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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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Featured Card of the Day – 9 of Pentacles – 78 Tarot Nautical ~ Tarot of the Water

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Artist: Lily Buth

Website: None Given

Keywords

Refinement, independence, self-reliance, contentment, accomplishment 

Artist Interpretation

“The traditional depiction of the Nine of Pentacles is a woman standing in a vineyard with a falcom resting peacefully on her arm.

To represent the falcom, I painted scales on her tail to look like feathers. The seaweed swirling around her is like the vineyard, while the pentacles (represented by sand dollars) float quietly towards the surface reaching the sunlight. The mermaid looks downward calmly with her eyes closed, content and comfortable with an inward sense of fulfillment and satisfaction.”

Card Meaning

A beautiful mermaid sits in a garden of sea plants and sand dollar shells. She rests, content among her finery – her garden is all that is visible. All her hard work so far has come to fruition, and it is time to relax and enjoy her accomplishments. One of the sand dollars adorns her hair – she enjoys her good fortune, but doesn’t flaunt it. Feathery scales on her tail symbolize her wisdom – she will maintain control over her wealth. Her garden will continue to grow under her care.

This card represents a chance and time to live life well, reminding us that we work to live, and not the other way around. Money is best enjoyed, rather than hoarded. Because you maintain this balance, your life will be fertile and abundant.

Astrological Element & Association

Earth / Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn

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

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Artist: Michael Calandra

Website: CalandraStudio.com

Keywords

Judgment, revelation, redemption, renewal

Artist Statement

“My interpretation of the Judgement card involves a female character in place of the Angel Gabriel. She is dressed in a style reminiscent of a Venetian carnival, but still has the angel wings to signify her being the Gabriel figure. She is using her trumpet to call the souls of recently, and not so recently, deceased clowns to appear for judgement. The mountains, ocean waves in her crystal ball, and even the wave pattern in the tablecloth symbolize the insurmountable obstacles of avoiding judgment instead of a traditional banner. I incorporated the red and white colors of Gabriel’s banner into her clothing.”

Card Meaning

The angel of judgment sits waiting, her trumpet resting on a table, next to a crystal ball. She has called, and the sould of the carnival are coming. Some joyful, expecting good news from a figure who comes to them in the familiar form of a fortune teller. Others are scared of what spiritual judgment will bring. Within the angel’s crystal ball, waves crash and swirl, the ever-moving, inescapable ocean a symbol for the inevitability of judgment. With all endings, there is a new beginning, and some will be judged worthy of achieving bliss.

This card suggests a fresh start, but only after a time of contemplation. The vital role water plays in this card suggests that both intellectual and emotional reflection is needed. – time to weigh up your past behavior with both eyes open, and move on, refreshed and renewed.

Astrological Element & Association

Water / Pluto

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Featured Card of the Day – 10 of Cups – 78 Tarot Nautical ~ Tarot of the Water

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Artist: Anastasia Smith

Website: ArtByAnastasia.biz

Keywords

Family, happiness, comfort, stability

Artist Interpretation

“I used two leafy sea dragons to represent the happy couple and two eggs take the place of children. A sunken treasure ship becomes the home in the background with its abundant kelp forest around it. A lively run of bluefin tuna take the place of a river. The dragon on top arches gracefully over the scene while the streaming light from above glints off the scales in a rainbow of colors. The dragons’ placement hints at an eternity symbol for unending familial love.

I have scattered ten cups around the nesting area to represent wealth of a happy home, all upright or at upright angles so they they can catch and hold all of the blessings that a happy home brings.”

Card Meaning

A loving family scene is shown with two beautiful leafy sea dragons entwined above their young still to be born. Beyond them lies their home, a wreck to some, but to them a safe haven in the stormy seas of life, which protects them from outside dangers. Their habitat is teeming with life, showing us that their home is as bountiful as their lives. The light from the Sun above streams down onto the scene, blessing it with divine light. Ten cups lie strewn on the floor, treausre spilt from their home.

This card illustrates “happily ever after”. You have faced all the trials, your poor emotions have withstood everything that has been thrown at them, and now is time for joy. You feel at peace with yourself, secure in your relationships; all is right with the world.

Astrological Element & Association

Water / Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces

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

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Artist: Stanley Morrison

Website: StanleyMorrison.com

Keywords

Father figure, authority, maturity, experience, power

Artist Statement

“Since this card complements the Empress, I wanted to incorporate some of the same colors that Jessica Douglas used for the Empress. I made the colors more vibrant to symbolize his passion and energy for life and its challenges. I put slightly torn clothing to indicate that he has acquired years of wisdom and experience and he is worthy of listening to because he has seen firsthand the consequences of his actions. The long, white beard also helps in this. For his intellect and astral ruler symbol, there are four ram heads carved in the throne. The orb I wanted to be magical, so I made a blue orb on fire to represent the carnival world over which he rules.”

Card Meaning

A white-haired ringmaster sits on a gilded throne, in front of a mass of circus tents. This is his world, the throne an obvious symbol of leadership, the rams’ heads symbols of his discipline. The Emperor’s clothes are ripped and torn – this leader works just as hard as his carnies. He earned his experience and authority, he is to be respected and admired. He wears an opulent Venetian mask, his white eyes stare intently, and although they appear to be inanimate and sightless, they bore through you. He carries a pulsing fiery orb and a staff decorated with an ankh. The ankh is representative of the authority, the flaming orb, a globe that represents his dominion.

This card suggests that hard work, and playing within the rules, will bring you the rewards you seek. The stability and experience you achieve will bring you the respect of your peers and help you on your way.

Astrological Association & Element

Fire / Aries

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Featured Card of the Day – 9 of Cups – 78 Tarot Nautical/Tarot of the Water

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Artist: Faye Osman

Website: StudioMimosa.com

Keywords

Dreams coming true, happiness, fulfillment, pleasure

Artist Interpretation

“The keyword associated with the card is “dreams come true, happiness, fulfillment, pleasure”. Basically, the whole premis of the sketch shows a woman underwater surrounded by nine jellyfish, the cups! She smiles in happiness as she holds one of them. Jellyfish are notoriously dangerous creatures, so the fact that she can hold/touch one of them symbolizes the fact she has conquered her fears/challenges.”

A woman floats weightless beneath the waves, her red hair representative of her active mind, her content fact showing her focus and drive. Light shines down on her through the water, signifying her blessings. She is surrounded by nine jellyfish; each of them is a single cup. The woman reaches out her hand to grasp one of the jellyfish, usually poisonous, in her hands, a visual represtation of her chasing her dream. She cups it tenderly, gazing at it, an almost spiritual contentment on her face, for this is a dream fulfilled.

This card represents completion – personal and spiritual. You have been through the wringer, emotionally, and are coming out the other side. Satisfaction is now yours for the taking. This is often considered to be Tarot’s “wish card”.

Astrological Association & Element

Water / Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces

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Featured Card of the Day – 4 of Wands – 78 Tarot Nautical/Tarot of the Water

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Artist: Chelle Destefano

Website: ChelleDestefano.com

Keywords

Joy, harmony, community, enthusiasm, celebration

Artist Interpretation

“The Four of Wands are standing up like a doorway of some sort to good things coming, excitements, and celebration. Celebration can be of a new life, new chapter, a marriage, a change, a positive thing coming your way, and anyone can celebrate this together, be it friends, family, dogs, animals, etc. The wands at the front have lamps to celebrate with lights, the life changes and the two wands at the back have decorative tops. I have added in a garland of seashells and the like on them. The tugboat is a symbol of fun and excitement, a lighthearted way of enjoying life. The sun is almost setting in a yellow-orange sky.”

Card Meaning

On the roof of a beached ship, two women dance as though they haven’t a care in the world. Four poles decked out with blue ribbons, lanterns, and a wreath form a square around them as they dance. Their joy and air of celebration is infectious, as around them, three dogs join the party. One dances on his hind legs, a second rolls around in the sand on his back, and a third watches from the prow of the ship, painting, mouth wide open as though grinning.

This card represents celebration – work is going well, your venture is succeeding, home and hearth are happy and harmonious. It is the kind of joy that comes from effort paying off – a rewarding feeling that makes you happy to be in the moment.

Astrological Element & Association

Fire / Aries, Leo, Sagittarius

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