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Featured Card of the Day – King of Wands – 78 Tarot Nautical/Tarot of the Water

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Artist: Eli Neugeboren

Website:  EliNeugeboren.com

Keywords

Leader, honorable, primal, energetic, entrepreneur

Artist’s Interpretation & Card Meaning

“Many interpretations mentioned a cloak of flame, so I decided to make our King wear a cloak of sharkskin. One early visual I stuck with was havng the nautilus arms on his throne, and I’m happy with how they turned out. For the flame, I included the mysterious blue blaze emanating from his hand. Most references I found to this card emphasized that his throne should extend out of the frame of the card to imply a larger scale to the rule, an extension of his powers. I used an extreme perspective to really play up the angle and force of this. Other animals associated with this card included salamanders, which gave me a great opportunity to draw one, but also to have a bright orange counterpoint to all the greens and blues.”

A powerful sea King sits on a throne that looks as though it has sprung from the rocky sea bed for him. The only suggestion that this is carved are the inctricate images on the back, decorations to illustrate his fiery strength. The largest of these is a sea serpent eating its own tail – an infinity symbol representing the ocean, and this king- ever-moving forces of nature, overcoming all. In one hand he carries a ball of blue flame, in his other a massive trident, symbolizing his power and fiery temper. His foot rests on a salamander, the symbol of fire.

The Kind of Wands is a visionary, ambititious figure. Instead of creating a monument to the world, he is more likely to shape the world the way he wants it to be.

Astrological Association & Element

Fire / Aries, Leo, Sagittarius

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Featured Card of the Day – The Chariot – 78 Tarot Nautical/Tarot of the Water 

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Artist: Melanie Starr

Website: Bashango.com

Keywords

Triumph, confidence, strength of will, command, control

Artist’s Interpretation & Card Meaning:

“The Charioteer peacefully balances the polar bears and concentrates her energy into keeping them in control. She stands in a nautilus shell beneath four glowing fish in the sky, representing the four earthly elements in balance. I created polar bears to pull her chariot, as they are powerful creatures that can navigate from one plane to the next, in water and on land. The face of the chariot holds two gold crescent moons symbolizing ups and downs in life, the square above represents the four corners of the earth. The fish in the sky help guide and light her way through the vast ocean into the cosmos. The polar bears’ position suggests they can move together in one direction, despite how much they struggle, with the charioteer’s control and purpose.”

A chariot is driven through a moonlit night by a calm, peaceful woman. A massive nautilus shell, it is pulled through the ocean by two polar bears. Despite the dark, she is confident and in control – over the polar bears pulling her chariot, and of the situation. The moonlight and outward facing crescent moons on her chariot illustrate celestial forces at play, the square element decorating her chariot hints at her strength of will and determination. This chariot keeps moving forward thanks to the will and effort of this beautiful woman.

This card is an indicator of success and victory, brought by hard work and courage – a reminder to be bold, assertive and give your full focus to the situations you face, in order to create success.

Astrological Association & Element

Water / Cancer

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Featured Card of the Day – 6 of Pentacles – 78 Tarot Nautical/Tarot of the Water 

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Artist: Lindsay Cheesewright

Website: LindsayCheesewright.com

Keywords

Balance, charity, sharing, generosity, prosperity

Artist’s Interpretation and Card Meaning:

“I created the card Six of Pentacles. Although this is supposed to be typically a positive card, after viewing a few other cards for this one it is always the same, one person being shown in a superior position. Event though the woman in the boat is holding a rope for those in the water, there is a hangman’s noose attached. Yes, she will help them from the water, but at what cost? I have called this artwork: Careful what you wish for.”

A finely dressed woman sits in a boat, surounded by pentacles. Across her boat, an oar forms a balance, a cake on either side. Hands reach out of the lake towards her, and she drops a rope towards them. She is materially and physically safe, but here to help others, rather than home, reveling in her security. Whether her boat is big enough to take all that need her is unclear, the noose at the end of her rope suggests that there will not be help for all.

This card advises balance in material matters – when we give and receive, it benefits us all. But it also warns about the dangers of blindly giving, we should give only what is needed – food for the hungry, or other charity should always be a temporary solution.

Astrological Association & Element

Earth / Taurus. Virgo, Capricorn

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Featured Card of the Day – The Star – 78 Tarot Nautical/Tarot of the Water

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Artist: Carla Morrow

Website: DragonLadyArt.com

Keywords

Guiding light, hope, inspiration, healing, promise

Artist’s Interpretation & Card Meaning:

“The Star card represents hope, spirituality, renewal, inspiration, and serenity. The dragon has just emerged from the depths of the ocean. The place where inspiration comes from. The sound of the calm waves bringing her to a place of absolute serenity. Water pours and drips from her wings, one back into the ocean, giving back to renew, replenish, and refill the well. The other pouring into the earth in five rivulets, one for each of our five senses. There are eight stars in total, one for each of the major chakras. She is picking up starfish from the beach and placing them into the heavens as stars to help guide our way, offering the first inkling of hope in a normally dark sky.”

A dragon sits, composed and serene, on a calm beach, plucking starfish from the sand, infusing them with light and placing them in the sky. She brings hope and a guiding light for others on their journey. She has recently emerged from the sea, moving on to the next stage of her own journey, leaving her troubles behind. Water flows off her, from one wing, back to the sea, replenishing the never-ending life cycle, and falling from the other to the dry beach, showing the balance she maintains between her everyday activities and her intuition.

This card represents a new phase – having faced the challenges you have endured so far, you are entering a time of hope and renewal – this card is shining a light on you to guide you on your way.

Astrological Association & Element

Air / Aquarius

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Featured Card of the Day – The Devil – 78 Tarot Nautical/Tarot of the Water

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Artist: David Van Gough

Website: DavidGoughArt.com

Keywords

Temptation, bondage, excesses, ignorance, self-destruction

Artist’s Interpretation and Card Meaning:

“With this piece, I wanted to take a traditional, secular avatar and revise it to a set of recognizable boundaries in culturally and politically relevant sense. We are beholden to established power structures, to our acquisitions, to our narcissism, to the illusionary deception of fear through the media, the physical bondage of materialism, to superficial totems, to our endless distractions, our disconnection of each other through a Wi-Fi connection, our addiction to fossil fuels for the plundering of our environment, for our love of oil is the true adoration of the serpent.”

Central to this image is a horned demon, with naval vessels where wings should be. Before him, a man and a woman stand, bound by fuel pipes pumping oil into a green, acidic ocean, but they are not chained, the pipes twisted loosely around them. They could easily escape, but they do nothing. Relaxed, they gaze at their smartphones, absorbed in their own worlds, rather than facing reality. A torch suggests illumination, but it is another trick that hides the truth.

This card warns that we do not see things as they really are. We focus on material, temporary pleasures and care little for the world around us, rather than dancing with these pleasures and moving on. We concentrate on restrictions and negativity that we believe hold us back, rather than pushing forward.

Astrological Association & Element

Earth/Capricorn

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Featured Card of the Day – Queen of Wands – 78 Tarot Nautical/Tarot of the Water

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Artist: Selina Fenech

Website: SelinaFenech.com

Keywords

Attractive, vibrant, passionate, self-assured, open-minded

Artist’s Interpretation and Card Meaning:

“In creating my concept for the Queen of Wands, I kept pretty much to a fairly traditional interpretation of the card. I knew the Queen needed to be seen on a throne of some kind that has two lions, facing each direction. There also needed to be a black cat, warm colors and sunflowers. The Queen is normally seen holding a sunflower, and a wand which is starting to blossom. Instead of sunflowers, I changed to yellow lotus blossoms in keeping with the nautical theme. The Queen’s hair rushes upwards as thoguh she were underwater, and also as a symbol of her energy and intensity. The black cat traditionally symbolizes magic and occultism, and to make it more mysterious and bring further aquatic elements to the pai nting, I camouflaged the cat amongst black goldfish. The fish also represent some of the darder aspects of the card, while the rest is positive, determined, creative, and warm, as the Queen of Wands traditionally is.”

Two lions face in different directions, flanking the Queen on her throne. They’re decorations, illustrating strength and fire within. The Queen is beautiful and warm, her hair flows up between the lions, creating a whirlpool underwater. The stem of a flower winds its way around a wand in her hand, and she is surrounded by yellow lotus flowers. They glow with otherworldly energy, as black fish swim between them. At the feet of the Queen sits a black cat, the universal symbol of magic, showing another side to her – an interest in the unknown and the occult.

The Queen of Wands is a determined leader and independent thinker, who uses creative energies to bring abundance. A good communicator, if at times a little blunt.

Astrological Association & Element

Fire / Aries, Leo, Sagittarius

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Artist:  Misty Benson

Website:  MistyBenson.com

Keywords

Determined, energetic, bold, hasty, passionate

Artist’s Interpretation & Card Meaning

“The steed of the wide-eyed Knight, the Skelly Seahorrs, transports this whimsical rider to fantastic new realms. Also making an appearance in this story is the Octo- Worry Wart. The Worry Wart is the unvoiced fear of the adventurer. As the Knight charges fearlessly ahead, Worry Wart already knows the dangers of this world. His missing eye alludes sto some trying times. If the Knight stopped to think about what could go wrong, he might be paralyzed. It’s best to let Worry worry about that! The funny, furry creatures at the bottom are Capybara, the world’s largest rodent! Their smiling demeanor and hippo-like features enliven any water scene! They love a good swim and are the first to alert if something is amiss!”

At the bottom of the sea, a skeletal seahorse rears up, ready to charge off with the Knight of Wands on his back. His armor is an antique diving suit with two hummingbird skulls on his helmet. Between the skulls is the spark that spurs this Knight on. Within the Page it was an idea, but the Knight will make it reality. The sea surrounding him is clear blue, no obstacles in his way – just companions in the form of gazelles, a creature who will be able to match his speed as he charges off, determined, on a mission.

The Knight of Wands is on fire, he rushes in without always thinking things through first. For him, life is one giant adventure, whether it’s to a far-off land, or to the local park.

Astrological Association & Element

Fire / Aries, Leo, Sagittarius

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