Seven of Swords



A person sits behind six swords standing up in the ground, covering their mouth as they laugh. The figure holds a seventh sword across their body. The background is dark purple and red, with the red shadowing the person.

Key words

Upright: deception, trickery, impulsivity

Reversed: coming clean, reparations

Reflection questions

  • How can I prioritize honesty in my relationships, even when it may be uncomfortable?
  • How do I navigate situations where trust has been broken?
  • Is there a situation or conversation I've been avoiding? How can I address it head-on?

Seven of Swords Upright

You are fleeing from something— a boring task, consequences for an unethical action, or perhaps societal conventions— and feeling good about it. While it’s likely no malice is intended, this could catch up with you in the long run. It’s natural to want to push boundaries and to be impulsive every so often, but make sure you’re able to withstand the consequences if things don’t work out in your favor.

Seven of Swords Reversed

The Seven of Swords upright is about tricking others; in reverse it can refer to tricking yourself. Perhaps you’ve convinced yourself that you have everything under control when you really need help, or impostor syndrome has tricked you into thinking you don’t deserve to be where you are. Otherwise, the Seven of Swords in reverse can refer to owning up to unethical actions. The consequences might not be fun, but you’ll feel better in the long run.