The Seven of Swords shows a character sneaking away from a circus holding a collection of swords.
Upright: Deception, lies, stealing, theft, sneaking around, corruption, untruthfulness, misinformation, betrayal, unclear intentions.
Reversed: Imposter syndrome, manipulation, dishonesty, lying to yourself, admitting wrongdoings, fraud, corruption, keeping secrets.
Circus: The circus, also portrayed as a military camp, can suggest being made a fool of.
Sneaking: The man is proud of himself for sneaking away without being noticed.
Turned Head: The character turns its head back to double-check he is not caught. This is symbolic of the card's cautious meaning.
SEVEN OF SWORDS MEANINGS
The Seven of Swords appearance means that there is some form of deception going on around you in your situation. This could be something hidden from you by others or something that you are hiding. This card is traditionally a warning card so that you can be careful of how much information you give away to others.
REVERSE: The Seven of Swords can suggest that you are not being honest with yourself or others regarding your situation. It is important to be truthful to others at this time. Alternatively, if you are lying to yourself, you may be forcing yourself to believe something that isn't true.
LOVE & RELATIONSHIP
In a relationship reading, the Seven of Swords can indicate that your partner is not being entirely truthful about something, or they are hiding something from you. In a worst-case scenario, the presence of the Three of Swords alongside the Seven of Swords can indicate infidelity or cheating in relationships.
REVERSE: The Seven of Swords can suggest you are not being entirely honest to your partner, or are hiding something from them. Sometimes, the Seven of Swords can mean although you aren't being honest with them, you may be getting away with it.
CAREER, JOB & BUSINESS
In a reading that is work-related, the Seven of Swords can mean that something is being hidden from you in your work or career. It is possible you are being deceived by others or your colleagues. The presence of the Page of Swords alongside the Seven of Swords can indicate that your colleagues are gossiping about you behind your back, and spreading false rumours.
REVERSE: The Seven of Swords can suggest that you are hiding something from others in your work or career. It is important to be honest, as eventually the truth will be revealed. Sometimes, you may get away with your actions, however, the Seven of Swords is a warning card to not make the same mistakes again.
In a financial-related reading, the Seven of Swords can suggest theft of your finances. Be careful of those around you, as they may be taking advantage of your financial situation. If your finances are in relation to your job, it may be that you are not being paid correctly, or are being taken advantage of for your time and effort.
REVERSE: The Seven of Swords can suggest that you may be lying about your financial situation to other people or are taking advantage of someone's financial situation through lies or deceit.
In a health reading, the Seven of Swords can suggest that you are being taken advantage of to the detriment of your health. If your health is worsening, look around you and make sure you are not being taken advantage of.
REVERSE: The Seven of Swords can suggest that you are rejecting the idea of illness. If you are unwell, there is likely an obvious reason, but you may not be able to handle the truth or are completely fooling yourself. It is important to be open-minded about health conditions.