This is a card of reflection and sometimes manipulation. Swords represent the intellect, and inversions often pull the focus of a card inward. The upright card deals with issues of theft. These issues are still there in the inversion, but they manifest as remorse and restitution. Sometimes the card represents the fear of being taken advantage of.
When you receive this card, you have the chance to reverse some damage done through appropriating something that wasn’t yours. You might “return to the scene of the crime,” or make restitution for a past action. This card suggests a small-scale redemption.
If this sounds like your situation, strive to be as transparent as possible. Fear can get in your way. Don’t literally or metaphorically return the items under cover of darkness. Take responsibility for your actions, make things right, and ask for forgiveness. The simple act, of boldly making good, will be good for your soul. As a caution, remember there is another person on the other side of this situation. Swords can heal or be used as weapons. Inflicting lasting hurt to soothe your conscience will only cause more harm to everyone involved.
The Seven of Swords adds deception.
Magician (Cobbler): When the Seven of Swords is combined with the Magician (Cobbler in some decks), someone is trying to trick or deceive.
Hierophant: When the Seven of Swords is in combination with the Hierophant, it suggests some misuse of power, deception, or manipulation in the spiritual realm.
Lovers: If any cards from the suit of Swords come after the Lovers, it indicates the end of a relationship.
The Hanged Man: When the Seven of Swords is combined with the Hanged Man, it represents a traitor.
The Suit — Swords
The sword cuts and dissects. Swords represents the element of air. They are intellect. They are double-sided, which allows them to both damage and heal. The images in the suit might be alarming to some, but they are not simply aggressive. Yes, we can use blades to inflict pain, but we also use them to carve, shave, and trim.
Number — 7
Seven is a number of mastery, reflection, and assessment.
There is nothing to fear with an inversion. Mary K. Greer explains in her book, The Complete Book of Tarot Reversals, that an inverted card may be interpreted in one or more of these twelve ways:
- Blocked or Resisted
- Delayed, Difficult, Unavailable
- Inner, Unconscious, Private
- New or Dark Moon (if you are reading cards from a round deck)
- Breaking Through, Overturning, Refusing, Changing Direction
- The Opposite of the Upright Meaning, or Lacking
- Misused or Misdirected
- The Upright Meaning Backward
- A Rectification or Cure
- Magical, Unconventional, or Humorous