Tarot: 7 of Swords {How To Conquer Obstacles}

Tarot 7 of Swords, intuitivefish.com

Understanding The Work Ahead, Conquering Obstacles, Dissolving Conflict

I think A.E. Thierens got it right when he described the 7 of Swords as:

“Understanding of practical and material obstacles, and of the work to be done.”

An obstacle can be anything from illness, poverty, or a relationship conflict, to material illusions and false self-identities.

While some of us fail and some of us succeed in achieving our life mission, the 7 of Swords has a happy ending for those who encounter this card: As long as we take responsibility, it promises success in overcoming obstacles, and victory in overcoming conflict.

7 of Swords by Starchild Tarot, Fountain Tarot, Thoth Tarot and Shadowscapes, intuitivefish.com
7 of Swords by Starchild Tarot, Fountain Tarot, Thoth Tarot and Shadowscapes, intuitivefish.com

When The 7 of Swords Shows Up In A Reading

Health: You might be dealing with health issues at this time, but the 7 of Swords says you’ll conquer them if you take care to understand your health issues, map out your path to health, and most importantly, enjoy the process.

Occupation: The 7 of Swords favors creative and practical technical professions such as engineering, web design or development, or building of some sort, as well as science of the arts and crafts. You thrive on meeting challenges and conquering them with your higher intelligence and capabilities. So ensure your occupation meets that requirement for you. If it feels like there’s an invisible wall holding you back from your career dreams, it’s time to move around that wall. {See advice below.}

Relationships: Use care and diplomacy to navigate through a relationship conflict. Spend time meditating so you can relax and let go of muddled thoughts. This allows the clear insights and capable intelligence of your True Self to guide you.

Hidden Meaning: We disarm the arguments of our harassers and remove obstacles not with force, but by understanding their strategies. Our simple awareness of manipulation disempowers it.

Reversed: Reversed, the 7 of Swords indicates a consultation, good counsel, sage advice, a helpful warning, admonishment or reprimand. There could be a lesson or instruction which involves or requires observation and reflection. But the lesson or advice will likely be neglected. It could also refer to an announcement, a public notice or news – especially slander or aimless chatting which doesn’t accomplish much materially. There may be partial success, but there’s a lack of physical ability. The 7 of Swords reversed can also refer to tricks of abuse or a thief. Be careful not to give more than you should.

Advice: It’s time to conquer those obstacles – conflict, self-sabotage or illusions holding you back from your dream. How can you conquer your obstacles? According to the 7 of Swords, you need to:

  1. Understand what the obstacles are
  2. Understand the work that needs to be done to resolve issues
  3. Design a creative but practical strategy to get around obstacles
  4. Use diplomacy and tact to negotiate with others

Basically, it’s about putting in the time and care necessary to solve problems. Challenges can either bury you, or they can bring out your most creative intellect and capabilities. Accept the challenge then move through it like a pro. An upright 7 of Swords is a good omen for victory. But it will require the will to refine your modus operandi, and align your expectations with your desires.

“We usually get what we anticipate.” ~ Claude Bristol

Astrological Association: Libra

Element: Earth on the 7th House

Timing: September 23rd to October 22nd, or 7 weeks

Reversals: Generally, an obstacle must be overcome before a favorable event can occur

Yes or No: Yes, but it will require great care

 

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