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

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Artist: Iris Compiet

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Keywords

Balance, equality, truth, fairness, justice

Artist Statement

“Justice is a delicate ballerina who balances on the double-edged sword, as a dancer on the tightrope. Beneath her are flames, her feet are cut on the swords, justice and balance is a delicate thing. She herself is the scales of justice. Her hands in perfect balance. Weighing her judgment in her own two hands. Listening to all the sides, the opposing arguments, good and evil on either side of her. Good in the form of an angel, evil in the form of a devil. She has no eyes and relies on her other senses to keep the balance.”

Card Meaning

Between two red velvet curtains, a ballerina balances on a sword. Above her, an angel and a demon whisper to her, one on either side of her, acting as perfect antithesis. A star hovers above her, white flames sear below. Her sightless gaze is turned up toward the sky, and her feet are bloody, but her balance is resolute. A flaming heart is emblazoned on her chest. She suffers for the balance she has achieved, unwilling and unable to judge by appearances, but only determining the truth for herself by listening to both good and evil and weighing both for herself.

This card cautions that justice is not easy, or obvious, but hard won and sometimes requires sacrifice. It reminds us that our actions and decisions bring consequences, and that fairness will only prevail by achieving balance.

Astrological Element & Association

Air / Libra

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

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Artist: Alex Garant

Website: AlexGarant.com

Keywords

Enlightenment, vitality, radiance, energy, joy, success

Artist Interpretation

“The Sun represents the source of life itself, it also symbolizes happiness, joy, energy, optimism, accomplishment, the light after a dark night. The mermaid children playing joyfully in the foreground represent the happiness of our true self. They represent the innocence and purity of childhood. The orange ribbon shows that control has passed from the conscious to the subconscious. The Sun’s rays represent action and vibration, sources of all life on earth. The flowers in the background represent life and the fruitfulness of the spirit under the nourishment of the Sun. There are four sunflowers, representing the four elements. The Sun card is a sign that you are likely to find yourself feeling more free than you ever have.”

Card Meaning

Against a clear, blue sky, two young merfolk bask under a large statue, which rises out of a strong, brick wall. The status doesn’t cast any shade – its solar face smiles down upon the children, with a halo of wavy hair and straight rays shining out. They are naked and innocent, open as only children can be, and they frolic at the top of the water, within the seafoam – both indicating that purity. From behind the wall, four sunflowers watch over the children, symbols of the joy and abundance granted by the Sun.

This card heralds success and joy. You have toiled and suffered, and come out the other side smiling. Your life is full of positives, and your warm attitude, confidence and vibrancy attract people and success to you like moths to a flame.

Astrological Association & Element

Fire / Sun

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

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Artist: Simona Candini

Website: SimonaCandini.com

Keywords

Hope, dreams coming true, inspiration, renewal

Artist Statement

“Haunted rides and a ghostly atmosphere create an ominous feeling for my dark, carnival-themed card. I love the tones of blue, purple and acid green, melting together to create a fluid stream of thoughts where the reality seems lost in the haze of a dream, timeless in its moving stillness.

The star is there, in front of you, to lead you to your safe place. It’s so bright, but it doesn’t blindfold you, it fills your soul of a sudden awareness, it awakens you from the dream, infusing with peace your inner self. Follow the Star and abandon your fears.”

Card Meaning

A young girl walks through a dark circus. Behind her stands a huge Gothic castle, reminding her of the challenges she has faced, the horrors that she leaves behind. She has traveled through a misty forest to get this far, and all she has found is an abandoned carnival. But at her heart glows a large star, the Universe offering her warmth and guiding light so that she can see the way ahead. Seven more stars float around her skirt, illuminating her path as she travels. The lights that lead her on are eight-pointed stars, symbols of strength, garnered from the obstacles she has overcome.

This card gives us hope, representing the distant light at the end of the tunnel, providing confidence and motivation to continue our journey, preventing us from losing our way.

Astrological Element & Association

Air / Aquarius

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

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Artist: Tanya Bond

Website: None Given

Keywords

Potential, inaction, mystery, intuition

Artist Interpretation

“The High Priestess card is strongly connected with intuition; she is knowledgeable of mysteries that lurk behind the veil. She speaks directly to our subconscious mind; she knows of our inner strengths and helps us achieve our best potential. She clears a way for unencumbered progress in our creative endeavors, spiritual transformation and inner growth.”

Card Meaning

The High Priestess stands before a nautical veil suspended between black and white pillars. She is the guardian of the mysteries behind the veil, and stands between the darkness and the light. Her necklace is a compass suspended in a planchette, symbolizing guidance – she invites you to learn the mysteries of the sea and your own intuion, if you are worthy. She looks welcoming, but the spikes on her dress remind you of her power, and to carefully consider all before you. Listen to your inner voice before you proceed, because all is not always what it seems.

This card is a reminder to trust your intuition, and to pay attention to it. It symbolizes an understanding and acceptance of the mysteries of self, and where they can lead you.

Astrological Association & Element

Water / The Moon

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Featured Card of the Day – 6 of Cups  – 78 Tarot Carnival ~ Cirque du Tarot 

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Artist: Tara Fly

Website: TaraFlyArt.com

Keywords

Reflection, nostalgia, childhood, sentimentality

Artist’s Statement

“This is what I’m seeing for the Six of Cups, which is a card reflecting on happy memories and a playful childhood.

My main character is seated at a large mirror, in her dressing tent – maybe she is preparing for tonight’s act. On the vanity in front of her are mementos: framed photos of loved ones, a letter, a jewelry box, and a bouquet of flowers (in one of the cups)…possibly sent by someone special.

The mirror’s reflection shows what is happening outside her tent, an entertainer on stilts is juggling the remaining cups for a group of children.”

Card Meaning

Inside a dim circus tent, a performer gazes into her mirror as she prepares for the show. Her face reflects back as she sits pondering her past. On her dresser lie mementos – a brooch, a small locked box, a letter, and family pictures. Happy memories fill her heart as she gazes wistfully at a scene she sees play out in her mirror – a juggler entertaining three small children as he throws five cups high into the air, the sixth stands with the memories on the dresser, now containing flowers from an adoring fan. Though she reflects upon the past, as every good artist knows, the show must go on.

This card suggests that nostalgia can comfort and inspire us to get past current misfortunes, while warning against using the past to escape the present – it may be nice to visit, but we can never go back.

Astrological Element & Association

Water / Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces

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

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Artist: Ken Meyer, Jr.

Website: kenmeyerjr.com

Artist’s Statement

“After doing research into the King of Swords, and the visual cues the card uses to show those meanings, I found a few things. On my own, I tend to like to play with dramatic lighting. Also having the idea of the crown actually being composed of swords. I knew I needed a close up. I found that butterflies also can be a part of the card. Initially, there were going to be a variety of butterflies, but sometimes my brain actually works, and that enabled me to make the connection between Monarch (King) and the Monarch butterfly. To me, the card means strength, but a strength that comes from compassion. I hope my card conveys that.”

Card Meaning

Steel blue eyes flash as a bearded king stares intently, a sword in hand. He wears a mask, adorned with swords that form his crown, tips pointed up toward the clear blue sky, a symbol of his mental clarity and control. His presence fills our vision, his authority absolute, he is to be respected rather than feared. Fragile butterflies swarm safely around him, one hovering by his ear as though offering advice. These monarchs represent transformation, and suggest that while he is a rock of a man, solid and strong, he is revolutionized by intellectual argument.

This card is a symbol of intellectual power and mastery, representing a highly ethical, equitable man capable of weighing his decisions carefully and offering impartial judgment.

Astrological Element & Association

Air / Gemini, Libra, Aquarius

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

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Artist: Tiffany Toland-Scott

Website: TiToland.com

Keywords

Dreams, illusion, mysteries, fears

Artist’s Statement

“The Moon Girl’s round white face glows, peering out from between two pillars painted with the silhouettes of howling wolves. The High Priestess’ veil has become the curtain on Moon Girl’s stage, separating her from the physical world and the spirtitual world. The backdrop painted on the stage behind her comes to life, and the ocean crashes in around her. A crayfish climbs onto her skirt to escape the deluge, and moths, attracted by her light, flutter around her face, distracting from her true predicament.”

Card Meaning

On a stage, a young girl kneels before two pillars – the backdrop suggestive of a portal to a dream world. On these pillars are images of two howling creatures, representing the two sides of our nature. One is a fierce wolf, savage and primal, the other a dog, defensive and civilized. From this portal, primordial mists roll in, and waters crash around her, as she waits, oblivious to all that goes on around her – perhaps she is lost in dreams of things to come. Upon her skirt sits a crayfish, emerging from the waters of our conscious self as it begins to break down the walls of illusion into the material world.

Just as this Moon Girl allows herself to succumb to her subconscious mind, this card suggests doing the same, reminding us that things are not always as they seem, and that you should pay attention to your intuition and dreams.

Astrological Element & Association

Water / Pisces

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