Seven of Pentacles
Function: Possessions, riches, material things, practicality
A young man in orange and blue leans pensively on his hoe and looks at his crop, which appears to be seven pentacles growing on a vine. It’s uncertain whether the pentacles are ripe for the picking, or if they’re still growing and maturing.
From the looks of it, the young man has managed to grow this crop from seemingly nothing, because the land isn’t terrible hospitable. There’s a mountain in the distance, symbolizing stability and strength, but the only thing growing – or perhaps the only thing that matters – is the vine of pentacles. The fact that this looks like grape vines is no accident: wine symbolized blood, transformation, and abundance.
The young man watches his pentacles, but he doesn’t do anything. He wears orange, the color of enthusiasm, and blue, the color of serenity. They’re opposites on the color wheel, contrasts. He’s excited, and yet, patient. He may be waiting for the right time, whatever that is. Is this the right time? It looks that way. Is he going to miss his opportunity if he doesn’t act now? Will there be a better moment to act? It’s tough to say.
The Seven of Pentacles is about long-term investment, patience, and waiting until the time is right. Delayed gratification is the key here. Good things come to those who wait, and now, great things are imminent to the one who worked tirelessly and diligently (and apparently, alone) to make them happen.
And the fact that the man is alone is important here: to do what needs to be done requires being alone. The Seven of Pentacles is a reminder that in order to make what is unknown possible, one may have to do it alone. Consider that when a seed is planted, no one knows where it is other than the planter, and that a young plant bears no fruit unless it matures. Thus, someone has to believe that this seed can grow to become a mighty vine that spreads and bears fruit.
However, this card can also indicate that waiting for the right time isn’t ideal, especially if that means losing your chance. The pentacles appear ripe now; will they still be ripe tomorrow, or the next day, or the next week? Or, will they rot on the vine?
When the seven of pentacles is Reversed:
When the Seven of Pentacles is reversed, it usually means that a lack patience and diligence causes things to never come to fruition. It can also mean that the querent isn’t focusing their energy on one thing so nothing works out. Usually, the querent lacks the discipline to focus on something and see it through, or circumstances keep them from seeing something through. They may also be too reliant on external validation to really create their own fortune.
But this card reversed can also mean that someone is letting an opportunity slip by because they’re too scared to seize it. They’re waiting for a better time or circumstance, and are letting the fruits of their labor rot away.
In a three-card reading, this card means…
Past: In the past, the querent was cultivating their fortune, waiting for the time to be right to take it and claim it, which has brought them to this moment today.
Present: Currently, the querent is delaying gratification and waiting for something big to come to fruition, or it may be ready, but they’re not taking action.
Future: In the future, the querent will hunker down and focus their time, attention, and resources on a major project or personal goal that they’re not sure will be successful.