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Featured Card of the Day – 7 of Pentacles – 78 Tarot Nautical/Tarot of the Water

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Artist: So Ma

Website: None Given

Keywords

Perseverance, cultivation, reflection, reward, revision

Artist’s Interpretation & Card Meaning

“The mermaid is the mistress of the deep. She is the symbol of beauty, hope and fantasy. She is the bearer of joy and sorrow. The giver of life and death. In her hands she holds the rope that binds the souls of the sailors who are lured to their deaths. Whether she is smashing the ship in the bottle against the coral or keeping it from harm, the power lies within her hands. She holds a treasure trove of sailors’ timepieces or compasses. Her trusty companion helps her keep her hoard of compasses safe. The mermaid uses her tools to reap her rewards from her hard work. The seahorse represents the souls of the dead seaman lured to their watery fate.”

A mermaid resets on an anchor, surveying the fruits of her labor – an eclectic collection of sailors’ compasses and pocket watches, and a ship in a bottle on the end of a rope. Clinging to her is an octopus, which seems to be helping her to keep her possessions together. Her work has been successful so far – she has collected wealth while seducing a variety of sailors, from shipwrecks and ships that she has lured to their destruction. In the background, a lighthouse looms – she may need to rethink how she achieves her goals.

This card illustrates the need for evaluation as well as determination and hard work, in order to keep improving and progressing. Adapting as well as investing time and energy – making sure you work smart as well as work hard.

Astrological Association & Element

Earth / Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn

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Featured Card of the Day – 5 of Wands – 78 Tarot Nautical/Tarot of the Water

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Artist: Tara Fly

Website: TaraFlyArt.com

Keywords

Tension, obstacles, arguments, chaos, competition

Artist’s Interpretation & Card Meaning

“The card usually represents being at odds with others, and is often attributed to struggles and competition over riches and fortune, so I envisioned a band of pirates fighting over a treasure chest.

Originally bound together on their quest to find gold, the success of their mission led to opposition over how to split the spoils. Their individual greed prevents them from coming to an agreement, as each pirate feels he deserves a bigger share than his mates. One pirate is even sneaking his paws into the treasure while the others are busy arguing.

The figures were drawn in similar poses to the Rider-Waite deck and I chose to use torches to represent their wands, a suit associated with the element of fire.”

On the horizon, a pirate ship is waiting, visible through the mouth of a dark cave. Inside the cave lies an open treasure chest, full of gold and jewels. It was recently unearthed by a band of pirate cats, but faced with the treasure, conflict has broken out. Not a bloody conflict, their torches are held aloft, apart from each other, not striking each other. This is more of a verbal tussle – a lack of trust among thieves, as one cat sneaks his hand into the treasure chest while the others are distracted.

This card represents a temporary setback, but as with the other fives, it’s potentially a setback of your own making. Yes, there is trouble and chaos, but did you expect any less from a band of pirates, working together to fuel their greed?

Astrological Association & Element

Fire / Aries, Leo, Sagittarius

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

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Artist: Shana Cinquegrana

Website: ShanaShay.com

Keywords

Relationship, passion, commitment, harmony, values

Artist’s Interpretation & Card Meaning

“Traditionally, the Lovers card represents the journey of love or a partnership. He lusts after her while she searches for a more spiritual love as she reaches toward the sky where she sees an angel.

My inspiration for this illustration came from a sailing trip to Catalina Island before my husband and I were married. This marked the beginning of our journey, and is one of my favorite memories.”

A couple enjoys each other’s company on a beahc, the sun slowly setting, but still casting a warm glow over them. They are secure in this warmth, in each other, the choice that they’ve made to take this journey together. He watches her, playing guitar, wooing her, as she both gazes up and reaches for the sky. The interaction between them represents the different qualities of love, and the journey of love itself – from lust and desire to an emotional, even spiritual, connection. The choices we make, and the importance of these.

This card reminds us that love exists on a variety of different levels, and in many forms, that you have to stay true to yourself in all of your decisions and relationships, whether they are romantic or platonic.

Astrological Association & Element

Air / Gemini

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

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Artist: Natalia Pierandrei

Website: Nati-Art.com

Keywords

Compassionate, empathetic, intuitive, dependable, discreet

Artist’s Interpretation & Card Meaning

“I did two versions of this painting because I was not satisfied with the first one. I feel this one is truer to the symbolism and feeling of this card. I chose a very blue palette with a pop of orange to represent wisdom and compassion.”

At the edge of the water a queen sits, a huge leviathan threatening to surround her. But the ocean rises up to meet it and protect her, giving us a glimpse of the cloudy sky above. She is unphased, shells float around, and she reaches for one shell in particular. Her cup is not open, sharing her emotions with the worls – her conch shell is lit with a golden, warm glow. Fish swim peacefully around her, symbolizing the unconscious mind and intuition – the thoughts of the Queen come from within.

The Queen of Cups is influenced by intuition and intellect, but decides with her heart. Because of her deep connection to her own emotions, she has great compassion and understanding of others.

Astrological Association & Element

Water / Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces

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

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Artist: Larry Elmore

Website: LarryElmore.com

Keywords

Abundance, motherhood/feminine fertility, sensation, nurturing

Artist’s Interpretation & Card Meaning

Larry creates strong, captivating women, and it was a natural fit to include his art as the Empress card. This striking mermaid is a protector of the sea, mother to the ocean. She like the empress, is nurturing yet stern, as a mother ought to be.

A beautiful mermaid floats in the foreground, while a myriad of fish swim serenely around her. But this is no defenseless maiden in need of someone to save her. The Empress of the sea, armored and armed, stands ready to protect the natual abundance of her land, the creatures of her world. She is the embodiment of feminine, maternal power, in perfect balance with her surroundings and nature. She comes to you, part human, and part fish, to bridge the gap of understanding, to encourage you to engage with her world and achieve all that she has dreamt for you.

This card advises you to embrace all aspects of the feminine energy within you, maternal, sensual and protective. Connect with it, and draw upon the creative elements of your soul.

Astrological Association & Element

Earth / Venus

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

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Artist: Stanley Morrison

Website: StanleyMorrison.com

Keywords

Dynamic, determined, craving action, hasty

Artist’s Interpretation & Card Meaning

“My assigned card is Knight of Swords. I tried to put as much nautical symbolism as possible. The knight’s shield is a sea turtle shell, the sword has carved seahorses with a shell in the handle, the blade hs a slight fish shape, and he needed a swordfish companion. I went with a white hippocampus, which has a mixture of lobster tail pattern in it, to symbolize the purity of the intellectual energy that motivates the rider. Using a sea dragon helmet to hide his eyes, to convey obsession of an idea that often blinds us by desire for its fulfillment, that we fail to see the difficulties we may encounter or the consequences of our actions. It is kind of the way a painting idea comes to me sometimes, I need to charge forward and get it done; I put in the flowing seaweed on the rope to help symbolize this.”

A knight charges forward under the sea on his hippocampus with a speedy swordfish at his side. His sword is raised, but there is an element of danger here – the knight cannot see, his helment covers his eyes – hopefully his armor will be enough to protect him if necessary. The tip of his sword is also hidden from view – maybe whoever he is charging towards will never see him coming. His hippocampus is white, the entire party dappled by light through the water – their plans and minds are pure.

The Knight of Swords embodies the energy of inspiration – that lightbulb moment, the idea or sketch that just needs to be on paper. Rushing in with pure heart and intentions, sometimes he fails to understand the consequences of his actions.

Astrological Association & Element

Air / Gemini, Libra, Aquarius

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

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Artist: Deanna Bach

Website: None Given

Keywords

Enthusiastic. encouraging, innocent affection and romance

Artist’s Interpretation & Card Meaning

“I tried to keep traditional imagery but placed it under water, a young mermaid as the recipient of the message. I opted to make thick braids laced with dark blue pearls, indicating the youthful and carefree nature of the page, and I put a golden poppy necklace on her which symbolizes a dreamy mystical state of happiness. The golden feather bracelet she wears symbolizes communication with spirit energies and higher thought. The large golden cup she holds represents her emotions, which are very important to her.

The photo reference I used was one I took at the Toronto Zoo and that parrotfish was zipping by the glass back and forth in front of me, it felt like he wanted to tell me something. The rainbow aspect of the fish brings home the creative aspect of the message.”

Underwater, a young mermaid look amazed as a parrotfish pops up out of her golden cup. Bubbles float between them, suggesting the parrotfish is talking to her – sudden inspiration appearing in an unexpected place. A necklace places a golden poppy above her heart suggesting the idea is not coming out of the blue, but has been germinating within her – it sprang, after all, from the cup she was holding. The mermaid’s hair is braided, but tendrils of hair escape, showing the flow of water and her energy.

The Page of Cups represents inspiration, creative energy breaking free from within you, asking you to look at the situation with the eyes of a child – full of emotion, imagination, compassion and freedom, without the cynicism of adulthood.

Astrological Association & Element

Water / Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces

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

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Artist: Zindy S. D. Nielsen

Website: Zindy-Zone.dk

Keywords

Mind over matter, sudden clarity, focus, truth, force

Artist’s Interpretation & Card Meaning

“The ace of swords is a very powerful card with a deep meaning. The card to me is the card of strength, inspiration and about being prepared for new challenges. I wanted to portray this with a powerful, beautiful and strong looking woman. I created the crown with beautiful sea items, the seashells and the little starfish in the middle. The traditional wreath is made ot of seaweed to match the sea throne.

I wanted to do something original and special and I was very happy with the card given to me. I created the drawing with my favorite medium, charcoal. I love the contrast and softness you are able to achieve with this medium.”

A beautiful warrior queen holds her sword high. She is victorious, but this battle was not won through strength of arms or physical prowess. As her crown, wreathed in seaweed and adorned with a shining sea star, symbolizes, this battle was won with clarity of mind and force of will. Her sword, upright and strong, indicates her focused mind and intellect. But the sea beyond her is barren and devoid of life, illustrating the truth that logic can be cold, even harsh at times.

This card heralds a major change, the start of a new, spiritual journey. This journey will take courage, as it will be life-changing. But you’ll need to exercise caution – a sword by its very nature can be dual-edged. It is a lot of power to wield, sometimes more than necessary.

Astrological Association & Element

Air / Gemini, Libra, Aquarius

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Featured Card of the Day – Judgement – 78 Tarot Nautical/Tarot of the Water

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Artist: Brynn Elizabeth

Website: None Given

Keywords

Resurrection, renewal, judgement, forgiveness, repentance

Artist’s Interpretation & Card Meaning

“Judgement is the card of realization, epiphanies, awakenings, and laying the past to rest. Traditionally, this card is depicted with nude men and women opening their arms to a mighty angel with a trumpet in the sky calling for their judgement. In the background, a wall of crashing waves symbolizes the impossibility of moving forward in life without judgement and absolution.

This card was fairly easy to fit into the nautical theme, as the waves are almost always an element present in the card. But instead of painting actual people, I used bright colors and loose paint strokes rising up from the sea floor to symbolize the sould being called forth for judgment. The angel is peaceful, but strong, providing the final step in moving on from the past.”

Against a blood red sky, waves rise up in answer to the trumpet call of an angel. Within these waves are shadows, souls reaching up, joyfully looking for cosmic, spiritual judgement. This is a means of starting afresh – as with everything in life, what seems like an ending is a new beginning, as those worthy reach a higher plan following their judgement.

This card suggests an epiphany following a vital time of reflection upon your life and actions. That water plays an important role in the card is no coincidence – intuition and logic both play a part in this introspection, and following it, you can come to terms, even be absolved of past sins, and move on refreshed and renewed.

Astrological Association & Element

Water / Pluto

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Featured Card of the Day – 6 of Wands – 78 Tarot Nautical/Tarot of the Water

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Artist: Molly Harrison

Website: MollyHarrisonArt.com

Keywords

Recognition, triumph, teamwork, progress, satisfaction

Artist’s Interpretation & Meaning

“The sea serpent is a powerful creature representing the feeling one has when accomplishing great things, but I made it pastel, almost white, to represent purity and positivity. The girl is riding the serpent as it ascends – the ascent portraying the uplifting feeling one has when emerging into clarity after possibly being muddled or weighed down by lots of hard work. The people in the boat in the distance are in awe, recognizing her for her success…The girl is confident while not being smug or arrogant. I used bold, bright colors to represent the feelings of strength, optimism, and joy that come with success.”

A woman rides a sea serpent as it comes out of the water. She carries five wands in a quiver on her back, the sixth in her hand, with a small laurel wreath on its stem. In a boat nearby, figures stand, watching her ride to victory, spectators to her success. Her serpent steed is so pale that it is almost white, symbolizing the purity of this endeavor. Above there is a clear black shky – she has emerged from the water into crystal clarity as she achieve her immediate goal.

This card represents the need for occasional public recognition of a job well done. Not to bask in it, or be smug, but to have your moment in the limelight, to know that your endeavor is appreciated, giving you the motivation and strength to dive back in.

Astrological Association & Element

Fire / Aries, Leo, Sagittarius

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