Seven of Swords
My self-study of Tarot continues with the Seven of Swords. Or, as I just heard, “Getting away with something.”
Stealing; taking what doesn’t belong to you in full daylight; brash and bold “bad” behavior; compromising one’s integrity; breach of trust; “freeloader”.
Swords; circus or carnival or festival tents; golden fields; silhouettes; mountains or hills.
It’s the “gaiety” of the grouping of tents that seems to punctuate the “truancy” of the figure stealing away with five precious swords. They emphasize the “darkness” of the act through their colorful brightness and whimsical innocence. Somehow, their presence makes the act even worse; even more disheartening.
Yellow, gold, red, orange, blue, black, white, gray, green, russet, brown.
It’s the yellow and gold, which there’s so much of, that stands out in irony of the act at hand. Those colors are the colors of the sun and the solar plexus. They exude power and light; warmth and radiance. The act being perpetrated is the exact opposite of those uplifting adjectives, striking me once again as offering a juxtaposition that’s almost a slap in the face.
What the Guide Says About the Seven of Swords
“A man in the act of carrying away five swords rapidly, the two others of the card remain stuck in the ground. A camp close at hand.
“Divinatory Meanings: Design, attempt, wish, hope, confidence – also quarreling. A plan that may fail, annoyance. Reversed: Good advice, counsel, instruction, slander, babbling.”
Really? I feel this is a card whose “little white booklet” description completely misses the mark. I might transfer “a plan that may fail” to the reversed section.
What We Say About the Seven of Swords
Crafting a way of taking others belongings after establishment of trust.
Taking more than giving as a way of asserting framework of pride or superiority.
Offending one’s own karma through greed.
The concept of karma feels really strong in this card. The figure is smiling in a way that suggests they perceive themselves as getting away with an act of “treason” without any responsibility or repercussions. They seem to forget that karmic energy doesn’t require an audience. “No one is alone.”
I Might Ask a Client…
“Who has broken their trust with you recently?”
“Where in your life would it be helpful to exercise accountability for your karma?”
What comes up for you around this card?