"As I look back and connect the dots, all I want to do is go back and hug my scared young self, who took a lot of steps out of impulse not knowing what will happen. So many nights of disappointment, so many others of being disillusioned where I would have just gone ahead and quit it all - I still do not know what kept me hanging in there." - Arfi Lamba
Element of water power: The Seven of Cups reminds us without fail that we must expect to undergo the same pattern or drama as we have done before if we do not control our choices or temptations. Temptations come in many shapes and forms. Some of these are minor and others much more serious.
The Seven of Cups deals primarily with sensual pleasures - sex, food, money, status. At times the card indicates that we are surrounded by a multitude of different pleasures. We are invited to make up our minds, which ones to choose out of the many available to us. The emphasis is to know there is a choice. There has to be a balance in the choice.
The Seven of Cups may also indicate that while you are grasping at trying to make the right choices, that you may adhere to fear in this process, allowing the water element to become cloudy and cold. You may also have tried to cover up old wounds in your past, but they have risen up again, reminding you once more of disappointment in your journey.
It is time to open your eyes and take a look at perhaps a painful reality. Only by perceiving, by recognizing your own inner reality, will you be freed! Every further attempt to avoid your truth increases the stagnation of your emotional energy. Question yourself. Are there some disappointments that you have not resolved? Have you experienced something that was just a little bit too good? Have you overtaxed yourself or overdone things in any way?
The Seven of Cups can often represent a clear objectivity to witness all the decisions that you have to make to clear up this little chaos in your life right now. It reminds you again that the Universe is transient, all things move away from you that you may not decide to engage with.
Everything is in your hands. Make your choice wisely. If the Seven of Cups is the outcome in your reading, the meaning is related to having to take initiative to make that decision. This decision is not set in stone, but it is important to make the right one that can move you out of your space of discomfort.
At times of Imbalance: If the Seven of Cups appears as a challenge or drawback it means that you easily get overwhelmed and confused.
Medicine: You will have many choices, each of them valid. However, many of your options have a time limit. You are in need of quick action, otherwise you could go from many things to choose from to nothing at all.
Mantra: As I recognize and accept my shadows, they lose their power.