Oh, life offers so many temptations - however, the price for instant gratification may not seem like such a big deal today, but what will the cost be tomorrow?
Looking out across the vast water, the crow sets its sights on a new land and a new adventure. Although the journey may be long - it has a clear view of the destination and the light of the star to lead the way in times of darkness. In the past position, the Three of Wands represents a time when you had confidence in yourself in regards to executing a plan to creating a successful path forward. There was plenty of hope in your heart at this time as you began your journey in a new direction.
Each of the seven cups holds a dream, an idea, a desire - however, their appearance in the cup may not represent their true nature. The crow looks out at each opportunity the cups hold, fantasizing what might be if it chooses one.
At the heart of the matter is a tempting offer or idea that is hitting that instant gratification nerve. You may have started on a path to create your dream life - however, it is proving to be a bit more difficult or require a greater commitment.
There is friction at this time between what you want to do (the thing that is challenging you) and the thing that will make your life easier, albeit less fulfilling.
This may present itself as an opportunity for a job that although provides a steady paycheck and a little extra money for happy-hour on Friday with friends - it leaves you burnt out at the end of the day and unmotivated to pursue your dream. It may be easier to succumb to a soul-sucking job in the short term - but what is the cost down the road?
This may also come as a relationship that you enter into because it is safe - yet lacks any passion or spontaneity. You may be trading true love for security.
The Seven of Cups in this position brings a warning - don't allow yourself to be trapped by feelings of scarcity or lack today. True freedom doesn't come easy, but it does fill your soul - instead of sucking the life out of it.
The Seven of Cups here is much like that of a siren song. It lures you in, it makes you feel safe - and then before you know it - you lost sight of your destination.
As someone who has been down this path (and responsible for a child at the same time) I understand all too well how scary it is to go after a dream. There is nothing that will bring you to your knees faster than the thought of you and your child being homeless - and to that, I say, have courage. Take a job as a means to pay the bills - but do not let a single day go where you don't make some progress on your dream. Even if it is just 30 minutes a night - the key is to never lose sight of the finish line - no matter how far off course you get.
The Seven of Cups is a warning about becoming enchanted by an easy solution so that you derail your purpose - don't let that happen because the reward for tenacity comes as a form of true freedom - one that is abundant and free of any scarcity.
The Fool enters this reading to bring a message - a new life of wonder and abundance is waiting for when you are strong enough to take the leap.
The energy that is waiting in the wings is one of loving life and having faith in great adventures. We encounter the Fool at the place where hope and courage collide. This bird is not chained to a desk or to a loveless relationship - no this bird is free to fly wherever the wind takes it.
"The secret to happiness is freedom... And the secret to freedom is courage." ~Thucydides