Inverted Seven of Cups

Inverted Seven of CupsInterpretation

The cups are draining in this image. The ideas held in the upright card are no longer contained. They can be actualized.

The inverted card is far more rational than it’s upright companion. This can work for and against you. It works in your favor when you have to conceive a plan that will achieve a large goal. The Sevens carry the gifts of assessment and mastery. Receiving this card is an opportunity to actualize what has been a dream up to this point. Look at your project, divide it into its natural components. Execute each step until the project is finished. Of course too much rationality can leave a creative project a little stale. If that sounds like your situation, make sure your plans have room for play. It might not feel efficient, but the creative isn’t about efficiency.

For a more mystical interpretation, read my post on the connection between the Inverted Seven of Cups and the Seven Deadly Sins on Thematic Tarot.


The Seven of Cups only interacts with the Moon and Two of Swords.

Major Arcana

Moon: When the Seven of Cups (Hearts in other decks) combines with the Moon, it represents confusion or living in a fantasy world.

Minor Arcana

Two of Swords (Spades): When the Seven of Cups (Hearts in other decks) combines with the Two of Swords (or Spades in other decks), it represents confusion or living in a fantasy world.

The Suit — Cups or Hearts

The cup holds water, the heart holds emotion. Water nourishes, refreshes, revives. Emotions remind us we’re alive, give us reason to commune with others. Water can give life and take it away. Emotions can make us want to feel more and wish we could just stop feeling entirely.
This suit invites us to that place below the surface, to search for the Holy Grail, to get in touch with our creative side.

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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