Tarot is composed of many layers of symbols, each with its own message. Have you seen cards of the same number within a single reading? Does the same number keep appearing over and over again in nearly every spread? Maybe the Universe is trying to tell you something. It’s time to integrate that number’s meaning into your interpretations. When you do this, it deepens your understanding. Sometimes I read all the cards of one value when I start a reading. It sets a tone and gives me perspective. See how one change can shape your interpretation. We have passed the halfway point. It’s time for the sevens.
The upright sevens are about challenge, tests, and temptation. They offer opportunities for power and mastery.
Meditate on what you find challenging. Pay attention to where you feel powerful. How exercising that power affects the people around you?
Inversions can be tricky, because they can be interpreted so many ways. Sometimes inversions slow things down, or turn things around completely. They can represent an internal journey, or a brush with the mystical. The inverted sevens are filled with arrogance, deceit, perplexity, and paranoia. They often suggest embarrassment or cowardice. But, they may also represent focus, design, intent, constancy, implementation, and the ability to resist temptation. They suggest an imbalance in an element, and offer you the opportunity to transform that element (Rods are fire, Cups are water, Swords are air, and Pentacles are earth).
Meditate on the dual nature of your strengths. How often does your confidence become arrogance? When do you choose to resist temptation, and when are you too afraid not to give in? Look closely at the elements that are inverted and try to integrate more of the other elements into the situation. If swords are inverted, stop thinking and start doing. If cups are inverted, write down what you’re feeling and safely burn them. If rods are inverted, take a long bath or shower. If pentacles are inverted, try doing something spontaneous.