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

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Artist: Enys Guerrero

Website: None Given

Keywords

Reflection, healing, rest, temprorary withdrawal

Artist’s Interpretation & Card Meaning

“Since the beginning, I felt the symbolism of this card that fits perfectly with the type of things that inspire me, so I fell in love right away on the meaning behind it. In the card we can see a girl lying down on a coast, carrying four heavy swords; this represents a period of rest and recovery. The blood on her face and in one of the swords, tell us about a past period of challenges. I’ve tried to draw a calm ocean that symbolizes the meditation and need of spending time in a calm atmosphere. However, she’s also holding one sword in her hand, preparing herself for her next step. This denotes that the challenges will come back to our lives as soon s we’re prepared to face them.”

A maiden by the sea clutches four swords to her chest as she rests after a hard battle. She has come here for respite, and distance from her troubles. The sea behind her is calm, but grey clouds on the horizon show us that new trials will arise. Even at rest, she clasps one of the swords in her hand, a bloody sword that has already seen her through tough times and will do so again. But with time to regain a sense of self, she can face those challenges on her own terms.

This card shows a temporary respite, before you have to get back to the task, or battle, at hand. A time to rest, to contemplate and recharge your mental and spiritual batteries before you get right back to it.

Astrological Association & Element

Air / Gemini, Libra, Aquarius

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

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Artist: Stephanie Pui-Min Law

Website: Shadowscapes.com

Keywords

Beginning a journey, innocence, living for now

Artist’s Interpretation & Card Meaning

“The Fool walks across the rolling surface of the ocean. She wears a white shift, sea foam and purity. She is unafraid, or perhaps just completely unaware of just how precious her path is. Such blithe trust in the surety of her footing must either be true innocence of the unknown dangers the world can present (the lurking Leviathans, and the shadowy, watery depths), or a willful desire to flaunt her faith in the face of such knowledge. She strolls across the water weeds, one foot before the other, eyes cast to the vault of the sky and the endless possibilities she sees before her. A dragonfly gazes back. It knows a bit of the path she has chosen, for it is a creature of both land and air, and it carries wisdom of transformation and adaptation. Perhaps it hopes that she will notice and hear its silent words. The fish swarm and roll in the waves, nibbling at the water-weed stems, casting her pathway adrift and unmoored.”

The Fool is wonderfully innocent of danger ahead and below. Unburdened, she steps, determined but delicate, across the path of lily pads and weeds that lie before her; open to the adventures and joy that her journey will bring. Her path becomes more precarious the further she goes, but she is unaware, or simply uncaring. The next pad is floating free, but her attention is elsewhere, on the dragonfly before her, a companion, possibly a guide. Will she heed his warning? Will the lily pad support her? The only way to know is to take that step…

This card represents a new beginning, with the potential for great personal growth. The knowledge you have gained so far may help you in the future, but it has taken you as far as it can go for now.

Astrological Association & Element

Air / Uranus

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

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Artist: Anja Uhren

Website: AnjaUhren.com

Keywords

Sensitive, balanced, calm, compassionate, wise, in control

Artist’s Interpreation & Card Meaning

“It’s one of those cards that already has such nautical associations I didn’t really have to get that creative with him. Usually very composed, floating on his throne in a turbulent ocean holding his cup and scepter in both hands. The fish is a very important element for this card as well as the fact that it is so calm and composed which I tried to emphasize with the composition.”

The sea is dark and turbulent, but the King sits on his throne, unphased and unruffled. A fish amulet hangs from his neck, and another is carved on his marble throne. A full, large cup sits in his hand, a trident in the other. Despite the turbulence of the water around him, the water in his cup is still. The fish represents emotion, spirit and creativity, the amulet at his neck illustrating that he harnesses these and is in control of them, his trident is another symbol of his power.

The King of Cups is in complete control of his emotions, using them rather than letting them make his decisions for him. He can connect to them when necessary, giving him compassion and understanding of others, but remains calm in the face of any crisis.

Astrological Association & Element

Water / Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces

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Featured Card of the Day – 10 of Swords – 78 Tarot Nautical/Tarot of the Water

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Artist: Holly Broxson

Website: HollyBroxson.com

Keywords

Rock bottom, defeat, ending, betrayed

Artist’s Interpretation & Card Meaning

” A pirate captain has been betrayed by his crew. He managed to make it to shore. Is he dead? Is he dying? He is so full of woe. This is the worst it ever could be. Nothing could be worse than having ten swords in your back.

Things aren’t as bad as they seem, though. Off in the distance, peeking from behind the mountains, is the sun. It is coming to light the dark sky. There is hope after all. You just have to wait for the light.”

A pirate stands defeated, betrayed and injured by those he called his comrades. Head bowed, he is draped in a cloak that is red with his own blood – the pain and sadness in this crest-fallen soul is clear to see. The sky is dark and foreboding; perhaps he should have seen this coming. But beyond the mountains, dawn is breaking, bringing with it the light of a new day, and the sea behind the pirate is calm.

This card represents an end, a hard and painful one – one sword could have killed this pirate, let alone ten. The pain screams victimization, deliberate cruelty, but it is over now. Light brings a new dawn to chase away our darkest time, and with every loss comes a new beginning. This card tells us “The only way is up”.

Astrological Association & Element

Air / Gemini, Libra, Aquarius

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

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Artist: James Priest

Website: None Given

Keywords

Material focus, possessiveness, control, hoarding, closed off

Artist’s Interpretation & Card Meaning

“So my card meaning is about being over-possessive, or obsessing over material objects. With the nautical theme I immediately thought of how pirates are fascinated by gold/treasure and are willing to die to defend or obtain it. The fish skeletons swimming about are a symbolism of the amount of time he has/will stay underwater to protect his prize.”

A pirate stands on the sea bed, a pistol in one hand and a sword in the other. A key hangs around his neck on a chain, and his eyes are dark – he is tired from work, but alert, and poised. At his feet lie four pentacles, and these are what he protects, with force if necessary. He stands guard over them, unwilling to move and risk someone taking his treasure.

This card is a warning – that whle it is understandable, even admirable to be happy about your success, too much of a good thing can be harmful. Your work should be rewarded, acknowledged, and built on, rather than becoming obsessed by what you have achieved and the wealth that you have accrued. That way lies greed, miserliness and misery.

Astrological Association & Element

Earth / Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn

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Featured Card of the Day – King of Pentacles – 78 Tarot Nautical/Tarot of the Water

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Artist: Carrie Hawks

Website: TigerPixie.com

Keywords

Steady, controlled, stable, practical, powerful, abundance

Artist’s Interpretation & Card Meaning

“The King of Pentacles is a card of power, success and material satisfaction. I felt an Egyptian Pharaoh embodies those characteristics. So decided to paint an Egyptian theme with boats and the Nile, putting my own spin on the card. The Pharaoh wears the pentacles on his necklace. The Bull is included as Egyptian bull god Apis seen in the boat. The red flowers on his crown are represented as red Egyptian lotus flowers. The grapes and vines are on the balcony behind him and the sky is at sunset. The pyramids and Bast statue take the place of a castle to show wealth and abundance. The main color yellow is the gold in his Nemes crown and green is in the palm trees and and shrubs growing along the banks of the Nile.”

On a vine-decorated balcony stands a feline Pharaoh decked out in trappings of wealth. He wears a large coin around his neck with red lotus flowers adorning his headdress. Behind, and far below him, a land of wealth spreads as far as the eye can see, and opulent trading ships moving on the river bring more wealth to him. The sun shines on his world, but his gaze is solemn – the work of ruling his land and providing for his people is serious.

Success flows to success, money to money, and the King of Pentacles is a perfect example. This card represents a figure that has worked hard, for and with his people, be they family, colleagues or team, and has prospered. Now success comes easy, but he doesn’t take it for granted.

Astrological Association & Element

Earth / Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn

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Featured Card of the Day – 8 of Pentacles – 78 Tarot Nautical/Tarot of the Water

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Artist: Regan Kubecek

Website: ArtByRegan.com.au

Keywords

Progress, diligence, productivity, using and developing skills

Artist’s Interpretation & Card Meaning

“So here is my card, the Eight of Pentacles. This card is all about being productive, working hard and using your skills. My busy littlem mermaid has the task of painting all the shells of the ocean, her task is large but she knows she has the ability and skill.

My pentacles are represented by shells hanging to dry behind her and one that she still works on.”

A mermaid sits in concentration, painting a sea shell. Other shells hand drying, displayed proudly, but not ostentatiously – she is hard at work, her contribution to the ocean is using her skills to add color and beauty to the sea. In the background, more shells sit waiting for her attention. There are no grey clouds in the scene, no storms on the horizon, now worries or distractions ahead – the world is rosy.

This card shows that you are aware of the need to work diligently and productively, without getting bogged down, You have learned from your past trials and successes and are applying that experience to your life and work. There is still progress to be made, but you will get there.

Astrological Association & Element

Earth / Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn

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

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Artist: Patricia Ariel

Website: PatriciaAriel.com

Keywords

Concentration, power of the self, awareness and action

Artist’s Interpretation & Card Meaning

“The Magician is the soul who has already awakened to the higher truths. In my depiction he appears as a mature man, stoic and focused, covered by a dark hood and mantle, while sea anemone tentacles almost “crown” his head. At the command of his hands two fish seem to move in opposite directions. The glyphs of the four elements appear on each side. The association of the Tarot theme with the sea make it a perfect foundation for the symbolism of the card. “Water” is the element of intuition, of spirituality and rebirth. He has his eyes fixed on the “above”, or the higher planes. The man who has already dominated his potential and can manipulate the elements.”

The Magus stands in concentration, tentacles of an unseen sea creature springing up around his head…not yet surrounding him or pulling him down to the depths. Do they mean to harm him? His hands rise up, fish and the four elemental symbols spring forth as he draws upon his own power and magic to prepare himself…either to defend against an unseen foe, or to welcome a yet unknown friend. All the power of the world, all the power of the elements are within his will, to draw upon as he wishes and needs, to achieve everything he desires.

This card is a welcome sight in any reading, predicting success in your endeavors, and encouraging you to achieve your goals by harnessing your own personal power, and using the skills and knowledge that you already have.

Astrological Association & Element

Air / Mercury

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

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Artist: Tanya Ross

Website: Tandoll.com

Keywords

Solitude, introspection, circumspection, guidance, illumination

Artist’s Interpretation & Card Meaning

“My Darwin fish is the hermit, adorned with 9 nautical trinkets, driftwood staff, compass lantern, sea foam snowy mountains, cloak of fish netting and nautilus shell, fish hook from careless oceanic days, smile of contented wisdom, looking forward to explore the world outside his ocean shelter, moonlit walks on the beach, and a flask of Jager in his back pocket.”

The Hermit has achieved all he can in this world, so far. Now is a time for introspection, contemplation, even soul searching – he has chosen to live a solitary existence for now, leaving his past and all distractions behind him, stepping out of the ocean with only a lantern staff and a few decorative trinkets. But the lantern represents the wisdom that guides him, the staff, carried in his left hand, symbolizes his power over his own intuition. He will use this isolation to achieve the answers and move on to even higher accomplishments

This card represents a time to look further than the external world, full of distractions, and look within, moving forward only when answers present themselves.

Astrological Association & Element

Earth / Virgo

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

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Artist: Joanna Nelson

Website: JoannaNelsonStudio.com

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Artist’s Interpretation & Card Meaning

“Since the card is about waking from a nightmare and mental anguish, I wanted the imagery to have a bit of a dream-like, surreal feel. Side note: The cat eats the mouse and ironically, the fish…Shark eats the cat in my mind. ha!!! A dream within a dream, or a nightmare within a nightmare. There are a lot of ways to explain this image…the mouse feels trapped! The mask is to hide. The candle shows hope. The surreal feel is to say that this anguish is all mental, not physical. Wake up!

I have added symbols to the newspaper boat – the sword fight (like in the wood-carved night stand of the original card image), some astrological signs (just as the quilt has in the original card), the number nine, the words “wake up” and thought that although it will be small in “Tarot card size”, that it will be a nice little hidden gem and fun surprise for the viewer to discover!”

A masked mouse sits in a paper boat, surrounded by swords, a black cat looming over him. Despite the mask, there is anguish on the face of the mouse as he looks up at the cat, from an eight-bladed cage, a ninth sword hanging over it like the sword of Damocles. The cat is concentrating on his intended meal, unaware of a black shark, swimming among the clouds that hang in a stormy sky, ready to feast on him.

This card is one of surreal, nightmarish visions, buth that is all they are – symptoms of mental anguish, rather than impending physical harm. If you are ready and willing to work through this pain, your peace of mind will return.

Astrological Association & Element

Air / Gemini, Libra, Aquarius

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