profit either. You should look for other earning opportunities.

In the Spreads for Education

In an Upright Position:
You are worried about the test results. If you know that you have done everything that you are capable of, rest in peace – the results will be excellent.
In a Reversed Position:
You reap what you sow. If you have not prepared for exams, do not count on a triumphant victory.

In the Spreads for Career

In an Upright Position:
Here the Seven of Pentacles comes closest to describing a routine. Constant monotonous work from day to day, there are results, but minimal, not satisfying. Very slow career growth or none at all.
Seven of Pentacles means the need to prepare for a long but grateful wait until the next phase of development ends. If you were expecting a quick result, then most likely you will be disappointed. If you tried to speed things up, you may even find yourself in front of a broken trough. Now the best thing is to show maximum patience in order to wait with full confidence for a positive result.
In a Reversed Position:
In career, the reversed Seven of Pentacles of the Tarot means a rather sad situation. Current projects will not bring results, it may be better to stop trying and try something different. In a collective activity, it can indicate that you are giving 100%, while others are not making any effort.

In the Spreads for Health

In an Upright Position:
Negative prognosis of the course of the disease. Nervous and physical exhaustion, vitamin deficiency.
Rather, it is average health, not ideal, but also without serious diseases. If the person is already sick, then the card will symbolize a slow recovery.
Reception of strengthening agents is required. Diseases of the throat, teeth and gums of the lower jaw are likely.
In a Reversed Position:
In matters of health, it can indicate hidden diseases of the internal organs or something that is slowly destroying your body or psyche. Health is undermined, the body needs rest.

Answer to Yes / No Tarot Spreads

In an Upright Position:
Yes, but not right away.
In a Reversed Position:
Yes, but without inner satisfaction.

Self-Development Lesson

Seven of Pentacles. Universal Key Tarot
Universal Key Tarot

Stop and study the situation, but then be ready to continue the movement. If you are patient, you are more likely to succeed.

Type of person in an upright position:

The card means a modest, hardworking, cautious person. He is used to calculating his strength, doing everything slowly. He knows how to live very economically. If a woman falls out, she may show her dissatisfaction with her external appearance, low self-esteem.

Type of person in a reversed position:

Means a rude, grumpy, impatient person. His requests do not differ in modesty, but he does not like to work and does not strive. He delays to the last minute with the solution of problems, hoping that in some miraculous way everything will be settled by itself.

Arcana’s warning

Don’t cling to unpromising projects. If you are sure that there will be no result, do not waste time, move on.

Final Advice of Arcana

Seven of Pentacles advises not to rush and think. Perhaps you need to brace yourself and be patient. The desired result is not guaranteed, but quite probable.

In an Upright Position:
Have patience, rely only on yourself. In negative spreads – to give up what you want, it will do more harm than good.
In a Reversed Position:
Not reinventing the wheel, but using a recipe that has been proven for centuries. In relationships with people – do not pull the blanket over yourself.


Seven of Pentacles is not a bad card. Do not be discouraged ahead of time when you see it in the spread. Pay attention to the neighboring cards, which largely determine the value of the Seven of Pentacles. This Arcana is an indicator that you need to stop and analyze your life, work, relationships, take some conclusions.
The Seven of Pentacles is a card of profits, especially earned per hail for labor. The profit is usually monetary (a sign of the suit!), but it is possible in any area where the questioner has worked for a long time and fruitfully.
The card also predicts continuous gradual growth, both personal and in business, and you will receive satisfaction both from work and from its fruits. Numerically, the Seven of Pentacles also suggests that your success is at least partly due to past decent work. The result of your work will be generously rewarded.

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