Seven of Swords – Minor Arcana

seven of swords

seven of swords

The Seven of Swords shows a man sneaking away from a military camp with a bundle of five swords in his arms. Two other swords remain planted in the ground just behind him. His expression exhibits a sense of overconfidence and mocking. As though he felt absolutely sure of his success of getting away with the theft. However, in the distance a small group of soldiers can be seen to the left of the thief, and one of them holds a sword upraised. The thief has been found out!

The Seven of Swords is a card of deception and betrayal. It indicates the difficulty of trying to ‘get away with something’ unnoticed. Often when you do something in secret, hoping that you are safe and undiscovered. Something goes awry and your secret is revealed to your embarrassment. This card therefore urges caution when attempting to use to gain an advantage over someone or something else. There is no question that there are times you had to go behind other people’s backs in order to manifest your desires.

In a Tarot reading the Seven of Swords indicates that you may be tempted to sneak away from a particular situation. That is not working for you any more, rather than dealing with it. As you do not feel ready to deal with the issues, you are aiming for a solution where you can just escape and not have to worry about it all. Are you trying to run away from commitment, responsibility, hard work or love? You may be procrastinating, but his may simply be an easy way out for now.

The Seven of Swords tarot reading interpretation asks you to be very cautious and wary so that you do not become a victim of someone else’s deception, betrayal, cheating and false motives. You need to be very careful of who you trust because you are at risk of being taken advantage of. Look out for any sneaky behavior and trust your gut instinct about when something does not feel right or is too good to be true.

The Seven of Swords is a card known to many for its different challenges. Especially when it regards education and particularly advanced education. Or, some kind of trade that you are beginning. You are a calculating individual and you are going through a phase of needing to speak out and advance your opinions. Mental projects that you have applying efforts to be carried out into the physical world. You can materialize your ideas into reality and so that you can see concrete results that you are proud of. This is a card of publishing, news, editing, computers, and storage of information as well as communication.


The Seven of Swords can mean your employer is looking at your work and conduct very closely. Try not to get involved in work politics and gossips. Its time to make a Master’s degree or a PhD.

In your career life you have become overburdened by too many projects at once. You need to take one step or project at the time.


Bring more genuine people in your romantic experience, if you are too demanding, you will stay alone!  If you’re already in a committed relationship when this card appears, the clear message is that trust is crucial. If you’re feeling suspicious for some reason about your partner, make a point to talk about this even if it’s difficult. Being passive-aggressive is only going to make things worse. Strive for balance.


Hygiene is needed. Cleaning physically will encourage good health because you will be less likely to get infection from surfaces and rooms that are unclean. As it will also perpetuate your spiritual health because you will be taking action.


Resourcefulness, Logic, Reason, Adaptability, Flexibility, Plotting & Planning, Strategies, Mind Games, Tactics, Danger, Courage, Taking a Risk, New Approaches, Beating the Enemy at their own Game, Running Away, Making an Escape, Getting Away with It,  Taking Sole Action, Acting Without Conscience, Sneaky, Infidelity, Sneakiness, Theft, Deceit, Lies, Enemy in the Camp,  Spy, The Military.

Bea Kobran

Holistic Therapist, Intuitive Counselor, Psychic Reader in Palm Beach, FL
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Life-coach, Master Tarot Teacher, Certified Theta-Healing® Practitioner, Certified & Licensed Counselor