Seven of Wands:
Function: The Will, Action, Creativity, and Initiation
A young man in a green tunic and orange pants is moving and placing wands. It looks as if he’s putting in a lot of effort to do so. Either that, or he’s defending his position at the top of a cliff where he stands on either side of the river. This man is going to have to maintain his position through force or intimidation.
Notice that he’s got on one short shoe and one long shoe. On one hand, he’s quick to move and take action. On the other hand, he’s slow, deliberate, cautious, and protective. Either he got dressed in hurry, or he’s showing that he’s got a balanced perspective.
The Seven of Wands does what it has to do to get by. This is the strength of conviction, the will to stand one’s ground and do what it takes to keep it. The man here is alone, fighting off unknown others, who may or may not be present. He could be preparing for war. He could be in war right now. Perhaps it doesn’t matter if his goal is defense and fortification.
The Seven of Wands is defending what one has and using the resources one has to the best of one’s ability. This man has seven wands to protect the patch of land he straddles. This card is about using what one has creatively to hold onto to whatever one has.
The Seven of Wands can’t move back any more or he’ll fall off the cliff. This card represents a crisis moment, do-or-die, where one has been backed into a corner and has no choice but to defend themselves.
The Sixth of Wands is man receiving praise for a job well done. He now has to defend his position as top dog. The Seven of Wands is also the maintenance of a professional or personal reputation against attacks or rumors. However, it’s also a declaration of one’s ego, even if others challenge that ego perception. The Seven of Wands has to put his money where his mouth is. If he can do that, then he deserves to remain where he is.
When the Seven of Wands is reversed, the querent usually lacks the fortitude to fight for themselves or is too willing to compromise and give in to others. They may have a history of not standing their ground. It’s also possible that in order to stay safe, they gave up what was rightfully theirs instead of defending it.
The Seven of Wands can also indicate that the querent is too touchy and too defensive. The querent may find insult and offensive where none would normally be taken. It can indicate a person looking for a fight and looking for someone else to blame for their predicament.
The querent may be in a place where they can’t live on their own terms because they rely on the opinions and esteem of others, and rebelling is impossible, even if they bitterly want to do it.
In a three-card reading, this card means…
Past: In the past, the querent struggled with how others perceived them and with possible attacks on their reputation and social status. They come to this point weary of being at war with the world.
Present: Currently, the querent is battling others, and perhaps the entire world, to maintain its turf. It’s not advancing or retreating, but standing its ground, defiantly.
Future: In the future, the querent is going to be put in a position to defend themselves or maintain themselves in some way. Whatever they have today may be the thing in jeopardy.