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Featured Card of the Day – 4 Of Pentacles – 78 Tarot Carnival ~ Cirque du Tarot

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Artist: Helena Reis

Website: HelenaReisArt.com

Keywords

Possession, security, material focus, control

Artist Statement

“This card generates positive and negative perceptions. On one hand, it signifies you have accomplished many of your goals and have attained material wealth in the process. On the other hand, there’s a risk that you will come to value only material wealth, becoming possessive, or greedy to ensure that no-one takes it away.

I tried to paint a woman pleased with her accomplishments, but instead of celebrating with everyone else (the circus in the background), she is holding on to her wealth like it’s the most important thing. (Inspired by the many paintings depicting Madonna and Child)”

Card Meaning

A robed figure stands in front of the carnival, three pentacle coins clasped to her chest. A fourth pentacle is worn, halo-like around her head. She has been given the opportunity to visit the circus, to take some time out from her ususal duties and enjoy herself. But she hesitates, the money in her hands clasping her “wealth” to her chest. She cannot convince herself to share the wealth with the carnival, to spend some of her money on joy.

This card warns us that money should be enjoyed, rather than hoarded. Material success is wonderful, reducing worries and stress, but it is a stepping stone, rather than the end of a journey. Work should be built on, money should be spent to improve your life, rather than collected greedily and ultimately becoming a banner to our own happiness.

Astrological Element & Association

Earth / Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn

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Featured Card of the Day – 6 of Swords – 78 Tarot Nautical ~ Tarot of the Water

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Artist: Tammy Mae Moon

Website: MoonSpiralArt.com

Keywords

Transition, travel, guidance, escape, recovery

Artist Interpretation

“Usually the card has sad looking people in a boat being guided along by a creepy looking oarsman. Themes are moving away from hard times into better times/smoother sailing ahead, and letting go and allowing others to take care of you or allowing for divine forces to see you to a safer shore, etc. The cool thing about the minors is they often tell more of a story, and I have always wondered what happened to the people in the boat to make them so downtrodden. So I decided to tell the story of what happened, in a sense. I drew a sort of Viking Shield Maiden Lady. I think her and her five comrades got caught in a storm and they all drowned but her. She magaged to make it to a rocky outcrop in the middle of the sea along with the washed up swords of her comrades. The storm is now breaking and another ship is on the horizon to come and carry her to safety.”

Card Meaning

A Viking shield-maiden stands, shipwrecked, upon a rocky outcropping. The lone survivor of stormy seas, she carries only the weapons of her lost comrades – a shield showing her symbolic guide, and six swords, pointing down, indicating that their bearers are at rest. She mourns her loss, but knows she must move on. On the far horizon a ship approaches, representing her journey to safety, rescued from the grief she feels. Calm waters lie beyond the storm that brought her here, and she can see peace in her future. But, first she must let go of that which she held dear.

This card represents a sad, but necessary, transition. A hard choice for a better outcome. While the change itself will be tough, things will get infinitely better, and you will feel much better for it, mind, body and soul.

Astrological Association & Element

Air / Gemini, Libra, Aquarius

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Featured Card of the Day – 4 of Wands – 78 Tarot Carnival ~ Cirque du Tarot

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Artist: Manuel Da Cunha Vega

Website: None Given

Keywords

Harmony, celebration, contentment, enthusiasm

Artist Statement

“This is a favorable card for festive events and lucky for relationships that will come into your life briefly influencing your material and spiritual well-being. This card can predict that you are nearing happier and peaceful times, and probably will experience new and enriching fortunate events.

This card suggests that you finally achieved happiness and are feeling proud of your exploits. The pressure that you have been under has disappeared or will very soon, and that is cause for celebration. Rejoice and celebrate all that you have achieved to date and see that you will feel relieved, relaxed and serene with all the emotional burden and linked charges fading as you relax.”

Card Meaning

A woman stands between four wands. In her hands she holds two smiling, elaborately decorated masks, symbols of harmony, the colors of the masks mirrored in her own vibrant makeup. The wands support a colorful flowery wreath, which shed petals gently, like confetti floating down to join the festivities. This wreath is a symbol of her achievement and celebration, the joy these bring evident on her face.

This card represents stability and jubilation – you’ve hit your target, and managed to keep your home life harmonious at the same time. Now it’s time to celebrate with friends and family, to just enjoy being happy and knowing that you’ve done well without the usual distractions of a busy, stressful life.

Astrological Element & Association

Fire / Aries, Leo, Sagittarius

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Featured Card of the Day – Ace of Pentacles – 78 Tarot Nautical ~ Tarot of the Water

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Artist: Maigan Lynn

Website: MaiganLynn.com

Keywords

Prosperity, material gain, opportunity, new responsibilities

Artist Interpretation

“So, the Ace of Pentacles is generally an earth card, so incorporating earth elements like sand, flowers, and rocks was important. However, most depictions of this card are of a hand coming out of a cloud, cupping the pentacle. I have the hand cupping the pentacle, but also wanted to add the clouds…so they’re there, just not in the traditional sense. This card is about prosperity, growth, and wealth. It’s a wicked card for me to illustrate – right up my alley!”

Card Meaning

A young mermaid sits on top of a rock in a clear lagoon, holding a large gold coin to her chest. The rocks behind her are verdant and fertile, sea flowers grow around her. Just below the waters where she sits, an open treasure chest lies, treasure starting to spill out. Fluffy white clouds float above her, in a clear, blue sky. Her face is happy, but serene, rather than smug and self-satisfied. Better times are ahead of her, a new material world is opening up to her.

This card suggests that you will be more secure and healthier – possibly a gift, but more likely is that you will find new opportunities to achieve your goals. This is a start, not an end.

Astrological Element & Association

Earth / Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn

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Featured Card of the Day – 7 of Pentacles – 78 Tarot Carnival ~ Cirque du Tarot

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Artist: B. K. Lusk

Website: BKLusk.com

Keywords

Balance, charity, generosity, success

Artist Statement

“The seven of pentacles portrays a young woman, taking a break, and gathering herself after working long and hard in her garden. She leans on her shovel admiring the flowers and vines that are in full bloom. She reflects on her hard work, contemplating the rewards she has reaped.”

Card Meaning

A beautiful circus woman stands, spade in hand, with opulent, pentacle-filled vines growing around her. She has paused, stopped to survey the fruits of her labor, and appreciate what she has achieved so far. She is wearing an intricate headdress, dressed finely, showing that she has already had some success, but her face shows no real joy. She seems neutral – neither happy nor sad, and has stopped to analyze, and evaluate what is still to be done. What she is doing right, and what she should improve. She will not be truly ahppy until her task is complete.

This card reminds us we should not blindly plow ahead, but that we should use our time wisely, to occasionally analyze our work so far, and ensure we stay on the right track. Not to bask in our own glory, but to continually keep improving and progressing.

Astrological Element & Association

Earth / Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn

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Featured Card of the Day – 5 of Cups – 78 Tarot Nautical ~ Tarot of the Water

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Artist: Edit Farkas

Website: None Given

Keywords

Grief, loss, sorrow, disappointment, choice

Artist Interpretation

“Going through a very difficult time we often see the empty cups in front of us, and fail to notice the treasures we still have. I tried to make this feeling of loneliness and hopelessness present in this image, still using the essential symbols Tarot decks use. The shape of the tower I used is based on a fortress here in Transylvania, so it relates to me in this way.”

Card Meaning

A mermaid sits alone by a river, a black cloak wrapped around her, her demeanor suggests she is lost in despair – certainly she is lost in her thoughts. Around her lie three overturned cups, their contents bleeding away to symbolize the loss she feels. Beside her, two full cups sit upright, but she does not see them, all of her focus is on the fallen cups. Does she mourn them or study them. Ahead of her there is a bridge over the river towards the safety and security of a walled castle.

This card shows us that how we deal with feelings of loss or disappointment is as important as the loss itself. Wallowing will not help us, but understanding that the cup is not always half empty, we will escape our losses and see a future ahead.

Astrological Element & Association

Water / Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces

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Featured Card of the Day – The Sun – 78 Tarot Carnival ~ Cirque du Tarot

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Artist: Paulina Cassidy

Website: PaulinaCassidy.com

Artist Statement

“Engulfed by the warmth of the Sun, a carnival boy and his friend ride a bluebird of happiness. Released from limitations, the young boy represents innocence and rebirth. The chill has been warmed out of his weary bones of the past, while clarity of vision and vitality gain strength. With healing rays of green and revitalizing rays of yellow, the sun touches every living thing. Dark days are over, and we are free to bask in its dazzling ight, and to celebrate achievement and vitality. The Sun provides the love of life to help us gain clearer perception so that we may live our lives to its fullest potential.”

Card Meaning

The Sun blazes, casting no shadows, as two young carnies joyfully ride a bluebird through the sky and over a gray patchwork wall. Yellow and green rays shine from this solar orb, as thes children escape the grey world below, reminiscent of cheerful sunflowers in our own garden. A bright flower spontaneously sprouts from the young boy’s hat as he rides past, reminding us of the life and light brought by the Sun.

This card brings cheer, just as the Sun brings warmth after a long winter, reminding us that all darkness ends. Your work is complete; it is time to celebrate your success. Life is good right now, and your confidence and joy draw people to you.

Astrological Element & Association

Fire / The Sun

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