Seven of Pentacles


Key words

Upright: hard work, investment, sustainability, patience

Reversed: wasted effort, distraction, low return


A person wearing an orange tunic over blue undergarments gazes down at a garden in full bloom. Six pentacles hang off of a crop, ripe for the picking. One pentacle has fallen to the ground between the person’s feet. The person is leaning on their hoe, gazing at the fruits of their labor. They appear fatigued, and the skies above them are gray. 


7: Wisdom, introspection, understanding, stagnation


You’ve worked hard, but are hesitant to reap the rewards. Perhaps you feel too exhausted to truly enjoy the fruits of your labor. Now is a good time to take a break, evaluate what you’ve done so far, and assess what remains to be done. While long-term planning is important, you might consider going after some “quick wins” to keep you motivated. 


You may be wondering whether your hard work will pay off, or perhaps you’ve seen the fruits of your labor and are wondering if it was worth it. Avoid the sunk cost fallacy: don’t stick with something just because you’ve already put in effort. If, upon reevaluation, you decide to keep going, make time for relaxation and play to avoid burnout.