Seven of Wands | Tarot Card Meaning & Interpretation

7 of Wands

Keywords for the Seven of Wands


A man stands at the edge of a cliff, both hands gripping a wand held high in self-defense. He is on high alert, ready for battle, fully prepared to fight off any of the attackers we see closing in on him, represented here by the 6 wands pointed in his direction. 

The man in front of us is fully alert, his body completely activated in a “fight” sympathetic nervous system response that has all of his internal resources mobilized and at the ready. Adrenaline and cortisol rush through his veins, making him feel fully alive, and ready to do whatever it takes to defend himself and survive. 

Interpretation of the 7 of Wands in a Reading

When the 7 of Wands comes up in a reading, we are most likely involved in a situation where we feel that we are on the defensive. We could have the sense that we are being backed into a corner, with little choice but to take up arms and defend ourselves the best way we can.

The 7 of Wands in a reading can also indicate the quality of resilience, of enduring and continuing to thrive even in the face of great adversity. It shows a capacity to persevere through even the most difficult of circumstances.

This card card can also mean that, with regard to the situation at hand, we are standing our ground, and holding true to our values. It can indicate our capacity to remain committed to the values that matter to us, even when confronted by challenges which seek to weaken our allegiance.

Above all, the 7 of Wands shows our capacity to meet the difficult challenges life presents us with strength, resolve, and determination. Even if it is not always an easy or enjoyable process, we often find that ultimately we have grown as a result of the tests life has given to us.

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