The Card of the Day: The Seven of Swords (Reversed)
“Changing your luck.”
The Seven of Swords represents using your wits to overcome current obstacles. It reminds you to not fight life’s difficulties, but to use your intelligence to bypass something that appears fixed or immovable. The Seven of Swords reminds you that “It's not over until it’s over,” and that there is usually a way to succeed if you don’t give up. You are more clever than your current challenges, but you must "think smarter, not work harder!"
Do you give up easily when life is sends a setback or do you find a way around it? Have you ever used your wits to outsmart a obstructive situation that looked hopelessly immovable? Are you tired of “fighting” against one life-barrier after another?
Don’t get mad, get smart!
The man on the Seven of Swords is a brilliant tactician. In the background you see an army has invaded his homeland. They have set up camps and are conferring with one another about how to conquer the invaded territory. Instead of fighting the whole army by himself, the figure on the card uses his wits to outsmart them. While the troops are distracted, he creeps in and steals five of their seven weapons, greatly diminishing their strength. Instead of fighting or retreating he uses his mind to find a brilliant solution to the present impasse.
Not every challenge in life needs to be approached as “fight or flight.” Sometimes you need to use your mind to systematically review the challenge from different angles. Often you can find a way “around” the obstacle, with way less frustration and angst. Apply a different perspective to what appears hopeless. Ask experts for advice. Get more information. Really know more about the situation you are grappling with. Understanding the challenge in its entirety will give you power over it. Use the internet! Everything you need to know is at your fingertips. Are you arming yourself with enough knowledge, or are you just hoping everything will work out?
Sometimes we avoid the solution because it means we have to commit to a decision and take a risk. Many things may change, and change is scary. The man on the card is taking a risk by invading the enemy camp, but he knows that being proactive is better than hoping and wishing the army might retreat.
The Seven of Swords appears today to tell you that instead of ramming headlong into a current life challenge, be smarter than it. Use your strategic mind and do some research. Don’t give up when life gives you a “No!” Say to yourself: “Hmmmm...., we’ll see about that!”
Knowledge will give you great power over each obstacle.
When the Seven of Swords appears reversed, it indicates that the little black rain cloud that has seemingly been follow you is finally dissipating. Change of luck and good fortune is in store. The trickster on the card indicates that enexpected events will be swirling around you. Chance opportunities and lucky meetings could also take place.
This card also has also been traditionally associated with thieves so it is very important to read between the lines to any agreements, or to do more research before committing your funds. Perhaps today isn’t the best day to visit the used car salesman or leave your purse at the bar. Although this symbol indicates a change of luck there is an unpredictable quality to this card. It is also important to change the energy by making your own luck today, and not passively waiting for Fortuna to throw a few coins your way. What details could you be more proactive with at this time?
Overall this is a lucky card, but be prepared. As the Roman philosopher Seneca once said: “Good luck is when preparation meets with opportunity.” Think ahead and plan your next steps carefully. This card tells you to pay attention to the details and plan accordingly. This will give you the ability to change your luck. Use your wits and pay attention today. Good luck will fly to your side.