Seven of Swords Tarot Card Meanings 2017-03-19T06:54:05+00:00

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Seven of Swords Tarot Card
Meanings and Keywords:


Sneaking off.

Avoiding responsibility.

Stealing (especially ideas).

Breaking the rules.

Being caught out.

Being afraid to face the music.


Coming and going as you please.

Working more efficiently on your own.


A scapegoat.




Symbolism in Seven of Swords tarot card

The five swords in the man’s arms symbolise getting away with something less than honourable. The military camp in the background symbolises the rules and laws he is breaking. There are two swords behind him pointing downwards symbolising the apathy of society towards what he has done. In the background, there is a small group of soldiers, and one of them has his sword raised, symbolising being caught out.

Seven of Swords tarot card and Astrology

Moon (High Priestess) in Aquarius (Star)

Seven of swords tarot card meanings upright

Seven of swords in a general reading

Seven of Swords tarot card denotes someone is moving forward in less than honourable ways. There is often dishonesty connected with this card, and trying to get away with something or trying to get out of something by lying. This is the card for thieves. Seven of Swords combined with the Magician reversed can denote a con man. Seven of Sword can denote someone who hides the truth, has parasitic energy, comes and goes with or without you knowing about it, plays around behind your back and don’t pay their way. Seven of Swords combined with Three of Swords can be a sign that you are being cheated on, especially if you also have Three of cups reversed, or combined with other court cards or The High Priestess. Seven of Swords with Nine of Cups reversed can denote a gambling and drinking problem that are being hidden from you.

Tips when Seven of swords tarot card shows up in a reading: There is a narrow-mindedness in this card and the seeker might be unable to see other options and opportunities. Help the seeker see other ways of dealing with situations that will be more beneficial for them in the long run.

Seven of swords in a love reading

In a love reading, Seven of swords tarot card can indicate trust issues within a relationship. If the Seeker is single, Seven of swords can denote causal relationships with little potential to be anything more. Seven of swords can also mean the couple is very similar in their hobbies and interests, and they prefer each other’s company to others, and they often choose not to socialise much with others.

Seven of swords in a career reading

In career questions, the Seven of swords tarot card can denote that you are applying for work in a new company. You are taking the expertise you learned in one company to benefit another one (most likely the competition). Seven of swords in a career question can also mean careers in secret service, espionage, army, and marketing. Seven of swords can also mean the Seeker prefers to work by themselves rather than in a team.

Learn what Seven of swords tarot card means in the Grand Tableau. 

Personality types in Seven of swords tarot card

Seven of swords tarot card indicates someone who is very futile and unavailing, mostly because they are always putting their noses in everybody else’s business. They are quite dishonest and usually come and go as they please, living off others, possibly even stealing from people. They are so charming that this behaviour often goes on for quite some time without anyone becoming suspicious. A few people always see through them, though, however, a Seven of swords person always has an explanation when questioned. There is just something that doesn’t quite make sense and it is hard to put your finger on it. This is someone who will hack into your email and read everything. They will read your diary and look through your phone if they get a chance. Do not trust them.

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Seven of swords tarot card meanings reversed

Seven of Swords tarot card reversed indicates clumsiness and forgetfulness, especially when it comes to recollecting which lies have been told and to who. Sneaking around and cheating will not work out, you will lose track of what you are doing. Sometimes Seven of swords tarot card shows up reversed when the seeker is afraid of getting into trouble even if they haven’t done anything wrong. They might be a bit paranoid and are aiming at staying under the radar. Sometimes Seven of swords tarot card shows up reversed when the Seeker is being used as a scapegoat. 

Personality types in reversed Seven of swords tarot card

Seven of swords tarot card reversed indicates someone so messed up they have no idea how to act or how to behave. They are very fearful people and do what they can to please others, but all they end up doing is being annoying. This is someone very animated and attention seeking. If they are not the centre of attention they don’t know what to do with themselves. They interrupt people’s conversations and talk about things they have no knowledge about. Most of the time they feel left out and are desperately trying to get your attention. In personal relationships, they drain their partners empty. They have no hesitation about slandering people if that means being a part of a conversation. Then, of course, they tell the other person what was said, pretending it was everybody else that said it, not them.

Seven Of Swords Tarot Card Combinations

Some important tarot card combinations including Seven of swords:

Seven of swords + The High Priestess: Keeping secrets. 

Seven of swords + The Empress: Single parent. 

Seven of swords + The Hierophant: Breaking the rules. 

Seven of swords + Death: Sensitive information. Intelligence officer. 

Seven of swords + The Moon: Spying on someone. 

Seven of swords + Judgement: Journalism. 

Seven of swords + Three of wands: Faking it until you are making it. 

Seven of swords + Five of wands: Lack of team-work. 

Seven of swords + Eight of wands: Playing your own game. 

Seven of swords + Ten of wands: Lack of communication. 

Seven of swords + Knight of wands: Manipulating others. 

Seven of swords + Ace of cups: Taking time out to enjoy life. 

Seven of swords + Three of cups: Being an outsider. 

Seven of swords + Eight of cups: Soul searching. 

Seven of swords + Page of cups: Shyness. 

Seven of swords + Queen of cups: Hiding your psychic talents. 

Seven of swords + King of cups: Applying yourself in an unusual way. 

Seven of swords + Two of pentacles: Gambling. 

Seven of swords + Four of pentacles: Hiding your money. 

Seven of swords + Eight of pentacles: Teaching yourself an art form. 

Seven of swords + Page of pentacles: Distracting others with the way you look. 

Seven of swords + Queen of pentacles: Borrowing money. 

Seven of swords + Two of swords: Avoiding to take a stand. 

Seven of swords + Six of swords: Mentally confused. 

Seven of swords + Eight of swords: Going back to what you know. 

Seven of swords + Page of swords: Whistle-blowing. Spying. 

Seven of swords + Queen of swords: Getting revenge on someone. 

Seven of swords tarot card meanings summary

When the Seven of swords tarot card shows up there might be a fear of both conflict and commitment. The seeker might want to get out of anything that can lead to too much responsibility. There is escapism in this card; but not in the same sense as in Seven of cups (day-dream island). This has more to do with wanting to avoid having to answer to anyone or be held accountable. Help the seeker see how they can be of use without the feeling of being trapped. In relationship, the seeker might also feel difficulties in expressing themselves freely. When Seven of swords represents the seeker then the seeker prefers being behind the scenes. Being in the public eye is especially difficult when Seven of swords shows up.


  1. Jade February 6, 2017 at 11:22 pm

    Hi Inger,

    In another spread, I drew the 7 of Swords under the question “How will I feel about the guy I am dating in the future?”

    I drew three more cards to clarify, and I got

    1. King of Cups
    2. Temperance
    3. Death

    What do you think it is saying? What do I need to watch out for?


  2. Inger Bråthen February 8, 2017 at 12:36 am

    I feel like you might put this guy in the friend zone after a while….that is what it looks like. For that not to happen, he will need to know how to communicate well with you, or else I feel like you will lose interest in this guy.

  3. Ginger February 17, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    Hi Inger,

    In my last spread I got the 7 of swords for “his feelings for me”, totally unexpected, then I drew another card and I got the Devil, I wasn’t sure about what to believe, since this is a pretty strange combination-

    Is he trying to evade me for some reason? or is he hiding something from me? I’m very confused

    Thank you in advance!

  4. Inger Bråthen February 18, 2017 at 7:53 am

    Hi, Ginger. I believe this card combination suggests he is under quite a lot of pressure at the moment and is therefore withdrawn emotionally as a coping mechanism.

  5. Ash February 20, 2017 at 8:51 am

    Hi Inger,

    I had a reading and was discussing my ex who is currently in another relationship. I’ve been being told many things about their relationship that are negative (later confirmed by him when he reaches out) and the cards show positively for the two of us in the future.

    Just today, I discussed him and the cards focused on (just two mentioned) were the 7 of swords and 8 of cups together in regards to his current relationship. The reader said they’re negative as usual and I shouldn’t close the door on him just yet even though it’s frustrating for me.

    In a previous reading, 2 of swords, 8 of cups, and 9 of swords came up re: my ex and his current relationship.

    I try and read on these cards as best as I can but I find myself bEcoming curious if they’re actually about me and him and not him and HER. Is that possible?

  6. Inger Bråthen February 21, 2017 at 8:58 am

    Dear Ash. Seven of swords often indicate that someone is not telling you the whole truth, and they like to keep their true thoughts and feelings to themselves. Be direct and ask him who he truly wants to be with.

  7. jenni March 11, 2017 at 8:11 am

    hello lovely Inger, thank you for your site,,, I have a question regarding my friend i work here and there as needed. I asked how he feels about me. He cancelled on me this weekend to work with me and put others 1st. He has been a little cold towards me. I asked how he feels about me. I received 7 swords, queen pentacles and empress. He does have a child with a woman so and i am a taurus so this to me looks like he needed money off me, well more and the mother of his child has said something to him?
    Or does he feel like he thinks I’m shifty or shady thinking i take advantage of him cause of our friendship? (whatever it is lol)
    I don’t usually get bad cards when i ask about his feelings towards me.. and I’m buffled about this one 🙂 xo

  8. Liz March 13, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    Hi Inger, I’ve drawn seven of swords and the lovers and my question is why does my love interest is being cold to me recently while he claimed to me before that if he ever wanted to stop talking to me he’ll let me know, but now he had ignored me for more than a week after he ditched me last time for his emergency I wanna ask why. Thanks a lot!

  9. Rae March 14, 2017 at 7:16 am

    Hi Inger,

    Love the site. I’d like your opinion on something if you don’t mind. Did a reading asking, “what do i need to know about me and X?”. Pulled 4 of swords, 7 of swords, & 9 of pentacles. Ace of swords as the root of the issue.

    This came right after we smoothed out a misunderstanding, but i had been wondering afterward if I should just move on without him. My first thoughts were that these cards are trying to answer me about moving on from him. But I’m confused why the 7 of swords is there. Is it telling me that cutting him out of my life will bring me peace? Or something completely different? What say you?

    Thank you.

  10. Inger Bråthen March 14, 2017 at 7:28 am

    Hi, Liz. Seven of swords with the lovers can mean he is confused when it comes to relationships, and he likes his own time and space right now. I also feel like he is busy with work at the moment.

  11. Inger Bråthen March 14, 2017 at 9:08 am

    Both seven of swords and nine of pentacles are cards that can mean the Seeker wants time by themselves, and they often thrive by themselves. You might feel that you just really want your time and space right now 🙂

  12. Sacredfantasy April 11, 2017 at 10:30 am

    Hi inger,
    I pulled seven of sword and then three of wands when i asked if they were going to get away with the lies they made about me to my higher supervisor. Can you help me clarift?

  13. Inger Bråthen April 12, 2017 at 10:51 am

    Seven of swords with three of wands can mean they love to gossip. You could do a formal complaint against them and straighten the liars out…

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