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

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Artist:   Delphine Levesque Demers

Website: Zerick.com

Keywords

Patriarch, stability, authority, leadership, rules

Artist’s Interpretation & Card Meaning

“The Emperor is represented by a strong, wise and authoritative aged man. I immediately thought a powerful, experienced ship captain would be perfect. Under the constellation of Aries in a fiery sky, he is found by the seashore sitting on a rustic sandstone throne, a symbol of solid foundations, still standing tall and strong after decades of storms and tempests. In his right hand he holds an ankh, symbol of life, and in his left hand, the world over which he rules, represented by a precious pearl. It was only natural to ask my husband, Jason, to pose and model for me as he shares a lot in common with The Emperor himself, he is my rock, a wonderful father, and he works endlessly for his family and has earned all my love and respect. Security, comfort and stability are all qualities of the Emperor that I can find in my husband and so much more. I thought he would be absolutely perfect to be the inspiration behind this card, my little tribute to him, after all, he truly is the captain of my heart…!”

A dominant, graying man sits on a sandstone throne, on a beach stretching as far as we can see. He has long, flowing gray locks, symbolizing his experience and age. His face is weathered and scarred, a patch covers one eye, and his hands hold an ankh and a globe. The ankh represents his authority, the globe represents his dominion. His throne is adorned with shells forming the shapes of rams’ heads, representing his strength of will. He has fought hard for the land he rules, the power he now wields, he has seen much, and deserves respect and obedience.

This card heralds a well-fought victory – success and stability brought by working within the rules and becoming wiser and more focused on the way.

Astrological Association & Element

Fire / Aries

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

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Artist: BK Lusk

Website: BKLusk.com

Keywords

Celebration, friendship, connection, abundance, fulfillment

Artist’s Interpretation & Card Meaning

“In a beautiful grotto, filled with color and light, they sit as one on a large rock, toasting their achievements and friendship as the sun rises behind them like a symbol of hope. I used symbols of three throughout the painting, the seashell lanterns, the flowers in the trees, and the large spiral shells. At their feet, a large cornucopia-like shell overflows with fruit and flowers. Each woman has a decorative gold band on their tails, to symbolize their close relationship, connection and unity. They also wear laurel wreaths, which signify victory. Overall, I wanted to create a scene that was uplifting and colorful, that gave one a sense of hope and good fortune as well as conveying a sense of unity and love between the three.”

Three maidens raise their cups high in a toast of friendship and an unknown accomplishment. Each mermaid’s tail is a joyful color, their clothes and adornments complementing them, and each other perfectly. Golden bands on their tails and at their waist symbolize their togetherness. Their laurel wreaths represent a recent victory. The sun rises behind them, bringing more light, and a conical shell forms a cornucopia of abundance. Flowers hang from the trees showering them with beauty. There is harmony here, a sense of being together and a sense of what can be achieved when unity is found.

This is a card of celebration, the joy of harmony, and the feelings that a loyal friendship creates – inspiration, security, and freedom to be you, to cast off daily woes and go a little wild among a trusted circle.

Astrological Association & Element

Water / Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces

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

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Artist: Luca Federici Carey

Website: Rainbots.com

Keywords

Illusion, dreams, deception, hidden enemies, anxiety, mysteries

Artist’s Interpretation & Card Meaning

“I wanted to emphasize the core element of madness, which, strangely, seems lacking in popular depictions. The dream world is the essence of insanit and even the crayfish (which symbolizes consciousness) appears strange and unsettling in this world. It’s a rapturous, violent place and the crayfish, despite its pivotal role, can do nothing but watch in awe. Malevolence of every kind is oozing from the tall monster and yet his relatively benign foe is also alien and unfamiliar; the crayfish scans the landscape for familiarity and comfort but finds neither.

The architect of this chaos is the moon, which, ironically, is itself illusory. Like the god of a false religiion, it has only as much power as the bestowed upon it by its beholder, and in this world it reigns supreme.”

A huge orb hangs in the sky, lighting the scene below – two cities with a path between them to the horizon. But the sky is dark – this the Moon, offering a muted light over a dream world, full of shadows and monsters. Two of these, one brutal and savage (our untamed nature), the other, defensive and more civilized (our disciplined selves), are at the start of the path, in conflict before it has begun. A crayfish emerges from the sea, synbolizing the start of a journey from the subconscious.

This card is regarded as an indicator of your subconscious mind – a need to give reign to your intuition, the elements of play behind your actions and feelings. Your dreams and visions are trying to tell you something and you should listen.

Astrological Association & Element

Water/Pisces

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

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Artist: Poul Dohle

Website: Poul.de

Keywords

Spontaneous, creative, enthusiastic, ambitious, impulsive

Artist’s Interpretation & Card Meaning

“We see a richly dressed young man, as if in a trance, holding a rod in front of him – the connection between heaven and earth, as well as wisdom, knowledge, and power. On top is a deep-sea fish with a glowing lure. His clothing is richly decorated with ornaments of fish, sun and waves. On his head is a golden helmet with long tenacles, its visor open. The helment refers to the Acheloos mythology, a shape shifter. In Greek, Acheloos is the synonym of water.

The (the great unconscious within us) and the fish (an archetype of the Self and in Chinese a symbol of luck, wealth, and depply spriritual expression of the nourishing capacity of the unconsciousness and the manifestation of the soul) are surging in expectation of what may come.”

A tidal wave approaches the Page of Wands standing on the only barren, dry area of sand in sight. He is well dressed, his clothing red, symbolizing fire and energy, and he wears a protective helment, but for all his fire, he stands, staring at his staff – his creative energy is still inactive for now, but the scene is hopefjul, he is on the verge of taking the plunge.

This card represents the potential of youth, full of new opportunities, and new challenges. A flash of inspiration that teases your creative spirit and makes you restless to begin a fun project. It may not be the most earth-shattering work you’ve created, but it will be fun, different, and keep you busy.

Astrological Association & Element

Fire / Aries, Leo, Sagittarius

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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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