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Featured Card of the Day – Temperance – 78 Tarot Nautical/Tarot of the Water

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Artist: Tiffany Toland-Scott

Website: Epiphany.gallery

Keywords

Harmony, balance, adaptability, unification, moderation

Artist’s Interpretation & Card Meaning

“Temperance is usually depicted pouring water from one cup into another, sort of like balancing a scale, but I wanted my piece to have some magical and surreal qualities, and I wanted to paint the water in a way that would bring the viewer’s eye up and around the painting instead of moving form one hand to the other and then slipping off the page. The longest flower stops just short of touching the woman’s right hand, and the flowers curve upright pointing back to the figure. This keeps the eye moving in a circular fashion around the painting.”

A woman stands in a flower field. She appears to be standing on land, but the flow of her dress and hair suggests she is underwater. She is a part of the real world and the land of dreams and intuition, bridging both – the eternal diplomat. Her hands form the shape of a scale, a nautilus shell in each, water flowing between them, but not necessarily as you would expect one from the other. Instead the water flows between the shells, over her head, forming an arc above her, where fish seem to swim in the sky – the surreal made real.

This card advises that by respecting and achieving balance, ignoring distractions, you can master the trials and challenges you face, and allow impossible to become possible.

Astrological Association & Element

Fire / Sagittarius

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Featured Card of the Day – 2 of Pentacles – 78 Tarot Nautical/Tarot of the Water

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Artist: Jodi Horne

Website: None Given

Keywords

Strike a balance, juggling, management of time and resources

Artist’s Interpretation & Card Meaning

“My card, the two of pentacles, is all about maintaining balance in an otherwise not ideal situation. Traditionally, a figure is shown juggling two pentacles surrounded by the infinity symbol; the figure is shown surefooted in a stormy sea. I have also used similar imagery. My female figure is naked and vulnerable, while not only balancing the two of pentacles; she is also surefooted while balancing a giant octopus in a stormy sea. I have incorporated the infinity symbol into the tentacles of the octopus. She is calm and nonplussed in the face of certain danger.”

In the middle of a stormy sea, a naked woman stands on a rocky outcropping, an octopus reaching ot of the sea to entangle her. Despite her nakedness and apparent defenselessness, her arms are braced against it, successfully fending off the attack, a pentacle hanging from each hand. To make matters worse, the turbulent ocean is managing to buffet two ships on the horizon, but there is no panic on her face. She is in control of the situation, and her arms hold the key to this success – they form an even balance, as well as fending off the attack.

This card advises you to achieve balance and ensure that other areas of your life do not suffer from the instability created at the start of this new venture, by getting your priorities straight.

Astrological Association & Element

Earth / Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn

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

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Artist: Megan Buccere

Website: MeganBuccere.com

Keywords

Change, Fortune, felicity, what goes around comes around, movement

Artist’s Interpretation & Card Meaning

“Wheel of Fortune refers to the fact that life runs in cycles. You must accept the duality of good and bad in life. The Wheel of Fortune provides perspective in both, and suggests that adaptation is the key to success. For the nautical version of this card the main themes of the traditional card were given a very watery twist. The blindfolded woman represents the life force descending into the material world while her third eye represents wisdom. The wheel is shown as a compass. Wispy kelp forests in the background symbolize stability in an ever-moving ocean.”

The Wheel of Fortune shows things are changing, and while change is often good, the darkness of this card, and the monster rising from the depths, remind us that is is sometimes traumatic. Even the act of change can hurt. But life is constantly moving. The use of a compass here as the wheel shows us that it is all one journey, with challenges and rewards along the way. You can work hard to be at the top of the wheel as often as possible, or not – how you act on the journey is up to you.

This card represents the ever-moving cycle of the universe – where everything is constantly changing, and advises you to get used to the ups and downs.

Astrological Association & Element

Fire / Jupiter

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Featured Card of the Day – 3 of Wands – 78 Tarot Nautical/Tarot of the Water

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Artist: Svetlana Ava

Website: None Given

Keywords

Opportunity, progress, successful enterprise, leadership

Artist’s Interpretation & Card Meaning

“The Three of Wands – This card was intriguing to me – in some way it symbolizes new knowledge and insights. I imagined somebody observing the sea with the great strength, determination and optimism – starting some important mission!”

A man stands on the the edge of a cliff, looking out over the vast ocean to the horizon, where the sky and sea seem to merge into one another. Three wands are in his hands. Further along the coastal path, there is a simple but secure castle. He has made a success of his creative endeavors, but is intent on building them still further. He has built his home, created success, now looks further afield to more opportunities across the sea.

This card represents taking pride in a job well-done, and using it as a momentary pause to boost your motivation to continue. To consider how best to reach the next stage of your plan, possibly training, expansion or travel.

Astrological Association & Element

Fire / Aries, Leo, Sagittarius

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

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Artist: Brenda Lyons

Website: FalconMoon.com

Keywords

New opportunity, concentration, ambition, pragmatism, practical prosperity

Artist’s Interpretation & Card Meaning

“The Page of Pentacles uses his brain and his hands (or, in this case, talons) to achieve his goal through hard work and by coming up with solutions to a challenge. This gryphon could catch fish one at a time, but instead he takes the effort to weave a net to gather more fish. He’s not greedy, though, and he is realistic with his goals. He’s not going to catch all those fish in just one dive; he’ll never have to plunge in again and again, working hard to gradually collect his wealth through perseverance and effort. But with enough hard work and commitment, he will reach his goal. and enjoy life all the while.

The Page is a youth. This young, osprey gryphon – a raptor who lives its life diving head-first into the sea after its prey – is growing in mind and body and is always open to learning and discovery.”

A gryphon osprey dives into the clear blue water, literally head first, toward the fish swimming in seaweed below. Within his grasp is a pentacle – his goal is material in nature – food for his belly. As he dives in, the fish scatter in fear, but they get caught in a net that he is dragging behind him, rather than catching them one by one. The young and impetuous Page is impatient to get his fish.

After the Ten of Pentacles, the Page is like opening another book, starting fresh at page one. This card represents your dreams and goals, invigorating them, and showing hyour enthusiasm to make them real. A call to action, to begin the hard work and lear the skills it will take to amass your fortune.

Astrological Association & Element

Earth / Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn

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Featured Card of the Day – 2 of Cups – 78 Tarot Nautical/Tarot of the Water

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Artist: Marlana Adele Vassar

Website: Marlana.me

Keywords

Union, partnership, harmony, energy, affection

Artist’s Interpretation & Card Meaning

“For my Two of Cups design, I decided to concentrate of symmetry and give digital coloring a shot. I also wanted to experiment more with layering, so I collaged maps and other nautical drawings of mine into the background.. Since the card card can symbolize different types of partnerships, I decided to go in the direction of the two characters acting like colleagues instead of lovers. In my own ife, I have more professional relationships than personal ones, so the theme is a reflection of my current status.”

Against a backdrop of maps and charts, two mermaids raise a cup to each other. But these are not just two mermaids, they are identical, possibly sisters, possibly twins. Definitely two halves of the same coin – opposite, but equal in every sense. A union of two that share a deep bond of love, and while it is not a romantic love, it is heartfelt and pure. They toast each other with cups of gold to celebrate their connection, yet each is weighed down by an anchor, representing the commitment that comes with binding love, not to be thrown away lightly.

This card represents the bonds we want – to feel whole, to be loved and respected – that feeling of a “meeting of the minds”, where everything just fits, in perfect harmony with another – lover or friend.

Astrological Association & Element

Water / Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces

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Featured Card of the Day – 8 of Wands – 78 Tarot Nautical/Tarot of the Water

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Artist: Alexandria Sandlin

Website: EightandSand.com

Keywords

Swift action, enthusiasm, movement, flight, passion, progress

Artist’s Interpretation & Card Meaning

“The traditional imagery for my card is eight blossoming wands flying through the air with nothing standing in the way. This card is about being focused and making swift progress toward reaching your goal. For my card I decided to go with a witch flying along with her eight wands over a dark lake in the middle of the night. Of course the witching hour, midnight, is the best time for spell casting and mischief. My little witch is obviously on a mission! Instead of blossoms I chose different colored crystals which can have their own properties if you are into that sort of thing.”

Across a clear, moonlit night, eight jewel-tipped wands of various colors shoot across the sky. A flame-haired witch grabs one and uses the momentum to propel her along at great speed over a black lake, towards her destination. Her dress is blue, suggesting that she is driven by intuition. Although she speeds above the dark lake, it is calm and flat – this, with the clear sky, indicates that nothing now stands in her way – she will arrive at her objective sooner than she thinks.

This card suggests that all obstacles, such as those in the Seven of Wands, have been overcome, and this catapults you forward faster than you were expecting – your long journey is nearing its conclusion. This card also signifies travel, so make sure you’re prepared!

Astrological Association & Element

Fire / Aires. Leo, Sagittarius

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Featured Card of the Day – Ace of Cups – 78 Tarot Nautical/Tarot of the Water

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Artist: Deanna Davoli

Website: DeannaDavoli.com

Keywords

Contentment, abundance of emotion, fertility, love, intimacy

Artist’s Interpretation & Card Meaning

“This card signifies compassion, creative expression, offering and a symbol of fulfillment. I instantly saw in my mind a lovely, exotic mermaid offering the viewer positive emotion and energy from her cup. The cup in this case is a nautilus shell. The glowing light emanating from the cup/shell signifies the offering of life, love and positive energy. Her crown is made of shells, starfish, coral and other sea elements. Made by the mermaid hersel, it is her creative expression. It was a pleasure to create a card of giving as that is what the 78 Tarot project has been for me.”

A beautiful mermaid holds out her cup of secrets – a nautilus shell full of life and light. She is welcoming, extending an invitation, to reach out and ghrab this experience, as more mermaids swim behind her. You are being offered a chance to dive into a new emotional journey, to grow in compassion, happiness and love. The journey will be a welcome one.

This is an inspirational card – allow your emotions to come to the forefront in a creative endeavor, give back and share your journey with others, give happiness, as well as receiving it. It heralds a time of fulfillment and joy, emotionally and spiritually, where your very soul feels at peace.

Astrological Association & Element

Water / Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces

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

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Artist: Jenga Garcia

Website: None Given

Keywords

Dependable, reliable, methodical, steadfast, solid

Artist’s Interpretation & Card Meaning

“Known as the Lord of the Wild and Fertile Land, the Knight of Pentacles is all about hard work, dependability and pragmatism. Traditionally this card has a yellow sky and green rolling fields, which are the evidence of the triumphs of his labor. Green is the color of the suit of pe ntacles, and si I felt there should be a lot of green in the card. A green sea, like an abundant harvest, can be unpredictable and sometimes very difficult to navigate successfully, but swith devotion and hard work it can be done.

I put a little nod to Venus in the sku. which is the planet for the suit of pentacles, and an elecampane flower, which is the flower for this card. His ship is his trusty steed, and so I put a horse head on the main sail. You will also notice his choker has the symbol for Earth. Earth is the elemebt for the suit of Pentacles.”

A pirate knight stands on the beach, his ship behind him on a stormy sea. In his hands he holds a treasure chest with a pentacle emblem. He is still, contemplative for now. His task is to bury the treasure himself, rather than trusting it to any of his crew, and then return and find more. The chest is full – this is not a frivolous knight who spent it already. He has a plan and he will keep to it meticulously.

The Knight of Pentacles works steadily to achieve the Page’s plans – this card represents a methodical worker who puts his work first. It may not be the most exciting, or original work anyone has done, but he has a good reputation, well-earned, and is to be trusted and respected for his effort and determination.

Astrological Association & Element

Earth / Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn

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

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Artist: Shelby Nichols

Website: ShelbyNichols.com

Keywords

Sacrifice, suspension, pause for reflection, contemplation

Artist’s Interpretation & Card Meaning

“I became excited to work on The Hanged Man card when I found, in my research, that it was one of the most enigmatic cards in the deck. The card generally speaks of martyrdom or making a sacrifice now for future good. The Hanged Man himself is normally featured as serene, even as he is suspended, and in my piece, even as he is surrounded by chaos.

I’ve often had to make important and sometimes heart-wrenching sacrifices to reach goals. This card speaks to me in that if you trust in yourself and your creative power, the ghosts will clear and the rewards will come.”

Ghostly, skeletal pirates fight at the bottom of the sea, while a flesh-and-blood sailor hangs from the bowsprit of a sunken ship. At first glimpse this card appears to be one of despair, but the sailor’s face is serene. He is unaffected by the chaos and conflict around him. His arms are behind him, but do not appear to be tied, and light shines through the sea to illuminate both him and the skeletal angel masthead. His surrender is not to the scene around him, but a voluntary suspension of his self, to gain enlightenment.

This card suggests that inaction, reflection, even self-sacrifice, are needed, in order to see things from a different perspective and follow a path that is right for you, even if it’s not right for others.

Astrological Association & Element

Water / Neptune

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