(The above image is a copy of The Seven of Pentacles card in a standard Rider-Waite Tarot deck. The 4 symbols pointed out above are explained below.)
The Seven of Pentacles illustrates long term project fulfillments. In the card, a farmer gazes at his crop of pentacles. His face has an inquisitive expression, suggesting that he is thinking of the future of his farm. Undeterred by short term gains, the Seven of Pentacles asks us to think of the big picture.
For more information about The Seven of Pentacles card, check out A. E. Waite’s description here.
Point 1 – FIGURE
The figure in the card leans against his hoe after working hard on his crops. This figure is in repose and illustrates the importance of resting after working. If you can work hard, you can play hard.
Point 2 – FIGURE’S EXPRESSION
The figure’s expression is one of the more interesting things about him. Instead of being happy at his harvest, he looks perplexed, confused even. This illustrates a necessity to not be stagnant. If you are no longer physically working, that doesn’t mean you can’t be mentally working as your rest.
Point 3 – PENTACLES
The pentacles in this card appear in the form of crops. Rather than the dead stone pentacles of the Three card, these pentacles contain life and illustrate the growth that possessions can offer to our psyche. While six of the pentacles appear on the left, one pentacle is on the rights. This represents a possible change in the status quo.
Point 4 – FIGURE’S BOOTS
Notable in the card is the figure’s differing boots. A figure having different shoes on often represents a nuanced understanding that combines seemingly paradoxical ideas. Another figure in Tarot that wears different shoes is the man in the Seven of Wands card.
An Upright Seven of Pentacles encourages you to focus on long-term projects with high payoffs. Perhaps you want to start writing a novel or are planning to have a kid. These projects can be daunting however when completed they can be incredibly satisfying. An Upright Seven of Pentacles suggests that the big picture is what you need to be focusing on.
A Reverse Seven of Pentacles appears when your attention is scattered and unproductive. Perhaps a lot of tiny projects are taking up your valuable time. Perhaps your workflow has a lot of unnecessary detours. A Reverse Seven of Pentacles encourages you to value your time and to reexamine where you are placing your attention so that you can work efficiently and reap the benefits of your mind.
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