Have you stood up for what you believed in despite formidable opposition? Are you sticking to your position no matter what new ideas appear to challenge your thinking? Are you about to become a whistleblower? Are you guided by your integrity and strong character no matter how easy slacking off from the rules appears to be? The complex Seven of Wands card will appear in your Tarot reading when these circumstances are prevalent in your everyday life. This card lets you know that, yes, you really are alone in the way you think, feel and behave; but that position might be the best thing you have going for you in your life right now.
A man stands on solid ground, but near a small cliff. From within this precipice emerge six wooden walking sticks, known as wands. The man has a fixed gaze upon them and holds his own wand in outstretched arms. He angles his stick in a defensive posture – he is ready for an attack from any one or all of these other wands. Behind him is a cloudless blue sky.
The man's position is not weak. He is superior to the wands that may or may not be on the attack. The serene sky indicates that the situation alone is not dangerous. The posture he is adopting illustrates that he knows his strengths and weaknesses and is constantly assessing the situation in order to maintain his position. Wands represent creativity and in this card the man's commitment to his own way of doing things, his own belief system and his own creative vision runs counter to the views of others, and he seems quite prepared to defend his unique outlook on life.
Meaning in Past, Present and Future Positions
Each Tarot card reading is divided into three sections: your past, your present and your future. You can have a reading at different times in your life and see the same cards combine for different meaning that applies to where you are at in the specific time frame you receive your reading. A card landing in one position may have a radically different interpretation than it would have in any other position.
When the Seven of Wands is in the past position, you stood your ground in the past; you can look back on this absolute belief in your position as the foundation of where you are today and who you have become. Many people who left home at an early age find this card showing up in the past position, as the Seven of Wands is inherently a card of independence.
The present position is a place that the Seven of Wands practically calls home. Many people seek out Tarot readings specifically when they are looking for some sort of support while standing their ground. The presence of this card in this position confirms that you are about to blow the whistle on those who are in disagreement with you.
This card in the future position is actually quite weak despite its depiction of a man on solid ground. The implication is that your current behavior will be putting you in a position of having to defend yourself needlessly. The Seven of Wands in the future position is a loud warning that you likely will not be operating with enough integrity now and in the future. You might become unable to avoid others questioning the way in which you take care of business.
Every Tarot reading is a collection of cards. The whole group forms your reading, with each individual card interacting with every other card. When the Seven of Wands is joined by The Magician card, your struggle will succeed in convincing others to come to your side of the argument. When The High Priestess is present in a reading with the Seven of Wands, someone close to you would be of great assistance, and may even be aware of your plight, but you will have to work hard and ask nicely to receive this person's assistance.
The Seven of Wands is the lower echo of two cards numbered 7 and 17: The Chariot and The Star. The Chariot is the card of absolute victory. When it is present in your reading with the Seven of Wands, you maybe alone in your battle, but you will prevail. When The Star is in a reading with the Seven of Wands, you are more committed to your ideals as the fight to defend them deepens.
When any of the court cards from the Wands suit are in a reading with the Seven of Wands, your ideas and creative inspiration are more thoroughly developed and, therefore, seem worth fighting for. The Page of Wands inspires taking a new approach in your defense of an old idea. The Knight of Wands delivers a way to market your point of view to a bigger audience. The Queen of Wands combining with the Seven of Wands influences you to see the other side's point of view, but only to better give you methods of bringing over the true believers to your side. The King of Wands brings you a mastery over some form of artistry that inspires many people to dance to the tune you play.
When The Devil Tarot card is present with the Seven of Wands, you are fighting a battle for a manipulative individual. Slow down and assess the situation to make sure you are not being used. The Hierophant is a card that influences the Seven of Wands to fight the battle of a bigger cause. Are you being subsumed into taking a stance against friends and co-workers over a political or religious belief that could be avoided in the interactions of otherwise polite mingling?
The Seven of Wands is the card of fighting for what you believe in and the presence of the Justice card indicates that things will go your way, but that it might be a long time fighting. The Strength card eases the battle but does not necessarily make you too many friends. Judgment is a powerful card of definitive conquest. When it combines with the Seven of Wands, be assured of the righteousness of your cause. Don't, however, waste your life fighting for a victory that will not come until you are long gone.
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