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Seven of Cups Tarot Card Meanings

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Upright: Opportunities, choices, wishful thinking, illusion

Reversed: Alignment, personal values, overwhelmed by choices

Seven of Cups Tarot Card Meanings and Description

In the Seven of Cups, a man stands before seven cups filled with various gifts, floating on clouds. Some of the cups bear desirable gifts such as jewels and a wreath of victory. But others bear gifts that are not really gifts at all; instead, they are curses, such as the snake or dragon. The clouds and the cups symbolise the man’s wishes and dreams, and the different gifts inside suggest that you need to be careful what you wish for as not everything is as it seems. Choices need to be made, but in doing so, you must go beyond illusion and allure, and instead focus on what’s right for you.

NOTE: The Tarot card meaning description is based on the Rider Waite cards.

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Upright Seven of Cups Tarot Card Meanings

The Seven of Cups is a card of new opportunities, choices, and at times, illusion. When the Seven of Cups appears in a Tarot reading, you are being presented with many different options and opportunities from which you can choose. But be careful—you are prone to illusion and unrealistic ideals. An opportunity may initially sound appealing with promises of more money, more fame, or more power, but as you look deeper into what is really on offer, you may realise it’s not everything it’s cracked up to be. Your ego may be pulling you in a certain direction, but it’s important you check in with your Higher Self first to make sure it is in true alignment with the greatest good. Evaluate your options and dig below the surface to discover what's really involved with each choice.

Often, the Seven of Cups can be a sign of wishful thinking and projecting into the future about what you would like to create, rather than taking action here in the present to make it happen. For example, you may be wishing for a fitter, more healthy body and reading all the Womens’ Health magazines, but failing to actually get out there and start exercising and eating better. Or you might wish for a successful business fuelled by passive income, but you’re not ready and willing to put in the hard work now to enjoy the fruits of your labour later. If you find yourself spending most of your time wishing but not actually doing the work, then it’s time to choose just one thing to focus on and make it happen.

You may also find that your ideas and plans are not grounded in reality. Your ideas might sound fabulous in your imagination, but when it comes to implementing them, you may be leaving yourself open to disappointment when you realise that your vision simply does not work in the real world.

The Seven of Cups may be a sign of ‘shiny object syndrome’, where you keep finding the ‘next big thing’ but you fail to take action and see any of those new opportunities through to the end. When you are constantly in an idea phase, you miss the chance to bring your ideas into fruition and make them a reality. Again, this is a time to focus on the one thing that will move you closer to your goal, and resist the temptation to get side-tracked with other ideas as they arise. If need be, note down your ideas as they come up, but stay focused on the one thing you’re taking action on.

This card is inviting you to move out of the ideas and options phase and make a choice. Each option will have its pros and cons – it’s up to you to check in with yourself and make sure that the option you do choose is in alignment with your purpose and your Highest Good. A choice needs to be made now, too, even if you feel somewhat paralysed by all of the options available to you.

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Reversed Seven of Cups Tarot Card Meanings

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The reversed Seven of Cups often appears when you are faced with a number of different options, but before making your final choice, you are getting clear about your personal values and what’s really important to you. Instead of choosing the option that may appeal to others, you are relying on your inner wisdom and guidance system to show you the option that is the best fit for you. You may also be coming up with your own criteria to help you make decisions that are in alignment with your inner being.

If you find yourself with multiple opportunities or ideas, ground yourself first and reflect on what you really want for the long-term. All these shiny new objects in front of you have a certain 'magic' power over you right now and you're at risk of losing focus if you chase after pipedreams or opportunities that almost seem too good to be true. Take a step back and assess the options against your priorities to work out which ones will be truly of benefit to you.

As a card of choices and options, the reversed Seven of Cups can indicate the you are overwhelmed by choice and are unable to move forward. Reduce your options and focus on what is truly important to you. You don’t need to keep searching for that big idea – you already have what you need and you simply need to make a choice and move forward with it.

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