In my experience, the Seven of Pentacles deserves a lot more credit than it tends to receive. Here are some of the meanings that this card holds for me, sorted into two categories; Shadow Work and Light Work.Shadow work *can* refer to a card that is reversed (upside down) in a spread, but this isn’t always the case. Consider its influence upon the other cards surrounding it, as well as the situation for which (or person for whom) the cards are being read.Alternatively, Light Work, doesn’t necessarily refer only to “right side up” card ~ it could be a hidden blessing, an unknown helpful force, or even the ‘light at the end of the tunnel’. Above all, trust your intuition.Shadow Work:
Ill deeds from the past may be coming back to haunt you.
It is time to face the consequences of your actions. You reap what you have sown.
Disappointment in the results from something that was important to you.
Failing to do the work necessary to bring your desires to fruition.
Losing interest in a project, relationship, job, etc.
Laziness, feelings of entitlement, carelessness.
Lack of focus or motivation.
Missing opportunities for abundance.
Being ungrateful or failing to acknowledge the blessings that are before you.
Looking a gift horse in the mouth.
Being unappreciative of the resources that are available.
Being unsatisfied with what you already have, wanting more than is available to you.
Waiting too long to “harvest” opportunities.
Hanging on to unrealistic expectations or beliefs.
Lack of the skills needed to do the job at hand, or pretending to have skills that you don’t.
Fear of inadequacy.
Don’t try to be everything to everyone.
Taking more than you need. Greed.

Light Work:
Time for harvest.
Your intentions are manifesting – make sure you nurture your dreams, and not your fears!
Your hard work is paying off.
You need to take a break from hard work, but don’t rest for too long.
Opportunities are available, so reflect upon the ones that are most appealing to you.
Reflect upon what you have learned through this process of growth.
Be patient. Wait for the right time to take action.
Even when things aren’t moving as quickly as you’d like, know that there is always hope.
The pause before hard work begins. Enjoy it, and prepare yourself.
There is no need to worry – soon you will find that you have “planted the right seeds”.
Harvest your abundance with gratitude and grace.
Rest assured that you will always have ‘enough’.
Take a step back and appreciate the fruits of your labor.
You have the power to manifest everything you need for now and the future.
Realize that the abundance you have now (no matter how small it seems) is a gift from the Universe. Be grateful.

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