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Seven of Swords Tarot Card
Meanings and Keywords:


Sneaking off.

Avoiding responsibility.

Stealing (especially ideas).

Breaking the rules.

Being caught out.

Being afraid to face the music.


Coming and going as you please.

Working more efficiently on your own.


A scapegoat.




Symbolism in Seven of Swords tarot card

The five swords in the man’s arms symbolise getting away with something less than honourable. The military camp in the background symbolises the rules and laws he is breaking. There are two swords behind him pointing downwards symbolising the apathy of society towards what he has done. In the background, there is a small group of soldiers, and one of them has his sword raised, symbolising being caught out.

Seven of Swords tarot card and Astrology

Moon (High Priestess) in Aquarius (Star)

Seven of swords tarot card meanings upright

Seven of swords in a general reading

Seven of Swords tarot card denotes someone is moving forward in less than honourable ways. There is often dishonesty connected with this card, and trying to get away with something or trying to get out of something by lying. This is the card for thieves. Seven of Swords combined with the Magician reversed can denote a con man. Seven of Sword can denote someone who hides the truth, has parasitic energy, comes and goes with or without you knowing about it, plays around behind your back and don’t pay their way. Seven of Swords combined with Three of Swords can be a sign that you are being cheated on, especially if you also have Three of cups reversed, or combined with other court cards or The High Priestess. Seven of Swords with Nine of Cups reversed can denote a gambling and drinking problem that is being hidden from you.

Tips when Seven of swords tarot card shows up in a reading: There is a narrow-mindedness in this card and the seeker might be unable to see other options and opportunities. Help the seeker see other ways of dealing with situations that will be more beneficial for them in the long run.

Seven of swords in a love reading

In a love reading, Seven of swords tarot card can indicate trust issues within a relationship. If the Seeker is single, Seven of swords can denote causal relationships with little potential to be anything more. Seven of swords can also mean the couple is very similar in their hobbies and interests, and they prefer each other’s company to others, and they often choose not to socialise much with others.

Seven of swords in a career reading

In career questions, the Seven of swords tarot card can denote that you are applying for work in a new company. You are taking the expertise you learned in one company to benefit another one (most likely the competition). Seven of swords in a career question can also mean careers in secret service, espionage, army, and marketing. Seven of swords can also mean the Seeker prefers to work by themselves rather than in a team.

Learn what Seven of swords tarot card means in the Grand Tableau.

Seven of swords as Feelings

Seven of swords as feelings speaks of the Seeker needing a lot of alone time. They feel like being alone and learn, watch, and observe the world from a safe place. The Seeker could be feeling distrusting. They have been let down a lot in this life time and the feel like being by themselves. They don’t share their thoughts and feelings with anyone at this stage. If you are asking how someone is feeling about you, Seven of swords can mean this person does not feel like trusting anyone. You most likely do not know this person very well.

Personality types in Seven of swords tarot card

Seven of swords tarot card can indicate someone who is very futile and unavailing, mostly because they are always putting their noses in everybody else’s business. They are quite dishonest and usually come and go as they please, living off others, possibly even stealing from people. They are so charming that this behaviour often goes on for quite some time without anyone becoming suspicious. A few people always see through them, though, however, a Seven of swords person always has an explanation when questioned. There is just something that doesn’t quite make sense and it is hard to put your finger on it. This is someone who will hack into your email and read everything. They will read your diary and look through your phone if they get a chance. On a more positive note, Seven of swords can indicate someone with a very observant and active mind, and they are very independent.

seven of swords tarot card meanings


Seven of Swords tarot card meanings reversed

Seven of Swords tarot card reversed indicates clumsiness and forgetfulness, especially when it comes to recollecting which lies have been told and to who. Sneaking around and cheating will not work out, you will lose track of what you are doing. Sometimes Seven of swords tarot card shows up reversed when the seeker is afraid of getting into trouble even if they haven’t done anything wrong. They might be a bit paranoid and are aiming at staying under the radar. Sometimes Seven of swords tarot card shows up reversed when the Seeker is being used as a scapegoat. 

Personality types in reversed Seven of swords tarot card

This card reversed can indicate someone insecure about how to act or how to behave. They are very fearful people and do what they can to please others, but most of the time all they end up doing is annoying everyone. This is someone very animated and attention seeking. If they are not the center of attention they don’t know what to do with themselves. They interrupt people’s conversations and talk about things they have no knowledge about. Most of the time they feel left out and are desperately trying to get your attention. In personal relationships, they often drain their partners empty. They have no hesitation about slandering people if that means being a part of a conversation. Then, of course, they tell the other person what was said, pretending it was everybody else that said it, not them.

Seven Of Swords Tarot Card Combinations

Some important tarot card combinations including Seven of swords:

7 of swords + The High Priestess: Keeping Secrets. 

7 of swords + The Empress: Single parent. 

7 of swords + The Hierophant: Breaking the rules. 

7 of swords + Death: Sensitive information. Intelligence officer. 

7 of swords + The Moon: Spying on someone. 

7 of swords + Judgement: Journalism. 

7 of swords + Three of wands: Faking it until you are making it. 

7 of swords + Five of wands: Lack of team-work. 

7 of swords + Eight of wands: Playing your own game. 

7 of swords + Ten of wands: Lack of communication. 

7 of swords + Knight of wands: Manipulating others. 

7 of swords + Ace of cups: Taking time out to enjoy life. 

7 of swords + Three of cups: Being an outsider. 

7 of swords + Eight of cups: Soul searching. 

7 of swords + Page of cups: Shyness. 

7 of swords + Queen of cups: Hiding your psychic talents. 

7 of swords + King of cups: Applying yourself in an unusual way. 

7 of swords + Two of pentacles: Gambling. 

7 of swords + Four of pentacles: Hiding your money. 

7 of swords + Eight of pentacles: Teaching yourself an art form. 

7 of swords + Page of pentacles: Distracting others with the way you look. 

7 of swords + Queen of pentacles: Borrowing money. 

7 of swords + Two of swords: Avoiding to take a stand. 

7 of swords + Six of swords: Mentally confused. 

7 of swords + Eight of swords: Going back to what you know. 

7 of swords + Page of swords: Whistle-blowing. Spying. 

7 of swords + Queen of swords: Getting revenge on someone. 

Seven of Swords tarot card meanings summary

When the Seven of swords tarot card shows up there might be a fear of both conflict and commitment. The seeker might want to get out of anything that can lead to too much responsibility. There is escapism in this card; but not in the same sense as in Seven of cups (day-dream island). This has more to do with wanting to avoid having to answer to anyone or be held accountable. Help the seeker see how they can be of use without the feeling of being trapped. In a relationship, the seeker might also feel difficulties in expressing themselves freely. When Seven of swords represents the seeker then the seeker prefers being behind the scenes. Being in the public eye is especially difficult when Seven of swords shows up.

Learn the Meanings of the Suit of Swords Tarot Cards Here.

Learn the Meanings of Seven of WandsSeven of Pentacles, and Seven of Cups. 

Learn the meaning of the number 7 in numerology.