Seven – Failure

Seven of Disks - Failure

Seven of Disks – Failure

Failure means lack of success, non-performance. Deterioration or decay, insolvency.

The Seven of Disks suggests borrowing money to finance a project. Coming up against obstacles to success. Hard work with no sign of success.

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Rider-Waite: Seven of Pentacles

Image of Seven of Pentacles in the Rider-Waite tarot deck
Seven of Pentacles

A young man, leaning on his staff, looks intently at seven pentacles attached to a clump of greenery on his right; one would say that these were his treasures and that his heart was there.

These are exceedingly contradictory; in the main; it is a card of money, business, barter; but one reading gives altercation, quarrel — and another innocence, ingenuity, purgation.

Additional Meanings: Improved position for a lady’s future husband.

Reversed Seven of Pentacles

Cause for anxiety regarding money which it may be proposed to lend.

Additional Meanings: Impatience, apprehension, suspicion.

Book of Thoth – Failure – Seven of Disks

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Seven of Disks – Failure

The Seven of Disks is called Failure. This suit gives the extreme of passivity; there is no positive virtue in it below the Abyss. This card is ruled by Saturn. Compare it with the three other Sevens; there is no effort here; not even dream; the stake has been thrown down, and it is lost. That is all. Labour itself is abandoned; every thing is sunk in sloth.

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Golden Dawn – Seven of Pentacles

Lord of Success Unfulfilled

Emotions manifest in concrete fashion; a sacrament can be defined as an outward sign of an invisible or interior state. The creation of a sacrament which will bring to fruition some emotional involvement. For example, the purchase of a house can be viewed as an outward sign of emotional involvement in a social or biological family. Possible disappointment in the solid form love takes.

Mathers: Seven of Pentacles

Money, Finance, Treasure, Gain, Profit.

Reversed Seven of Pentacles

Disturbance, Worry, Anxiety, Melancholy.

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Etteilla Seven of Coins

Etteilla: Seven of Coins

Money, Wealth, Sum, Silver. Silverware. Whiteness, Purity, Naïveté, Innocence, Artlessness, Moon. Purgation, Purification.

Reversed Seven of Coins

Anxiety, Mental Torment, Impatience, Trouble, Despondent, Worry, Concern, Care, Attention, Diligence, Applying Yourself. Apprehension, Fear, Distrust, Mistrust, Suspicion.

Paul Foster Case – Seven of Coins

The symbol of Venus alludes to the attribution of the Sphere of Venus to the Divine Number 7.

Time period

Third decanate of Taurus, under the rulership of Saturn, May 10th to May 20th.


Slight gains, but of small account; much labor for small returns.


Something promising turns out badly; loss in speculation and unprofitable employment; financial restriction; unrealized hopes and wishes.



Thierens: Seven of Pentacles

Money, riches, sums of money, also silver especially. Has to do with the moon and whiteness. Candour, innocence, purgation, purification. Business, barter. Reversed: Mental worries, suspicion, diligence, fear, mistrust, etc.
The Fire with its sunny and Venusian character on the Eleventh house, the house of friends, in which the Self has to rely for a good deal on them or to live for them, but in which it sometimes finds it hard to give up its own desires and wishes. Still in the main it contains ‘friendly’ surroundings and is the house of traffic and business, of practical co-operation and interrelation. Aquarius is the house of the Angels too, and this may account perhaps for such renderings as innocence, purgation, etc., and may mean that the individualistic and egotistic elements have to be modified into something more ‘brotherly.’ What we have to do with the moon and its metal silver here, is less clear, unless the idea has been induced by the electric-blue colour of this house, or by the fact that it is the first house of the lunar body in the solar system. Neither can we very clearly see why it should indicate riches, money, etc. This is probably a rather coarse transmission of the idea, that friendly relations together with the person’s own good intentions and good-will must produce advantages in material things. So the card must indicate good business, profitable friendship, assistance and help of friends and vice versa; reliable and agreeable surroundings outside the family circle. The advantages will probably be the outcome of what has been sown before by good action. For ‘fear, mistrust,’ etc., we can see no reason.
Friendship, concord, friendly relations and sympathetic, reliable and agreeable surroundings outside the family circle; profitable co-operation, advantage, good business, remuneration. Natural and rational outcome of what has been sown previously.
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Seven of Pentacles or Disks - Failure tarot meanings
Seven of Disks or Pentacles means borrowing money to finance a project. Coming up against obstacles to success. Hard work with no sign of success.

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