Seven of Cups Tarot Card Meaning Explained

seven of cups thothKeywords

  • Attachments
  • Addiction
  • Fantasies
  • Delusions
  • Opportunity
  • Deception



General Meaning of the Seven of Cups in a Reading

The seven of Cups in the Tarot Cards is a tricky one and not easy to navigate. It may point to certain addictions or fantasies we have or particular emotional attachments that are not healthy for us. This can be in our Love Relationships, our attachment to financial security or simply to unhealthy habits such as drinking too much.

The problem with this card, in any tarot reading, whether we are doing an online 1 card tarot spread or a more detailed Celtic Cross Reading, is that we often don’t see the problem. We may be so taken in by the illusion of riches, fame or success that we don’t see the reality.

Symbolism of the Seven of Cups

seven of cupsAt first, this card may look very appealing, with the seven cups filled with treasure; jewels, a castle, women and so on. It’s easy to get lost in these promises of pleasure. However, we can see the man is all black, showing he is quite lost and “in the dark”, so to speak. He seems swept away by his dreams, and because the suit of cups is all about emotions, he has a very powerful emotional draw to the options on offer.

In this instance, we advise an angel card reading alongside a Tarot Spread. It will assess whether these offerings are real or simply a delusion. Whether they are wishful thinking or fantasy. There are many options and opportunities here, but perhaps they are not what they seem.

Seven of Cups in the Past

It can be a bit of a relief to get this card in the past position of a 3 card tarot spread. The fantasies and delusions we once held are over, although we may still be feeling their repercussions. We may now have to take responsibility for some bad choices we have made, but at least we are no longer under a spell.

Seven of Cups in the Present

Receiving this card in the present may serve as a bit of a warning. It might be time to wake up from the fantasy and break unhealthy habits in your life, whether it’s a toxic relationship, addiction or lack of responsibility. Pull yourself away from the delusion and wishful thinking. Ground yourself in reality so that you don’t become disappointed.

Seven of Cups in the Future

You may receive many interesting new opportunities in the future; perhaps career-related or financially promising. However, it’s important not to get too swept up in options which may appear tempting but in actual fact may be disappointing. Be aware of your emotional attachments, and try to distinguish friend from foe.

Reversed Seven of Cups

seven of cups reversedReceiving this card reversed can point to a few things. There are a few options available to you right now, and instead of being swept away by the dream, you may be considering things from a more grounded standpoint. However, there is still a chance that you can be overwhelmed by these many choices. Try and look at the whole picture for the future rather than getting caught in details.

Seven of Cups Tarot One Card Meaning

When you get this card in a One Card Reading, you are fantasizing about too many options at the moment and there is a sense of emotional dependency on these fantasies. Narrow your choices down and step into the light. Become truly conscious of what is real and what is not, so that you avoid disappointment. Cut yourself free of any unhealthy emotional attachments, especially when it comes to relationships.

Seven of Cups Yes/No Meaning

When this card appears face up a Yes/No Tarot Reading, it means that your answer is yes. Even though this situation will come to pass, you may feel very emotionally conflicted and overwhelmed by the many options available. You could feel as if you are opening a can of worms; do your best not to idealize each option and stand back from your emotional attachments to any outcome.

When you get this card facing down, your answer is No. You have very few options at this time, but you could be feeling extremely unclear about which direction to go. Release your emotional attachments to the options and develop logic. The chances are that your fantasies will not be fulfilled at this time, only your realistic goals, so work on those.


This card denotes some more challenging times ahead, specifically in the Love or romance department but also when it comes to money or career matters. You need to be wide awake and choose from a place of wisdom rather than what your ego wants. You may be living in a bit of a fantasy, or easily deceived at the moment. Although many opportunities are coming up, try and be discerning about what you choose.

Affirmations for the Seven of Cups

“I make my choices from a place of inner wisdom”

“I will not be swept away by fantasy”

“Reality grounds me”

“I choose to remain awake to the truth”

“I will not allow temptation to sway my decisions”

“It is time to let go of any addictions that may have a hold on me”

“I will carefully monitor unhealthy emotional attachments”

More on the Meaning of the Seven of Cups

Seven of CupsWhen we are in a confused space and unable to make a considered or grounded choice, perhaps because our judgment is clouded for any reason, it can be a good idea to turn to someone who can light the way for us. The Psychic Advisors at the Psychic Centre are skilled at helping with any matter, from love to money and career or a sticky family issue. We also recommend the advisors at Purple Ocean for excellent advice.

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Article Info

Date: Feb 28, 2019
Amelie Rose Estrela is an experienced psychic and recently published, esteemed lead author for the Psychic Guild since 2003. She has written hundreds of articles for the website on a range of topics covered within the psychic niche, including Psychics & Mediums, Tarot & Angel Cards, Astrology & Horoscopes (the topic of her newly-released e-book), Love & Relationships, and Spells & Magic. You can find out more about Amelie on
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