Week Eight, The Minor Arcana, The Tarot Seven Cards
For week eight, the tarot seven cards, I am using the Chrysalis Tarot deck. I was first drawn to this deck by the beautiful artwork of Holly Sierra, but once I received them I found an instant connection with their energy. In this deck, Spirals are the same as Wands, Mirrors are Cups, Scrolls represent Swords and Stones are the same as Pentacles in a traditional deck.
The number seven is the number of wisdom, perfection and completeness. If you think about it, there are seven days in a week, seven wonders of the world, seven colors in the rainbow, seven virtues and even seven deadly sins. For many people, seven seems to be their lucky number.
Seven of Spirals (Wands) – Upright
The tarot seven of spirals or wands represent the Lord of Valor, the element is Fire, the season is Spring, the direction is South and the herb is Wild Ginger. Wild Ginger is used as a laxative and tonic. Tea from the root is used for treatment of colds, colic and indigestion.
The imagery of the card depicts a well-rested bear symbolizing the inner strength and confidence required to assert yourself with authority. The seven of spirals is about assertion and defending your turf, which can mean your business, your personal belief or even your right as adult simply to exercise your own free will.
Slight success after hard work. Courage and steadfastness in the face of adversity.
If you’ve ever thought about starting your own business, this would be the time to have confidence in yourself to do it. You have the ability to do this but don’t forget to do your research and think things through clearly. If possible, start out part time and keep your current job as a buffer until you are sure you can earn enough income.
Things are looking good for you financially, but don’t spend it all in one place, plan for the future.
It’s time to face your fears, move past them and have the courage to believe in yourself.
Seven of Spirals (Wands) – Reversed
Indecision because of previous negative experiences can result in lost opportunities. Giving up in the face of opposition when the end was actually in sight.
Allowing fear of failure to cause you anxiety and take away your self-confidence.
In regard to finances, beware of broken promises. If something sounds too good to be true, you should think twice and remove yourself from the situation.
This might be the time to be still and listen to what the universe is trying to tell you.
Seven of Mirrors (Cups) – Upright
The tarot seven of mirrors or cups represent the Lord of Illusionary Success, the element of Water, the season of Summer, the direction of West and the herb is the Juniper Berry. Juniper Berry can help with digestion, act like a diuretic and contains high amounts of antioxidants. Of course they are also used to flavor gin.
The picture in this card shows us the Lady of Shalott spends day in and day out isolated in her tower chamber. For her the reality of the outside world is trapped in seven mirrors. The seven of mirrors is about discernment, false reality and free will. A crystalline vessel symbolizing purity reminds you to keep a firm grip on what is real and what is illusion when making important decisions. Although you may feel confused or conflicted, the time draws near to weight options and make your choice.
Too many opportunities can result in serious errors in judgement if not clearly researched before making a final decision. Having too many irons in the fire, doing a juggling act because you can’t make a decision can bring everything down around you.
Since cups deals with emotions, you may have several romantic interests right now. While it might be fun if you are single, not so much if you are in a relationship. It cannot end well so be aware of what you are doing. While it can be fun for you, be honest with others involved. Your indecision can cause you great loss including to yourself.
You are too scattered right now to make good business or financial decisions. Seek help before making any decisions.
Seven of Mirrors (Cups) – Reversed
Self-delusion, lost opportunities, relying on false promises, fear of success. The inability to choose one’s direction in life. Self-indulgence in dreams instead of taking action.
Be careful of who you trust to help you make decisions, they may not have your best interest at heart.
As cups are emotions, you have finally realized what you need from a relationship but you will have to make your feelings known. If they aren’t in the same place as you, it may be time to realize they never will be there. It may be time to move on for your own future.
Seven of Scrolls (Swords) – Upright
The tarot seven of scrolls or swords represents the Lord of Unstable Effort, the element is Air, the season is Autumn, the direction is East and the herb is Wood Betony. Wood Betony is used for digestive problems, nervous afflictions and topically for wounds.
This is a card of indecision. In this picture we can see a young satyr perplexed. He holds a single scroll symbolizing all the knowledge and rationale he can muster. The six of scrolls counterintuitive reasoning is symbolized by a single scroll. The card asks you to take risks and allow your counterintuitive reasoning to hold sway. Many courageous decisions are made just because they feel right.
Short journeys, may mean a change of job, residency or often both. Restlessness and instability of purpose ensures that no progress is made.
This card can sometimes mean taking something that is not yours. Unreliability, betrayal of confidence, insolence and spying. A plan that may fall through. Flight from the consequences of a dishonorable act.
Swords reflect the mental aspect of our life, your thoughts or ideas can get you into trouble if they are not ethical. Check your moral compass.
Be careful of financial dealings, there may be cause to be concerned as to the legal aspect of the deal. Losing your integrity for a quick buck is not worth it, the loss may be more than you expect.
In any relationship areas, rather love, family or friends, once trust is lost it may be hard to get it back. Ask yourself, is it worth the loss?
Seven of Scrolls (Swords) – Reversed
Indecision, laziness and reluctance to complete what you start. Good advice and counsel are given but you must be receptive. A thief returns what is stolen.
Something to be aware of when this card comes up, if you are thinking of doing something that is illegal or unethical, you will be caught to answer for your choices.
It’s time to take a good look at yourself and begin to turn your life around.
This is not a good time to take risks or gamble with your money.
Seven of Stones (Pentacles) – Upright
The tarot seven of stones or pentacles represents the Lord of Success Unfulfilled, the element of Earth, the season of Winter, the direction is North and the herb is Rhubarb. Rhubarb in small amounts is often used to balance the digestive system, while large doses are used as a laxative. It’s also great in food preparation, especially jams and pies
If we look at the imagery on this card we will find meditating beside an ancient stone arch, the maiden Syrinx reflects on her choices and the rewards they may bring. This pastoral scene above the sacred River Ladon winds a thread of hope through the lush valley below. Surely the river will wash away the maiden’s regret just as it healed Demeter, whose red poppies confirm that the seven of stones is about healing. Even if the result of recent actions produced the desired effect, a vague sense of regret may still linger. Follow Demeter’s example and toss regret and sorrow into the river and get on with life.
Growth through hard work and planning but hesitant about the harvest. Time to reap what you have sown.
Pentacles represent money and material things so you should be seeing a small return on your investments. However, be careful of what you do with those finances as this is not the time to take big risks.
Keep in mind that what you put out to the universe comes back to you, so it might be a good time to gain good karma by giving to others, even if it’s just your time.
When you see this card, it tells you success is possible if you work hard and make a plan. Your goal can be achievable, it may take some time to reach it so you will need to be patient. Remember if you plant a seed, it will take a little time, care and work to make it grow.
Seven of Stones (Pentacles) – Reversed
Little gain after hard work, impatience, unprofitable investments. It can also signify a loss or can be an indication of someone with a gambling problem.
This is time to take a look at yourself to see if things around you need to be changed or if you need to make changes in yourself.
If you want to reach your goals or see your plans come to fruition, you may need to come to a clear understanding of what you need to do to make it happen. This is not the time to generalize, you will need to be specific.
Again, if you have your own deck of cards, I would like you to pull a different card each day and without looking up the meaning in a book, write down what you feel when you see the card and if anything you get from studying the picture. I would love for you to let me know through the comment section below or by Email, your interpretation of the card you’ve drawn.
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The Chrysalis Tarot is used with grateful permission written by Toney Brooks, paintings by Holly Sierra. The Chrysalis Tarot is available for purchase at their Website or through the publisher, U. S. Games Inc. You can also find it on Amazon by clicking on the picture of the deck on the left.
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