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The 7 Of Wands tarot card represent fighting for what you believe in, taking a stand, and defending your position. After winning the battle for position faced in the 5 of wands, and experiencing the success that comes with it found in the 6 of wands, the 7 of wands is the fight to maintain your rise to the top. The minute you think you’ve “arrived” and start getting complacent is the minute someone bigger, stronger, faster or smarter passes you.
Wands, rods, or staves are one of 4 suits in theMinor Arcana, and correspond with the suit of clubs in a traditional playing card deck. The suit of wands is associated with the element fire of the 4 elements and represent a fiery intensity and inner drive to succeed. There’s a strong masculine characteristic to this suit, which means competition and courage are obvious in many Wand tarot readings. A desire to be heard, understood and praised all correspond to the suit of wands in tarot.
The 7 of Wands show a young man standing on top of a hill holding a wand with both hands. Beneath him are 6 more wands coming toward the man, trying to displace him from his elevated position. We see a look of determination and a strong willed demeanor on the man’s face while defending himself from the attackers. Unfortunately we’re unable to see who possesses the wands underneath, but each one of them seek the position of power atop the hill. Having the high ground gives the man an advantage against his foes, making it easier to swat away the attacking wands.
Something interesting about the 7 of Wands are the shoes worn by the young man. You’ll notice he has two different pairs of shoes on, indicating that he may have been caught off guard by his assailants. He may have been in a rush to defend his position, unable to properly prepare for the attack. The two different shoes can also mean being unsure of what you stand for, or waffling on your beliefs.
The 7 Of Wands Upright show a power struggle between you and those who are envious or jealous of position. Your hard work and determination have paid off, and you now find yourself at the top of the ladder, but having to defend your position. We see this in sports all the time when a team wins a championship. The following year every team they face give them their absolute best, trying to knock them down. Night in and night out the team on top has to deal with having a target on their back and fighting to maintain their position at the top.
When you reach a high level of success there may be others who are gunning to take your place. The second you take your foot off the gas or get caught off guard you open yourself up to losing what you’ve worked so hard to achieve. When I think of the 7 of Wands Upright I’m reminded of how important it is to stay focused and alert. I’m stuck on sports analogies now, but the difference between winning and losing can be a razor thin margin. Races are won and lost in just fractions of a second, and being unprepared or overconfident can lead to victory slipping between your fingers. We’ve all heard the phrase “keep your eye on the ball”, because as soon as we lose focus we risk making a mistake which someone else will happily capitalize on.
Ask yourself if what you have is important to you, and what you’re willing to do to keep it. This can be in the form of a relationship, a job, possessions, or even our own beliefs. Stand up for what you believe in and matter most to you, and don’t give in or give up. You’ve worked far too hard to roll over and allow someone or something to take away what’s yours.
Receiving the 7 of Wands Reversed can indicate that you’re giving up to easily, or folding under the first sign of opposition. Don’t give in so easily to pressure from others or start to doubt your own ability. The 7 of Wands Reversed represent weakness, acting timid and scared. Do not allow yourself to be bullied or stepped on for fear of rejection. Remember to stand up for yourself when your beliefs or position are being threatened. When you’ve made it this far on your journey and start seeing your goals come to fruition are you going to allow someone else to take over without any resistance on your part? Don’t go down without a fight!
I view the 7 of Wands Reversed as being a doormat. This is a person who allows others to walk all over them, be taken advantage of. Reach inside and channel that inner ‘badass’ within you, and don’t allow others to push you around or step all over you!
Another meaning for the 7 of Wands Reversed is feeling overwhelmed and exhausted from the pressure of being on top. Maintaining a position of ‘power’ and constantly feeling like you have to sleep with one eye open will eventually lead to burnout. When you’re always on guard and fearful of others this can lead to unnecessary paranoia and general mistrust of others. Not everyone is out to get you, so rely on those you can trust to help alleviate some of the stress or concern you may be experiencing.
The 7 of Wands Love meaning can consist of drawing a line in the sand and holding your ground on an issue or moral that’s important to you. This can be applicable whether you’re in a relationship or not. An example can be saying “NO” to someone pressuring you into doing something you aren’t comfortable with. Put your foot down about an important matter that you truly believe in, and then hold firm to your conviction.
Receiving the 7 of Wands Love card can also mean fighting for your relationship. This can come in the form of external or internal challenges and struggles. There may be others who disapprove of your relationship, or would like to see it fail (for whatever reason). If you value the relationship, and your partner, then fight for it!
If you’re single and receive the 7 of Wands Love card then prepare to fight for the attention of a prospective lover. You may have competition when it comes to your love interest. This will require you to stand apart from the others to come out on top. Don’t give up on pursuing someone you’ve taken interest in just because there are others showing interest as well. You have plenty to offer, but you’ll go unnoticed if you refuse to make an effort or lack the confidence to put yourself out there.
Don’t back down from those who want to “take you down a notch” when receiving the 7 of Wands money card. Draw upon past experience and remind yourself what it took to advance to the position you’re now in. Don’t allow self doubt or surrounding competition shake your belief in yourself. I mentioned earlier how important it is to keep your foot on the gas and not getting complacent. The second you let your guard down your adversaries are most likely going to try and supplant you. Reaching the top paints an obvious target on your back from those under you, but take heart in the fact that you’re more than capable of keeping hold of your position.
The 7 of Wands money card as it relates to finances show that you’ve been wise with your money. You’ve been successfully planning ahead for the future, while maintaining your present wealth and security. Don’t be distracted by temporary pleasure or instant gratification and take your eyes off of the end goal. It’s impossible to predict what will happen in the future, but by being responsible now you are securing yourself down the road. You may also be bombarded by many ‘get rich quick’ offers, or opportunities that seem to good to be true. Use your sound judgement and don’t fall prey to being taken advantage of by others.
What do you see when you look at the 7 of Wands? What are you fighting to protect? A job, relationship, or material possession? Do you stand up for what you believe in, or do you give in at the first sign of resistance? How focused are you on maintaining what you've worked to hard to achieve? Let's talk about it!
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