Artist: So Ma
Website: None Given
Perseverance, cultivation, reflection, reward, revision
Artist’s Interpretation & Card Meaning
“The mermaid is the mistress of the deep. She is the symbol of beauty, hope and fantasy. She is the bearer of joy and sorrow. The giver of life and death. In her hands she holds the rope that binds the souls of the sailors who are lured to their deaths. Whether she is smashing the ship in the bottle against the coral or keeping it from harm, the power lies within her hands. She holds a treasure trove of sailors’ timepieces or compasses. Her trusty companion helps her keep her hoard of compasses safe. The mermaid uses her tools to reap her rewards from her hard work. The seahorse represents the souls of the dead seaman lured to their watery fate.”
A mermaid resets on an anchor, surveying the fruits of her labor – an eclectic collection of sailors’ compasses and pocket watches, and a ship in a bottle on the end of a rope. Clinging to her is an octopus, which seems to be helping her to keep her possessions together. Her work has been successful so far – she has collected wealth while seducing a variety of sailors, from shipwrecks and ships that she has lured to their destruction. In the background, a lighthouse looms – she may need to rethink how she achieves her goals.
This card illustrates the need for evaluation as well as determination and hard work, in order to keep improving and progressing. Adapting as well as investing time and energy – making sure you work smart as well as work hard.
Astrological Association & Element
Earth / Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn
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