Upright: Betrayal, deception, getting away with something, stealth
Reversed: Mental challenges, breaking free

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 over-confidence 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’ undetected and 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 cunning or deception to gain an advantage over someone or something else. There is no question that there are times in life when it is necessary to act shrewdly or do something in secret. Perhaps you had to think on your feet and act in a way that was not exactly all ‘above board’. Perhaps you had to go behind other people’s backs in order to manifest your desires. Perhaps you felt like you needed to cheat or take the easy way out. If acting shrewdly is something you must do, it is essential that you do this with a clear conscience and you are fully aware of the potential consequences of your actions. Taking the easy path is not always the best path, and sometimes you just have to exert a decent amount of effort to achieve what you want.
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 head on. 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, letting problems slip and become worse because you do not want to deal with them. Sometimes you just have to face what has to be faced. So, the question is, “Is this realistic?” Will this ‘escape’ really accomplish what you want to and need to accomplish? Will it address the fundamental issues at hand here? The likely answer is no, and it may simply be an easy way out for now.
You might think you have gotten away with something but have you? What impact has your actions had on other people? Could someone else suspect something? Is this going to come back to bite you again? Even if you have managed to go undetected, be aware that in the long run, deception will not produce the rewards you desire and may instead cause significant damage to your relationships and reputation. Consider taking a more ethical and morally balanced approach to life from here on.
On the flipside, the Seven of Swords 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 may trust someone who then turns out to be running their own agenda, leaving you high and dry. You need to be very careful of who you trust over these coming months as you are at risk of being taken advantage of. Look out for any sneaky behaviour and trust your gut instinct about when something does not feel right or is too good to be true.
Sometimes, the Seven of Swords indicates a desire to go it alone. You want to discover, investigate and solve every problem using only your own wits and resources. You may believe that you have a better chance at success if you act on your own accord, ignoring the advice or inputs of others. This approach is useful when you need to bypass an ineffectual group or assert your independence but it can also have its limitations. You may end up feeling isolated and excluded, missing that great feeling of collaboration and synergy gained when you work with others. If you feel inclined to act alone, be sure this isolation will really work for you.

The Seven of Swords is a card of mental challenges and rites of passage. The reversal of this card shows that you are finding it difficult to take the first step in a new direction. At times it may seem impossible that you could create the types of changes you want as you continually come up against setback after setback. Yet, you know in your soul, that when the timing is right, you will be able to follow through on your dreams, releasing an old pain from your heart.
The Seven of Swords reversed suggests that you need to break free from old habits and ways of thinking in order to overcome the blockages that currently stand in your way. You need to accept what is happening to you and act on it, rather than trying to escape. You need to do things differently, releasing yourself from past behaviours or limiting beliefs so that you can move forward in your life. Do not become trapped into thinking that you can only do certain things with which you are familiar. Expand your consideration set to broader horizons.
If you are involved in an affair or extra-marital relationship, the reversed Seven of Swords shows a growing reluctance to keep up the charade of having this type of relationship. You or your partner may be feeling increasingly uncomfortable with this relationship and would much rather come out in the open about what is happening.



Seven of Swords Tarot Card Key Meanings:
Deceit, lies, trickery, cheating, theft, underhanded, scheming, dangerous/risky behaviour, enemy masquerading as friend, spying, lack of conscience, strategy, resourceful, flexible, escaping detection, getting away with it, adaptable, courage, daring, sharp wit, mental manipulation, cunning, overly rational.

General meaning and interpretation
In a general context, the Seven of Sword represents deception, lies, trickery, cheating and lack of conscience. This card also signifies mental manipulation, tactics, scheming, cunning, enemies who masquerade as friends and spies in your camp. It is a Minor Arcana card of dangerous or risky behaviour, daring, courage and staying ahead of the game. The Seven of Swords can also represent flexibility, adaptability, sharp wit, resourcefulness, being strategic or being overly rational. This Tarot card can also signify underhanded behaviour, theft, burglary, fraud, dodgy deals and a general lack of conscience. It represents escaping detection and getting away with something.

In a health context, the Seven of Swords can indicate that you may need further testing to get to the bottom of a health issue. If your symptoms have been ignored or dismissed by your health practitioner but persist anyway, it might be advisable to get second opinion as this card can indicate that the cause of your symptoms may be escaping detection. The Seven of Swords also warn against engaging in behaviour or activities that may put your health in danger.

Love & Relationships
In a love Tarot spread, if you are in a relationship the Seven of Swords is not a great omen as it can indicate deception, betrayal, lies and cheating. This may be a sign of infidelity in the relationship. However, don’t jump to conclusions when it appears as it can indicate many types of deception not just cheating. Perhaps one of you is not being honest about your feelings or may be trying to manipulate the other rather than being honest and upfront about what you want. This Minor Arcana card also represents enemies masquerading as friends so it can also signify a third party trying to stir trouble in your relationship! If you are single, the Seven of Swords indicates that you may meet someone who is deceitful and manipulative so be careful. At the same time, it tells you that if you want a genuine, loving relationship you need to resist the urge to play games with your potential partners and steer clear of people who play games with you. You may be relying on your sharp wit and cunning to stay ahead of the game when it comes to dating or you may be over-rationalising your attitude to romance. Game playing may keep your partner interested at the beginning but at some stage, when you’ve built up some trust in them, you really just have to drop the act, be yourself and allow yourself to be vulnerable with another person!

Money & Career
In a career Tarot reading, the Seven of Swords can indicate that there is some deceit or trickery around you in a work setting. Colleagues may be trying to undermine you, spreading lies behind your back or stealing your projects or your business associates may be involved in dodgy deals. Whatever the situation, this deceit appears to be escaping your detection. This Minor Arcana card can however, be telling you that you may need to use certain strengths such as adaptability, resourcefulness, flexibility, your sharp wit and daring to put yourself ahead of the game. You may be putting strategies or schemes in place to advance your career or business. In a financial Tarot spread, the Seven of Swords may be warning you of deception around your finances so be on your guard against theft, burglary or fraud. It may also be telling you to avoid making risky gambles with money or investments or dodgy deals at this time. While you might get away with it, the hidden cost to your conscience and karma mean it will not be worth it.

In a spiritual context, the Seven of Swords warns you of deception. This deception may appear in the form of associates, teachers or religious leaders who may be underhanded or deceitful in their dealings with you, do not allow yourself to be manipulated. You have intuition and a conscience for a reason! Follow them over any outside influences.
Reversed Meaning Guide
Seven of Swords Reversed Tarot Card Key Meanings:
Confessing, coming clean, turning over new leaf, conscience kicking in, ignoring warnings, pathological liar, serial cheat, slander, dangerously two-faced, malicious, con artist, blackmail, unworkable strategy, being outsmarted, getting caught, running away from consequences, coward, no backbone, stealing credit, military.

General meaning and interpretation
In a general context, the Seven of Swords reversed signifies coming clean and one’s conscience kicking in so if you have done something you are not proud of you may find yourself confessing and turning over a new leaf. It can represent careers in the military or security. Alternatively, this Minor Arcana card reversed represents pathological liars, serial cheaters, people who are malicious or so two faced they are toxic or dangerous to be around. It also represents slander, blackmail and con artists. The Seven of Swords reversed can also signify ignoring warning signs, being outsmarted or finding that your strategies or plans are unworkable. This Tarot card can also be an indicator that you are lacking a backbone, behaving in cowardly manner, stealing credit for other people’s achievements or running away from consequences. It may also represent ignoring warning signs or getting caught.

In a health context, the Seven of Swords reversed indicates that you may be ignoring warning signs in relation to your health. This self-deception will not do you any favours and could make an illness worse so be mindful of the messages your body is giving you and take appropriate action.

Love & Relationships
In a love Tarot spread, if you are in a relationship the Seven of Swords reversed is not a great omen as although the card has reversed it usually still indicates that there has been deception or cheating in the relationship. This deception will be exposed and truth will come out but this card can indicate a number of scenarios in the circumstances that bring this about. The cheater or deceiver may trip themselves up or accidentally expose their lies but their partner may ignore the warning signs or choose to turn a blind eye to their behaviour. The cheater/deceiver may discover their conscience, come clean, confess and turn over a new leaf and their partner may choose to forgive them and move on. The cheater may be get caught out and run away with the person they have been cheating with. However, again, you must not jump to conclusions when this Minor Arcana card appears reversed as it can also be an indication that a third party who has been spreading lies or stirring trouble in your relationship will be exposed for the liar they are. If you are single, the Seven of Swords reversed indicates that you may meet someone who is a pathological liar or a serial cheater so beware! It can also be an indication that you are ready to give up the game playing of your previous relationship and are ready to turn over a new leaf and be more genuine with potential partners.

Money & Career
In a career Tarot reading, the Seven of Swords reversed indicates that if you have been deceitful or underhanded in your work your conscience may kick in and you may decide to confess or you may be exposed. This Minor Arcana card reversed may be indication of others in your work environment being extremely two faced or deceitful and being exposed as such. The culprits may also try to run away from the consequences of their actions. This card may also be telling you that your current plans and strategies are unworkable so you might need to go back to the drawing board and be a bit more creative. In a financial Tarot spread, the Seven of Swords reversed still carries a warning of deception around your finances and it can be a stronger indicator that you may become the victim theft, burglary or fraud. However, it may also be telling you to that if you have been deceptive or fraudulent in your financial dealing you will be exposed or you may decide to come clean.

In a spiritual context, the Seven of Swords reversed tells you that someone may be trying to offer you spiritual guidance at this time but just be sure you only take what works for you and throw the rest away. While the wisdom they depart may be useful to you, there may still be an ulterior motive in play that you are unaware of. It can also be an indication that your conscience is coming to the fore again where you may have previously ignored it. This is a welcome development, keep it up!