Saturday, June 9, 2012

Sevens-Take The High Ground

Once again we see the number cards moving from balance to imbalance- the Sixes indicated a time of balance, and again, we see the foundation made by them creating the new position indicated by the Sevens. The Sevens tend to show imbalance as well, but here the difference is in advantage- standing on the foundation made by the Sixes, we now find that the advantage is, more often than not, ours.
To start, let's take a look at the Seven of Wands.
Here the message might at first be conflict, and that would be true. However, take a look at the position of the figure, and the wands that are raised against him. When I was in boot camp, our motto was "Take The High Ground", and that seems to be the case here. This also displays exactly why you want to take the high ground- other people are forced to meet you on your terms. So the message here is, though there is conflict, it's on our terms. We have the advantage, and conflict can only make that position stronger, especially in terms of will and conviction. There is a twofold message here- first, the high ground is ours- use the advantages of the situation. Second, don't relinquish that high ground- make wise use of it. In its negative sense, there is a message of uncertainty and doubt- the position is not as firm and sure as we'd like it to be, and the advantages may prove to be ultimately false. In either case, the card is a message to act wisely and carefully- preserve the advantages and exploit them.
Now, on to the Seven of Swords- this is a somewhat different type of advantage, but nonetheless, in many ways conveys a similar sense.
Here we see a less direct attack or conflict than in the Seven of Wands. The sense here is of someone sneaking around, stealing swords. The Swords are tied to intellect and communication- perhaps gossip, rumors, or undermining a person. However, it doesn't look like these swords were that hard to steal, seeing as they're sitting there stuck in the ground outside of the camp. This too is a part of the message. It tells us to review our position. Where are our Swords, metaphorically speaking? Are we making it easy for others to steal them, and use them against us? When this card appears, it does indicate an advantage- one person against an entire encampment? But overconfidence can be the reason why trouble comes- if we are sure of our position and security, we need to double-check, and not assume everything is okay. This is a card of caution and prudence. And in its more negative sense, it indicates rumors, gossip, or some negativity floating around out there with our names on it- the solution to this is to do some research- see what's really going on, and avoid living in that ivory tower.
Now, on to the Seven of Cups- I chose this Rider-Waite image because it's a commonly recognized one, and provides an interesting insight to this card's message.
This represents a vision, or something seemingly fantastic. Not necessarily in the sense of wonderful, great, awesome, but rather in the sense of I'd never believe it if I didn't see it. Notice that the figure looking at these cups is kind of in a holy-smokes position, and that he is apparently coming out of the dark. The message here is discovering good fortune, and discovering a great many options that previously were unknown. So what to do? The question is, where do you want to go? Choosing one of the cups can result either in satisfaction or trouble, judging from the snake and the dragon in two of them. So what do we do? The answer is, remember that this is the suit of both emotion and spirituality. Think clearly, and don't be dazzled by emotions. Let your decision be a careful one, and one you think through. Whatever new opportunities you find, make sure that they are what you really want. The downside to this card would be either making the wrong decision, rashly and unwisely, or not making a decision at all- sometimes it's better to make a choice than endlessly debate the options in your mind. This tells us, basically, the choice is yours. Don't waste it.
Finally, we have the Seven of Pentacles. This too is an advantageous card, and again, in its own way.
Here we see a farmer- he must be a good one, because (wait for it) he's out standing in his field. Okay, bad jokes aside, we see the results of hard work here- the field has required careful tending, planting and weeding, and soon the farmer will reap the fruits of his labor. Perhaps not quite yet, but the end is a given here- all the hard work will soon pay off, and the harvest will come. This card is a message to stand fast and wait for things to come around. The farmer knows he can't rush the process- he's planted and tended, and now in their own time the plants yield a harvest. So the message here is one of patience- wait for things to happen, and be ready when they do. It's also a message of wise investment- don't count your chickens before they're hatched, so to speak. The negative aspects of this card are a lack of preparation, and from that, a lack of rewards. It's a call to be sure things are in order before proceeding, and to make full use of them.
So overall, the Sevens demonstrate a good position to be in- however, like all good positions, it's only as good as the ways we use it in. Careful planning and thorough understanding are the order of the day among the Sevens.

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