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

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Artist:  Jessica Douglas

Website:  JessicaMDouglas.com

Keywords

Maternal, nurturing, resourceful, security, dependable

Artist’s Interpretation and Card Meaning

“This card really struck a chord with me, I’ve always felt a kinship with mother-type figures (being a mother of three myself), and had a fascination with the concept of Mother Nature figures throughout different cultures.

The importance of the figure is that she is holding the coin, as though holding a child. Said to represent her material wealth. One thing I have learned in art history, is the *positioning* of the figure is just as key. She’s cradling the wealth, it also represents her motherly love. So I placed the coin not just in her lap, but mimicking the placement of a pregnant belly, her hands resting on it the way mine often did when I was very round with my babies. Because that, too, is a form of wealth.”

A beautiful woman with lush red lips sits on an opulent thron. On her lap sits a large coin and a jeweled crown adorns her head. She sits within an abundant kelp forest, teeming with life and sheltering her, and she is at the very heart of it. She is successful, not only materially and financially, but also in terms of family and love. Her lips give a hint of sensuous nature of this Queen – she has a full life and she loves every minute of it.

This card represents a figure that has it all, but it has not come easy. Her life is a constant juggle, her mind is constantly whirring, but she embraces it. She is dedicated to her family and team, eager to share the spoils of her work.

Astrological Association and Element

Earth / Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn

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

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Artist: Pierre Carles

Website: PierreCarles.com

Keywords

Mire of your own making, impotence, fear, isolation

Artist’s Interpretation and Card Meaning:

“In my representation, symbolism of Japanese shibari immediately struck me as having a strong connection with the meaning of the card. Like the lady, the bounded person is restrained only through her own acceptance of the situation, she really retains full control over the precess and can decide to leave freely at any time.

The air element, generally associated with the suit of swords, is hinted at by the wind in her dress and her long, black hair.

Isolated, trapped between the sea, the land and the sky, Mont Saint Michel diffuses a powerful sense of spirituality. Using the image in my representation suggests that the city in the distance is a symbol of spiritual elevation, that can be reached only by shedding the bounds of one’s own fears and preconceptions.”

A woman is bound and blindfolded, eight swords surrounding her like a cage, suspended above the water, in air that blows her hair and dress. Behind her is a pathway to an island town, but she cannot see it. Grey clouds above her symbolize that she has lost all hope. But she could get free from her bondage, remove the blindfold, and there is space between the swords for her to escape. The sea swirls below her, but her feet never get wet – this is not a physical or emotional prison, but a cold and dry prison of logic.

This card reflects a mental cage of your own making – there are options to free yourself if you only look. You may feel that you are alone in the world, but you’re not.

Astrological Association & Element

Air/Gemini, Libra, Aquarius

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78 Tarot Nautical – Tarot of the Water

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Where do I begin? My parents bought me my first set of Tarot cards in the French Quarter in New Orleans back in 1971. I was just a little girl, but a Tarot reader was born that day. Over the years, I occasionally purchased, or was gifted, a new deck of cards. There are so many thousands of Tarot decks of various themes available to the wannabe, intermediate and experienced readers of the world. One of the most notable differences in decks these days is quality, craftsmanship, and the amount of work which has gone into the creation of each deck/card.  That brings me to today’s topic – 78 Tarot Nautical, Tarot of the Water. This is the second in a series of decks from 78 Tarot. Yes, as you may have guessed, the theme of the deck is nautical. And why do they call it 78 Tarot? Firstly, the typical Tarot deck contains 78 cards. This is a Global Art Collaboration like none other, bringing together 78 of the most highly-respected and sought after Tarot artists in the industry. Each artist has contributed a unique piece of artwork for one card in this deck.

I am sitting here with the Collector’s Edition and feel extremely privileged to be doing so; hopefully I can do justice to what I have here before me. These Tarot kits come beautifully wrapped, just like the gift which they truly are. Everything is contained in one of the highest-quality boxes I have seen in years; some things just scream classy when you unwrap them. This is definitely one of them. Nowadays, you can purchase decks, which may or may not contain a companion book pertaining to the deck. There is a little informative booklet which is standard to receive with a Tarot deck, but the 229-page, hardback book which accompanies the deck is a spectacular work of art, in and of itself. It takes you through the deck, card by beautiful card, artist by talented artist. What an incredible masterpiece of quality and information, including credit to all supporters who helped finance the deck through Kickstarter.

The cards come packaged inside their own beautiful box, complete with a companion book. As a long-time Tarot reader who now wears 3.0 reading glasses to see my phone, these cards are a welcome sight! They are just thick enough and flexible for typical reader use, but they run above average in size. The size is perfect still for my little hands to shuffle, and the larger images eliminate the need to pull out the readers which always seem to be on top of my head. The 78 uniquely-gifted artists involved in Tarot of the Water, have not only incorporated water in their artwork, but there are plenty of seashells, mermaids, pirates, sea creatures and the like in each whimsical rendering. To me, strong, colorful images make for a great deck. That is certainly the case here and it definitely contributes to a more powerful reading. All who follow me know I am like the Queen of Positivity and the nautical theme lends to a more pleasant reading vibe. Of course I can not forget to mention the gorgeous artwork on the back of the cards which gives the feel of gentle, ocean waves lapping at your feet. I am not going to show each individual card here, but I will provide links for your perusal. Listen for me to be using this deck in the next Weekly and Monthly, etc.

The good folks at 78 Tarot are currently running a sale on Tarot of the Water as they need to make room for the third deck in the series, arriving late November, 78 Tarot Carnival, Cirque du Tarot. Bottom line, Tarot of the Water will not be around much longer for purchase. If you, or someone you love, are an avid Tarot reader and/or collector, now would be the time to check out this amazing, limited-edition deck. As a follower of Tarot by Cecelia, 78 Tarot has extended to you an additional 10% off their sale price at checkout. Coupon code CECELIA

A gentle reminder which I have not brought up thus far – Mercury enters shadow December 1 which means it may likely find a way to interfere with your holiday shopping. Just saying!

Beginning November 1, I will be doing a special series, card-by-card, in no particular order, so that you may see what a creative, unique and highly-artistic deck Tarot of the Water truly is.

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