7 of Pentacles

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The 7 of Pentacles Minor Arcana Tarot card shows a scene of patient planning and meticulous effort. A man is leaning on his hoe while gazing at the crops he has made grow through his efforts, intention and long-term investments of time, energy and other precious resources. Slowly, he is building his fortune and his plans for the future are ever so slowly beginning to take form. Still, it will be a long time before he will be able to harvest the fruits of his labour. If he quits too soon, his crops are bound to fail. Still, because of the sheer amount of time and work it takes to grow his wealth and manifest his vision, he is sometimes tempted to turn his back on the endeavour.

When the upright Seven of Pentacles appears in its upright position in Tarot readings, it indicates that you are taking a long-term view of your life and are preparing for the future by building a stable foundation underneath yourself. The seeds you planted long ago and have tended to with great care and effort are beginning to grow and turn into something. The sacrifices you have made to get to where you are have not been in vain, and yet, progress is slow and incremental. You may long for a short-cut, a quantum leap, something to propel you forward with greater speed and excitement. It could be that you have been working yourself to the bone and are simply tired, almost indifferent to your impressive achievements.

The reversed Seven of Pentacles Minor Arcana card brings with it an entirely different energy. Here, a lack of long-term vision is keeping you from creating or building anything of import or impact. You are tired of drifting from one career or money-making indea to the other and long for a greater sense of permanence and stability.

What the Pentacles mean in Tarot

The Tarot’s Minor Arcana consists of four suits, one for each of the four elements that make up the natural world. There is the suit of Wands for fire, the suit of Cups for water, the suit of Swords for air, the suit of Pentacles for earth.

The earth element is associated with the earthbound, tangible realm, and with everything that creates stability, foundation and structure in our lives. The suit of Pentacles often refers to personal finances and wealth-building, but can also indicate physical environments, such as home or work environments, or even our physical bodies.

Numerology number 7 in Tarot

According to numerology, the number 7 is inward-focused and stands for analytical thinking, inner exploration and perfection-seeking. In other words, the energy of the number 7 is visionary, critical and focused on personal development.

The numerological meaning of the number 7 is interesting to consider in relation to the 7 of Pentacles Tarot card, which is all about personal as well as material growth and following through on a vision of perfect abundance.

Seven of Pentacles Tarot card description

Different Tarot decks offer different versions of the Seven of Pentacles Tarot card. Most are based on the traditional Rider-Waite Tarot and include all or most of its symbols and essential details. Let us take a closer look.

The man

The Seven of Pentacles shows a man, clearly a gardener, leaning on his hoe and gazing down on the crops he has so lovingly planted and tended to. The man is simple and practical clothing in a combination of earthy tones and the pale blue color which in the Tarot hints at higher aims and spiritual ambitions. The colors of the man’s outfit tells us that he is both practical and grounded, while also being intellectually curious and hungry for knowledge.

The man’s expression is tired, or perhaps indifferent, as he contemplates what he has created. His crops are finally ripening, but he may be beginning to realise that they are not going to provide him with the perfect vision of happiness he was expecting. Perhaps higher, more ethereal aims are also tugging at the corners of his awareness. Still, what this man has created is an impressive feat, and the wealth he has been able to materialise could be a game-changer in his life.

The crop of coins

Seven large golden coins are growing out of the plough path at the man’s feet, surrounded by lush green vegetation.

The coins themselves represent material wealth and accomplishment. Starting out as seeds in the ground, the man’s coins are now growing and multiplying. The growing pentacles are slowly turning into a firm foundation from which further wealth can grow.

Seven of Pentacles Tarot card meanings

When the upright Seven of Pentacles appears in a Tarot reading, it is generally a good omen, indicating foresight, vision and the meticulous and steady growth of wealth. Here are the key upright Seven of Pentacles Tarot card meanings.

Long-term view

The upright Seven of Pentacles represents looking at the bigger picture and steadily moving towards your long-term vision.

Rather than just living moment to moment, or pay check to pay check, you are stacking your efforts to secure your future success. From your eagle’s eye point of view you are able to see the see what steps you will have to take, what sacrifices you need to make, and how much hard work it is going to take if you are to achieve your ideal future.

Investments

The Seven of Pentacles often suggests good financial planning and deliberate steps taken to secure and maximise the long term health of your finances. Instead of manually tending your crop of coins, why not place your money where it can grow by itself?

Because the Seven of Pentacles indicates that you have amassed your capital meticulously over time, you are not likely to blow it on a risky investment. If you are new to the market, apply the same tenacity and practicality as the gardener in the card has applied to making the initial crops grow, and learn everything you can about investing before risking any of your hard-earned fortune.

Sustainable growth

The Seven of Pentacles deals with long-term, organic and sustainable growth. The Seven of Pentacles suggests that you should resist the temptation and hollow promises of get-rich-quick schemes and stick with the less exciting reality of getting rich slowly.

Perseverance

Another key Seven of Pentacles Tarot card meaning is perseverance, the ability to stick with it even when progress is painfully slow or temporarily absent. Tenacity and perseverance could well be the one ingredient that distinguishes you from your competitors, or that makes the difference between a small fortune and one that is considerable.

Exhaustion

Finally, the Seven of Pentacles upright can indicate exhaustion. You may have been putting in too much effort, too much time and too much hard work lately, and now you are feeling the burn. Your business or momentum isn’t going to collapse and wither if you take a second to rest and breathe. In fact, you might want to consider taking a vacation where you can fully recharge your batteries and return with renewed zest and energy. Life is just not meant to be all hard work and no play.

Seven of Pentacles reversed Tarot card meanings

When the Seven of Pentacles Tarot card turns up in its reversed position, its positive, patient energy is upended and distorted. Here are the primary reversed Seven of Pentacles Tarot card meanings.

Lack of long-term view

The Seven of Pentacles reversed suggests that you are lacking a long-term perspective on your financial future. Most likely, you are living pay check to pay check, and it may not even have crossed your mind that you might be able to take some of that cash flow and either invest it, save it or use it to start your own business.

Quitting before reaching the finish line

In some cases, the Seven of Pentacles reversed can indicate that you are close to giving up on a promising endeavour, simply because you are not seeing growth or results fast enough.

The Seven of Pentacles reminds us that organic and sustainable growth takes time – much more time that we would like. However, the reward for patience and efforts is going to be worth waiting for.

Bad financial decisions

The reversed Seven of Pentacles can indicate that you are making poor financial decisions that threaten to put a serious damper on any money-making efforts. Bad financial planning may cause you to squander everything you have, or you may be making unwise investments or racking up astronomical credit card debts. It may not be too late to steer clear of a truly rough patch financially, but hit the brakes right now. Stop overspending, stop investing, dial it back until you have regained control and have formed a clear view of what you are doing.

Seven of Pentacles Tarot card interpretations

Every Tarot card contains multiple layers, facets and shades of meaning. Which aspect of the Seven of Pentacles Tarot card stands out in any specific reading will always depend on its position and on any important card combinations within the spread, as well as on the individual Tarot reader’s take on the card.

Here are a few examples of how the Seven of Pentacles Tarot card could be interpreted in the context of different Tarot readings.

What the Seven of Pentacles card means in love Tarot readings

Upright

The Seven of Pentacles may not be the most romantic card in the Tarot deck, but it indicates something growing and coming to fruition over the long term. If you are in a committed romantic relationship, this is promising news, as it indicates that there is real, lasting potential in this relationship.

While things are stable, secure and nurturing, there may be a lack of spontaneity and playfulness. Introduce more of that energy into the equation, and all will be well.

Reversed

The reversed Seven of Pentacles suggests that the long-term success of your relationship is in question. Things may have been difficult and uphill lately, and you find yourself questioning whether persevering is going to be worth it.

What the Seven of Pentacles card means in money and career Tarot readings

Upright

Your skillset and your bottom line are both growing exponentially, but too slowly for your liking. There might be no short-cuts to progress, but interspersing hard work with fun and play is only going to add to your overall happiness and success.

Reversed

When the reversed Seven of Pentacles comes up in a Tarot reading about money or career, it is not a good sign. You may be in a position where you are making decent money month to month, but your lack of foresight or patience is stopping you from laying the groundwork for the future of your dreams.

Lucius Nothing

Lucius has been slinging tarot cards professionally since 2014. He’s taken the tarot to places most wouldn’t think of: His best-known patrons include Torture Garden, The Dark Circus Party, Handel & Hendrix, A Curious Invitation and The Candlelight Club, where he has been resident tarot reader for the past half-decade. His writing on divination, magic and creativity has been published in Sabbat Magazine and on Medium.

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