Inverted Seven of Rods


Inverted Seven of RodsThe man in this image is suspended, holding a staff in front of his heart. This is the card of barriers, and you might have set these to protect yourself.

The question is, why do you need to barricade yourself? Do you need some space to make a decision? Have you made an unpopular choice? Are you trying to avoid making a decision at all? This might be a time for you to go deeply into yourself, into the heart of the matter, and define your motives. Do you need to keep up your defenses or do you need a new community? If there is no defense needed, drop the barrier and rejoin the people who care about you.


The Seven of Rods only interacts with the Moon.

Major Arcana

Moon: When the Seven of Rods (Wands, Staves, or Clubs in other decks) combines with the Moon, it grounds the Moon’s influence.

The Suit — Rods, Wands, Staves, or Clubs

The Rod is a tool with a spark of life in it. This suit is associated with the element of fire, due largely to an ancient belief that fire is held captive in wood. Certainly, sensitive souls can feel the energy of wood, but we don’t expect it to combust on its own. When we refer to this suit as Wands, we acknowledge its power. Rods are creative and fiery. They can also feel like a burden in excess.

Number — 7

Seven is a number of mastery, reflection, and assessment.

The Inversion

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:

  1. Blocked or Resisted
  2. Projected
  3. Delayed, Difficult, Unavailable
  4. Inner, Unconscious, Private
  5. New or Dark Moon (if you are reading cards from a round deck)
  6. Breaking Through, Overturning, Refusing, Changing Direction
  7. The Opposite of the Upright Meaning, or Lacking
  8. Excessively
  9. Misused or Misdirected
  10. The Upright Meaning Backward
  11. A Rectification or Cure
  12. Magical, Unconventional, or Humorous

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