The Card of the Day: The Seven of Wands (Reversed)
“It’s not you against the world.”
The Seven of Wands signifies standing up for your integrity. When you let your personal honor code inform your decisions, you will find yourself on the high road. Taking this road isn’t always the easiest path, but it is the one that will make you shine. The Seven of Wands encourages you to think as an individual and avoid devolving into “group think.” This could mean not engaging in gossip to appease a wounded ego. It could also mean not going along with something that violates you sense of right and wrong, just to gain the acceptance of others.
Do you stand up for what is right, good, and the just, within you? Are you able to take the high road and not engage in slander and gossip? Can you rise above the lower human impulses for bickering, pettiness and the ego’s need to be “always right?”
The man on the card is defending his position on the high road. He is on the hilltop, above all the rest. You can’t see the other individuals attacking him on the card. You don’t need to. They are all the same. They are more interested in banding together to “fit in’” and targeting those that stand out. The man at the top of the hill is in the best position. He is “King of the Mountain,” and no one will dislodge him. If you look closely, the man is wearing two different kinds of shoes. This shows that he is a nonconformist. Wearing two different shoes has made him a target by those who choose uniformity. This mob doesn’t know who this guy thinks he is! How dare he stand apart from them, thumbing his nose at their conformity. The group below feels good sharing a brain, but the man on the hilltop is true to his own integrity. This distinguishes him as an individual with personal strength and honor.
We might like to think that only teenagers self-consciously care about what others think. But in every human is an instinct and desire to be accepted and belong. Unfortunately, many adults engage in way too much negativity to gain the acceptance of their “tribe.” This manifests as gossip, group think, throwing others under the bus, racist/homophobic jokes, and rejection of people who appear “different.” We all like to believe we are good people, but chronically engaging in these sorts of behaviors can rob “good people” of their integrity and individualism.
Every now and then you hear someone who shines with integrity say, “I’m not going to engage in this conversation.” Or “I actually really like her, she quite nice if you get to know her.” It isn’t because people with integrity believe they are better. It is because they embrace compassion and know the sting of unfair rejection first hand. We admire these people because they have courage and take a stand and not engage in what is beneath their dignity.
When the Seven of Wands appears reversed, it advises you to let go of the false belief that it’s you against the world. This card also asks if you are injecting an attitude of struggle and exasperation into your tasks. The Seven of Wands Reversed can indicate that there are many demands being made upon you mentally, physically and emotionally. There is a tension inherent in this card and it often indicates that is the anticipation of struggle that is causing extraneous tension that makes the object of your concern even more worrisome than it actually is.
Sometimes the basic meaning of this card is to stop trying or pushing so hard to “make” life do what you expect it should. Call your attention to your neck and shoulders. Are they tense, raised or tight? It’s time to breathe relaxation into these muscles and let them unwind. Bracing for life situations before they’ve happened will often ensure that they will be more difficult to experience. Instead, accept life as it reveals itself to you. Even the “difficult” moments need to be accepted. Say yes to what is happening. Accept it. It will change your posture from tension to transcendence. The more you resist life as it is, the more unnecessary suffering you will subject yourself to.
Another meaning of the Seven of Wands Reversed is that you aren’t allowing yourself to be open or vulnerable enough with others. No man is an island. Perhaps you need to accept help from others when offered, of even to ask for it. Perhaps you need to remember that you are connected and not alone. This card in this position can often reveal a “them versus me” attitude. In actuality, we are all connected through Spirit. If you have no evidence for a possible threat from others try not to approach your social interactions with an unnecessary guard up. The keyword for this card is acceptance. Acceptance of yourself, acceptance of others and acceptance of where your life is at in this moment.
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 Johannes Fiebig and Evelin Burger, The Ultimate Guide to the Rider Waite Tarot (Woodbury, MN: Llewellyn Publications., 2016), 90.