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Featured Card of the Day – The Hanged Man – 78 Tarot Mythical

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Keywords

Sacrifice, flexibility, different perspectives

Element

Water

Astrological Association

Neptune

THE CARD’S STORY BY: MICHAEL BANKS

Th is beautiful night goddess looks to be in trouble but things aren’t always what they seem. She is willingly caught up in the string that connects her to her dreams and will do whatever it takes even when they are flattened. Th is strong willed bat will hang in there and persevere till a new resolution has come to mind to achieve her vision and rise like the sun.

THE CARD’S MESSAGE BY TRISH SULLIVAN

Evaki hangs from a branch, seemingly tethered, but as a bat, hanging like this is nothing to her, she welcomes the chance to see things from a different point of view. How is your current plan of action going? Could it be better? Make some time to get away from the task at hand, and think things through. Look at the bigger picture, and consider all the options open to you, even those you’ve rejected before. Try a change of perspective, and see if it helps take you in a different, more beneficial direction. Open your mind and visualise how things might work out if you make modifications to your plan. What sacrifices are you willing to make, in order to succeed?

MYTHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION:  EVAKI

Evaki is a South American goddess, oft en represented as a bat. Primarily she was the goddess of night and day, but also of darkness and sleep. She was the keeper of the Sun, one of her jobs was to release the Sun every morning from a jar, and letting it begin a journey across the sky, and then she would recapture it every night and put it away again. She is portrayed as a character of opposites, a strong personality willing to face both sides of an issue, and we felt she was an appropriate figure for this card.

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Featured Card of the Day – 6 of Wands – Divine Diversity Tarot by Joe Phillips

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Card Meaning

* Success
* Acclaim by others
* Confidence

Reversed Meaning

* Taking credit that isn’t yours
* Doubt
* Falling short of goal

Featured Card of the Day – 5 of Cups – Divine Diversity Tarot by Joe Phillips

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Artist: Joe Phillips

Card Meaning

* Inheritance
* Loss but still having something left
* Time lost

Reversed Meaning

* Frustration
* Wasting resources
* Losing everything

Featured Card of the Day – The Devil – Crow Tarot by M.J. Cullinane

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Artist: M.J. Cullinane

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Card Meaning

In the middle of a river of blood atop his latest prey, the devil is perched solidly in his convictions and uninterested in the lives he has destroyed. His presence can be cold and dark, yet at times, to catch his prey, he channels his charming nature and allows the unsuspecting victim to willingly follow only to discover later he has taken their joy and replaced it with despair. Chained, yet able to free herself if she sincerely wished, is a little bird symbolizing purity and a free spirit that has succumbed to the forceful demands of the Devil. Although this card can mean that there is an addiction that is preventing you from finding real freedom and happiness, it may also indicate a fear of change and that the chains that have you bound are of your creation.

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Featured Card of the Day – 7 of Cups – Crow Tarot by M.J. Cullinane

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Card Meaning

The Crow rests as she dreams of all the things she wants. Some of her dreams lead to love and victory, others may result in loss or deception. Because she has created so many choices, she is finding it hard to commit to a decision, and as a result, she is stuck in place. The Seven of Cups offers the advice to step back and weigh all your options, take the time to evaluate the pros and cons of each choice with an eye toward the realistic. It is okay to be a dreamer, but eventually, you will need to face reality.

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Featured Card of the Day – 3 of Wands – 78 Tarot Mythical

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Keywords

Leadership, planning, opportunities

Element

Fire

Astrological Association

Aries, Leo, Sagittarius

THE CARD’S STORY BY: ALEXANDRIA SANDLIN

I chose the tale of Baba Yaga and Vasilisa the Beautiful because I’m a little obsessed with the tale. It has dark forests, a seemingly evil witch, a clever young heroine, and a crazy magic house with chicken legs. I feel that it works for this card which is a card of commitment to challenges and goals. In the tale Vasilisa is forced to go to Baba Yaga’s hut to get fire for her home. However, with the blessing of her late mother she is able to fulfill all of Baba Yaga’s impossible tasks. She is rewarded with the fire that she needs to go home, be rid of her evil stepmother and sisters, and take back control of her future.

THE CARD’S MESSAGE BY TRISH SULLIVAN

Vasilisa has been picking mushrooms as she journeys to Baba Yaga’s hut. She is daunted by the prospect of her work for the witch. Especially as she approaches fenceposts with skulls on top, so takes a moment to think it through before she continues. You’ve started well, now it’s time to keep looking forward! There’s more work and challenges ahead of you, so it’s now that you need to focus on the long term goal and keep moving towards it. Dream big and look for opportunities that may arise along the way, as well as possible problems you’ll face. Don’t let yourself be blindsided.

MYTHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION: BABA YAGA AND VASILISA

Baba Yaga is the infamous old, wicked crone or witch of Russian folklore, and features in a wide range of legends and tales. She flies, but in a mortar and pestle rather than on a broom, her house is a wooden hut on chicken legs, and her fence posts are human skulls. Vasilisa is sent to her one day, by a wicket stepmother who hopes that Baba Yaga will kill her. But no matter the tasks given to her by Baba Yaga, Vasilisa completes them, aided by blessings from her mother. Upon finding this out, Baba Yaga sends her away. Her constant evaluation of the situation, and planning for worst case scenarios makes this legend a perfect fit for the card.
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Featured Card of the Day – 3 of Pentacles – 78 Tarot Mythical

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Keywords

Flexibility, time management, Balance, adaptability

Element

Earth

Astrological Association

Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn

THE CARD’S STORY BY: CHELLE DESTEFANO

The mythology is of dwarves in this card and it represents prosperity and working hard to manifest success in all areas of your life. Th e coins represent fortune and prosperity, while the dwarves are the hard working creators of their destiny. They live underground but are working towards to the surface of the Earth and they let no fear stand in their way. Bad entities may try and stop you (the toad) but the good outweighs the bad, and the black cat is the protector as its colour repels bad entities.

THE CARD’S MESSAGE BY TRISH SULLIVAN

Deep within their mountain home, four Dwarfs set about crafting golden pentacles which will adorn the arch of a doorway. Their black cat watches on intently as they work together in harmony. You don’t have to do this alone. You’re perfectly capable of succeeding by yourself, but just think how much higher you could aim with help. It’s time to listen to, and take advice. Bounce ideas off a mentor, brainstorm with friends and trusted colleagues – you’ll teach as much as you learn! See where some new perspectives could lead you all.

MYTHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION: DWARVES

Dwarfs (or Dwarves) are mentioned in a number of ancient mythologies, predominantly in Norse legends. They are seen as crafters, makers and gatekeepers. They are almost always described as having long beards and appearing as old men. They have been popularised in modern culture by the works of J.R.R Tolkien and Walt Disney. The teamwork shown by dwarfs in many tales meant that these legendary figures represented the ideals of the Three of Pentacles perfectly.

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Featured Card of the Day – Wheel of Fortune – 78 Tarot Mythical

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Keywords

Change, destiny, serendipity, motion

Element

Fire

Astrological Association

Jupiter

THE CARD’S STORY BY: STEPHANIE STURM

Fox spirits appear in lore from China to Japan, and the Gumiho is the Korean iteration – a fortunate fox that, with the gift from a shaman can live off energy if it can fi nd it. Now, if they survive a thousand years, a Gumiho is born, a siren of the forest. Able to shape-shift they usually take the form of an otherworldly woman; neither benevolent nor malevolent, but self-interested and curious. One never knows if the Gumiho will aid you, even grant wishes, or if she will devour hearts – literally & figuratively. If able to abstain from consuming hearts, foregoing the sustenance and power, for a thousand days – they may perform a ritual under the full moon with a wish stone to become simply a human. In this way, misfortune for one, may be fortune for another.

THE CARD’S MESSAGE BY TRISH SULLIVAN

Divorced from human emotion and morality, a fox spirit holds aloft a human heart under the full moon. She has not consumed the heart as she is trying to prove herself worthy – this is just a phase in her journey, from fox, through this, to humanity. Life is a constant journey, just like the phases of the moon, with time speeding by in a fl ash – a day can feel like a second. You can’t stop it, so instead, grab every moment that you can to be happy. Celebrate each gift you receive with every fibre of your being. Make the most of time you spend on top of the wheel, and when things change, make the best of it, and fight to get back on top, knowing that this too will pass.

MYTHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION

GUMIHO A Gumiho, (or Kumiho), is a fox spirit from Korean mythology, generally seen as a malignant force that feeds off the flesh of humans, unlike the fox spirits in other eastern myths. This Korean figure is a shape-shift er who often turns into a female form, but retains something of its “foxiness” – usually nine tales. The Gumiho is a phase – if the spirit can endure without killing, then they can become human – it is at the very heart of its legend, a transitional spirit, making it a fitting characterization of this card.

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Featured Card of the Day – 8 of Pentacles – Divine Diversity Tarot by Joe Phillips

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Card Meaning

* Skill
* Careful work
* Craftsmanship to the level of artist
* Pride in your work

Reversed Meaning

* Sloppy workmanship
* Rushing through jobs
* Lack of attention to detail
* Copying the efforts of others

 

Featured Card of the Day – 5 of Swords – Divine Diversity Tarot by Joe Phillips

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Card Meaning

* Picking up after the fight
* Rethinking what it was about
* Preparing for the next battle

Reversed Meaning

* Ignoring weaknesses and blind spots
* Becoming lost in what has gone wrong
* Losing initiative