I was taught that the Seven of Swords from the traditional Tarot was a sneak thief. He was someone who acted deceitfully and underhandedly to gain his desires. The Rider/Waite/Smith deck depicts a man carrying swords away from an encampment. He looks back over his shoulder to determine if he is being followed or his treachery has been discovered. The symbolism here includes the colors of his hat and boots (red), the road he escapes down (yellow) and the sky which is also yellow. One of the slyest thieves of our day is someone who cheats. Today’s Journey Tarot’s Seven of Air shows two students taking an exam. One is obviously glancing at the answers on the other student’s test. He symbolizes the thief who takes advantage of a situation to further his own desire at the expense of others.
Teresa Sue McAdams, co-creator of “Today’s Journey Tarot”, co-author of “Today’s Journey Tarot, A Traveler’s Guide”, co-author of “Tarot Meditations, A Journal for Self Discovery”, and author of “Lessons, The Wisdom Within Each Moment”