Seven of Cups

Seven of Cups

The basic meaning of the card (Rider-Waite)

The basic meaning of the Seven of Cups card is that it symbolizes dreams, fantasies, choices, and illusions. The card shows a person standing before seven cups, each filled with different symbols representing both positive and negative possibilities. The person must choose which cup they will focus on, which can be a challenging task.

Reversed Meaning

When the Seven of Cups is reversed, it indicates that you are faced with many possibilities and choices and that it can be difficult to decide which option is best for you. The card encourages you to consider your dreams and fantasies, but also to be aware that not all possibilities are what they seem. It is important to distinguish between real possibilities and illusions in order to make wise decisions.

Upright Meaning

When the Seven of Cups is upright, it can mean that you are overwhelmed by the many choices available and that you have trouble making decisions. You may be tempted to escape into a world of dreams and fantasies in order to avoid dealing with reality. Reversed, the card can also indicate that you are beginning to see through the illusions and getting a clearer picture of what is truly important to you.

Example Interpretation

If the Seven of Cups appears in a reading where the question is whether or not you should change careers, the card could indicate that you are faced with many possibilities and that it can be overwhelming to make a decision. It is important to consider each option carefully and not to be fooled by illusions or dreams which may be unrealistic. If the card is surrounded by positive cards, it could signify that you have the potential to find a new career more in line with your dreams and passions, but if it is surrounded by negative cards, it could indicate that you need to be careful not to be fooled by too-good-to-be-true offers.


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