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Seven of Pentacles Meanings (Upright & Reversed)

Last Updated: August 31, 2022

The seven of pentacles is the seventh card in the earthy suit of pentacles (also known as the suit of coins, suit of disks, or suit of rings) and one of the fifty-six suit cards from the minor arcana. In divinatory tarot, the Suit of Pentacles represents the physical, material, financial and earthly aspects of our lives.

Divination practices such as cartomancy can help us make decisions, offer guidance, and help us tune into our intuition when we are at a crossroads in our lives. Understanding the meanings of each tarot card can help you sharpen your interpretative skills so you can get the most out of your readings.

The 7 of Pentacles is the card of taking stock and noticing all the hard work that has got you to where you are right now. It represents reaping the rewards of what you’ve been sowing, taking a step back to see the bigger picture and knowing when to stop pushing with something that isn’t returning the investment.

In this article, we will discuss the meanings of this card in various tarot reading contexts as well as the different symbols and nuances that can be found within this card.

Pictorial Symbolism in the Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deck

The artworks from the Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deck contain deeper esoteric meanings that tarotists love to decipher. The Seven of Pentacles depicts a man in his garden. He is leaning on a gardening tool and admiring the fruits of his labour. Six pentacles appear in the bush and one on the floor beneath his feet.

The pentacles represent the rewards from long-term work since the seeds were planted. They’ve needed to be nurtured and looked after, with trust that they will grow and the payoff will be worth all the work. The man rests as he contemplates his work and the rewards.

The Seven of Pentacles key correspondences

Upright keywords

reaping what you sow, reflection, taking stock

Reversed keywords

wasted energy, evaluation, walking away

Yes or No

Yes

Numerology

7

Element

Earth

Ruling Planet

Venus

Astrological Sign

Taurus

What does the upright Seven of Pentacles mean in the Tarot?

The Seven of Pentacles reminds you to take a step back and look at how far you’ve come, the seeds you planted and have been nurturing all this time are starting to sprout and soon you will be able to reap the rewards. Allow yourself time to rest and celebrate your progress before you begin the work again. 

What you’re working towards doesn’t happen overnight, it takes long-term vision and working slowly to keep moving forward, so make sure you’re keeping it sustainable by taking regular breaks. 

upright seven of pentacles

When pulled in the upright position, the Seven of Coins is linked with reaping what you sow, reflection, and taking stock.

What does the upright Seven of Pentacles mean in a love reading?

Relationships take time and effort to grow, they can’t be rushed and there are no guarantees that your efforts will pay off. Pulling the Seven of Pentacles in a love reading is a sign that the effort and love you’re putting in is reciprocal and it is growing nicely.

Whether you are single or in a relationship, now is a good time to take stock and evaluate what you want and whether you’re putting your energy in the right places. You might find it’s a great time to take your relationship to the next level. 

What does the upright Seven of Pentacles mean in a career reading?

You’ve been working away quietly for some time, trusting that it will pay off, and pulling the seven of pentacles suggests that the rewards are coming. Keep going and working towards your goals, and remember to celebrate your accomplishments no matter how far you are away from where you want to be. 

This is a good sign that someone else will notice your efforts, but the most important thing is that you do. This is a good time to put yourself forward for the next step in your career or go after something you’ve been working towards for a while. 

The Seven of Pentacles also comes with a warning to work sustainably and make sure you are prioritising rest so you don’t burn out in the long run.

What does the upright Seven of Pentacles mean in a health reading?

You might be doing all the right things and keeping an eye on your health and well-being, but it’s important to take a step back and assess how you’re feeling and what steps you need to take to reach your health goals. Keep the bigger picture in your mind and know that the positive changes you make today will be worth it in the long run. 

The Seven of Pentacles as feelings/emotions

If you are asking the tarot how someone feels about you, pulling the Seven of Pentacles suggests they see you as a long-term and sustainable relationship. They want to nurture the relationship and know that the time and energy that they spend with you is worth it.

They know that it might not always be smooth sailing but they want to work through the difficult times together.

The Seven of Pentacles as a person

As a personality archetype, the Seven of Pentacles represents a person who is a hard-working individual who knows that even when it feels difficult, the hard work is worth it. They have incredible attention to detail and they are determined to reach their goals no matter what.

Sometimes they can be blind to what is right in front of them because they are so focused on the bigger picture, but they know what they want and how to get it. They might come across as stubborn or unrealistic, but they get things done. 

The Seven of Pentacles as advice

If you are asking the tarot for advice regarding a specific situation in your life, pulling the Seven of Pentacles means that it is time to rest, not give up. Celebrate your accomplishments and the progress you have made and know when you need to take a break. 

Don’t get so caught up in the daily work that you forget to spend time enjoying the things you have worked so hard for, and be proud of yourself, even if you haven’t reached the final goal just yet. 

What is the zodiac or astrological sign associated with the Seven of Pentacles?

The Seven of Pentacles is associated with the astrological sign of Taurus. Taurus is a fixed earth sign and is typically associated with being hard-working and determined, but also comes with the stubbornness of wanting to ‘stick it out’ even when something isn’t working. 

The Seven of Pentacles reflects the stubbornness of Taurus when working towards a goal, but it’s important to keep evaluating your energy so you don’t get stuck in a dead end because of stubbornness.

Is the Seven of Pentacles a yes or no card?

The Seven of Pentacles is generally a yes card, and a good sign that things are going the way you want them to. It is a reminder that there is still work to be done but lots of things to be grateful and celebrate for along the way.

Below are some of my interpretations based on different types of questions:

  1. Will I get the job? Yes, the hard work you put in today will pay off in the long run
  2. Is this new person in my life good for me? Yes, it is worth nurturing this relationship
  3. Will I achieve my current goals? Yes, the rewards are coming 
  4. Should I make that investment? Yes, as long as you have put in the groundwork and research 
  5. Should I start my own business? Yes, but remember good things take time and it’s important to rest and celebrate along the way

What does the reversed Seven of Pentacles mean in the Tarot?

Pulling the Seven of Pentacles in the reversed position can suggest you’re feeling scattered, like you’re being pulled in several directions and not sure where to direct your energy. Trying to do too many things at once and not having a clear focus can leave you drained but with not much to show for it, so make sure you get clear on your goals and what’s important to you, and then give that your energy and attention. The seven of pentacles is all about the journey, it’s about sowing the seeds and then nurturing them as they grow, so have patience with yourself and the process. 

You might also be feeling like you’ve been putting the work in and doing all the right things but aren’t making the progress you want to. This can be frustrating when you feel like you’ve already put so much work in, but it’s important to take a step back and evaluate where you are putting your energy and whether it is worth it. 

There is no shame in walking away from something you’ve spent time on if it is no longer serving you. Evaluate your priorities, where you are spending your energy and whether it is paying off.

When pulled in the reversed position, the Seven of Coins is linked with wasted energy, evaluation, and walking away.

What does the reversed Seven of Pentacles mean in a love reading?

Sometimes even when you put all the energy, love and time into a relationship, it is not meant to be and prolonging the inevitable is just causing more pain in the long run. Pulling the seven of pentacles upside down doesn’t necessarily mean it’s game over, but it’s definitely time to take an objective look at this relationship and whether or not it is a balanced energy exchange. 

Are you putting in time and effort only for it to go unnoticed and not be reciprocal? Or are you taking a back seat and hoping the relationship will magically grow on its own? It’s time to ask yourself some difficult questions and trust that it is okay to walk away from something that isn’t turning out the way you hoped it would, even if there’s already been lots of emotion, energy and time shared.

What does the inverted Seven of Pentacles mean in a career reading?

Pulling the inverted Seven of Pentacles in a career reading can mean you’re feeling like your efforts are going unnoticed and unrewarded. You might have worked tirelessly on a project only for it to be unsuccessful, or be continuously going above and beyond in your job and receive no recognition for this extra effort.

The key thing here is being strategic in where you put your energy and keeping your long term goals in mind in your daily actions. If you’re in a job where you’re not being recognised for your skills and effort, you might be better off focusing your energy on improving your own skills and bettering your position for future jobs. 

Ask yourself where you want to be in five years time, and start focusing your energy on things you can do today to get you closer to that goal.

What does the upside-down Seven of Pentacles mean in a health reading?

Lots of seemingly small things can implicate our health in big ways, and it can be easy to forget to look after your health when you are busy with other things. Bad health habits and neglecting yourself can build up and cause issues over time, so if you’re struggling with your health right now, look to your daily routine and the small actions that are easy to overlook. 

It’s important to look after yourself and keep these positive habits even when you feel fine, so focus on making small changes and building good routines that will benefit you in the long run.

If you want to know more about the different tarot cards, feel free to check out our complete list of all 78 tarot cards and their meanings.

Charlotte H.

Written By Charlotte Hamilton

Charlotte Hamilton is an artist, tarot reader and founder of Sugar Storm Studio, a creative studio that empowers weirdos, rebels and outsiders through alternative fashion, creative workshops and tarot. Find out more at www.sugarstormstudio.com and follow on Instagram @sugarstormstudio.

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