Seven of Wands

"I am willing to take a stand for what I believe in."

VII: Seven of Wands

bravery resolve determination

The imagination itself to create new better forms comes with sudden movement with extraordinary effort. The spirit of thunder stimulates visions, a test of one's faith in oneself. The individual is challenged to improve upon and develop his or her project in the face of an envious and competitive world and needs to learn to value ambition and competitive instinct. Rebellion and sudden freedom needs no compromises, it needs valor, bravery and departure from normal behavior in order to carry out the deed, the outrageously new.
Inverse: Struggle with other people's creative ideas, stiff competition.



  • Refusing to be silenced through fear or intimidation.
  • Continuing a fight against all odds.
  • Being fierce.
  • Defending yourself against physical and emotional attacks.
  • Refusing to put up with abuse.
  • Clinging to your values despite all pressure to abandon them.
  • Shadow

    • Having a chip on your shoulder.
    • Taking unnecessary risks as a means of proving your fearlessness.
    • Looking for an opportunity to take offense.
    • Responding to constructive criticism with defensiveness.
    • Refusing to stand up for yourself and your beliefs.
    • Symbolism

      Six Converging Wands

      On RWS-inspired decks, we often see a lone figure threatened by six converging Wands. Six is the number of collaboration, suggesting that many people have come together to launch an attack. But who is carrying those wands? Is the attack real...or imagined?

      The King of the Hill

      Many illustrations for this card place the lone warrior on top of a small hill cliff. Is our friend a guard? If so, what is he guarding? And, more importantly, is it worth fighting for?

      Crisis as a Clarifier

      A crisis has the power to reveal what we really value. In your situation, how far are you willing to go to stand up for what you believe in?

      The Marseilles Image

      Again, a lone wand comes to shatter the arrangement we worked so hard to establish! The lattice we built for the Six collapses. Why would someone do this? How can we prevent it from happening? And are these, in the end, the questions we should be asking?

      Seven of Wands' Advice


      • In a healthy relationship, each person feels secure.
      • Partners and friends who constantly abuse others or tear people down must be confronted.
      • Being in a relationship does not mean squelching your own unique insights; stand up for what you feel is right.


      • The workplace tends to reward aggression.
      • Defend yourself and your own work, making sure you have hard data to back up your claims.
      • If you must become involved in unpleasantness, be sure those you investigate have no valid reason to feel attacked.


      • Especially when you feel attacked, your spirituality should guide you.
      • Don't be defensive; as a spiritual person, you know it's "not about you." As dramas unfold, stand up for your beliefs, but avoid absorbing and reflecting the poisonous emotions of others.

      Personal Growth

      • Standing up for yourself is healthy and reasonable.
      • Turning the other cheek doesn't mean making yourself into a doormat.
      • It's okay to insist on respect.
      • Apply this principle to your interactions with others, too; it's easier to get fair treatment when you're known for treating others fairly.

      Fortune Telling

      • Don't be surprised by a personal attack.
      • Prepare to defend yourself or someone you love.


      • Between August 12th and 22nd.

      Questions to ask

      • When do you feel most threatened? When do you get defensive?
      • How capable are you of defending yourself?
      • What kinds of beliefs are worth defending?

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      Parts of this page's description of the Seven of Wands tarot card are taken from "A Guide to Tarot Card Meanings" by Mark McElroy.