While storm clouds gather overhead, a woman stands in an unwelcoming wasteland. The warm colours of her clothes contrast sharply with the sombre grey shades of the background. A wall built by others stands behind her. Determined, she looks straight ahead and holds up a protest sign, depicting a pure white dove in a blue sky with an olive branch in its beak.
Symbolism & Meaning
The number 7 is related to The Chariot (VII) and thus speaks of determination, control and of directing your energy to your goals. 7 is also a sacred and highly spiritual number. Combined with the fiery, passionate qualities of the Wands, this is indeed a very strong card.
The greatest strength of this woman is her inner conviction. In a world ruled by hate and aggression, she values peace above all and she is willing to speak out for it. She dares to be different. In doing so, she not only stands up for herself and for what she believes in, but for life itself, because it is out of this deep respect for life (symbolised by the Ankh she carries around her neck) that she says no to violence and oppression. She refuses to hide the truth inside.
The wall shows the opposition she has to face. Itís much easier to build walls to silence others and to be able to close your eyes in a false sense of security, than it is to build bridges. As the number 7 is also connected to The Tower (16 = 1 + 6 = 7), this card wants to tear down those walls, making way for freedom and basic rights such as freedom of speech, of religion and of organisation.
The storm clouds show that itís not going to be easy. There are many who oppose her... and yet she stands her ground, knowing that thereís still some good left in this world that is worth defending.
Coloured with Derwent watercolour pencils, title added with Photoshop 7.0 (the font is Happy Days.)
Spoonbender is a Dutch-speaking, 17-year-old student who lives in Flanders, Belgium. He bought his first tarot deck at the age of 15, after a growing interest in paganism. Spoonbender is interested in history, art and mythology, and graduated from high school in 2004.
Go back to the project index, read the traditional card meaning, or get a free automated reading.