The Seven of Cups are all about temptation. Often the card comes up when it seems like we’ve got so many wonderful options to choose from. Unfortunately, the card is often an indication that in fact none of those choices are going to lead us down the right path. They’re mirages. The card tells us to take a step back and assess the situation. Pause and reflect before chasing after illusions.
The seven cups appear seemingly out of nowhere in front of the figure. Each cup presents the figure with an object of desire. The seven cups can symbolize the seven deadly sins – greed, lust, rage, gluttony, pride, envy, and sloth. More specifically, the head is a representation of lust, the covered figure with the red glow is symbolic of rage, anger, resentment, or vengeance. The snake represents unbridled ambition, going after things for selfish reasons. The castle and jewels represent worldly material temptations. The wreath represents winning at all costs. Finally the dragon is a representation of evil.
Upright: The objects presented to the figure are superficial. They won’t provide real happiness and will only lead the figure down the wrong path. The options are tempting, juicy and delicious, but won’t lead to something meaningful over the longer term. While the cups appear as gifts, there is something more dangerous hidden within. Often times there are no real choices at all – these are just illusions. The card calls on us to abandon wishful thinking. If you are in fact trying to decide between many choices, take your time. Start with the ultimate goal. This provides a clearer path for the necessary choices to get there. Don’t be afraid to pause and ground yourself before rushing into a decision.
Reversed: When the Seven of Cups appears in the reversed form, this is a sign that you’re caught up in fantasy, temptation, and diversions that are far from reality. You’re avoiding dealing with day to day life and instead are in your fantasy world. This can also be an unwillingness to examine yourself in order to avoid some painful emotions. Take some time to think about what you really want in life. In order to get there, you’ll need to do the work to get through the fog. Alternatively, the Seven of Cups in the reversed position can be a good sign. You’ve made a hard decision that resulted in delayed gratification. While that decision didn’t feel great at the time, the card tells you you’re on the right path.