There’s more where this came from.
Interesting. These cards both are of the solid, earthly suit of Pentacles (Virgo/Taurus/Capricorn) and very much refer to the material world aka money: how much do we need, how we make it, what we do with it.
The 7 of Coins shows us a human standing beside a bush hung with ‘fruit’, or rather 7 shiny gold coins. He takes a break from tending his moneybush and leans on his hoe, wiping the sweat from his brow as he contemplates his potential harvest/return. He’s putting SO much work into this crop, will it ever pay off? Is it worth it? His skin is dark from working in the sun. Shouldn’t he have more to show for all his hard work up until this point? Should he even bother to finish what he’s started, or should he start another new crop, possibly somewhere else? Should he have planted here in the first place? It’s a pretty card (Morgan-Greer), the sky a light heavenly dream-blue down to the blue hills and finally to the earthy green fields where he stands beside the moneybush he is so carefully nurturing and tending. All these hours, all this work – and only 7 coins.
The 7 is a number of Faith, and this ‘gardener’ needs to have a little more faith in himself and his ‘crop’. He needs to remember why he planted there in the first place. He needs to remember that the Universal Divine Skyhand chose and entrusted him with the gift.
The Ace of Coins is the ‘seed’ of a ‘golden’ opportunity and a promising, prosperous new beginning. The Divine SkyHand of the Tarot who reaches down from the clouds to gift us with the shiny new Ace is handing us a beautiful new start and has chosen our gardener for a reason. He’s proven what he can do with a single seed.
The olde Rider-Waite image of the 7 of Coins shows the gardener contemplating a bush hung only with 6 coins – the 7th is at his feet, as if he’s taken one for himself, no matter what happens to the rest of them – he knows all he needs is one. Clever dude, this gardener. But is this investment ever going to ‘fully ripen’ and pay off? In any case, he is smart, saving a seed for the future.
Is he taking one last look at the crop he worked so hard to raise that may never pay off, cutting his losses before he starts all over again on something else? Has he attracted an investor who recognizes his dedication, skill and perseverance, and wants to buy whatever he’s growing before it’s even ripe?
The 7 is on the left, and the Ace on the right (Morgan-Greer).
Is he turning his back on a new offer, his faith in his current crop and in his eventual success unshakable?
The 8 = 7 + 1 (of Pentacles) card would mean get back to work, get the nose to the grindstone, and don’t give up.
Maybe your first attempt didn’t ‘pay off’ like you thought it would, despite your best efforts, and possibly through no fault of your own – but it will somehow ‘seed’ huge success in the future.