Seven of Wands – Tarot card meaning

Seven of Wands - Rider Waite Minor Arcana

The Seven of Wands can be a positive card; despite the illustration depicting a man defending himself from attack.

The Seven of Wands represents Strength, willpower through tough times and conviction to your beliefs.

Card meanings


In the past position, the Seven of Wands can represent a time when you stood up for what you believed in. This can represent a small, personal matter of morality or virtue, or a larger more encompassing issue; such as politics, religious beliefs, or social justice.

Believing in something can give us purpose. If you have felt like you have lost direction in life, it may be a good idea to channel the Seven of Wands. Have you lost your passion? What did you believe in strongly as a child, or in your younger years? Look to the past for inspiration; especially if you are feeling like life is going nowhere in particular.


You may be defending your viewpoint or opinion against many others when you see the Seven of Wands in the present position; even if you feel you are against the majority you should still proceed.

Conflict is ever present in life. The Seven of Wands shows an overwhelming opposition, however look at the illustration again. The central character has the high ground, in the greater scheme of things, he has the superior outlook, and the furthest vision. Don’t be dissuaded in your cause, even if others look to stop you.


Be prepared for upcoming conflict when you see the Seven of Wands in the future position. We can’t avoid conflict in our lives, it’s as simple as that. The Seven of Wands in the future position acts as a warning. If you are leaning towards a stance in life, then you should expect opposition.

There is rarely an objectively ‘good’ and ‘bad’ side in the world today; merely different viewpoints. To have a more informed opinion, you should be self critical; and accept no stance as incorruptible.

Work, careers and education

When you see the Seven of Wands show up in your tarot reading relating to work, career or education, you should treat it as a warning for things to come. If working in a group, you may be asked to justify yourself in your activities. If you have a new way of working, then you will have to put a lot of effort in to convince other people it is better.

If you’re looking to move up in your career, then expect opposition. Leaving a job for a better one is usually a much more lucrative path to take, than staying with the same company.

Love and Relationships

Arguments happen in any relationship, and the Seven of Wands suggests that a rift has been caused due to your deeply held beliefs. Perhaps they conflict with that of your partner. Try to talk about things calmly, rather than trying to convince the other they are wrong.

If you are single, the Seven of Wands suggests looking within. Do you have any personal issues which may put others off? Relationships should not be a fight or struggle.


The Seven of Wands is a good sign when it comes to money, especially if you know what you are doing and know how to save. If you don’t know how to save money, then this should be your first thing to learn.

Society nowadays is not focused on making the individual save; it’s seen as boring, as a negative thing to do. Spending money is seen as a positive thing to do. Is this how you feel?

When it comes to money, you should understand your goals, and then work towards steps to achieve them. Work towards what you want to achieve in life; don’t listen to what others what you to do.

Health and well-being

You may have to work hard to attain a level of health you’re happy with. The Seven of Wands, when drawn relating to health and well being suggests that others are keeping you from being healthier; likely due to jealously; if you work hard, then they have to too.

You need to go your own way. Look at the rest of the card meaning. You need to forge your own path, and not take on the burden that others impose on you.

Other associations

Element: Fire

As a Yes or No question: Yes


Courage, determination, opposition, polarity, moral high ground

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