What does the seven of swords tarot card mean?

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The seven of swords is part of the Minor Arcana deck of tarot cards and is part of the Swords suit.

Keywords: Planning, trickery, cleverness, deceit


The Seven of Swords is an unfortunate card; it’s one of deceit and betrayal. This card indicates that somebody in your life, whether that is you or somebody else, is acting sneakily and trying to get away with something they shouldn’t be doing. If it is you, this card is a warning to be careful; you may think you have gotten away with something, but you can’t be too sure. It’s important to consider how your behaviour may affect those around you, and how those actions may impact you and your relationships with others later. Alternatively, this card is a warning that you may be being deceived by another, and it’s important to keep your eyes open for possible shady behaviour. Be careful who you trust.

Reverse Keywords: Mental challenge, feedback, breaking habits

Reverse Meaning

In reverse, the Seven of Swords suggests that you are struggling to break free of old habits. It’s tempting to quietly sneak away when things aren’t going as you hoped or planned, but this tactic will not lead to happiness. Sometimes it’s simply better to be honest and confront things head on. This card also suggests an affair of some sort; if you are involved in a secret relationship, you or the other person may be growing impatient and have a desire to speak out and admit the truth.

Other Minor Arcana Cards (in the Swords suit)