The Seven of Wands is the card of protection, defense, and taking a stand for the things that matter. The card shows a man standing on a hill and being challenged by his opponents below. He is resilient and he does not give up. He is defending his position and he is giving it his all. He is taking a stand for himself.
The Seven of Wands reminds us that there are times in life where you need to stand up for yourself and what you believe in. We are meant to defend and protect the people we care about the most. The Seven of Wands reminds us that tenacity and persistence will be rewarded.
If the Seven of Wands appears in a Tarot spread as a person, that means that this person has a chip on their shoulder. Because of this, they may react aggressively when their egos get bruised. This will manifest differently for different individuals, but they may have childhood traumas that need to be resolved in a healthy manner. This card is astrologically associated with Mars in Leo. Because Mars as well as Leo carry masculine energies, this card carries an active, assertive — even aggressive — energy. We all have a little bit of both energies expressed in a balanced way, regardless of which gender we identify as.
For physical characteristics, the Seven of Wands as a person represents someone who “dresses defensively”. For example, this person may dress in a way that conceals their insecurities. They may have no other choice but to dress in a way that protects them from the elements, if they live in a harsh environment. For example, they may have to wear sunscreen or winter gear all year long. This person is always “vigilant” with their body care routines, they have strict rules and the self-discipline to stick to those rules. Because this card is influenced by Mars in Leo energy, this person may be this way because their profession relies on them being in shape. For example they might be a model or an athlete. They may have health issues which restricts them from consuming certain nutrients.
For emotional characteristics, the Seven of Wands as a person represents someone who may have unresolved emotional issues. This person seems to always be on guard about something, they may be very defensive. They may jump into conclusions, or feel the need to defend their position before people jump to their conclusions. This person may have childhood traumas or painful past relationship issues that need to be resolved. If you’re romantically involved with this person, their defensiveness may lead to the suspicion that they’re hiding something. Whatever the case may be, a serious discussion needs to be had between you and your person, or your person and a professional such as a therapist.
For careers, the Seven of Wands can represent someone who works as a defender in some capacity. This could literally be a public defender, an advocate for a cause, they may be in a defensive position in team sports if they’re an athlete. Alternatively, this might be somebody who’s in their labor union and their industry or their workplace. They may be a researcher or a PhD candidate who needs to defend their position in a debate. They might be some sort of council member or board member. Mars in Leo would indicate that this person takes a lot of pride in what they do in general but they take even more pride in winning and defending their position.
The Seven of Wands as a person represents someone who makes you feel iffy. This may especially be the case if your person has a chip on their shoulder and they’re defensive, but you can’t be quite sure what they’re defensive about. This likely is an unresolved subconscious issue that has nothing to do with you. Additionally, they might inadvertently make you feel guilty for asking perfectly normal questions about things you’re entitled to know, because they reacted in such a defensive way. If you’re romantically involved with this person, and you’ve known them long enough to have the right to know certain things about them, maybe you should take this as a red flag. You may want to recommend that your person seek professional help to resolve their issues.
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If the Seven of Wands reversed appears in a Tarot spread as a person, that means that this person lacks personal boundaries. This person may have grown up with a lack of privacy, or they may be desperate to be accepted and loved, so they just let people overstep those boundaries or mistreat them. Because this is a Minor Arcana card, some of these traits will not be inherent aspects of their identity. If they are behaving unfavorably, they might just be going through a temporary phase. It may be a behavioral pattern that they can still unlearn, if they choose to. Good or bad, nobody is perfect, and people can use their free will to change for the better.
For physical characteristics, the Seven of Wands reversed as a person represents someone who lacks physical boundaries. They will have a tendency to get into people’s personal space, or they let others get into their personal space too easily. They tend to let people treat them however they please, possibly due to low self-esteem. They may have trouble defending themselves in some way. They may benefit from self-defense classes, or learning other techniques of protecting themselves. This person may be quite careless when it comes to their health, and they don’t protect themselves from the elements.
For emotional characteristics, the Seven of Wands reversed as a person represents someone who has their guard down, but in a way that can be detrimental to themselves, and even their loved ones. This person may not know how to effectively protect themselves from harm, or from people who harbor negative intentions. They may not realize the danger that is ahead of them. For example, this person could be quite ostentatious with their wealth in a way that could endanger themselves. They could be so keen to flex on social media, that they no longer have privacy, making them vulnerable to stalkers and criminals. They may make themselves vulnerable in other ways as well.
For careers, the Seven of Wands reversed can represent someone who works in the same fields as the upright Seven of Wands, but they’re not very good at their job. Or, alternatively, they could work on the opposite side of those professions – so rather than representing a labor union, this person may be a corporation. This person may also specialize in breaking down barriers. They may specialize in making groups of people or things less resistant to something. They may work in researching and developing medications, a product, or new technology. Or, they may work in marketing a new product to make it more acceptable to the public. For example, they could focus on persuading the public to be more accepting of and accustomed to artificial intelligence.
The Seven of Wands reversed as a person represents someone who makes you feel protective of them. You might worry about them, if this is somebody you happen to care about. Alternatively, this may be a person who is very persistent in trying to get you to lower your guard. This could be an ex-partner who’s trying to get you to take them back. If you don’t know this person too well, it would be wise to keep your guard up anyway. Stay safe!
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For love readings, the Seven of Wands represents boundaries and fighting for what you believe in. There are times in life where you should not give up, because the people you love are worth fighting for. The Seven of Wands reminds us that boundaries and limits are key to every successful relationship, and communication is needed.
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