Seven of Wands Tarot Card Meanings

Seven of Wands Tarot Card Meanings

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

The Seven of Wands is a Minor Arcana card of the Tarot that represents valor as well as protection from falling.
Life is competitive these days. It has always been like that, only the game has changed. There was always competition. Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. Seven of Wands in the Tarot spread means that this time the questioner will win the competition.
The Seven of Wands shows that there is a real threat, but there is nothing to be afraid of. The paths are open, so act.
Overall, this is a good card, although it does involve unpleasant situations.

Goal: Test for resilience and vigilance.
Element: Fire
Planet: Mars
Astrological sign: Leo


The young man fights off six opponents with his staff. Although his opponents are not depicted on the card (only their staffs are visible in the foreground) the young man is definitely fighting someone.
(For a detailed depiction, analysis of the Symbols and all Elements of the Seven of Wands Tarot Card, click here)

The Main Meanings of the Card In an Upright Position

Key Words and Phrases

Take the desired position. Defend yourself firmly against the forces of the opposition. Fight to stay on top. Success in games and competition. Questions are at the forefront. Stand one’s ground. Strengthening the position. Advantage. Fearlessness. Bravery. Strength in misery. To occupy a dominant position. Self confidence. Statement. Successful completion. Persistence. Devotion. Call. Confrontation. Disputes. Wrestling.

Seven of Wands Tarot Card

Difficult situation. Conflict. Career changes. Inner strength. Successful overcoming. Study. Education. Literature. Lectures. Determination. Perseverance. Sense of purpose. Persistence despite adversity. Take the bull by the horns. Having an advantage in a particular situation. Grit your teeth. When it becomes difficult to walk, I continue to do it anyway. I would rather fight than refuse. No matter what. Raise your head. One day at a time. We will overcome everything.

The main meanings of the card in an upright position

interference in private affairs, an attempt to deprive of something, to interfere with something;
conflict with a partner;
whatever the conflict / competition, you stand on solid ground;
injuries, victims;
advantageous position;
stand your ground, courage;
strength in misfortune;
grit your teeth;
negotiations, conversation, meeting, dissertation, debate, discussion;
speech, pronunciation, language, adverb, vernacular;
trade, market, exchange, measure, commerce, deal, intercourse;
to speak, to say, to pronounce, to confer, to converse, to chat, to interpret, to share;
meeting with a difficult situation, disputes;

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

confrontation, conflict, rivalry, opposition, which should be combated;
time of testing, courage, long-term success;
determination, courage, the ability to defend yourself and defend your rights;
confrontation, conflict, quarrel, skirmish;
difficult situation, the need to defend;
fierce competition, difficult negotiations.

Situation and Advice

A conflict is brewing, but in this situation you will take an advantageous position. A period of confrontation, problems and opposition is coming for you. You may now be feeling pressured. In order to overcome difficulties, obstacles and competition, you will have to collect all your inner strength and determination. You have an advantage, even if you don’t notice it.
Perhaps your previous accomplishments have put you in a competitive position. To be successful, you will need to stand firmly on your feet and defend your position. If necessary, you will have to defend your point of view in disputes. Devotion to your cause will lead you to victory one day. You have the strength and perseverance to compete or fight back against the competition that warns you both in life and at work.

Seven of Wands. Guardian Angels Tarot
Guardian Angels Tarot

Do not give up. If you put in the effort, you will surely achieve victory. The best way is to solve one problem at a time. Your hard work and valuable thoughts will be well paid. Now you have to be especially observant. If the question you asked was about career, you will have a successful career advancement. This is the period of learning something new for you. You may need to write on a topic with which you are not familiar with. With the appearance of this card in the spread, one can expect a collision with some difficult situation. If the card falls out on the past, then the collision is already behind, if in the present, then the conflict is in full swing, if in the future, then it awaits you ahead.

Persons designated by Upright Seven of Wands Tarot Сard

People with certain advantages. Those who defend their positions. People who let events take their course. Dark-haired children.

The Main Meanings of the Card In a Reversed Position

Key Words and Phrases

Avoiding confrontation. Feelings of vulnerability and depression. Less advantageous position. Flaw. Entering a fight to be lost. A retreat in the face of difficulties. Cowardice. The other team wins. Avoiding problems. Lack of desire to defend your opinion. Difficulties. Passivity. Uncertainty. Timidity. Shame. Self-doubt. Lack of confidence in anything. Reluctance to solve problems. Worry about a decision. Fear. Fear of rejection. Fear of the future. Missed opportunities. Health problems. Don’t take the bull by the horns. When it gets hard to walk, I stop. I would rather refuse than fight. It is worse when they bark than when they bite.

The main meanings of the card in a reversed position

feelings of fear, vulnerability, and depression;
cowardice, avoiding problems;
missed opportunities;
health problems;
indecision, uncertainty, doubt, bewilderment, inconstancy, frivolity, fickleness, variety, discrimination, hesitation;
wobble, wobbly;
the confrontation goes away, the conflict gradually fades away;
unclear circumstances, anxiety;
lack of courage, lost opportunities;
fierce competition, the machinations of competitors;
lack of determination, loss;
willingness to retreat, unwillingness to fight;
confusion in a difficult situation.

Situation and Advice

The Seven of Wands in a reversed position indicates a reluctance to move towards the goal if some obstacle arises. Rejoice if you did not give up in the face of difficulties. If you take a step back now, you are missing out on this great opportunity.

Seven of Wands. The Game of Thrones Tarot
The Game of Thrones Tarot

Most likely, you will not have to face what you are so afraid of. You should solve your problems, not hide from them. Your indecision and uncertainty further aggravate the situation. Are you afraid that you will be angry if you defend your point of view? Even if so, so what? Sometimes a good skirmish can improve the atmosphere. Why not take the bull by the horns and fight it?
If the whole spread has a negative meaning, the Seven of Wands in a reversed position means your vulnerability and indicates that you are involved in a battle you know you lose. You need to do everything you can to reduce losses and give up the fight. The questioner may well be surrounded by unfavorable circumstances, but there will be no expected conflict.

Persons designated by the Reversed Seven of Wands Tarot Сard

Desperate cowards. Those who are afraid of something. People who let things take their course. Those who are losing.

In the Spreads

The number Seven symbolizes a challenge. The value of the Seven of Wands Tarot card can represent a situation when someone attacks, and you have to defend yourself. Another meaning is that the person must fight, defend his position. Maybe there are rivals or competitors around who are ready to take something that belongs to you. Also, the meaning of the Seven of Wands can mean that it is necessary to defend your opinion, your point of view in front of people.
The Seven of Wands often shows the need to adhere to moral principles. The internal arguments are correct, despite the overwhelming number of people trying to convince you otherwise.

In an Upright Position

The upright Tarot card Seven of Wands warns of major conflicts and trials, either directly as an element, or as a serious personal encounter with employees or relatives. The Seven of Wands also speaks of courage, honesty and fortitude. Problem resolution is likely to take a long time to come, but if the querent stands firm in the face of challenges, he has a good chance of success.
The Seven of Wands Tarot card promises financial benefits, success. One important part of your venture is complete. There will be competition and struggle, but if you stand firmly on your feet, you can crush the enemy. Even though superior forces seem to be attacking, you have the advantage.
Arcana’s interpretation of the Seven of Wands tells that it is necessary to fight for a better future, a higher position, while opponents are trying to conquer what you have now.
The Seven of Wands means that we have been attacked, that competitors, envious or other opponents are against us, and they are stronger than us or there are more of them. However, this card shows that we have a good chance of winning because we are in a better position. Therefore, Arcana should be taken as a warning: be smart and vigilant so as not to lose your positional advantage. It goes without saying that a real, physical attack is rarely discussed here. More often than not, it is someone’s interference in our private or even personal affairs, an attempt to deprive us of something or prevent us from achieving something. The Seven of Wands symbolizes the mobilization of efforts and the willingness to achieve success on your own, alone.
However, despite the fact that the Seven of Wands of the Tarot predicts many difficulties for the querent, confrontations and intrigues of ill-wishers, it also testifies that his position is advantageous. The truth is entirely on your side, and if you do not back down, you will have enough strength and courage to avoid losses, fend off attacks and emerge victorious from a controversial situation.
The meaning of the Seven of Wands Tarot card is problems, some kind of serious situation. Maybe someone will try to get into your personal life, will become an obstacle to achieving success. You need to protect yourself, your territory from unwanted people.
After looking at the spread in general and seeing the cards that carry positive meaning, we conclude that the questioner will not be left without benefit. The situation will go in his direction. If there is a problem on the way, the card shows that the person has all the resources to avoid it. You need to delve into yourself and the solution will come by itself.
The meaning of Tarot card Seven of Wands is not connected with the trouble itself, but with the fact that there is a solution. You need to move forward and then you can succeed. This road is clearly leading to triumph. Now is the time to take risks. You will clearly be in luck. All doubts and obstacles will go away. There will be no more rivalry.

In a Reversed Position:

In a reversed position, the Seven of Wands Tarot card tells the querent that his current problems in business are related to the inability (or unwillingness) to defend his interests.
The meaning of the reversed Seven Tarot: when faced with trials, misadventures and attacks on his position, the querent does not have enough courage, and he avoids confrontation. This is an unfortunate exit, because his position is stronger than he thinks, and a lack of self-confidence leads to the loss of opportunities.
Consider the reversed Seven of Wands Tarot card as a call to drop the hesitation. Make a decision and take action. You are at a loss, you do not know what action to take, but the situation is such that even the wrong actions with the proper determination are better than their absence. This is not the time for uncertainty and indecision.
This position of the card indicates that the questioner is not ready for competition. The tasks that fell out turned out to be impossible. The person is looking for a way to give up some tasks and focus on one or two things.
However, the Seven of Wands that have fallen out is by no means a verdict.

Seven of Wands. New Vision Tarot
New Vision Tarot

On the contrary, its presence in the Tarot spread only tells that everything is in your hands: having gained courage and rebuffed, you will begin to gain victories over time.
The reversed Seven of Wands shows lack of concentration, frivolity, unwillingness to deal with problems. But if the person makes an effort, it will save him.
The card shows that there is no self-confidence. Waste energy, wrong path choices and prioritization. Here there is no force that goes ahead, the person is confused, has lost the necessary path, has lost the ground from under feet, has lost strength. He lost faith in his cause. Talent is wasted, inspiration is gone.
In the old days, the card was interpreted as follows: awkward situations, unwanted meetings, forced communication. The questioner is a victim, fear, confusion. Libel, harassment and betrayal. Sometimes there is an interpretation: conflicts are weakening, gradually coming to naught.

In the Spreads for Different situation

In an Upright Position:
Means that people do not always share your point of view. Any achievements always have competitors, opponents and envious people. However, now you need to be confident in the correctness of your actions, do not to succumb to provocations. Any compromise and abandonment of ideals is currently unacceptable.
In a Reversed Position:
In the reversed position, the card hints that competition in any situation can take you by surprise. You are not ready for this, obstacles scare you. Because of nervousness and fear, there is a desire to give up the fight. The card warns that you can be manipulated.

In the Spreads for Relationship

In an Upright Position:
If you are in a relationship, the appearance of the Seven of Wands indicates that you need to tell your beloved your opinion. Be honest about your feelings and needs and your relationship will flourish. If you’re single, the card might point to someone new. But maintaining a relationship with him or her can be a challenge.
The Seven of Wands symbolizes a successful exit from a critical situation. This is revitalization of relationships that, it would seem, have already exhausted themselves. Maybe an unexpected act that can save the union of two people. At the same time, honesty, courage, and perseverance are recommended as a model of behavior.
In a Reversed Position:
Fulfillment of all the requirements that you make to your partner, difficult on both sides. If you want a relationship to last for a long time, you have to fight. It will be difficult for you, but if you take care of your partner, it will be worth it. For single people, Arcana is an indicator that your low self-esteem is preventing you from finding love.
The relationship with your partner is at stake. It may be a conflict in which someone else intervenes. The person feels that they are being oppressed or infringed on the relationship. Moreover, more often it will not be a rival, but the partner’s parents or other close people. Or is it a situation when there is a partner, but for now “not yours”, and you are still only fighting with rivals for his favor. In this case, the card gives advice: take the competition quite seriously, be smart about it, and success will be on your side.

In the Spreads for Dates

In an Upright Position:
Just because everyone is running around on dates doesn’t mean you urgently need to start dating someone. You will only go on a date when you feel that this “someone” is right for you.
In a Reversed Position:
Perhaps you feel that your partner or someone you like is gradually trying to destroy you. Do you need it? Resist.

In the Spreads for Family

In an Upright Position:
You may have a difficult situation in your family, but together you are able to resolve it.
In a Reversed Position:
Family problems due to conflicting interests of family members. Don’t let yourself get caught in this mess. Find a way to rise above family tensions.

In the Spreads for Friendship

In an Upright Position:
You had disagreements with your friends, but you have successfully resolved them.

Seven of Wands. The Tarot of the 78 Doors
The Tarot of the 78 Doors

In a Reversed Position:
Your friends’ problems begin to take hold of you too. Remember that you are not responsible for your friends and you cannot live their life for them.

In the Spreads for Money

In an Upright Position:
The appearance of the card for material issues means that the querent will earn a significant amount of money from sources unknown at the moment. It is important to think about how they will be managed, whether it will last for a long time.
In a Reversed Position:
You’ve wasted your hard-earned money on frivolous items. If you keep going down this path, you will lose everything.

In the Spreads for Education

In an Upright Position:
You are ready to stand up for what you believe in, and thereby earn the respect of fellows and teachers. You are also ready for respect.
In a Reversed Position:
Study problems threaten to overwhelm you altogether. Ask for help now, then it will be too late.

In the Spreads for Career

In an Upright Position:
Seven of Wands means that you have the strength and ambition to start your own business, to be self-employed. If you have the time, the desire to put in the effort, you may have great success.
The Seven of Wands here mainly means competition. We are entering a highly competitive market or seeking a place that several people are claiming. This card also means someone’s attacks on us at work or an attempt to question our qualifications. In some cases, it indicates that we have an envious person seeking to take our place. But, one way or another, our position is strong, and if we are vigilant and do not allow ourselves to be deprived of our advantages, then nothing threatens us.
In a Reversed Position:
The reversed Minor Arcana indicates the feeling of being burned at work. Working long hours for underpaid pay and lack of respect wastes energy. This forces you to look for other options.
Arcana points to problems and failures, for which you should mostly only blame yourself. The inability to organize the work of the team and their own working time, the unwillingness to defend their rights. This is what the reversed Seven of Wands speaks of. The card pushes the querent to the need to draw the correct conclusions.

In the Spreads for Health

In an Upright Position:
Since the Seven of Wands card is a sign of challenge and competition, try not to be overly stressed. Do not skip meals, doctor visits, and stay positive.
Weak immunity, latent course of disease, problems that cause concern.
In a Reversed Position:
Someone close to you loses the desire to fight the disease. This card can also indicate that the disease in your life is out of control, so keep a close eye on your health.
The body reacts too strongly to external stimuli (for example, allergies).

Answer to Yes / No Tarot Spreads

In an Upright Position:
In a Reversed Position:

Self-Development Lesson

It is often said that “Indecision is destructive”. Don’t let others exploit you. Trust your inner resources, your creative energy and intuition. Sometimes all we need is to stick to our beliefs.

Type of person in an upright position:

The card means a person capable of rash acts. Daring on the tongue, bold, courageous. With an ardent heart, he is ready to protect the weak and disadvantaged. Passionate, generous with those he loves. Of the shortcomings – I am ready to argue until I lose my pulse.

Type of person in a reversed position:

Seven of Wands. Universal Key Tarot
Universal Key Tarot

It means a person who tries to blend in with the crowd in any way, not wanting to stand out. Cowardly, greedy, however, he tries to eradicate these shortcomings in himself. In serious matters, he prefers to insure himself once again, against a risky venture for sure.
will refuse.

Arcana’s warning

Gently turn to face the challenge to defend your interests. The situation occurs to test you for resilience and vigilance. Don’t underestimate your enemies.

Final Advice of Arcana

Arcana Tarot Seven of Wands is an indicator of competition and obstacles to success. You must be motivated, energetic, ready for anything. Now you decide your own destiny. You have to defend your place in society, money or relationships. Be confident, full of enthusiasm, only this will lead you to success.

In an Upright Position:
Remember that the truth is on your side no matter what happens. Taking risks, weighing all the pros and cons, so as not to lose what you have.
In a Reversed Position:
Remember that in life there are not and cannot be strict rules for everything. Not to be afraid to take risks, especially since there is no particular choice.


The Seven of Wands of the Tarot predicts success achieved by courage and determination. There are indications of profit and benefit. In some interpretations, this card is called the “symbol of treasures”. You will end the competition and emerge victorious. If the Tarot card Seven of Wands is the answer to the question, then it may indicate the right time for a risky game, gambling.
Sometimes the Seven of Wands asks to think about the question: what is really worth fighting for?


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2 thoughts on “Seven of Wands Tarot Card Meanings”

    1. If the 7 of Wands represents active self-defense like vigorously sweeping away everything with a broom, defending and holding one’s positions, having a “bulldog grip,” then the 9 of Wands is more about “clenching one’s teeth” and courageously enduring the vicissitudes of fate; resilience and humility))

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