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Featured Card of the Day – Ace of Cups – 78 Tarot Astral ~ Tarot in Space

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Artist:  Teal Newcomb

Website:  http://www.metalkirin.com

Keywords 

Serenity, new chances for love, intimacy 

Artist Interpretation 

The Cups suit is associated with emotional events and revelations. As Aces are associated with new beginnings, the Ace of Cups often signifies coming happiness through a new relationship or general success. The Cups suit’s element of water features heavily in my card design, the classically depicted five streams of water pour from the cup – representing the five senses, reminding us to trust in our senses, heart and intuition. Bright colors and verdant, floral subject matter accentuate the positive aspects of this card, this card is often associated with fertility, and the bird like alien creatures happily bond with their new family.  

Card Meaning 

A bird-like alien scoops water from an outlandish plant, his cup, from which five streams flow. This is life-giving fluid that he is bringing to his new family, his mate and chicks waiting in a nest nearby. The love they feel flooding their senses and coloring every action from now on.

When this card appears in a reading, you are being offered an opportunity for spiritual and emotional growth. Right now, love and connection are key aspects of your life, even if you are not fully aware of them. Spend some time getting in touch with your emotions. Learn to trust your feelings more, and to listen to your intuition, let them guide you to a more emotional and spiritual peace.

In your day to day life, look for chances to let compassion flourish over cynicism, to view the world through rose-tinted glasses a bit more. Where you may usually react with anger or frustration, try to react more with forgiveness and understanding. To show sympathy for what someone else is going through, rather than consider only how it affects you.

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Featured Card of the Day – King of Swords – 78 Tarot Astral ~ Tarot in Space

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Artist:  Peter Bradley

Website:  http://www.ravenchilde.com

Keywords 

Experienced, authoritative, analytical

Artist Interpretation   

They captain the center seat to make a difference. They lead the fight to save galaxies. They offer a lens of hope against the darkness. They stand firm on the shifting soils of alien worlds and defend queens who reign in cities, lighter than air. They are the Starship Captains, the Galactic Patrol. A Flash to blind the eye of galactic emperors. Their deeds are daring. They are the Kings of the universe, sword upheld, and its first defense.  

Card Meaning 

A space captain stands from his command chair, his hand raised, assured of victory. He is a figure that demands respect, his muscled body a testament to his experience within the field himself, suggesting that he has worked his way up to his position the hard way. Above his head, five golden spaceships speed onwards. These are his fleet to control, or the few we can see, anyway. He is an experienced war chief, speeding them on to right wrongs across the galaxy, having weighed up the pros and cons, and taken advice from his subordinates.  

When this card appears in a reading, it is time to take a step back and think objectively. The ultimate choice is yours to make, but you should do all you can to weigh up your options. Research all the possibilities, debate the issues and analyze the outcomes. Choose, only when you can be sure that you are making an informed decision, based on facts, and facts alone. This is not a time to let emotion sway you.

The King of Swords can suggest an honest, analytical person around you – someone for whom high standards and doing what’s right are just facets of their personality, rather than decisions to make – what you don’t see is the thought process that has already taken place.

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Featured Card of the Day – Knight of Pentacles – 78 Tarot Astral ~ Tarot in Space

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Artist:  Felicia Cano

Website:  http://www.feliciacano.com

Keywords 

Committed, reliable, methodical 

Artist Interpretation     

I illustrated the Knight of Pentacles. I wanted to stay faithful to the traditional card illustration of a knight on a horse but give it a sense of otherworldliness.

Card Meaning 

An alien Knight rides a many tentacled beast across an unknown landscape. But he does not seem to be in a rush, his mount is slow and steady…a good thing for him, as his eyes are not on the path ahead. HIs focus is not on the area around him, instead, his eyes are firmly on a huge coin in his hand. There are no distractions for him out here, the land seems mostly barren and empty, and he appears to be alone on his journey to who knows where.

When this card appears in a reading, it’s time to be responsible, and careful. To knuckle down and finish the task at hand. It is reminding you that success is a long journey, and that you need to be dogged in chasing your dreams – it will not always be fun or glamorous, but the rewards will be worth it in the end…if you stick with it and don7t end up resenting the work ahead of you…

It’s time to keep your eyes on the prize and dig in, give it your all…if you’re already doing this, maybe the card is suggesting that you are the Knight of Pentacles at this moment, and need to let go of the reins a little.  

The Knight of Pentacles can represent a committed, responsible, even stolid person who is within your life at the moment. Someone who possesses great dedication and just will not give up.  

A bit of a perfectionist, this person embraces the opportunity to clear their plate, taking pride in each item ticked off their to-do list.  

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Featured Card of the Day – 10 of Pentacles – 78 Tarot Astral ~ Tarot in Space

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Artist:  Gila von Meissner

Website:  http://www.gila.be

Keywords 

Prosperity, security, inheritance 

Artist Interpretation 

This card resonates so much with me right now – a mixture of hope and destiny manifesting as we speak. The last years were tough, financially and psychologically, while I try to battle my demons and find my place as a human being and artist. I just turned 42 – the answer to life, the universe, and everything. And suddenly, things fall into place, and the hard work is paying off – just what the Ten of Pentacles stands for.

78 Tarot ignited this journey towards illustration, away from design, and I have spent the last year honing my storytelling skills… and just signed for my first children’s book. Never stop growing, by any means – but it is rewarding to see a much-wished-for future taking shape. This card is my spirit animal. And one day, I will be the pink-haired old lady, with a ton of books under her belt, watching future generations enjoy her work. Just wait and see.  

Card Meaning 

An old lady stands at a window to a futuristic world, pets around her, watching children and more pets play happily outside. Pentacles are proudly displayed around photos of her youth as she smiles, waving to a beaming child. Her work and effort has paid off, giving her comfort in her old age, and the ability to share that wealth with her children and grand-children.

When this card appears in a reading, it is a prophecy, an assurance that your hard work is now starting to pay off and that success is within your grasp. It’s been a hard journey, and has taken a lot of effort, and sacrifice, but all of it has been worthwhile. This success means not only stability and comfort for you, but also a chance to create a legacy that will endure and the knowledge that you can provide not only for yourself, but for those you love.

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Featured Card of the Day – Wheel of Fortune – 78 Tarot Astral ~ Tarot in Space

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Artist:  Kiri Østergaard Leonard

Website:  http://www.kirileonard.com

Keywords

Change, fortune, continual motion

Artist Interpretation 

The Wheel of Fortune is a very symbolic card so I went the way of the Zodiac. The Astral Wheel of Fortune is a view into the sky above us, into the greater truth of the universe. Each corner holds a zodiac sign; the signs of Aquarius, Scorpio, Leo and Taurus. The sky represents the riddles of our lives, the big questions we ask and the stars we turn to for guidance. The overall pattern represents the material world, we draw and see patterns to understand the world around us. The Wheel is the cycle of life, it is neither good nor evil, it is the passing of time radiating with the energy of the universe. The blue green colors represent wisdom, it is neither day nor night – it is both, entwined in the great cycle.

Card Meaning 

Within the darkness of space, light appears, a mist of greens and blues, forming a backdrop to a wheel of symbols, a bright light forming at its center and radiating out. Symbols of astrology, moons, and time, play within the wheel, some brighter than others as though these have more meaning for us currently. An endless cycle of advice and meaning.

When this card appears in a reading, it is warning you that change is coming. You’re not sure what, yet, but you can feel it coming closer, as though life is sliding out of your control. You know that you can’t change it. You can’t stop it, and there is no point in fighting – all you can do is work through it and try to stay on top of the wheel for as long as you can. You may as well embrace this change and see what it brings you.

Astrological Element & Association

Fire / Jupiter

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Featured Card of the Day – Queen of Swords – 78 Tarot Astral ~ Tarot in Space

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Artist:  Tanya Bond

Website:  http://www.tanyabond.etsy.com

Keywords 

Independent, composed, intelligent

Artist Interpretation 

I painted the Queen of Sword for the astral deck. I painted her wearing a crystal crown to illustrate her clarity of thought, but also her crown would give her a way to absorb and reflect the energy around her. To represent how she absorbs information before she makes any choices.  

She rules a land that is lost, as shown by her post-apocalyptic attire and the ruins behind her and she has to weigh up every decision very carefully.

Card Meaning 

A detached queen looks down, deep in thought. In her hand is a dual-edged sword…held high, but idly….her focus is wholly on the matter at hand, considering carefully all the options open to her before she acts. Without realizing it, the position of the sword in her hand makes it appear as though it cuts through the moon itself as it rises.

When this card appears in a reading, it is suggesting that it’s time to let your head take charge. Don’t dismiss your emotions, but don’t rely on them to make your decisions, either. The presence of the moon shows that things are not necessarily as they appear – logic is required, to cut through to the heart of the situation – sentiment could muddy the issue, and you need to make sure that you understand all the possible hidden motives at play here.

The Queen of Swords can signify someone you know, who is a plain talker, a sharp thinker who can walk into a room and quickly size up what is going on, and what they need to find out more about. They are honest, but never brutally so, managing to tell even hard truths in an understanding way. They will not tolerate games, lies, or manipulations, and while their demeanor may be warm and even gentle at times, they are no one’s fool!

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Featured Card of the Day – 10 of Swords – 78 Tarot Astral ~ Tarot in Space

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Artist:  Piya Wannachaiwong

Website:  http://www.piyastudios.com

Keywords 

Rock bottom, defeat, endings, hope

Artist Interpretation 

Two words came to mind when I started the concept of this card: space samurai. Isn’t that cool? I just loved the idea of a warrior in a space suit armed with a sword…what could be more ridiculously fantasy/sci fi? I didn’t want to get overly bloody with this painting because I find gratuitous violence to be distracting and rather juvenile, so there is little blood in this painting. I compromised a little by making the space suit red to hint at the violence. If you’re wondering about the swords impaling the guy representing bones, I wanted them to look utterly alien, almost like the swords of the enemy are alive. Also, I wanted my character to be heroic, even in death so first, I had him holding onto his own sword, even after death. Second, all the blades piercing him stabbed him from the front. He fell facing his enemies head on; he was not stabbed in the back while fleeing. 

Card Meaning 

Some great space battle has occurred, as an astronaut floats in space alone in the dark. Swords impale him all over his body, but still he clasps his own sword. For him, the fight is not completely over. He is not dead yet, and as long as there is breath in his body, he will continue to fight. Beyond his planet a light shines in the dark, as the sun arises, and hope surfaces anew.​

When this card appears in a reading, you don’t need to be told that it’s been a tough time recently. You’re painfully aware of it already – and just when you thought things couldn’t get worse, they do. You’ve been feeling as though there’s no end in sight, and if you let yourself start crying about it, you’re not sure whether you’ll stop. But there is hope. This will pass – the sun will rise tomorrow, making everything brighter.

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