For the 13th question, Rhee asks us: Is there a card that continuously stumps you when it is drawn? Why do you believe this to be so?
Yep. Seven of Swords. Way too many subtle things going on here; makes it very difficult to choose which to apply to a given question, and even harder in a daily draw with no question. Also, depending on the deck, this one can have all sorts of positive, neutral, or negative implications. Sometimes the main character is obviously stealing some swords and leaving a couple behind (RWS and other decks). Sometimes it’s hard to tell if he’s coming or going (Legacy of the Divine Tarot–below right), and sometimes, it’s just entirely other (Shadowscapes or Wildwood–bottom of post).
Since I do read reversals if the deck supports them, this version can make the Seven of Swords even more complicated: do we go for a more positive strategic/clever thinking interpretation with the upright card or only with the reversal, or the opposite? How secretive is the action being contemplated, and is there a challenge to be more forthcoming about something, then? Should we be wary of being stolen from, or be doing some self-reflection on our own motives? So much will depend on the surrounding cards and the question. It’s just a very difficult card to standardize, although the seven number does indicate “going deeper” or dealing with mysteries.
I just get his feeling that the cards’ images should all be hidden behind a veil, like the High Priestess often is; but the mystery is much more mundane and intellectual rather than spiritual.
If you have a minute, I would love to know your interpretation of this complex card, so leave a comment if you fancy. 🙂