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Seven of Cups | Symbology & Interpretations | Tarot Card Meanings

The Seven of Cups is a card of many options. The card shows a number of symbols in 7 chalices, yet the character is undecided on which cup to choose and is overwhelmed by the number of options.

The Seven of Cups Keywords

Upright Meanings

Reversed Meanings

Confusion, overwhelm, too many distractions, indecision, multiple options, scattered emotions, the pressure of options and choice, illusion, unrealistic expectations, and lack of clarity.

Rationality, gaining clarity, clearing paths, turning opportunities and dreams into reality, choosing from the heart rather than the head, taking a step back, knowing what choice to make, and seeing past illusions.

Imagery & Symbolism

Seven of Cups
Seven of Cups

Grey Clouds: Grey clouds symbolise illusion and confusion, as well as a lack of clarity and uncertainty.

Seven Cups: In many cultures, the number seven can predict luck and opportunities.

Wreath: In divination, wreaths signify victory and success.

Snake: In the bible and in many cultures, snakes signify deception, lies, and trickery.

Ghost: In divination, ghosts represent our fears, but also a mystery.

Dragon: In divination, dragons are symbolic of power, wealth, and strength.


The Seven of Cups Keywords


The Seven of Cups appearing in any reading will indicate a time when you are overwhelmed by multiple different responsibilities or choices. You will likely feel confused and possibly disorientated, causing emotional turmoil about what you should choose. If you have an important decision to make, you need to think with your heart instead of your mind - as it is getting in the way of your thinking with clarity. The Seven of Cups can also suggest that you have multiple things on your plate, and you don't know how to sort your priorities out. Planning and preparation are very important in this case.


The Seven of Cups is actually slightly more positive. This is because the Seven of Cups can suggest that your confusion is dissipating and is being replaced by clarity, allowing you to make your choices with more ease. A simple way to look at the Seven of Cups in reverse is to remove the grey clouds, which indicate confusion and will allow seeing your options clearly.



In a relationship reading, the Seven of Cups can indicate feeling emotionally overwhelmed with a partner. You likely have multiple responsibilities in your relationship, and it may even be possible that one new problem is stacking on top of the other. As partners in a relationship, you may be overwhelmed by making a choice for the betterment of the relationship. Try to come together as a team and make a plan to move forward. If single, the Seven of Cups can indicate that you have too many responsibilities and may not have time for a relationship. Alternatively, it can suggest having to choose between multiple romantic potentials.


The Seven of Cups is a positive sign that your list of relationship responsibilities is decreasing. It is possible that your partner has taken a couple of burdens off your shoulders to help the relationship move forward more quickly. If there is a choice that needs to be made, you can be reassured that your plan of action will be for the good of your relationship. It is important to remember that whatever choice you make will have an unknown outcome.



In a reading that is work-related, the Seven of Cups can mean you have too much on your shoulders which is leading to emotional burnout. This can negatively impact the quality of the work you are doing, so it is important to take your time when it comes to checking things off your to-do list. Alternatively, you may have to make an important choice around your working life, which needs a lot of planning and clarity.


The Seven of Cups can be positive in the sense that you know what decision you want to make. Whatever choice you make you are likely certain and have based on probability and how it could be the best course of action in your professional life. Sometimes, this card can indicate working through your issues slowly, and not rushing into completing them all - if you do, this will affect the quality of your work.



In a financial-related reading, the Seven of Cups can mean that you fear making an important financial decision. This could be around future investments, big purchases, or maybe even just financial risks you want to take. You probably have multiple options. In this scenario, it would be best to weigh up your pros or cons about this decision, to reduce the risk of error.


The Seven of Cups can sometimes indicate making a financial decision without thinking, even though you have multiple options. As a neutral card, the Seven of Cups can be both positive and negative, this depends highly on the supporting cards around it. If mostly positive, it can suggest that you have clarity around your decisions and know what to do.



In a health reading, the Seven of Cups can suggest that your responsibilities are leading you towards burnout. Taking things slow and having adequate rest are important. Your emotions are likely imbalanced, and you may experience bursts of sadness or stress out of nowhere - this can suggest taking on too much. Alternatively, the Seven of Cups can suggest having multiple choices when it comes to improving your current health - you will need time to decide.


The Seven of Cups can suggest that you have done the research and planning on what choices you need to make regarding your health. You realise the importance of taking things slow and having a rest. The Seven of Cups can also suggest the involvement of other people, which can signify having a supportive group around you.


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