blessings and illusions
The Seven Of Cups Tarot Card’s True Meaning: Love, Health and Money
The Seven of Cups appears when what you desire is entirely disconnected from your ability to attain it. You’re a big dreamer, but you’re not taking the right steps in order to see the goals you’ve set for yourself realized.
- Element: Water
- Planet: Venus
- Astrological sign: Scorpio
- Key dates: November 13th to November 22nd
Visual Elements and Symbolism
In the Rider-Waite tarot deck the Seven of Cups card depicts a man looking up towards seven cups, floating in the clouds above him. Some contain lavish gifts like jewels and a wreath of victory, while others bear more negative connotations, such as snakes and dragons.
The clouds symbolize the man’s dreams, while the cups and their contents are a warning to be careful of what you wish for. Not everything is as it seems — since you can’t accept every gift without there being repercussions, pick the gifts that are truly rewarding over those that are simply alluring.
The Seven of Cups as a Person
The Seven of Cups as a person is detached from reality and prone to losing themselves in illusions of grandeur. They carry unrealistic expectations in life, and don’t know how to deal with the painful consequences of their own shortcomings.
This person needs to be wary of abusive people in their lives as they’re typically unable to effectively defend themselves. As such, they are often victims of bullying.
The Seven of Cups Upright: Positive Meanings
The Seven of Cups in the upright position speaks of illusions, new opportunities, and important decisions to be made.
You’re fortunate to be in a position where you can choose from various options, but think carefully before making any big decisions. Your ego has hindered you in the past — this time you should strive to find balance before moving forward.
Love and Relationships
If you’re in a relationship, the Seven of Cups indicates that important choices are to be made. From all appearances your relationship is the stuff of fairy tales, but in reality you do little besides fulfill each other’s superficial wants.
You’re living in a fantasy at the moment and refuse to see the cracks in your relationship. It’s time to take a good look at the person you’re with and see if it’s all worth working for.
This card relies heavily on the future, which means that your decisions in the present will bear significant consequences on what’s still to come. Having a partner may be great, but never make the mistake of putting them on a pedestal — you could find yourself blinded to who they really are.
The Seven of Cups can be a very good card in a career reading. Many opportunities are presented to you at this time. Just be mindful of biting off more than you can chew or setting unrealistic expectations for yourself. While brainstorming and dreaming about your future can be fruitful, it’s also important to make real steps towards your goals.
Whether you’re in good financial standing or have little to your name, opportunities to amass wealth will be coming your way, although they may seem greater than they turn out to be.
Don’t gamble with your savings because someone has promised you the world. Perform due diligence and analyze the situation with outside counsel before making any important financial commitments.
You’re overexerting yourself due to your unrealistic ideals of what you’re capable of managing in a day. This is likely leading you to exhaustion, stress and chronic illnesses. Try to reduce your workload or rearrange your schedule — find more time for healthy eating and light exercise.
The Seven of Cups Reversed: Negative Meanings
The Seven of Cups reversed indicates that you’re finally coming back down to earth after living in a dream world. You’re starting to make more educated decisions that will be best for you over the long run.
You may not have all the opportunities you’d hope for at the current time, but you’re working hard to create them for yourself.
Love and Relationships
If you’re in a relationship, this card suggests you’re starting to see all the flaws in your relationship. Seize this moment to decide whether you want to fix the holes or move on to a new period in your life.
If you’re single, you’re likely preventing yourself from finding true love due to your unrealistic conception of the “perfect” partner. Take a chance and go on a date with someone you normally wouldn’t consider. You may be surprised at how things turn out.
Your career is at a standstill. You feel like you’ve already done the work and should be rewarded for it. However, no new opportunities are being presented to you. You might also be bitter about a job you passed up for the one you’re currently doing, which in hindsight may have been more rewarding.
You’re finally feeling confident about your financial decisions and it’s starting to pay off. You’ve entrusted a small group of people to help you make the right moves and based on the results so far, you can be confident they have your best interests at heart.
Your health is improving now that you’re finally understanding and addressing the issues that once brought you down. You’re trusting that the professional medical advice given to you is correct and are slowly but surely beginning to follow each recommended step. No worries — the results you’re hoping for are forthcoming.
Your Past, Present, and Future
The Seven of Cups in the past position acknowledges that your pursuits and indulgence have lead you to where you are today. Your fantasies have only set you back in life and you have nobody to blame but yourself.
In the present position, you’re side-tracked by your wants versus your needs. Instead of pursuing a stable relationship and career, you seek the attention-grabbing, lavish and unrealistic opportunities that fuel your ego.
This card in the present often leads people to make rash decisions, like dropping out of school for the chance at a high paying job, investing in risky business ventures, or perceiving an inconsequential fling as more than it actually is. In either case, you’ll end up disappointed by the results.
In the future position, your temptations may fuel positive dreams — it’s up to you to make them actually happen. You motivation, although selfish, will keep you on the path to success.
Important Card Combinations
Sometimes the cards around the Seven of Cups enhance its power and influence. In other cases they negate its basic meaning, leading to a significantly different interpretation.
Seven of Cups and Chariot
These cards drawn together indicate that your desire and inspiration to pursue new opportunities will be intensified. The Chariot is a sign you should push hard for what you desire — your motivation will lead you to succeed.
Seven of Cups and Magician
The Magician card is full of illusions, so when combined with the Seven of Cups it suggests that your manipulative side will emerge. Be aware of this tendency — it may benefit you in the moment but could leave you friendless in the long run.
Seven of Cups and Nine of Pentacles
The Seven of Cups combined with the Nine of Pentacles indicates that you’re very wrapped up in your desire to keep up with the Joneses. This will hinder your ability to move forward as you’re likely to be careless with your finances. Remember, fitting in isn’t always about being like everyone else.
Yes or No Questions
The answer you’re looking for is “maybe”. The Seven of Cups is a neutral card, therefore you’ll never get a definitive yes or no answer. This card symbolizes confusing choices, wishful thinking, and temptations from the outside world.