Seven of Swords

  • RUNNING AWAY
  • LONE WOLF STYLE
  • HIDDEN DISHONOR



[ Actions ] [ Opposing Cards ] [ Reinforcing Cards ] [ Description ] [ Reversed? ]

ACTIONS

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


OPPOSING CARDS: Some Possibilities

  • Hierophant – working within the group
  • Justice – – accepting responsibility, being above board
  • Ten of Wands – meeting obligations, being responsible
  • Six of Cups – innocent, kind, open, noble


REINFORCING CARDS: Some possibilities


DESCRIPTION

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.

 

 

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