As a reminder, the suit of wands is driven by masculine energy and usually represents willpower, change, and an impulse to create and make something new. Scholars and academics have connected the suit of wands to the classical element of fire, and most of the cards from that suit embody the symbolic attributes of this element, one way or another.
Seven of Wands: Traditional meanings
Standing tall like a hero against all odds on the picture in the Rider Waite Smith deck, the seven of wands should be seen as a paragon of virtue, sacrifice, selflessness, courage, and valor. Likewise, it echoes the resolve and determination to stand up for what you believe in, against all odds.
Conversely, the reversed meaning of this card usually deals with manipulative people or people who are always on the defensive and never proactively achieve anything. Valor turns into procrastination and apathy, a fertile breeding ground for negative ideas.
Upright: Courage, proactive behavior, standing for your beliefs, and valor.
Reversed: Defensiveness, lack of critical distance, and being offended.
Upright Seven of Wands
Another scene with just a single man in the traditional RWS deck, armed with a single staff and seemingly fighting and fending off assaults coming from the other six wands and staves displayed on the card.
The man in the scene seems rather young, but it face is full of determination and he is clearly unafraid, in spite of the obviously unbalanced odds, and his apparent lack of any kind of protective armor, shield, or defense, as he only seems to be wearing the simple linen clothes of common people. .
In this suit of Wands, as can clearly be inferred from the very evocative illustration found in the Rider Waite Smith deck, this card is mainly a token of courage, bravery, and selflessness.
This card is usually drawn in a reading to highlight someone ready and willing to stand up for their own beliefs, and do their best to make the world a better place in the process.
On a more figurative level, it also represents someone arguing and defending their position against a large majority of dissenting voices. Like the fighter displayed on the Minor Arcana, this represents someone willing to defend what they believe in even when surrounded with obvious and numerous detractors.
Just like the sixth of wands, this card can also represent some kind of sports competition, though on a strictly personal schedule when the sixth of wands tarot cards dealt with team sports.
Finally, this is also a sign of proactive behavior, of trying to take the initiative and be the first to act in anticipation, before it is too late.
Reversed Seven of Wands
The reversed meaning of the seven of wands minor arcana twists the normal behavior of the archetypal character on the card and turns him into a caricature of himself. Reversed, the seven of wands tarot meaning deals with a person that is easily offended and prone to anger, someone reacting way out of line and out of proportion to any triggering stimulus.
Seven of Wands and love
In the context of a love tarot reading, drawing the seven of wands usually hints at some kind of “white knight” syndrome within the relationship, but usually in a good and non-invasive way. Regardless, it means that at least one partner in this relationship basically only lives to make the other one happy.
When it is reversed, however, the seven of wands has a much more sinister meaning in a love tarot reading. It might represent someone unwilling to make any kind of serious commitment or effort within the relationship, but still clinging on to it. This highlights a kind of toxic love and hates relationship that might be the breeding ground for a passive-aggressive personality. When it is drawn in a love tarot reading, it should be taken as a serious warning, a plea to escape the relationship if you are the victim, and a drive to take a step back and realize the impact of your own actions if you are the passive-aggressive bully in that relationship.