Seven of Swords


Key words

Upright: deception, trickery, impulsivity

Reversed: coming clean, reparations


A person sneaks away from a military camp with five swords in their arms and a smirk on their face. They look over their shoulder at two swords they have left behind. They are wearing a brown tunic over blue leggings with a red hat and boots. The sky is bright yellow, and a group of soldiers can be seen in the distance. 


7: Wisdom, introspection, understanding, stagnation


You are fleeing from something— a boring task, consequences for an unethical action, or perhaps societal conventions— and feeling good about it. While it’s likely no malice is intended, this could catch up with you in the long run. It’s natural to want to push boundaries and to be impulsive every so often, but make sure you’re able to withstand the consequences if things don’t work out in your favor. 


The Seven of Swords upright is about tricking others; in reverse it can refer to tricking yourself. Perhaps you’ve convinced yourself that you have everything under control when you really need help, or impostor syndrome has tricked you into thinking you don’t deserve to be where you are. Otherwise, the Seven of Swords in reverse can refer to owning up to unethical actions. The consequences might not be fun, but you’ll feel better in the long run.