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Seven of Cups - Tarot Card Meanings

Key Symbolism


choices, temptations, illusions, dreams, thoughts, wishful thinking, an array of choices,  being spoiled by options and offers.

seven of cups tarot

Description and Symbolism


In the Seven of Cups card, we see a large cloud on which seven cups are placed. The cups have different things coming out of them, possibly representing thoughts, illusions or different choices. Also, what seems good at the first glance, might not turn out to be, as indicated by the skull on the cup filled with the laurel wreath symbolizing a victory. Before the cloud stands a man with his hands outstretched as if in surprise. Maybe he is overwhelmed by all the choices.

General Meaning


The number seven hints to a challenge. Seven of Cups deals with choices and options we face in our life. It can be a good thing to be able to chose, but this freedom can also bring anguish. Some decisions are not easy to make, and it is impossible to know all the consequences of a choice. It also symbolizes Illusions. Something presented to us, might not be what it seems. So the Seven of Cups can also indicate a warning. Another meaning is wishful thinking. Maybe you dream about something or idealize a situation or a person and this makes you loose touch with reality. The Seven of Cups can be a reminder to thoroughly think about the choices you are facing or a warning not to be blinded by an illusion.

Love Meaning

In a love reading Seven of Cups could mean that you are in love and not seeing your crush for what they are, but seeing an idealized version of them, since this card also deals with illusions. It can mean that you are engaged in wishful thinking, and what you see just isn’t there. It can also warn you from someone who wants you to see them for something they are not. Seven of Cups also indicates dreams and fantasies about someone. For a single person it can indicate a lot of options. 

As Feelings:


If you ask how someone feels for you Seven of Cups can indicate that they feel a bit confused and overwhelmed. The person in question might not have made up their mind about you. They might not be able to see you for who you are. This person might feel unable to act because they don't know what to say or do. Another meaning could be that they have a crush on you. They might enjoy to fantasize about you.

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