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Featured Card of the Day – 10 of Wands – 78 Tarot Carnival ~ Cirque du Tarot

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Artist: Lindsay Cheesewright

Website: LindsayCheesewright.com

Keywords

Burden, oppression, stress, arduous tasks

Artist’s Statement

“Ten of Wands is all about burden. So I created my card based on the old “freak” shows at the carnival – she is a tattooed and pierced lady, which being seen as a freak because of this is a burden to her. The Ten of Wands are depicted in the form of long bar piercings on her forearms.”

Card Meaning

The look of stress on this young performer’s face is clear to see. Piercings cover her, proud reminders of the time she has spent working with the carnival, but the weight of the wands within her skin only help to drag her down. Flowers adorn her arms, coiling up to her hands from below – this is her harvest. Her goal was always to run away and join the circus, but she has worked so hard to get there that her dreams now seem like nightmares.”

This card symbolizes feeling that you may have bitten off more than you can chew – you’ve worked incredibly hard to get this far, the end of your journey is now right before you, but so are the commitments that this brings, the responsibility to continue.

Astrological Element & Association

Fire / Aries, Leo, Sagittarius

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

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Artist: Everett Hartsoe

Website: houseofhartsoe.com

Keywords

Independent, free-thinking, composed, intelligent

Artist’s Statement

“The Queen of Swords is a card in the suit of Swords, part of the Minor Arcana set of Tarot. She symbolizes freedom and clarity of her mind and thoughts. I wanted her to sit firm and quiet upon the throne gazing over her domain. The colors of red and green portray blood, wealth and life.

The yellow radiates intelligence, comfort and kindness. The bird sits by her side to carry her message across the land. The jester skulls aligned on her throne reminds us that a fun spirit can remain in our lives for an eternity as long as we are willing to allow those spirits in. Queen of Swords is confident, protective and familiar with sorrow, yet doesn’t allow sorrow to overtake her position.”

Card Meaning

A solemn-faced Queen sits upon an unyielding metal throne, a dual-edged sword held upright in her hands, a skull painted atop her crown. Her only companion is a crow perched on her throne, but looking into the distance, ready to take flight at any moment. And yet she does not appear unwelcoming. Her posture is straight, but not rigid, her outfit is bold, fun and colorful, her eyes inviting. The sky behind her is clear, bright yellow – the color of sunshine, it suggests happiness, intellect and energy.

This card exemplifies a highly intelligent figure who cannot be easily fooled determining facts without being overly influenced by emotion. At the same time, she possesses a warmth that reminds us that she is a free thinker and cannot be pigeonholed.

Astrological Element & Assocation

Air / Gemini, Libra, Aquarius

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

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Artist: Becca Turner

Website: FantasyandFae.com

Keywords

Creative inspiration, vision, beginnings, energy

Artist’s Statement

“The unicorn horn is the wands…the flowers falling from the clouds represent creative inspiraiton and the possibilities that we conceive in our mind becoming our reality. The butterflies represent new beginnings. I filled the base with flowers and butterflies that are growing outwards, so the ideas start in the mind, but become a reality once you take action, and grow from there.”

Card Meaning

On a carousel, a wand, the unicorn’s horn, begins to glow – bright white light srrounds it, symbolizing powerful inspiration and intuition. Instantaneously, flowers begin to fall from the clouds – our dreams and conceptions manifesting themselves in reality. Everything suddenly comes to life, flowers sprouting all over the roundabout instantly attracting butterflies, the symbols of transformation and rebirth, and the unicorn rears up, ready to leave the confines of the carousel and begin a new creative journey.

This card doesn’t remind, or advise, but rather demands that you unleash your creative energy. It represents a flash of inspiration that burns inside you, screaming to be released. It is not a patient concept, allowing time for careful consideration or research, but igniting a fire within you to get started.

Astrological Element & Association

Fire / Aries, Leo, Sagittarius

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

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Artist: Selina Fenech

Website: SelinaFenech.com

Keywords

Inner strength, courage, resolve, compassion

Artist’s Statement

“Normally depicted with a woman softly holding a lion’s jaws. The woman often has a crown of flowers (I gave that to the lion instead) and the infinity symbol above her head (part of the lion’s makeup).

The Strength card is more about inner strength than physical strength. I wanted to show braver by having her back to the lion, its mouth so near her head, and her so vulnerable nearly naked.”

Card Meaning

A young woman stands with a massive lion, gently supporting his jaws as he towers over her. She wears no armor, she has no protection, but she is safe. Her trust and confidence in this powerful creature is absolute – she stands with her back to him, but does not fear him.

He is painted with an infinity symbol, representing the spiritual power and balance between them. Her hair falls down her back, mingling and merging with his mane, until we are not sure where she starts and he ends.

This card suggests we mirror her – face a dangerous situation with compassion and courage, rather than beating it down with physical strength. To keep the conficence to work calmly with challenges, rather than against them.

Astrological Association & Element

Fire / Leo

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

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Artist: Brenda Saydak

Website: None Given

Keywords

Balance, charity, generosity, success

Artist’s Statement

“I chose to represent balance with a tightrope walker, in a rich outfit in sumptuous surroundings. The figure is your, representing the confidence and joy in life of a generous spirit. The balls can be seen as coins – material wealth, or as tools for the clown’s art, representing less tangible riches. The clown itself is androgynous, a balance between male and female, and the little cars are both pathetic and cute – needy, but not totally destitute.

I love the message of this card and had a lot of fun designing it within the carnival theme. I wanted it to be theatrical, rich and whimsical. For me this is a real “feel good” card, a reminder to stay generous of spirit and keep a joyful heart.”

Card Meaning

A clown stands, juggling balls as she performs acrobatics on a rope. She has perfected her act, and now involves the awaiting cats – her act representing a person who is materially comfortable, and willing to share. As she takes one ball from above, she passes another below her, but in this case the balance has been thrown off. These cats are part of the show, but remain passive, unwilling to play with the balls passed to them – one lying near them, already discarded, with no need of the next proffered by the clown.

This card represents a need for balance – a willingness to share when times are good, but cautions against giving for giving’s sake. Give and take are a part of life, but we should only take what is needed, we should only give what is wanted, and nothing more.

Astrological Element & Association

Earth / Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn

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

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Artist: Anastasia Smith

Website: ArtbyAnastasia.biz

Keywords

Ambitious, focused, responsible, new opportunity

Artist’s Statement

“I created the Page of Pentacles as a side-show barker. First and foremost, Pages are bringers of information, so I thought the idea of him calling out to passers by to let them know the sights inside the tent was ideal. He stands alone wearing a hat with a fresh flower in the band. Behind him to his right is a freak show poster showing the Monkey Man perched in banana trees. To his left is the Scarecrow Man and a furrowed field promising abundant harvest. He is unaware of anything around him except the gold coin in his hands. The bright sky suggests all is well and he begins to realize that this coin can open doors for him. It is a dawning realization of the path to prosperity.”

Card Meaning

A young carney stands, holding a shining gold pentacle and staring at it, amazed. He is a sideshow barker, a little cog in the great wheel of the circus, but he has just been given his first gold coin – a tempting treasure for a child, a glimpse into a potential future of comfort and personal prosperity. Behind him are posters advertising the counties of his carnival – an ape man within a lush, green setting, and a freak show human scarecrow guarding the future harvest from the black birds that would ruin it.

This card represents a dream, a new goal, and the understanding that it will take time, perseverance and effort. Be pragmatic – you will need to work hard to gradally collect wealth, rather than it all come to you.

Astrological Element & Association

Earth / Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn

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

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Artist: Raheli Starr

Website: None Given

Keywords

Wishful thinking, imagination, illusions, daydreams

Artist’s Statement

“The knife thrower’s assistant sits in the face of danger as the knives and projectiles around her pin three cups, mystery, power and the supernatural to the bulls-eye. Meanwhile, two cups serve as her earrings, companionship and fortune. The laurel cups sits on her head as a symbol of victory and the cup she drinks from represents wisdom.

Her face has a defiant smile as she conquers her thoughts, fears and wrangles her wildest dreams. Within all of this, the metaphor of the carnival is present; an idea that envelops all of the elements in this painting.”

Card Meaning

A performer stands before an old wooden board – like it, she is a veteran of the act, nonchalant enough that she idly daydreams while knives fly. But her imagination has led her astray – a cup she drinks from is just an illusion, the snake winding around it symbolizing her wisdom and experience. Six other cups, all figments of her imagination, show different desires, treasure on one by her ear representing wealth, a shrouded figure on another standing for enlightenment.

Each “prize” shown has a darker side – the snake is a dangerous creature, the shrouded figure a ghost, illustrating that dreams help us explore our shadows. But this card warns that there is an inherent danger in dreams themselves, inspirational as they may be, given their rightful time and place. You can get so caught up in your fantasies that you remain immobile, unable to achieve your goals.

Astrological Element & Association

Water / Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces

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