Seven of Cups Tarot Card Meanings

Pamela Colman Smith, 1909

Seven of Cups Keywords: Temptation, Illusions, Superficiality

Seven of Cups Tarot Card Description

The silhouette of a man, with his back turned to us, looks up at seven golden cups suspended in the clouds. Seven visions appear from the cups – an attractive head, a shrouded figure glowing red, a snake, a castle, jewels, a laurel wreath, and a dragon. We also see a skull etched into the cup containing the laurel wreath.

What The Seven of Cups Means In A Tarot Reading

The Seven of Cups depicts temptations. The man in the RWS version of the card is awed by the fantastic visions before him. There are so many options that he doesn’t know which to choose. But these are just fantasies. There’s no real choice here. Nothing is as it seems. This is wishful thinking. When the Seven of Cups appears, you should be wary of making any choices. It might seem that you have lots of enticing options, but these are just illusions. There’s nothing permanent, or substantial here.

Many believe that the visions in the Seven of Cups are depictions of the seven deadly sins of pride, greed, wrath, envy, lust, gluttony, and sloth. Pulling this card in a reading may be a warning to you not to fall into the trap of these emotions. Something may fill you with anger and rage, but if you indulge in this feeling only you will be hurt. The same applies to the other emotions of pride, greed, envy, lust, gluttony, and sloth. Indulging in these might bring temporary happiness and satisfaction, but in the end it will be harmful to you.

Your judgement is impaired when the Seven of Cups appears. You may be at a crossroads and unsure of which way to move forward. You believe that you’ve many options and many paths to getting what you desire, but these are just fantasies. There are no good choices here and so the best thing to do in this situation is to not choose anything. Step back and wait for your judgement to clear. You need a clear head before proceeding. You’ll need to exert more self-control if you’re to avoid making a bad choice.

Seven of Cups Love And Relationships Tarot Meaning

This isn’t a good time for you to be making decisions about love and romance.

It may be that you’re in a relationship, but you’re feeling tempted by other offers. No matter how strong the temptation, you should know that the Seven of Cups is a warning that it won’t bring you happiness in the long run.

Or perhaps you’re single and hoping to meet someone new. The Seven of Cups is telling you that this isn’t a good time. A relationship that you get involved in at this time will be superficial. It may feel good for a while, but you’ll soon realise that there’s no substance to it and that it’ll never bring you true happiness.

Whatever your situation, the Seven of Cups signifies that this isn’t a good time to make choices. You need to be patient, get clear on what your options really are, and then choose your next move. The options that you might believe are available to you right now have no substance to them. They’re just fantasies and wishful thinking. Deep down you know the truth of the situation. Be patient and you’ll know instinctively what to do.

Seven of Cups Career Tarot Meaning

All of the meanings above will also apply in a career reading. You believe that you’ve many options open to you right now and you believe that any one of them will bring you all that you could desire from your career. This isn’t the case. The Seven of Cups is a warning to you that you’re indulging in fantasy. There’s no easy path to success, or riches here. You’re not exercising your better judgement. You need to check in with your Higher Self and be more discerning. What is it that you really want? What will bring you true happiness? What should you do to achieve real and lasting success? You need to ask yourself hard questions about what you want from your career and then answer these questions for yourself. If you do, the path to achieving what you truly desire will become apparent to you. 

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