Seven of Pentacles Tarot Card Meanings

Seven of Pentacles’ Upright & Reversed Meanings

Seven of Pentacles tarot card image
Seven of Pentacles (Reversed, Lacking)

Ideas: Adjustment, improvement, resumption

Traits: Active, adaptable, confident, decisive, flexible, practical, realistic

Emotions: Eagerness, enjoyment, enthusiasm, optimism

  • Actions:
    • Abandoning an underwhelming project
    • Adjusting your expectation
    • Improving your creation based on feedback
    • Overcoming your fear of success or failure
    • Resuming where you left off
    • Returning to work with renewed motivation
    • Taking a different approach to solving a problem
Seven of Pentacles (Upright, Balanced)

Ideas: Evaluation, inspection, pause

Traits: Contemplative, experimental, hesitant, indecisive, reflective, slow

Emotions: Apprehension, disappointment, frustration, hope

  • Actions:
    • Coming up with ideas for improving your health or prosperity
    • Considering whether it’s time for a change
    • Evaluating progress towards your goal
    • Expressing an honest opinion
    • Looking at results with an eye towards improving performance
    • Measuring your happiness
    • Putting aside and letting something be in a natural manner
Seven of Pentacles (Upright, Excessive)

Ideas: Disengagement, nonchalance, procrastination

Traits: Critical, distractible, dreamy, lazy, leisurely, passive, relaxed, timid

Emotions: Fear, insecurity, longing, melancholy, sentimentality

  • Actions:
    • Beating yourself up over lost opportunities
    • Becoming distracted by melancholy thoughts
    • Holding others to inappropriate standards
    • Judging your own work harshly
    • Longing for the good old days
    • Refusing to take part in a project, then whining about the quality of the outcome

Seven of Pentacles’ Advice

Personal Growth

You can waste an entire lifetime wrestling with regrets. Escape the trap. Shift your focus from the past to the future, and resolve to make the most of the here and now. No amount of looking back can rewrite history; by contrast, working in the here and now can radically alter tomorrow.

Relationship

When this relationship started, what did you imagine it could become? To what extent have your expectations been fulfilled? If it falls short, you have two options: confront the difference … or revise your expectations. Which option is most likely to lead to happiness?

Career

Fulfillment keeps work from becoming drudgery. What do you need in order to feel rewarded? To what extent is your current work providing this? A new project can breathe life back into a dull job. Be alert for opportunities to change your job without, necessarily, changing jobs.

Spirituality

Which are you more likely to do: look back on wasted days or focus on a brighter future? The past is the past; let it go. If you haven’t achieved, spiritually speaking, what you hoped to achieve by now, deepen your resolve, set new goals, and pray for the strength to achieve them.

Seven of Pentacles’ Symbols & Insights

The Crop of Pentacles

Rider–Waite–Smith-inspired illustrations portray a vine or tree bearing a crop of golden Coins: the fruit of past labor. Take stock of what you have today, and consider how past efforts have contributed to your current situation. If you’re unhappy at all, change your strategy; to get different results, stop doing the same old thing.

The Unhappy Farmer

Rider–Waite–Smith-influenced decks depict a man whose posture and expression suggest a level of exhaustion and regret that not even a bumper crop can alleviate. Most likely, his expectations were out of alignment with reality. What expectations do you have? How have these expectations shaped your efforts?

Everyone’s a Critic

Each person sees his or her situation through a lens of his or her own making. What role might prejudices and assumptions play in your current situation?

The Marseilles Image

Seven coins are balanced like berries on vines that sag beneath their weight. In your situation, how might further growth be limited by past performance? Might some items be ripe for picking—creating room for new expansion and growth?

More About Seven of Pentacles Tarot Card

Prediction
Things won’t work out as expected.
Pick up the pieces and prepare to move on.
Timing
Between May 11 and May 20
Affirmation
“To stay on target, I measure my progress.”
Numerology Number
7
(the motive: imagination, inner work, psychology)
Classical Element
Earth
Astrological Planet in Sign
Saturn in Taurus
Story Character
The main character looks back on what he or she has achieved and sees his or her work in a new light.
Questions to Ask
To what extent have I fulfilled my own expectations?
What are the terms of success?
How can I be happier with the progress I’ve made?
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