The 7 of cups tarot card typically depicts 7 cups, each with a different item inside. It represents that a choice needs to be made. When no speedy conclusion is made, we’ll lose everything. There is a requirement to make a decision on what is important to focus on, rather than wanting everything.
I suggest, while looking at this card description, you have your tarot deck in front of you and decide for yourself if you agree with the feelings on this page or if the card represents something entirely different to you.
*The image at the top of the page does not depict all of the feelings represented by a specific tarot deck! You can find other tarot card meanings here!
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A few words to describe the card:
Decision, Haste, Fleeting choices
7 of Cups
Overall, the 7 of cups is here to remind us that we need to make a choice. That we have a decision to make. We cannot have everything, and the other options must be set aside to achieve the goal. However, if we get stuck trying to hold onto all of these cups, we will halt. There will be no forward progress. Also, all of the cups may not have positive items inside. Some of the paths we can take may lead to detrimental outcomes.
It’s also a reminder that we can’t always have what we want. We may want youthfulness, or power, or money, but those are not achievable without work being put in.
Similarly, this card can represent what is not ideal. Of temptations that we should avoid. The same idea follows that we cannot have it all, nor should we. Typically, there is a snake represented in one of the cups, to depict one temptation – the temptation of knowledge (like the snake from Eden). Don’t take this to mean to not follow your dreams when you see this card appear, but choose wisely and think it through.
I’ve decided to do a highlight of specific tarot cards, if the decks have significantly different meanings. You can find more cards and descriptions here.
I’ve learned a lot about tarot cards through reading books, websites, and the booklets that come with the books. These posts I’m hoping will be slightly different, because they highlight maybe different aspects. Tarot cards are meant to have different meanings to everyone, so take what agrees with you and think on the rest. I’ll be comparing the images of my current tarot decks, and how the feelings differ for me based on which deck I use: Healing Light Tarot, Rider Tarot Deck, and Triple Goddess Tarot. Typically, I consider the Healing Light to have a more masculine energy and Triple Goddess to have a feminine energy associated with it.
Differences and Similarities between Decks
The card I wanted to highlight was from the Triple Goddess Tarot deck, because the 7 of cups has a slightly different message behind it. These cards all have fairly similar feelings associated with them. It’s a matter of what you desire. What is wanted vs what is needed. It can also be seen as excess want, as many of the cups have power and money in them. These cups are a reminder that you may have one, but can’t have all of them. We also cannot spread ourselves too thinly between everything.
To compare, in the first deck, the cups are in a shop. We might be able to afford one item, but not able to buy all of them. Or we’re looking longingly at what is all available. But maybe we don’t want all of these items because they aren’t all helpful in the long run. In the second image, all of the cups are on clouds, and with a change in the weather, they might all float away out of reach. We can’t waste time deciding on which path to take. If we do, all of the cups will float away and we’ll be left with no options.
Still confused about the meanings of the cards? A few tools that have been really helpful for me have been: practice, taking the time to look at each card, read books like Tarot: Learn How to Read and Interpret the Cards by Kim Arnold. Or try out tarot spreads! Try doing a simple reading every day. The Labyrinthos app is really helpful too. Or try some that I’ve created by looking here: Tarot Spreads.
Also, check out other card comparisons between tarot decks! Click here.