Seven of Cups – Tarot Love Relationship Outcome & Reversed


Seven of Cups - Tarot Love Relationship Outcome & Reversed

Seven of Cups – Love and Relationship Outcome

The Seven of Cups in a Tarot reading is about sentiment, fantasy and illusion and the need to test if this situation has any basis in reality or if it is going to last.

In the reversed position it is about seeing a project from an idea or design through to completion.

Seven of Cups – As a Person, Outcome and Feelings

Thoughts, intelligence, ideas, imagination, plans, suggestions, fancy, fantasy; reflexions and opinions, deliberations and intentions. Much in this card will not come into physical reality. Short travels, sight-seeing, impressions, views. Changefulness, unstable conditions. Promise and surprise, but always much more promise than fulfilment. ‘Fairy favours.’  A. E. Thierens, [1930]

Seven of Cups

Pictorial Key to the Tarot – Rider-Waite-Smith
By A.E. Waite (1911), tarot card illustrations by Pamela Colman Smith (1911)


Strange chalices of vision, but the images are more especially those of the fantastic spirit.

Meanings Seven of Cups in a Reading

Fairy favours, images of reflection, sentiment, imagination, things seen in the glass of contemplation; some attainment in these degrees, but nothing permanent or substantial is suggested.

Seven of Cups – Reversed

Desire, will, determination, project.

Additional Divinatory Meanings
Fair child; idea, design, resolve, movement.

Additional Meanings – Reversed
Success, if accompanied by the Three of Cups.

The Tarot

By S. L. MacGregor Mathers, c 1888

Seven of Cups

Divinatory Meanings
Seven of Cups – Idea, Sentiment, Reflection, Project.

Divinatory Meanings – Reversed
Plan, Design, Resolution, Decision.

General Book of the Tarot

By A. E. Thierens, [1930]

Seven of Cups

Thought, soul, spirit, intelligence, idea, memory, imagination, conception, meditation, contemplation, reflexion, deliberation, views, opinion. Reversed: Project, intention, desire, wish, resolution, premeditation. Another version has: “Fairy favours . . . things seen in the glass of contemplation; some attainment in these degrees but nothing permanent or substantial is suggested.” (Waite)

If we eliminate ‘soul . . . spirit . . . and desire,’ words too far apart from the original meaning, we find in tradition a very pure rendering of the effects of the Water of the soul on the house of Gemini, the Third, the house of the changeful concrete mind and thought in which indeed nothing is permanent, and everything is passing, ephemeral. These effects must be very varied, including the most fantastic plans and conceptions, and ‘fancy’ is the most fitting word for this card. It will denote many intellectual proceedings and has to do with travelling for short distances, sight-seeing, considering, gathering impressions, etc. The word ‘reflexion’ is really quite appropriate in its place here, because the card represents the conditions of mind in which the surroundings are simply reflected in the soul. There may come seductive and suggestive images, some of which may be realised, but others will remain just fancy. The description which is given by Waite is very accurate and points to the fact, that under the third house come nature-spirits and genii, who will eventually help, guide or mislead man.

The Oracle of the Tarot – Exoteric Tarot

By Paul Foster Case (1933)

Seven of Cups
The firmly-grasped battle-axe suggests adequate power. Here it may be noted that one of the ideas associated with 7 in Qabalah is that of the armed hosts of heaven.

Time period
Third decanate of Scorpio, November 12 to 22, under the rulership of the Moon.

Possible victory, but the person to whom the card applies may be too indolent to take advantage of his opportunities for commanding circumstance (Note that the battle-axe is held in a left hand); success may be gained, but not followed up; necessity for choosing the highest possible objectives.

If definitely Ill-dignified, illusionary success; lying and deceit; drunkenness, violence, even lust.


Further reading

More information on the Seven of Cups Tarot card.