The Meaning of
the "Seven of Pentacles" Tarot Card
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The Meaning of
the "Seven of Pentacles"
The Symbolism of the Seven of Pentacles
A farm laborer rests on his garden tool and contemplates the fruits of his work. Six pentacles adorn his crop like fruits of the harvest, and one pentacle rests on the ground at his feet.
The worker looks tired and weary, but takes satisfaction in his work.
The worker looks tired and weary, but takes satisfaction in his work. The look on his face may be interpreted as fatigue but also seems to show a sense of completion.
How to Interpret the Seven of Pentacles
The Seven of Pentacles represents hard work, and the satisfaction of a doing a job well.
The message here is not one of immediate gratification or rapid success, but a genuine sense of fulfillment which comes after logging long hours of labor, and seeing the results take shape.
It references both the process of hard work, and the ultimate fruits of one's labor.
When the Seven of Pentacles card comes up in a reading it references both the process of hard work, and the ultimate fruits of one's labor.
The card is also a gentle suggestion to take some time to assess one's work after a period of time.
If there's soemthing you've been working on for a while, the Seven of Pentacles reminds us to step back from our work and take measure of it. It's easy to be so caught up in the moment, that we don't take a minute to reflect on the things we've done.
If you're still waiting to see the reults of your hard work, the Seven of Pentacles reminds us not to get frustrated. The fruits of success are coming, and hard work will ultimately be rewarded.
It's fine to take a breather. But don't quit.
The Seven of Pentacles is a positive card, and carries additional overtones of business success and career advancement.
The Seven of Pentacles Inverted
There are several possible meanings to the reversed Seven of Pentacles, but all of them revolve around the concept of unifinished work.
Knowing when to quit can be one of the most difficult choices we make — especially if many months or years are already invested.
It's often a sign that something we're working on may not be worth the effort we're currently investing in it.
When the inverted Seven of Pentacles comes up in a reading, it's often a sign that something we're working on may not be worth the effort we're currently investing in it. Maybe we've realized that already. Or maybe it's something we're just beginning to feel.
Likewise, Seven of Pentacles reversed may be an indication that changing circumstances are threatening a situation, and just might be making someone lose interest.
When interest wanes, there's a danger that some goals won't be attained and some projects won't be completed. But there's also a danger they'll be completed badly.
In a relationship reading, the Seven of Pentacles often indicates a relationship which got off to a great start, but may be going off-track somehow. The simple emotional sustenance and gratification that was once there, may be waning.
Common Symbols Found On the Seven of Pentacles Card
Tarot cards often use a a common symbology to illustrate additional hints about how the card should be interpreted. The Seven of Pentacles includes at least four well-known, repeating Tarot symbols. Each of these common symbols can add greater layers of meaning to the card.
The symbols which appear on the Seven of Pentacles card are:
Water symbolism appears on the Seven of Pentacles card:
In Tarot symbolism, water appears in many forms — ranging from small pools, to bubbling rivers and streams, to endless oceans and seas. While each of these representations of water may imply a more specified meaning, water in broad strokes represents emotion, nourishment and our intuitive nature. In the Tarot deck, water is more common in the Minor Arcana, and is more often (but not only) found in Cups cards.
Fruits and Vegetables
Fruits and vegetables symbolism appears on the Seven of Pentacles card:
While some specific vegetables or fruits have unique interpretations in Tarot (Apples and pomegranates, for example), fruits and vegetables in a broad sense reference fertility, material wealth or a time of plenty. Fruits and vegetables are also generally correlated with warm emotions and a job well done.
Read more about the symbolism of "Fruits and Vegetables" in Tarot
Hand tools symbolism appears on the Seven of Pentacles card:
The symbolism of work-tools in the Tarot deck is tightly linked to the positive virtues of hard work and self-reliance. With the use of tools, we make ourselves more productive and skillful — and ultimately more fulfilled.
Grey skies symbolism appears on the Seven of Pentacles card:
Sky colors in Tarot imagery often hide subtle hints pointing to the message of each card. Grey skies often point to a level of unpredictability. This neutral colored sky is not foreboding, nor necessarily good.
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