Andrea has a background in Myers-Briggs and Western astrology. She mostly writes about relationships.
Basic Information About the Seven of Pentacles
The Seven of Pentacles is more about the journey than the destination, and it often signals that you are making successful progress on your projects. For example, it could mean you're considering buying a new house or about to get a promotion. This card ultimately indicates that you're making choices that benefit your dreams and end goals.
This card could signify that you are receiving emotional or spiritual rewards at this time—not necessarily monetary or tangible rewards. Whatever the specifics, this card means you are taking your journey at the correct speed and not trying to rush things. You're not gambling your time, money, or energy.
On the other hand, the reversed Seven of Pentacles indicates that you might be using too much energy or exhausting personal resources, and this is causing serious strain. You should take some time to assess your commitment to your current path and whether it is the correct path for you. You may have to cut your losses and do something else because you're never going to get a return on your investment.
Promotion, moving to a new place, sustainable actions, perseverance, success, journey, investment, long-term plan, appropriate actions taken, longevity, stamina.
Strain, excessive energy used, depleted, limited return, lack of success, no long-term plan, struggling, no progress, staling, bad fit, poor work performance, housing issues.
In the traditional Rider-Waite-Smith deck, the card shows a man leaning on his hoe or farming equipment. He looks at the abundance of crops he has collected. His reward comes from the result of hard work. It all started with tiny seeds that he helped nourish. Those seeds turned into a garden that could help him to survive. It took months for his hard work to pay off—it didn't happen overnight.
The man is taking a break from his hard work. He is tired from all the hard work, and his face looks exhausted. The card is a reminder that you should take breaks, so you don't exhaust yourself. You need to balance work and rest.
As the old saying goes: God created the world in six days and rested on the seventh. He enjoyed his creation on the seventh day.
Pentacles Represent Earth
The Suit of Pentacles represents the core qualities of the earth element. Earth represents physical manifestation and practical matters. The element's main goals are to have a successful career, a strong family, and good health. The ultimate goal is to have a powerful legacy.
The earth element moves slower than the other three elements. Fire and air jump straight into the thick of action. They're spontaneous. Earth is about organization and long-term strategies—it requires diligence. Decision-making is a big part of the earth element. You want to make the right choices so that you have plenty of money and good health.
The element is about the tangible and present. You work hard for good results; you don't expect good results will come to you just because you exist.
In Western astrology, the three earth signs are Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn. All three of those signs are considered hard workers and dependable. They're present-minded people who rely on their five senses for information.
The Body (Physical Manifestation)
Mars, Sun, Jupiter
Mercury, Venus, Saturn
Mercury, Venus, Uranus
Moon, Pluto, Neptune
Head, Heart, Thighs
Throat (Neck), Chest, Legs
Arms & Shoulders, Belly, Ankles
Hands, Root Chakra (Spine Base), Feet
Hot and Dry
Cold and Dry
Hot and Wet
Cold and Wet
Yin and Yang
Aries, Leo, Sagittarius
Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn
Gemini, Libra, Aquarius
Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces
Upright Seven of Pentacles
What Does the Seven of Pentacles Mean?
When this card is in the upright position, it often suggests that you are putting in the right energy for your goals and dreams. You're encouraged to continue doing what you're doing because you've already achieved balance when it comes to work and play. If you continue to go at this current pace, you'll see lasting success in your career, family, and health.
You're not looking for quick gain and know that real progress takes consistent work. Sometimes the work is dull, but you have the stamina to take on boring days. You don't waste your time on the wrong things. Instead, you draw your attention to exactly where it needs to be, and people know you will deliver results.
You should celebrate your achievements. This might mean going out to eat at a nice restaurant or coming up with a relaxing weekend adventure. You know that you deserve to treat yourself when things are going the right way, just as you deserve to comfort yourself when things are going the wrong way.
Study the Big Picture
Now is a good time to step back from day-to-day operations and consider what's happening in the bigger picture. You want to make sure your daily success is adding up into something tangible. For example, you may be an amazing artist who is putting a great deal of time and energy into their work, but you don't have a great place to submit your work. You might also be submitting your artwork to the wrong place.
You want to make sure the tasks you are following are the right ones. You might be a television producer with an endless amount of tasks in front of you. You need to make sure you prioritize things correctly, stay within the budget, and communicate your plans clearly. People depend on you to keep them in line and on target.
Take Time to Assess Your Investments
The Seven of Pentacles is about assessing whether you're investing your time and energy correctly. The card encourages you to keep doing what you're doing while also keeping an eye on your long-term plan. Are there things you're doing that deplete your energy? Is there something you're doing that calls on way too many of your resources? Could you be selling yourself short and need to raise your going rates?
The card also works as an affirmation of your hard work. It promises that there will be a payoff. It can be frustrating to take the time to slow down and take things step by step but that's often how the road to success works. Continue to focus on the present and show gratitude for the good things in your life.
Long-Term Planning Tips
- Take time off from day-to-day operations to look at the bigger picture.
- Use concrete data to evaluate your plans. Look at numbers and goalposts.
- Consider your operations with the two-by-two method. Ask yourself what will matter in two days, two weeks, two months, and two years from now.
- If you find that something will still be relevant two years from now it's likely an evergreen item and worth pursuing. Something that only stays relevant for a short while has quick but limited gains.
- Organize everything. Have lists of all your resources, budget your money, and schedule things in advance.
- Set reminders for big-ticket items.
- Take breaks and don't work 24-7. Some of your best ideas come when you pause.
- Take a journal with you to write down notes.
Reversed Seven of Pentacles
The reversed Seven of Pentacles suggests you're putting a lot of energy and resources into something, but there isn't a big enough payoff. Perhaps you're not making enough money from your efforts. If this is the case, you might want to address this problem as soon as possible. You don't want to run out of money or become fatigued from overwork. You want enough money to pay for food, clothes, and your house. This card could also signal that something about your work is stagnant, and you might be too hopeful that this will change.
If this is the case, step aside from day-to-day operations and look at the big picture. You need to analyze what is going wrong and why you're not making enough money. The reversed Seven of Pentacles indicates that you have been pursuing your current path for a while. You're hoping that with patience things will eventually go the right way, but this card suggests it's a bust.
Is Your Hard Work Being Rewarded?
Hard work doesn't necessarily equal reward. Sometimes we work hard in the wrong direction or in a field that doesn't really pay well. Journalism has a high turnover rate for a reason. People work wacky hours, long shifts, and deal with heavy content. In return for that hard work and sacrifice, they're given low pay. Journalists often leave their jobs for better pay and saner hours.
The reversed Seven of Pentacles could also represent that you're not getting enough support for your work. You may need financial assistance, like a loan or grant. Your project or research is important, but without financial backing, it might not come to fruition or be feasible. You need to advocate for your project and ideas. Get people excited about your idea. If you can get more people on board, you can secure the project and make sure it actually happens.
Consider it like this: you can write an amazing novel but if you don't promote it or build a readership then your hard work won't be seen. You have to connect your work to an audience. If you don't know how then you need to get experts on your side, in this case, a publisher, marketing team, and agent.
Are You Stagnating?
This card isn't a warning or meant to sound off alarm bells. You're not in a dire situation. Instead, you're in a stagnant situation. You need to address the issue so that it won't become a dire situation. If you better manage your project, you can reverse your fortune.
When you analyze your project, you may find that it's time to admit defeat. You may have to accept that you're not getting real growth. This may have nothing to do with you! Sometimes we try to get something started, and it just refuses to grow. Not every seed that's planted will grow fruit. Some soil just isn't right for growth.
If the reversed Seven of Pentacles appears, consider the soil you're using for your project. Consider moving your seeds (ideas and dreams) to somewhere else. One thing is for certain: you need to make sure your plan is delivering results.
Reversed Seven of Pentacles in a Love Reading
In a relationship reading, the reversed Seven of Pentacles shows that even though you're both putting in the right ingredients for the relationship, there isn't growth. You two are not quite the right match for each other. You both had hoped things would grow, but you're feeling tired and used from your partner. The relationship is likely not the best use of your time, no matter how hard you try.
Relationships should have growth. You want to grow old together, not stay the same from beginning to end. You want to mature, find gray hairs, and have new priorities. If a relationship stops growing, it plateaus. Some relationships are meant to only last for a short while.
You and your partner need to discuss the relationship to see if it is worth the time and energy to revive it. Communication could save the relationship. Maybe you need a little bit of spark to get some momentum again.
Tips for Improving Focus
- Cutback on social media.
- Eat healthy and balanced meals.
- Get enough sleep each night.
- Limit your social outings.
- Do research on your interests. Become an expert in your field.
- Stop multitasking. Focus on one thing at a time.
- Build a healthy relationship with clocks. Time your tasks.
- Drink more water.
- Don't plan too many things on the same day or week.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
© 2021 Andrea Lawrence