Story: The Emotional
Element: Water

The Sevens are the result of getting a bit overambitious. They are the major obstacle of the entire story and tend to be quite negative. Keywords: Negativity, loss, theft, wanting, desire, danger.

Card meaning

The story of the Seven of Cups illustrates what happens when we allow our emotions to take us out of reality. Here, in this fantasy world, we are presented with many choices, some are good, and some are bad.

Will you end up picking the cup full of treasure? Or will you end up plunging your hand into a cup full of snakes? This is the risk with allowing ourselves to walk through life with our head in the clouds.

When the Seven of Cups appears, it is usually a warning that we have allowed our emotions to run away with us, and they have extended beyond the limits of reality. An example of a temptation that could appear at this time in our lives is an extramarital affair, because it promises an exceptional emotional high in the moment, with life-altering consequences. Sometimes, we need fantasy and dreams to engage in emotions that are not based in reality in order to spur ourselves to action, but we must be careful not to lose touch with reality when it comes to actually making choices. Notice the covered cup—sometimes we don’t really know what we’re going to get. Beware of contracts or opportunities that seem too good to be true. Sometimes when faced with risky choices, it’s best not to choose at all.