Inverted Seven of Pentacles


Inverted Seven of PentaclesThis card suggests very little or no return on your investment. This can feel overwhelming, like the weeds are taking over the garden.

If you get this card, you may feel exhausted and overwhelmed by the amount of work left to do. You might not be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel. You could even find the reward you have worked for has diminished or disappeared entirely. Many people suffer in jobs where the reward for good work is more responsibility, without monetary compensation. This is a road to burn out, which can make you appear lazy to those who didn’t see what led you there. This environment can also lead to paranoia and back stabbing.

There is a good chance this situation will not improve. It is not your job to try to improve it. You would be wise to take a break from the action, to gain some perspective. If this resonates with your employment situation, start looking for an escape. These types of toxic work environments can create health problems. They can also lead to downward spirals in employment, as low morale decreases opportunities for better employment. It might be wise for you to work with a transitional career counselor, to help you assess your worth and devise your exit strategy.


The Seven of Pentacles only interacts with the Emperor.

Major Arcana

Emperor: Any cards from the suit of Pentacles can indicate an offer of a position of authority. This position is likely to involve finance and carry heavy responsibilities.

The Suit — Pentacles, Coins, or Diamonds

The pentacle is a symbol of earth magic. The coin is wealth and wages. The diamond is a symbol of wealth, pulled from the ground and refined by human hands into something enduring and elegant. This suit represents all things related to the earth. It represents the work of our hands. It represents those conspicuous signs of wealth that show us and our neighbors how successful we are, but this is merely material wealth. We can pass this on to the next generation, but it is worthless if we choose to bury it with ourselves.

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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