Pulling a 7 of wands reversed during a tarot session doesn’t sound too great. Heck, the 7 of wands reversed love to show up as much as it could!
It sounds a bit ominous and most definitely a potential warning of the trying times ahead. As a general rule of thumb, reversed cards almost always bring with them negative connotations.
But what does the seven of wands even say? And why must we watch out for its reversed iteration?
Read more to find out!
What are the seven of wands?
The seven of wands is a card in the Minor Arcana of the Raider-Waite-Smith Tarot deck. It depicts a man surrounded by six staffs (or wands), with him holding the seventh.
The ground the man stands on looks more like a haphazard mound rather than a stable base. He struggles to keep his balance as he tries to keep himself upright.
Upon closer inspection, it seems that the man is trying to fight off the six wands. They appear to emerge from the ground, catching him by surprise.
The struggle on the man’s face clearly shows how distressed he was at the sight of these foreign objects. He is at a loss at how to make them disappear while standing up straight at such a dangerous situation.
What does the seven of wands mean?
In its upright state, the seven of wands calls on the reader to remain steadfast. Indeed, the ground you may walk on may be uneven, but you must stand firm.
The success you may have had feels well and good, but remember that feelings do not last long. You are surrounded at all sides by dangerous forces that aim to bring you down.
What you must do is to find ways that you can turn the tides in your favor. The pressure to remain at the top may be tremendous, but the calling to stay true to your principles is even greater.
As the six wands of your insecurities, detractors, and minor inconveniences try to drag you, you must learn to use the seventh staff. While this thing can symbolize fear or weakness you have been harboring for so long, you can turn this into your strength.
But this article is about the 7 of wands reversed…
Which is what we’re about to talk about! Now that we’ve established what this card means when upright, we can now flesh out its reversed version.
The 7 of wands reversed is a warning sign of all the external stressors aiming to drag you down. These may then affect your inner self, effectively making you your self-saboteur.
These external stressors can be anything. It may be your family, friends, even colleagues.
The negative influence that they have can manifest in different forms. It can be through their words and actions. No matter how they will make it known, their message is clear: you must stop whatever you are doing.
The 7 of wands reversed now tells you to be careful not to be too carried away by this negativity. You will be experiencing self-doubt, insecurity, and, most of all, intense pressure.
At first, you will feel like everyone is going against you. As the pressure mounts, you will gradually feel yourself slowly giving in to whatever others are saying.
The more people badmouth your efforts, the less you would be able to hold your ground. With all the bad things you have been experiencing, you will start to perceive everyone in a bad light.
Essentially, what the 7 of wands reversed is telling you is that you cannot please everyone. There will always be someone out there who will keep on trying to drag you down.
But this doesn’t mean that you can’t do anything about this. Despite all these things happening, you can do something to ease the situation.
Tarot card or no, there will always be people who will be trying to discourage you. What you must do right now is to remain steadfast, no matter how tough times can get.
Everyone else’s words and actions may start to get to you. It may even get you thinking that perhaps you should give up and listen to what they are saying.
But you have to stay strong, especially when you know that you are in the right. This is the time when you assert yourself.
Do things because you want to, and not because you have to. You came a long way to where you are right now, and this is not the time for you to be disheartened.
While giving up is undoubtedly on the cards, it isn’t necessarily option one. As long as you can hold out, you will always have the chance to prove your detractors long.
Keep your faith in yourself, and be confident that you are capable. It is your life and your future, and only you can dictate what’s the best.
Another thing to keep in mind when you pull the 7 of wands reversed is the occurrence of conflict. Or, to be more accurate, you surrender to the whims of another party.
The 7 of wands reversed is a dire reminder that you are the type of person who would instead follow people around. It may be because you hate the thought of fighting with others.
As a result, you end up backing down and letting others have their way. Compromise is almost absent; you only take what you have and go.
You would rather maintain your reputation and likability instead of sticking to your principles. On the other hand, this may result from you getting exhausted over trying to keep things together and eventually failing.
While the 7 of wands reversed generally tell you not to give up, there are times when it says the opposite. If you have exhausted all the means to maintain the peace, then maybe it’s time to let it go.
It may seem hard, but often the best course of action is to drop everything and let it be. This may seem counterintuitive to everything we talked about earlier.
Yet sometimes, doing precisely that is what’s best for you. In the long run, though, it can be the best option to maintain your overall well-being.
How can I apply this in a 7 of wands reversed love reading?
Everything stated above may seem pretty cut and dry for other aspects of life. It is no doubt applicable for things such as career, finance, and family.
The difficulty now lies in how you can apply all these in your love life. Seeing that people often turn to tarot for heart matters, this is especially important to talk about.
Now, a 7 of wands reversed love reading is a bit different. It does not insist too much on one’s independence as it highlights the undeniable instability in a relationship.
Going back, the imagery of the tarot presents a man struggling as he stands on unstable ground. Taken into context, the seven of wands now tell you that your relationship is currently on a rough patch.
You or your partner may be a bit defensive in your actions. You may have done something wrong, and you keep on trying to insist that it was for the good of the relationship.
As your conflict drags on, the two of you start to drift apart. This leads to eventual denial that something wrong even happened in the first place.
It may be apt to say that the two of you are wearing the infamous “rose-colored glasses.” This prevents you from seeing your mistakes and owning up to them.
The seven of wands is a warning you that the longer you deny the existence of a problem, the more that external pressure will start to manifest itself.
Family and friends will start meddling into your relationship. It will further weaken your bond with your partner as more people will try to influence how things will go.
All these may then lead to a very nasty breakup. And when you look back at it, the reason would be very petty at best: an unacknowledged problem and external pressure to separate.
On the other hand, if you are single, the seven of wands’ appearance implies your anxieties about being in a relationship. You may feel like you’re not good enough or that the person you like does not meet your standards.
It is time for you to put those uncertainties aside and take the giant leap. Being single is fun, yes, but the feeling of loving and being loved is a wholly different experience.
There is no such thing as a perfect person, nor does the ideal relationship exist. You need to let go of those feelings of uncertainty and trust where your heart takes you.
No matter your situation, listen to what the 7 of wands reversed has to say. It may not give you the answers that you want to hear, but it will give you the answers that you need.