Not for nothing I’ve foreseen it, I dream it
I can feel it slowly drifting away from me
No more chances if you blow this, you bogus
I will never ever let you live this down, down, down
-“Gorgeous,” Kanye West feat. Kid Cudi, Raekwon
You can build yourself everything you want, in your mind. You can have the cars, the status, the money, the happy ending, the new beginning. You can dream yourself anything and everything you ever wanted, and I know it seems as bright and as real as the sun in the sky but it’s dreams, it’s just dreams. Turn your cup upside down and nothing pours out. Dreams can only sustain you for so long, and if you let them they’ll eat you alive.
The Seven of Cups is a warning. I don’t want to tell you not to dream – Christ, I would never tell you that, I never want to tell anyone that. But the Seven of Cups is an indication that you’re getting carried away with it. The Seven of Cups is a sign that you need to try looking for places in your life where you can start to make those dreams real. At a certain points, dreams can become a refuge, a retreat – an excuse not to move. Ask yourself what is stopping you – what is it that is preventing you from making these dreams a reality? The Seven of Cups is an indicator that you are being sidetracked. Figure out which of your dreams are real, and which are distractions – illusions.
I been thinking about the nights
And the dangerous tricks
People play on the eyes of the innocent
-“Illusion,” One Direction
It is important that you focus, now, when you see this card. Seven cups is a lot, okay, and each of your cups is full. This can be paralyzing, and it’s the reason that this card is the card of unfulfilled wishing. If you can’t focus on one cup you’re going to spill them all. Which of these dreams are deserving of your time and your energy, your pure focused effort? Which are smoke and mirrors? Think now about what you are working toward in your life, what efforts your current situation will benefit from. A lot of dreaming is escapism, which is extraordinarily beneficial – I am not at all knocking escapism here. But if you don’t know what you are working for in your real, tangible life, you run the risk of trying to bring your more impractical dreams to life and failing.
Someone once told me that the scariest thing in the world is having all of your dreams come true. He was my eleventh-grade English teacher and he was, generally speaking, a very strange dude, but he wasn’t wrong about this. Not every cup holds something good. This card is a wish card, and this is your monkey’s-paw reminder: be careful what you wish for. The Seven of Cups is a sign that you need to be thinking through your desires, making sure that they’re as good an idea as they seem at the outset. A lot of the danger in wishing and dreaming comes from distraction, from following bad ideas down the rabbit hole, and there is no harm at all in examining what you want a little more closely.
Let’s pretend we’re eight years old playing hookey
I’ll draw on the wall and you can play UFC rookie
Then we’ll grow up
Take our clothes off
And you remind me that I wanted you to kiss me when we find some time alone
And then we can do anything we want
–“Anything We Want,” Fiona Apple
Knowing concretely what you want is the first step to being able to get it. There is so much good that comes from dreams, and from dreaming, but a lot of that is the drive to make those dreams a reality. The Seven of Cups wants you to examine your dreams, to understand them, to make sure that they’re good for you. It wants you to use them as blueprints, as road maps, as directions toward the dreams of the future. The Seven of Cups doesn’t want you not to dream – far from it. It wants you to dream in such a way that everything you dream can be yours.