The Card of the Day: The Seven of Swords
“Use your wits.”
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.