Today, I have decided not to do a triad analysis, but concentrate on the enigma that is the 7 of Swords.
Lon Duquette in his book Understanding Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarot. Says, “For me, the Seven of Swords is often difficult to interpret in a tarot reading.” Crowley states, “It is like a rheumatic boxer trying to “come back” after being out of the ring for years.” The element of the 7 of Swords is Air, and like all Air cards it denotes thought. You will find a plethora of meanings for this card, on the internet. But if we come back to basics and remember the card shows the Moon in Aquarius=Futility, we are somewhere near the truth.
This is an argument of the mind. Shall I shan’t I? What is the use? Why am I bothering? I can’t make up my mind. In which case there is definitely more than one idea here. My belief is, the central sword is the main idea and the route a person wants to go. The other swords are personal negative thoughts butting in. Or, they are other peoples thoughts on the same subject; trying to give you advice. Other cards around will show you which one. Also, look to see how this card is dignified with the elements around it, and in the background. The 7 of Swords is a card that says “make up your mind.” You are confusing yourself and it is futile. The confusion is shown in the background with the pin wheels/wings that Lady Harris has painted. They seem to be spinning in all different directions=confusion.
Often in a reading, the 7 of Swords will come up when least expected. In those cases ask yourself or your client the question; what is it that is worrying you? If the answer is nothing, then look to the future to see if there is something on the horizon. The significant dates are February 9th to February 18th.
Like all cards in the Thoth deck the 7 of Swords is a fascinating card, and one I suspect will be argued about forever.