Seven of Swords – Tarot card meaning

Seven of Swords - Rider Waite Minor Arcana - Swords

The Seven of Swords shows a rather cheeky looking card; the central character stealing some swords.

The Seven of Swords generally represents theft, but also the themes that come along with it; deception, stealth and evasion.

In short, you may experience some material loss in the near future, or loss of some sort. Being vigilant is the best defence against deception.

Card meanings


The Seven of Swords in the Past position can represent a deception that you haven’t been able to emotionally deal with yet. You may have been betrayed by a friend, partner or family member . It’s possible that you still haven’t forgiven this person yet.

You may have completely lost trust in a number of people in your life, and this may have all stemmed from one traumatic incident.

The road to recovery is long and hard. At the very least you can realise that the worst is behind you now. You will grow to trust other people again, in time.


Be vigilant around new people when you see the Seven of Swords in the present position. Somebody may be out to deceive you for their own gain, you may have an idea of who this may be.

The Seven of Swords could also represent you here. You might not even think it, but are you exploiting somebody for your own gain? If so, you know it’s wrong, and it will come back to haunt you if you continue.

The general theme of your reading should give you a deeper clue here, but watch out for deception in any aspect of your life when you see the Seven of Swords.


The Seven of Swords in the future position can suggest that somebody is working against you, behind your back. It will continue into the future if you do nothing about it. Do you have something that somebody else has wanted in the past? Protect it from them.

The Seven of Swords can represent an upcoming loss, especially if you are careless. What do you treasure most in life? What do you want to protect? You need to make sure that your precious things are safe.

Work, careers and education

You might not be getting your just rewards when you see the Seven of Swords in regards to your work or education. Is somebody else stealing the limelight, or copying you and getting all the credit?

Also, look out for others trying to sabotage you. Some people try to get ahead by putting others down. You should out people out on their behaviour as son as you see it.

Gossip is going to happen wherever you are. Try to steer clear of it and focus on yourself and what is important.

Love and Relationships

The Seven of Swords is a mixed sign when it comes to relationships. If you are in a committed relationship, you should think about how truthful you both are to each other. Would there be any potential secrets which could harm if they come out? Keeping secrets from a partner is rarely ever a good idea.


Watch your money closely when you see the Seven of Swords. Somebody may be trying to trick or scam you when you see it. The bet thing you can do right now is to check your money often; be especially sure you aren’t overpaying, and that you’re getting the best deals for the things you need.

Somebody asking you for money likely doesn’t need ti for their intended purpose.

Health and well-being

You might be feeling worse than usual because of somebody else, or some unknown cause. You may even have something like an allergy or reaction to something in life. Try not to kid yourself if things feel off in the present; get checked over by a doctor.

Don’t be misled by people trying to scam you out of your money. Sometimes people in need will turn to those who promise salvation at a cost. Just because you’re getting good news doesn’t mean that it’s true.

Other associations

Element: Air

As a Yes or No question: No


Stealth, deception, theft, loss

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