Element: Air

Sign: 3. decan of Aquarius

Planet: Moon

Tree of Life: Netzach

Light: unmasking illusions, unstable effort, vacillation, futile success, talk of trickery, cheating

Shadow:  treachery, deceit, illusion, amorality, evil tricks

Lord of Futility

The Seven of Swords, also known as the Lord of Futility, is a card that represents the challenges of maintaining focus and direction. The Six of Swords transitioning to the Seven of Swords signifies a shift from success and balance to confronting challenges of clarity and uncertainty. This card encourages us to seek clarity and make decisive actions, even in the face of uncertainty.

Joe’s Divine Guidance - Seven of Swords in a Tarot Reading



When the Seven of Swords appears upright, it may indicate a situation where you are experiencing indecision or a lack of clarity. It suggests that you may be feeling uncertain about your direction or purpose. This card encourages you to seek clarity and make decisive actions, even in the face of uncertainty.

In its reversed form, the Seven of Swords suggests that you may be experiencing a sense of futility or frustration. It may indicate a situation where your efforts seem to be in vain, or where you are struggling to see the value in your actions. This card encourages you to reassess your situation and consider whether your efforts are being directed in the most effective way.

Mystical Symbolism - Seven of Swords Thoth

Image of the Seven of Swords in the Thoth tarot deck.

The Central Sword: The central sword in the Seven of Swords represents the sun, our spiritual center. This sword symbolizes the inspiration that has brought us this far on our journey.


The Surrounding Swords: The swords surrounding the central one represent the different attributes of consciousness in their unfavorable aspects. These swords symbolize the reasons we tell ourselves why we shouldn’t bother pursuing our goals.


Mars: The sphere of Mars on one of the swords represents a lack of energy to fight and get through whatever stands in our way. This symbolizes the internal struggle we face when pursuing our goals.


Venus: The sphere of Venus on another sword represents the fear of not finding love if we continue on our path. This symbolizes the emotional barriers we put up that prevent us from pursuing our goals.

The Moon: The sphere of the moon on yet another sword represents the disregard for our intuition. This symbolizes the self-doubt that can cloud our judgment and decision-making.

Tree of Life: Netzach and the Seven of Swords

In the Tree of Life, the Seven of Swords corresponds to Netzach, representing love, beauty, and desire. Netzach is also associated with the struggle to maintain balance and harmony. The Seven of Swords embodies this struggle, encouraging us to seek balance and harmony, even in the face of great challenges.

Astrology Insights

The Seven of Swords is associated with the Moon in Aquarius. This combination suggests a struggle with indecision and a lack of clarity. The Moon, representing our emotions and instincts, in the sign of Aquarius, known for its intellectual and innovative nature, creates a dynamic of emotional intelligence and understanding. This energy encourages us to seek clarity and make decisive actions, even in the face of uncertainty.