Seven of Cups: Taking On Tarot

Seven of Cups: Taking On Tarot

Seven of Cups

Seven of Cups ~ Taking On Tarot Self-Study of the Universal Waite Tarot deck, created by Stuart P. Kaplan, drawings by Pamela Colman Smith, recolored by Mary Hanson-Roberts, published by U.S. Games Systems, Inc.My self-study of Tarot continues with the Seven of Cups. Or, as I just heard, "manifestation."Seven of Cups ~ Universal Waite Tarot, created by Stuart P. Kaplan, drawings by Pamela Colman Smith, recolored by Mary Hanson-Roberts, published by U.S. Games Systems, Inc.

First Impressions

Manifestation as in a vision or bringing something into being; choices; abundance; seven deadly sins; seven signs; soul and ego; temptations; spiritual lessons (as I typed that, I heard "spiritual amnesia"); "Past the Point of No Return."


Cups, castle, riches, wreath (as a reward or award), dragon, head (of an angel?), Holy Ghost (?), golden snake, clouds, sky or space, figure in silhouette or shadow.While it may seem an obvious choice, it's the cup with what may be the Holy Ghost inside it that draws me in. Maybe that's because I don't feel it really is the Holy Ghost. More, it's our spiritual selves - our soul - depicted here. The cloth over the head and other discerning features renders it age and gender neutral.


Blue, white, gold, green, red, orange, black, gray, pink.It's the deep blue of the sky that draws me in. It feels more like a sky we'd see in outer space; intense and uncluttered behind the vision-laden cloud. It's a beautiful backdrop or foil for what must be seen.

What the Guide Says About the Seven of Cups

"Strange chalices of vision."Divinatory Meanings: Fairy favors, images of reflection, imagination, sentiment, things seen in the glass of contemplation, some attainment in those degrees but nothing permanent or substantial is suggested."Reversed: Desire, will, determination, project."Well, I can agree with a good bit of this description. I like the mention of the "glass of contemplation," aka some form of scrying. I also like this: "nothing permanent or substantial is suggested." This card definitely doesn't lend itself to in-hand tangibles. And the reversed section gets into the ego of things, which is important.

What We Say About the Seven of Cups

Hope can be fulfilled.How a person chooses soul over ego may determine abundance within a human life.Creation of a framework for manifesting what is both wanted and needed.Evaluation of abundance as it reasons with soul or ego.Termination of a human life leads to understanding of all.Envisioning all that is possible from human and soul.Seven symbols of a life with soul.

Other Impressions

"Life is but a dream."Enrichment in the spiritual sense creates lessons around true abundance and a way of the soul."Out of the blue."Something about this card reminds me of "The Shack."*"Do you see what I see?"

 I Might Ask a Client...

"When you envision your life fully manifested, what do you see?""Do you ever find yourself struggling with the difference between human abundance and spiritual abundance?"What comes up for you around this card?

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