The Seven of Swords is linked to the Five of Swords because both cards involve separation from others. In the Seven we see a man moving away from society (the colored pavilions). He's taken some swords and seems quite happy with his successful robbery. It gives the impression of having secret, lonely plans.
This card sometimes represents the style of lone wolf: the desire to run solo and for free. In films, the hero of the lone wolf always acted totally alone. Discover, investigate and solve all problems using only your own ingenuity and resources. He believes that he is successful because he ignores the clumsy efforts of ordinary people.
In the readings, the Seven of Swords can be a sign that you or someone else wants to be a lone wolf. You feel that you will be more effective and comfortable on your own. This approach is useful when you need to overlook an ineffective group or assert its independence, but it can also be worrying. We cannot be happy and productive for long without a commitment to others. If you are inclined to act alone, make sure that this isolation really works for you.
Sometimes the Seven of Swords means that you are running away from something: commitment, responsibility, hard work, love. You may be delaying, letting the problems slip because you don't want to deal with them. Sometimes we just have to face what we have to face. The Seven of Swords lets you know how you might be making things worse for yourself and others by running away.
The Seven of Swords may also indicate a hidden dishonor, a choice that you or another have made that does not do justice to the highest. We all make the wrong decisions that we want to hide. Some of these are minor, others serious. Your inner voice will tell you when this is happening. When you see the Seven of Swords, watch well what you are doing, because hidden dishonors will end your happiness and self-respect.
Fear of facing the present, hidden dishonor, deceive or be deceived
Loneliness, fear, shame, lie or theft, avoid responsibility