The 7 of Wands: The Fight Must Go On.

As the final card in the numerological suit of the sevens, the 7 of Wands comes as a fitting end to an intense week, the energy of which looks to carry on into the coming fortnight. If I could choose one word to describe the events of the period post-Mercury retrograde, it would be ‘challenging’.  Between hurdles cropping up at home, niggling nuisances that continue to persist health-wise, and a constant need to defend my goals and values with regards to career, my life has been not so much touched by the 7 of Wands as engulfed by it. Wands, being the element of Fire, are yang and masculine in nature, thriving on challenges and deriving inspiration from hardship. Importantly, Wands are action-oriented and always geared towards resolving, opposing and overcoming any difficulties that might arise. Because all sevens are rooted in wisdom borne of the mind, the 7 of Wands represents triumph over the mundane through experience, power, and perseverance. With this card, life can feel like a competition in which you constantly need to strive to prove your worth. Constant vigilance is necessary to defend your position and values, as opposition is possible from all sources and directions.

7 of Wands from the 'Gilded Tarot'

Most decks adhering to the Rider-Waite fashion show a man perched on a cliff-top, a wand held aloft in his hands, assuming a defensive stance against the onslaught of six other wands. He wears a look of determination on his face; this is not a man who will be cowed into submission, or brow-beaten into backing down from something he believes in. When I first started reading for clients, it was tempting to interpret this card along the lines of the 5 of Wands. However, the core difference between the 5 and the 7 is the absence of playful fun inherent to the 5. In the 7 of Wands, this is no longer competition for competition’s sake. The stark truth of this card is that it’s a dog-eat-dog world out there, and only the fittest have any hope of surviving. After the victory enjoyed in the 6 of Wands, we are reminded that we can’t rest forever on our laurels. Rather, we need to maintain the position we have achieved against others striving to attain the same success and status that we now possess.

Because of the feeling of ‘opposition’ implicit to this card, the 7 of Wands also represents blocks and obstacles to success. Frequently, our values and beliefs with regards to our personal and professional life are called into question, and we now need to defend the choices we have made against others in our environment.  While the 5’s point to external as well as internal unrest, the 7 of Wands is more indicative of pressure stemming from an external source. It’s interesting to note that in the process of facing up to this challenge, we need to summon our internal resources (courage, determination, self-confidence) in order to remain on the path we have chosen. In this way, all 7’s represent a bridge between the internal (self) and the external (other) that help us clarify our motivations (Wands), desires (Cups), beliefs (Swords) and resources (Pentacles). Bearing in mind that the numerological suit of the sevens has powerful associations with the mind and related mental precepts, the 7 of Wands can come as a sort of wake-up call in which we are being asked to assess what drives us to do the things we do. For instance, do we know what we’re fighting for? Is this just action for action’s sake or are we defending a position/ person that we truly love and value? Clarification of motives aside, the appearance of this card in a spread can also come as an assurance that you’re on the right path. You have the resources necessary to maintain your position, and with a little persistence and perseverance on your part, can ensure the continued success of the project/ relationship you are inquiring about.

7 of Wands from the 'Thoth Tarot'

Astrological Association: Mars in Leo

In the Thoth tarot, the 7 of Wands is known as Valour, and corresponds astrologically to Mars in Leo. Given that Mercury has just completed it’s retrograde phase in Leo (2nd-26th August, 2011) and enters the 1st degree of Virgo today, the 11th of September, the issues that have surfaced during the trickster planet’s stint in Leo are slowly but surely achieving closure. Take a look at the central wand laid atop the crossings (oppositions) of the other six: it comes as a reminder that if we have the courage to stay our course and hold strong to our values and beliefs, we will experience a blossoming of the self, as shown by the lotus buds and butterflies at the tip of the wands. The middle of the 3 pairs of opposing wands bears the symbol of the Eye of Horus. The ibis heads are representative of a new clarity of vision, and advises us to honour our new-found sense of direction and stay true to the path we have chosen because it merges the desires of the heart (lotus buds) with the unfolding of the soul (butterflies).

Mars in Leo is a powerful position for personal expression, driving us to seek creative satisfaction in our personal and professional endeavors. People born with Mars in Leo refuse to settle for second best, and because their ego is so closely tied up with their work and relationships, tend to take mishaps personally. Those with this position of Mars are idealistic and quick to defend their principles if challenged. They follow the path of the heart in all that they do, and are driven to shine in both private and public spheres of life. This is a vital, dramatic placement for Mars and those born under its influence are charismatic performers and skillful orators, able to take a stance on any matter and defend it to the death as long as it has personal (ego-related) meaning for them.

7 of Wands from the 'Tarot of Dreams'

When interpreting the 7 of Wands in the context of a love spread, this card often points to a relationship in which one party frequently feels the need to defend his/ her beliefs against the other. Frequent arguments, petty disagreements and nitpicking can mar what would otherwise be a perfectly amicable relationship. Because Mars in Leo has direct bearing on the ego, hurt pride can be the result of relationship unhappiness rather than any true underlying cause. If one party feels he/ she is being oppressed or subjugated (whether this is actually the case or not), a defensive attitude can result leading to friction and squabbling. If choosing to interpret this card as a block to success, then the 7 of Wands comes as a message that the querent is feeling stifled in their current relationship as a result of their core needs and values not being met. For singles, this can mean a relentless quest for the perfect someone only to meet with frustration at every turn. Remember that Wands represent our motivations and drives, and are always active and oriented towards movement and resolution. Is a relationship what you truly need at this point in your life? Or is it just what you think you need in order to find happiness? With the 7 of Wands, a clarification of goals is essential before action can be put into bringing about your heart’s desire.

With regards to career, because of Mars in Leo’s gift of showmanship and spectacular oratorical capacities, the 7 of Wands can indicate a career in theater or the dramatic arts. I have also seen this card feature in the spreads of those who teach or lecture for a living, given the Wands’ natural inclination to spread knowledge through enthusiasm and passion. Mars in Leo is very much driven towards creative expression and needs an arena in which their personality can shine through without constraint or limitation. In that respect, this card can also suggest a desire to be self-employed. Check to see if supporting cards are present before action is taken. The Empress and the 9 of Pentacles serve as good indicators that self-employment is a viable option. With regards to work, the 7 of Wands also asks if your current career needs are being met and if not, if a continued slog in a job you despise for people you don’t respect is worth it. The message is to take a leap of faith and follow the path of the heart, regardless of what people around you say.

Financially, the 7 of Wands portends a bit of a struggle before things begin to look up. The key is to remain faithful to your vision and not allow yourself to be sidetracked by situations or people that distract you from your main goal. Remember that one of the core words associated with this card is maintenance. The ‘physicality’ inherent to this card also advises the adoption of a martial arts training program, Tai Chi or yoga for health purposes.  Whether financially or health-wise, the appearance of this card in a spread serves as encouragement to continue on your current path as it will take you far. A belief in yourself and a steadfast devotion to all that you hold true and sacred will weather the worst of storms and keep you safe and protected when the dark night of the soul descends.

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mary
    Dec 13, 2012 @ 08:11:35

    Great insight here but i am still confused.. I am trying tof figure out what does the 7 of wands means “what he relly feels about you deep down!!??

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    • Rohini Pathmanathan
      Dec 13, 2012 @ 10:26:29

      Hi Mary,
      I’d interpret the 7 of Wands as misplaced passion. The sexual chemistry could be intense but he could also feel that your values/ attitudes (Wands) are at odds, leading to a frustrated sense of desire. On the other hand, he could enjoy sparring with you about various topics of interest. Despite diverging points of view, these conversations provide a lot of intellectual stimulation for him.

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  2. Mary
    Dec 13, 2012 @ 22:07:27

    Hi there, thank you for the reply, i am looking into this because i need to be as clear as possible! Do you think that this card could also possibly be that he feels that i am a challenge for him? Or perhaps that he maybe be thinking if i am worthwhile figthing for? Could it maybe be with the fact that we are on a battle (chasing each other to see who eventually gives in??) Thank you 🙂

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    • Rohini Pathmanathan
      Dec 21, 2012 @ 10:43:09

      Hi Mary,
      Yes, I would definitely interpret the 7 of Wands as him believing you’re worth fighting for 🙂 As to whether the relationship acts as a battleground of sorts for the both of you…you’d know best about the dynamics that you share. It might be worth looking to the surrounding cards to get a better idea of the overall picture.

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  3. gloria0110
    Nov 09, 2014 @ 07:47:42

    what does mean when you get this card as what he feels about you?

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    • Rohini Pathmanathan
      Mar 24, 2015 @ 09:10:25

      Hi Gloria, I would read it as a sort of internal conflict. On one hand, he’s struggling to come to terms with his attraction to you and the responses you inspire in him physically and spiritually. On the other, he could be fighting against a reluctance to commit or even the desire to make it into something more concrete/ long-term.

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