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Featured Card of the Day – Curiosity – 78 Tarot Nautical ~ Tarot of the Water

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Artist: Michael Banks

Website: SugarFueled.com

Keywords

Curious, warning, distraction, opportunity, carefree

Artist Interpretation

“This curious, carefree little kitten is living his life on the edge. Enjoying candy fish and the pearls in a wide sea of opportunities, paying no attention to the dangers that may lie ahead. The candy fish and pearl represent a sweet life and riches while the hook and water’s edge represent danger. My trademark broken star painted as a starfish represents perseverance on his journey. Luckily this sweet little cutie has nine lives and doesn’t have to give up on his dreams after one try.”

Card Meaning

A curious kitten plays on the beach. A candy fish lies within his easy reach, a pearl is in a partially open oyster right in front of him – life is good, full of easy opportunity. But a storm gathers, waves crashing on the beach behind him, and a dangerous hook lies close enough that he should be careful. He seems oblivious, but the starfish beside him is a reminder to keep going despite any adversity, and this kitten, like all cats, has 9 lives if things turn out to be too dangerous…

How to Use a Wild Card

Cousins to the Major Arcana, Wild Cards often pop up in readings when you least expect them. Unlike traditional Tarot cards, they are characters that come alive only within the theme of this deck and nowhere else in existence. Each one brings with them a special message created for the readers of the 78 Tarot Nautical deck.

Astrological Association & Element

Card invented by Michael Banks specifically for 78 Tarot Nautical

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Featured Card of the Day – 2 of Pentacles – 78 Tarot Carnival ~ Cirque du Tarot

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Artist: Joanna Nelson

Website: JoannaNelsonStudio.com

Keywords

Balance, juggling, financial decisions, time management

Artist Statement 

“The Two of Pentacles is about balancing one’s life. In my image ou see juggling upon juggling. The cat dances upon one foot, staying alert, agile and patient as he juggles two pentacles in the air, also balancing the juggling frog on a unicycle, high above on the high wire. Despite all the juggling and balancing that is happening which represents the different aspects of life, they all seem to have a very content expression and look as though they have a handle on the situation. The cat has mastered the art of balance and harmony for a happy life. The elephlies jump carefree off of the pentacle and fly into the air as the froggies in the boats ride the ups and downs of thw water roller coaster with ease and enjoyment.”

Card Meaning

Against a frenetic backdrop, a cat stands poised on one foot, juggling two pentacles. Despite appearances, everything is in balance and the cat is calm and controlled. A tightrope is rigged between his ears, along which an adept frog rides a unicycle, while juggling. The circus is busy, but no one looks panicked – this is just the hustle bustle of a carnival, all the performers are masters of their arts. A roller coaster shaped as a turbulent ocean is behind the cat, expertly “navigated” by frogs in boats, and two winged elephants use the momentum of a pentacle to launch themselves into the air.

This card warns of taking too much on before you’re ready – balance has to be achieved and maintained in order to make sure that things do not spiral out of your control, while you’re juggling the various aspects of your life.

Astrological Element & Association

Earth / Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn

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Featured Card of the Day – Whimsy – 78 Tarot Nautical ~ Tarot of the Water

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Artist: Amy Brown

Website: AmyBrownArt.com

Keywords

Happiness, nostalgia, whimsical, refreshing, timeless

Artist Interpretation

“Whimsy is an important ingredient in a happy, fulfilled life. It feeds our soul and remind us of our younger days when we still believed in magic and knew anything was possible. Whimsy loosens the mental and emotional bindings that keep us feeling stuffy and serious. It encourages us to see the silliness in life and revel in it. It dares us to dream of impossible things and seek the paths less followed. Whimsy opens our inner selves and allows childlike energy to fill us and renew our spirit. With Whimsy in our lives, everything becomes possible again.”

Card Meaning

Whimsy shows two gentle seahorses helping her to rise free of kelp roots, which might bog her down. The water, too, supports her, and helps her being and spirit lift, even her hair adornments are gently lifting and swaying in a gentle current. We’re reminded of the freeing sensation of floating in water, a chance to lose the daily cares and worries that drag us down.

How to Use a Wild Card

Cousins to the Major Arcana, Wild Cards often pop up in readings when you least expect them. Unlike traditional Tarot cards, they are characters that come alive only within the theme of this deck and nowhere else in existence. Each one brings with them a special messagge created for the readers of the 78 Tarot Nautical deck.

Astrological Association & Element

Card invented by Amy Brown specifically for 78 Tarot Nautical

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Featured Card of the Day – 5 of Cups – 78 Tarot Carnival ~ Cirque du Tarot

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Artist: Kim Sokol

Website: KimSokol.com

Keywords

Sadness, grief, disappointment, not all is lost

Artist Statement

“The common interpretation of Five of Cups contains a black-cloaked figure looking at three fallen cups in despair, ignoring the two upright cups behind him. Here, a magician mourns a failed spell that summoned only darkess, ignoring the bright light shing forth from the other cups behind her, ignored.”

Card Meaning

A conjurer gazes sadly, her cape billowing in the wind, blocking out the light behind her. She is lost and alone. Before her lie three cups, spilling out and emptying, the despairs of her life. In her grief, she can’t see that two cups remain behind her, upright and filling the sky with hopeful light. These two cups represent everything she still has and could cherish. Will she decide to turn from the sorrow and see the light that still lingers, or is she cursed to stand and watch as her life ebbs away?

This card represents loss, disappointment and grief, and how we face these. Are they an obstacle that stops us in our tracks, or a challenge to be overcome? While natural, wallowing is only cathartic as a temporary reaction. Dwelling too much on the past prevents us from moving forward.

Astrological Element & Assocation

Water / Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces

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Featured Card of the Day – 4 of Cups – 78 Tarot Nautical ~ Tarot of the Water

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Artist: Lindy van den Bosch

Website: None Given

Keywords

Boredom, distraction, oblivion, contemplation

Artist Interpretation

“The Four of Cups shows a mermaid deep in thought, as if searching the depths of the ocean. There are three cups in front of her, but she does not appear to be interested in them all that much. The cups symbolize the different things the world has to offer, but she is looking past them, searching for more. She is also not aware of the bigger cup being offered to her. She is ignoring the external offerings so she can see her inner self and what she really wants in life.

Much like the Buddha, she is contemplating under the shade of the seaweed tree until she has come to her conclusions. By ignoring the cups, though, she might be missing out on great gifts, such as love.”

Card Meaning

A young mermaid lies daydreaming at the bottom of the ocean, oblivious to all around her, and lost in her own thoughts of the future and what it has to offer. Above her, a large cup floats gently down offering another option. Three alternative cups lay beside her, but she pays them no more attention than she does the first, for she is looking inwards and ignoring the outside world in an attempt not to be distracted by external forces as she concentrates on the self to find that which she seeks.

This card represents the need to look inward and re-evaluate, rather than be distracted by things that don’t matter. Maybe it’s tiredness, burnout, or a case of feeling bored, but something is just “off” and you need to recharge your mental batteries.

Astrological Association & Element

Water / Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces

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

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Artist: Tanya Ross

Website: Tandoll.com

Keywords

Deceit, betrayal, stealth, theft

Artist Statement

“I had a few ideas pop into my brainpan for my card, the Seven of Swords, that I quickly sketched out, but this image was the strongest in both possible imagery and card representation. It portrays the deceit and betrayal in the card meaning, the “thief” being the trainer. As he uses his swords (bullhooks) on the elephant, he steals the creature’s soul and basks in the power he thinks he wields in doing so behind closed doors (or closed curtains in this instance). But, an unnoticed young girl peeks through the tent curtain to discover the deception in this world, for all that fun and entertainment coming from the harshest of abuses and lies has now fallen upon innocent eyes. All of these aspects are reiterated by the irony of the signage, “The Greatest Place on Earth”; but at what cost?

Card Meaning

An elephant trainer walks away from his charge with five bullhooks in his arms. His sense of dominion is obvious on his face. In the leg of the poor animal we see two remaining hooks, which cripple the creature. As the trainer leaves he believes he is escaping the scene of his betrayal, but he has failed to notice a young girl who has found out. Sadly, she sees what has happened and her innocence is lost. Is it truly as the sign says? The greatest show on earth, and if so, at what cost?

This card is a warning against deception – no matter how tempting it may be to hide away, and deceive, truth will always come out – it’s better to face the truth, rather than have it come back and haunt you.

Astrological Element & Association

Air – Gemini, Libra, Aquarius

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Featured Card of the Day – 7 of Wands – 78 Tarot Nautical ~ Tarot of the Water

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Artist: Santanu Hazarika

Website: DilateInk.com

Keywords

Challenge, defense, tenacity, advantage, courage

Artist Interpretation

“The Seven of Wands! The vastness of the sky is measured by its height, and the depth of an ocean lies within its depth, a dark abyss. Seven of Wands usually shows a man standing above the world, he is at the top, above all, he stands and holds his position, and he protects his horizon with the wands. He has reached the sky, crossed every hurdle and achieved everything. Same way ‘the man’ has reached the depth of the ocean; his quest is downward into the light-consuming sea depths, where he stands his ground with seven harpoons!”

Card Meaning

In the darkest part of the ocean, a deep-sea diver stands, lamp in hand. He has made great progress so far on his journey, but now faces a hard challenge that will test his courage and strength. The monsters of the deep approach him, massive leviathans with hooked tentacles and multitiudes of stingers, ready to drag him to his destruction. The high ground may not help him as it would on land, so he must use other tools in his arsenal – a monstrous lantern to dazzle them and seven harpoons.

After the public recognition of your deeds comes a tough challenge, as others try to tear you down. Now is the time to shine, to draw upon the tenacity and confidence within you, to hold your ground and defend your rightful place at the top.

Astrological Association & Element

Fire / Aries, Leo, Sagittarius

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