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Upright: Challenge, competition, protection, perseverance.
Reversed: Exhaustion, giving up, overwhelmed.
In the Seven of Wands, a man stands on top of a hill, armed with a wand in both hands and fighting off six more wands that appear from below. The man appears to be defending his territory and his successes. Interestingly, the man is wearing two different types of shoes, suggesting that he may have been caught unaware or unprepared for battle, or he may be unclear of his own stance and opinion.
NOTE: The Tarot card meaning description is based on the Rider Waite cards.
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After the success of the Six of Wands, you are now in an enviable position and are being challenged by others who want to take your place. You have worked hard to get to where you are, but there are people who want what you have and are prepared to fight you for it. While it is flattering that they strive for your success, it also makes for a tense and competitive environment because you need to protect what you have earned and you must continually prove yourself.
It is a sad fact of life, but the more visibility you have as a leader in your field and the bigger your audience, the more likely you will have to deal with this kind of pressure. Others see your success and will either challenge you on your point of view, or want to take you down; in Australia, we call it the ‘tall poppy syndrome’. When the Seven of Wands appears in a Tarot reading, expect to see an increase in ‘haters’, trolls and people who disagree with you. You will need to protect your territory and fight for what you stand for. You may also wish to engage a lawyer or a loyal support team who can protect you from any possible threat.
The Seven of Wands may appear when you have a contentious point of view or wish to voice your opinion in a public forum. You need to be prepared to stand by your argument and back yourself. You need to be very strong in your conviction of what you believe and why, so that others do not topple you from your mountain of self-belief.
Sometimes, this threat or opposition may catch you by surprise and you feel inadequately prepared for such a battle. Just like the man in the card has rushed to put his shoes on and ended up with two different types, you are suddenly having to scramble to fight this threat even though you don’t have everything in place. To be better prepared next time, the Seven of Wands encourages you to map out any potential threats or risks before moving ahead with your plans. That way, you can have a ‘worst case scenario’ plan ready to go, in case things go awry.
The Seven of Wands can also indicate a challenge to the success of a creative project from an external source. Someone or something may be getting in the way of you being able to pursue your goals and dreams. While it appears to block your path forward, you can overcome this challenge or obstacle by drawing upon your strong self-confidence, self-belief, and continual self-improvement. Establish clear boundaries and then protect those boundaries so that others do not mess with you. Hold your ground, take a stand, and defend your position at all costs. This will take courage and persistence, but you have the strength and determination to do it. Although you are experiencing a number of setbacks at the moment, keep fighting for what you believe in and confront others who may oppose or threaten you.
The Seven of Wands reversed indicates that external pressure is weighing you down, leaving you doubting yourself and whether everything is worth it. You may feel as if you are always being challenged and under constant opposition. At first, you were able to stand strong, but after a relentless battle, you are starting to feel exhausted and are ready to give up completely. Don't let this get to you! Even if you are weary, you are being encouraged to keep fighting for what you believe in. Stand strong, own your position and don't change who you are just to keep others happy.
The Seven of Wands reversed can also indicate that you feel as though you are constantly being judged or criticised by others. Your family or friends are questioning you on why you are doing certain things, such as staying in a challenging relationship or an unfulfilling job. You would prefer if they could just keep their mouths shut and let you be!
The Seven of Wands reversed serves as a reminder that you are not always going to be able to win everyone over. There will always be challengers and opposition to your point of view, and you cannot keep everyone happy all of the time. Thus, now is the time to draw your line in the sand and say, “This is who I am, and this is what I need right now.” There cannot be any compromise or negotiation at this time; hold your ground with determination and courage.
The reversed Seven of Wands may indicate that you are feeling overwhelmed by the challenges and responsibilities in your life, finding yourself quickly snowed under and unable to look at the bigger picture. You may have taken on too many commitments and are now looking for an opportunity to focus your attention on only one or two things and do those things well. You may also feel as though you are having to compete against or are constantly comparing yourself to others, leaving you feeling somewhat inadequate and vulnerable. Rebuild your self-esteem and confidence, and have faith that you can achieve what you set out to.
Finally, the Seven of Wands reversed may appear when you are trying to avoid conflict wherever possible and, as a result, you are backing down on your point of view too easily. As soon as someone challenges you or opposes you, instead of standing up for yourself, you compromise or give in. It appears that being accepted and liked by others is more important than standing your ground and fighting for what you believe in. Alternatively, you may have tried everything possible and have given it your best shot, but you are now starting to realise it is not worth the struggle. Even though you may not have made any progress yet, it is time to let this one go and move on. It may feel like giving up but, in the long run, it will be for the best.