Card Profile: Seven of Swords

Seven of Swords represents a deviation from values and the correct path to the rat-run and warns that what is perceived as a rat-run might be nothing more than self-deception.
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Description

The Seven of Swords depicts a man carrying away five swords in his arms while two swords remain stuck on the ground. The man; who is a pilferer, wears a red headpiece and is running on toes; he seems to be sneaking away with an over-confident and mocking look on his face. In the background, a military camp is visible. In far behind, the silhouettes of a group of soldiers are discernible.
The act of pilferage represents choosing the short-cut; which gives a bit of satisfaction but deprives one of full-satisfaction. Choosing the short-cut; more often than not, is an act of deception, even though nobody gets harmed in the process; one choosing to deviate from his values and the correct path deceives his true self, in a deficient functioning of mental capabilities, as represented by the swords left behind. Furthermore, despite the over-confidence of the pilferer, he seems to be caught therefore rendering his act only harmful to himself and leaving him behind the point where he has started.
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Above all, don’t lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love.

-Fyodor Dosteyevsky, from The Brothers Karamazov

Annotation

The Seven of Swords is a card of deception, and failure to “get away unnoticed”; and advises to act with rigor when resorting to secrecy and tricks. It clearly indicates that the easy path is not always the best path to follow; and calls for assuming the responsibility and acting with a clear conscience. Furthermore, this card also calls to be wary of other’s deceptive actions or betrayals not to be the victim. A person represented by this card would be secretive, calculating and might be unethical from time to time: He might even be a thief, cheater or trickster. Career-wise, this card might indicate that a short-cut might seem to be appealing albeit unethical and calls one to question whether the chosen path is fair and ethical. It also asks for being aware of co-workers’ possible mal-intentions.  In the relationship context, the Seven of Swords might imply a cheating partner, or at least not being told the whole truth.
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Summing up, the Seven of Swords is a card of deception and risk of betrayal, and it serves as a reminder of the fact that deceivers do the greatest damage to themselves by destroying their integrity at the first place.
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