Look at the Rider Waite version of the seven of swords. What do you see? You see some guy sneaking away. He has with him all the swords. What is he up to? What is going on here? Look at that smug look on his face. He’s getting away with something, and he knows it. There is trickery afoot, dishonesty.
Is he really getting away with it though? If you look closely in the background you will see a gathering of other people silhouetted in the distance. Do they see him? Do they know what is going on? Are they going to call him out on what he is doing, or are they going to say, “Screw it. Whatever.”
This is a message of the seven of swords- beware of dishonesty. Do you suspect it in a situation involving another? Do you know about it outright? Be mindful of it. When this card comes up for you in a reading, consider the saying “forewarned is forearmed.” You have a heads up that something is not as it should be with a person or a situation.
What will you do with this information? That is entirely up to you. Is this a serious situation? Does it warrant a confrontation? Police intervention? A law suit? Or does it mean that you should be careful? Are you considering a business partnership that does not feel right to you? Something is off with it? Pay attention to this gut feeling. It is not for nothing.
Are you sensitive in this way? Sometimes when you are around somebody, do you just feel like something is not to your liking about them, whether you can put your finger on it or not? Do certain places or situations also give you these feelings? Listen to what the message is for you here. Don’t ignore it if it is telling you to go in the opposite direction. Our guts are much wiser than most our brains will have us believe.
When the seven of swords comes up for you in a reading, pay attention. Investigate the idea that perhaps there is dishonesty involved. Don’t get sucked into a bad situation. Don’t put your trust where it does not belong. Investigate a person or a situation fully. It is better, in this circumstance, to be overly cautious than to be a victim. Be mindful of dishonesty. That is a valuable message of this card.