The key phrase for the mundane meaning of the Seven of Swords is DANGER THROUGH TRAVEL OR SPORT. This is an obvious combination of the traveling Arcanum VII The Conqueror, ruled by sporty Sag, and a message of warning always carried by the suit of Swords. Other mundane interpretations for this card might be:
Progress follows conflict Victory through hard work
Adverse publicity from co-workers
Faith overcomes physical afflictions
Fight discord with faith
The key word for the inner astrological meaning of the Seven of Swords is ACHIEVEMENT. This Virgo-Virgo decanate, sub-ruled by Mercury, exerts as much assimilative qualities as one can get out of a reasoning mind. Here the mind is active and restless. This decanate is pictured in the heavens by the constellation Bootes the bear driver, who with his sickle urges the Great Bear about the heavens, the Great Bear we now know from last week’s blog as symbolizing Reason. To further convey the idea that man’s thoughts yield a precious and heady fruit when carefully tended, Bootes has traditionally been associated with vineyards, the wine from such a fruit symbolizing the stimulating elixir that drives one to greater and greater achievement. When the sun enters Virgo, the harvest ripens and the grapes are sweet and swollen on the vine having drawn water from the earth. Grapes may grow amidst lush green acres, but grapes may also be raised along steep hillsides and rocky soil. Zain says, “So too, when life’s circumstances offer scant footing and hard, rough obstacles we are reminded that it is possible to cultivate the finest traits of character from challenging circumstances.” Those who seek spiritual growth do not need special settings, unusual circumstances, or privilege to develop the powers of their soul. The basic material needed for our soul growth is our own experience in life, whatever that may. The spiritual message is: From every event of life the soul may extract value, even as the verdant vine transforms indifferent waters into rich and sparkling wine.
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