The 7 of Swords (Moon in Aquarius) is often seen as a card of thievery, deception, and self-deception. From a spiritual point of view, the only thing that matters (because it is the only parameter within our control) is that we are truthful with ourselves and others. Let’s take a look at the 7 of Swords Tarot card meanings with that in mind.
“Above all, don’t lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov
Becoming the Observer
The ego loves to deceive because that is how it stays in control. The lies we tell ourselves every day about ourselves, what we are capable of, the nature of life itself, and the evil nature of others (projections) will not dissipate until we are willing to go into silence and become the observers of our own thoughts. This is a process and does not happen overnight. It takes time and discipline. And once the ability to observe one’s thoughts has been learned, the observing Higher Mind has to be ever-vigilant.
In the legal system in many countries, people place their hand on the Bible before giving testimony. This is a sort of self-check system which makes the witness face their own integrity levels because he is touching an item that represents that which is holy, pure, and sacred.
Would that more of us would do that, at least inwardly, before we speak. Because even those of us who use ‘white lies’ or exaggerate the truth, create icky energy to be around and hold ourselves back from truly being who we are… And who we truly are is always so much better than the mask or persona we create with our lies.
“Reality denied comes back to haunt.”
― Philip K. Dick
A more neutral or even positive take on the 7 of Swords is that it is about gaining clarity and coming up with an action plan. This is actually what I chose to depict in my own Tarot deck, the Frideborg Tarot. However, it is good to bear in mind that ‘man plans and God laughs!’ It is wise to not invest too heavily in our own cunning but rely more on Holy Spirit guidance by staying humble and receptive.
Affirmation: “I allow my Higher Self to check and edit my thoughts for truth; I speak without projection or embellishment.”
7 of Swords Prayer
Dear Mother-Father God, forgive me my self-deception and help me be honest in thought, word and deed. Thank you for the gifts of clarity, truth and wisdom the Holy Spirit brings every time I ask. Amen and so it is!
Zodiac Sign: Aquarius
Archangel: Raphael, ruler of the Element of Air
Gemstones: Amazonite, lapis lazuli and celestite
Essential oils: Rosemary, geranium, peppermint
The 7 of Swords in Love and Relationships
If the 7 of Swords describes your relationship or the person you are seeing, you can count on an element of deception! This is one of the truly nasty cards to see in a relationship reading and it doesn’t matter which way it faces or what cards surround it.
The truth is being concealed on purpose and someone is trying to gain the upper hand by hiding vital facts from you. Or it could be you doing it to them!
For yourself, this card indicates a need to analyse the relationship and make plans… but beware! You could be deceiving yourself. Is there someone you could ask for help to gain more insight into your situation? Perhaps you need some hard evidence before you accuse your partner of cheating.
The Marseille Tarot image in this post is from the CBD Tarot by Yoav Ben-Dov.