Major Arcanum VII, The Conqueror, sometimes called The Chariot or Victory in other decks, anchors the Sevens of the Minor Arcana. Seven is the number of fulfillment on the physical plane because of the Septenary Law in nature, as demonstrated by the seven visible planets; the seven colors in the spectrum; seven notes in an octave (the eighth note being a repeat of the first); seven charkas; seven seas; and other examples not mentioned here. This Arcanum generally means success in overcoming trials and temptations, and moving on from that success to greater adventures.
The key phrase for the mundane meaning of the Seven of Scepters is SUCCESS IN TEACHING OR PUBLISHING. Other mundane interpretations for The Seven of Scepters might be:
Benevolent influences surround you
Keep aims on an ideal level
Dissemination of constructive ideas
Religious principles applied to business
Personal philosophy wins popularity
The key word for the inner, astrological meaning of the Seven of Scepters is DEVOTION as one might expect it being based upon the Sagittarius decanate of Sagittarius. The characteristic of this influence is religiosity, which need not be steeped in orthodoxy, but is often expressed through a kinship with nature and a love and sympathy for all living creatures. The influence of this decanate is an ability to contact the cosmic consciousness and rely upon its guidance through an inner voice, dreams, or instincts.
A harp of seven strings represents this decanate in the heavens. As harmony is set into motion by the vibratory rate of thoughts, it is Mercury, ruler of thoughts, who gave a harp to Orpheus.
Orpheus married his true love, Euridice, who was abducted to the underworld by Pluto. Inconsolable, Orpheus traveled to the underworld where his beautiful music so touched Pluto that he agreed to release Euridice provided Orpheus not look back until out of his underworld realm. Tragically, Orpheus was unable to abide by Pluto’s request and lost his cherished bride forever.
Zain writes, “The invisible realm of Pluto can be contacted and controlled through the harmonies engendered by pleasant emotional states and loving thoughts more successfully than in any other way. Looking backward and not forward sets in motion vibrations of the past, attracting external conditions we flee.” The spiritual text for the Seven of Scepters is: On every plane harmony is life and discord is death.
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