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SEVEN OF SWORDS in The RIDER WAITE Deck of Tarot Cards

How to read the 7 seven of swords card in the minor arcana of the rider waite tarot

Quick Keywords

Theft, loss, sneaking away, underhand, cunning, someone taking.


This card shows a figure creeping away from a camp, carrying 5 of the 7 swords.  The last 2 are left standing in the ground.  The figure has quite a smug expression on his face.


This card represents something being taken away, often in a very underhand, sneaky way.

It is a card of stealth and cunning to extricate yourself from a situation, which might not be a bad thing. It can be that someone is trying to sneak out of situation, rather than confront someone and deal with the matter openly.

The expression on the figure’s face suggests he thinks he has got away with something he knows he really should not have done.

He is carrying the swords in a very inefficient way and not looking where he is going. The swords could very easily slip on his toes.

It is likely that he could get found out or his actions come back to haunt him.  This can be someone who is a thief or a spy or a liar or a personal committing some sort of fraud or wrong-doing.

If someone is contemplating actions, which they know are not quite legal or ethical, this card can be a warning that they will get found out.  If they do it will most likely be due to their own feelings of guilt or conscience.

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