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Featured Card of the Day – 9 of Pentacles – 78 Tarot Astral ~ Tarot in Space

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Artist:  Monika Holloway

Website:  www.monikaholloway.weebly.com

Keywords 

Independence, achievement, stability 

Artist Interpretation 

A woman is looking calm and relaxed, she has achieved her goals and fulfilled her ambitions. She worked hard for her success and now she knows it’s time to reap the rewards. The look on her face is confident, maybe a bit proud – after all she did it all on her own, she has achieved so much without anyone’s help. She doesn’t care about the riches; she knows happiness is found somewhere else. As she takes a stroll under the stars, with her falcon perched on her shoulder she is sending us a message: take time to enjoy the rewards of your hard work, you deserve it.

I kept most of the symbols and elements of the original card – the Virgo zodiac is represented by the pentacles themselves, the wine yard has become a rich pattern of the woman’s dress and the little snail (success requires patience) has found his way into her hairstyle. The sign of Virgo’s patron planet Mercury is on one of the castle turrets.

The Card’s Message by Trish Sullivan

An opulently dressed young woman walks in her garden, her castle in the background, and pauses to take a look behind her. Her watchful eye tells her that her work is not completely done, but for tonight, this time is hers, to relax and appreciate the rewards of her effort.

When this card appears in a reading, it is time to relax. You’ve achieved a great deal, with a lot of effort, and it’s taken a toll. You’ve not let yourself stop for long before, there has been too much to do for you to feel comfortable doing so.  

But now, you can rest assured that while there is more work to do, you can take the time to treat yourself, to celebrate your achievements, knowing that your continued hard work allows you to enjoy these moments

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Featured Card of the Day – Page of Wands – 78 Tarot Astral ~ Tarot in Space 

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Artist:  Carrie Hawks

Website:  www.tigerpixie.com

Keywords 

Originality, creativity, enthusiasm 

Artist Interpretation 

The Page of Wands is a fire card representing exploration, discovery, enthusiasm & a free spirit. I decided to portray my Page of Wands as Cyborg Explorer Kitten “Cy” with his Space Salamander sidekick “Sal”! Cy & Sal are excited to explore this unknown purple planet with its three mountains & distant star filled galaxies. The red feather of accomplishment from the traditional card is symbolized as part of Cy’s red cyborg eye. I brought the symbol of the tail chasing salamander from the traditional card to life by Sal riding on the Cy’s tail. The wand has many fire elements such as the moon glyph for fire, under that the fiery healing crystal Carnelian, and then the elemental symbol for Fire. Cy & Sal are enthusiastic space explorers with a passion for discovering their destiny!

Card Meaning 

When this card appears in a reading, it is suggesting that this is a time to grab at life with both hands and see where spontaneity and passion can lead you. Go on a journey of discovery – take a chance, be impulsive and play outside the rules for a change! Have some fun, be spontaneous, indulge in your passions and creativity – tackle a new challenge, or try a novel approach with an older issue. If only for a short while, try to ignore your daily cares and worries, the stresses and doubts that come with day to day life, and have some fun!

The Page of Wands can also signify a person around you – a young person, or one young at heart. This is someone who jumps into life, rather than walking through it. An energetic person who brings you chances for passion and creativity, offering you an opportunity to indulge your more adventurous side, the parts of you who yearn to throw caution to the winds and grab some excitement…

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Featured Card of the Day – The Chariot – 78 Tarot Astral ~ Tarot in Space 

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Artist:  Patricia Smith

Website:  www.studiosmugbug.com

Keywords 

Movement, victory, determination, personal fire

Artist Interpretation 

I am honored to have received the Chariot, and how serendipitous! Since beginning work on this tarot I’ve made some humongous life altering decisions. I’ve moved out of my beloved Pacific Northwest, where I’ve lived all my life, to Los Angeles. I came to the conclusion I needed to move in January. Made the move in February. Along with a career change. I came here, with the objective to become a sketch and storyboard artist. I drove here with nothing but whatever I could fit in my car. I’m rebuilding my life; re-inventing myself. From scratch. I’ve been SO TESTED, but my resolve has never faltered. I have remained: determined, focused and disciplined on my objective. This is going to happen. It’s why I’m here and not going back. The Chariot is me and I am The Chariot.

Card Meaning 

A flaming chariot hurtles through the cosmos. There is no need for animals of burden to pull this vehicle, it is propelled through space by sheer force of will, the charioteer’s hand aloft in determined self-assurance. This is a heavily populated universe, planets close enough to seem almost like a meteor belt, but his control and confidence are absolute, leaving all the planets safe and intact in his wake.

When this card appears in a reading, it is advising you that your success is assured, as long as you keep a firm hold of the reins. Be bold and daring, but don’t lose focus and let it all slip away… This is a time to work hard and keep your momentum and energy flowing, even when there are obstacles in your way. They can be easily overcome – success is right within your grasp.  

Astrological Element and Association:

Water / Cancer

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

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Artist:  Ravynne Phelan

Website:  www.ravynnephelan.com

Keywords 

Maternal, practical, dependable 

Artist Interpretation 

The Queen of Pentacles, to me, represents the earth mother. She is a loving nurturer; the one who holds and protects, heals, supports, provides, and sustains, as well as the abundant creator.

This is why I chose to portray her in the form of a tree who both supports and shelters. She is the abundant creator, mother of planets, but also a skilled multitasker who juggles many responsibilities with a smile.  

Card Meaning 

A radiant celestial being floats within the deepest reaches of space, illuminating and nurturing. Tree branches and leaves grow from her, a pentacle in her hand already surrounded by roots and blossoms that burst forth from her fingers. Three planets gravitate around her, their orbit paths connecting at her core. These planets themselves are blue and green, lush planets, burgeoning with fertility and fully capable of supporting their own life-forms within the galaxy.

When this card appears in a reading, it’s time to employ some practicality and common sense. To favor simple, yet elegant solutions to the issues you face, over grand plans that will take a lot more effort. You don’t have time for flowery gestures, not as you want to devote as much time and energy to friends and family as to work. It’s time to be matter of fact and perform a phenomenal juggling act. But you’re not afraid of hard work…you relish it.  

The Queen of Pentacles can also signify a mother Earth figure, a welcoming, caring person who is within your life. A warm figure who manages their temper and remains patient and nurturing, despite the challenges that life throws their way.

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

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Artist:  Cora Crimson

Website:  www.coracrimson.com

Keywords 

Stress, struggle, burden

Artist Interpretation 

In my representation of the Ten of Wands, the woman in the image is carrying a heavy load of energy-infused wands on her back as she is surrounded by a dark and desolate night sky. A few small planets are the only guide she has as she navigates through the darkness, aiming to move forward, even with her heavy pack. She knows that she may be taking on a task that is more than she can handle alone, and her expression shows that she is tired and tempted to give up.  

Card Meaning 

A woman walks alone in the darkness, carrying a heavy cargo. Her face is downcast, the strain showing all too well. She has to go on, she cannot go back, and yet the journey is defeating her. Her burden is too great for her to bear.

When this card appears in a reading, it is a gentle suggestion that you’re taking on too much and need to learn to say no more often. A reminder that the people who matter will still like you if you do say no to them. Yes, you love what you’re doing, but your success has brought a responsibility you need to grow into still. You need to keep balance in your life, and make some time for yourself, or you are going to burn out, and then you won’t be able to help anyone.  

Reevaluate the situation, prioritize the tasks that need to be done, and see how you can lighten your load. Maybe you need some help, or maybe you can delegate some of the tasks to others, instead. Maybe you can find some ways to streamline the day to day jobs so that you can focus on more important aspects of your work. However you choose to move forward, be gentle with yourself – it is not a failing to need help, we all need support from time to time!

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Featured Card of the Day – 5 of Swords – 78 Tarot Astral ~ Tarot in Space 

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Artist:  Stephanie Sturm

Website:  www.stephsturm.com

Keywords

Dishonor, self-interest, conflict 

Artist Interpretation

The Five of Swords addresses winning, completing your personal mission – but at what cost? We see elements of apathy hurting others while you strive to claim your prize, turning your back on an ethical & empathetic standpoint. It is also a warning to consider that aforementioned cost, and that it may be higher than anticipated – perhaps even to yourself. This destructive attitude may represent a breaking point you must undertake – or be a warning of your impending undoing.

To depict these points I aimed to tell a story of a hardened and driven leader turning his back on the inhabitants of a planet he must quell for his mission, possibly his own homeland. We see his back turned to a visual depiction of a peer he’s put himself above in a refusal to acknowledge their position. We see the planet at the beginning of destruction, representing the choice to act just being made. With the potential repercussions yet to be seen – he reports: “it is done.”

Card Meaning 

When this card appears in a reading, it is warning you to be careful…

Always remember that how you find a solution is as important to your peace of mind as the outcome itself. Ask yourself, before you act, if the ends really justify the means in this situation. Analyze for yourself if, by acting in self-interest, you will actually cause yourself more hassle in the future. Or if choosing a short term victory for you now will hurt those you care about in the long term. This card is suggesting that your current focus should not only be on what you need to do, but also on how you will do it, and the consequences of your actions.

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Featured Card of the Day – The Fool – 78 Tarot Astral ~ Tarot in Space

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Artist:  Michael Banks

Website:  www.sugarfueled.com

Keywords

Freedom, launching off, new journey, purity

Artist Interpretation

With a head full of dreams, ready to take on the universe. This sweet little space kitten is so excited about the infinite possibilities that lie ahead. So anxious he has taken off his helmet to have an ice cream celebration with no regard to the consequences. But hey, you gotta take some chances in life and live on the edge a little to reach those stars!

Card Meaning 

A kitten astronaut floats through space, sweet treats and ice cream floating with him, but just out of his grasp for now…His heart’s desire, delicious sweets, but he will have to reach for them….will he do it? Or will he give up? This is his introduction to a larger party, a lesson in independence… He could float, aimlessly away, or he could push forward for his own agenda. He has to take the plunge if he wants to grab all the goodies that life has to offer.

When this card appears in a reading, it is suggesting that you’re entering a new phase of your life, starting a new journey. It’s time to live in the moment and relish the adventurous feeling it gives you. This is a wonderful opportunity, to be grabbed with both hands. The chance to grow, personally and professionally, and discover the truth about yourself. It’s time. Make that leap of faith, believing in yourself completely, as you strike off on a new path, to find your destiny. Find your own way, rather than rather than following the path others have created for you…

Astrological Element and Association 

Air / Uranus

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

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Artist:  Heather Hudson

Website:  www.studiowondercabinet.com

Keywords 

Determined, craving action, dynamic 

Artist Interpretation

The Knight of Swords is a powerful force that means well. For good or ill, the Knight charges forward into the wind, bearing the sharp sword of Truth (as the Knight sees it) with no regard for the consequences. I’ve seen this character before. Space opera loves a well-intentioned supporting character who creates chaos by charging into action; today we have Chewbacca the Wookie, Drax the Destroyer and Worf in Star Trek Next Gen, but the tradition goes way back to Green Martian warriors of Barsoom and other archetypal Noble Warriors in Space from the early days of pulp adventure.  

We need the Knight of Swords – he causes chaos, but he also moves the action forward. The card does not indicate comfort, but it does predict that stuck things will be jolted free and stuck people will be shoved into action. And sometimes that’s a good thing.  

Card Meaning 

When this card appears in a reading, it’s recommending asking yourself a few questions before acting. You know what you want to do, and how you need to do it. You’re determined and confident, knowing your motives are beyond reproach. But is it coming across that way? In your logical, assured approach, do you seem a bit arrogant? Are you rushing in? Would it help if you took the time to explain what you’re doing? Have you stopped to consider the consequences?

The Knight of Swords can represent an intelligent, authoritative figure who is currently in your life, or coming into it soon. Someone who uses logic and analysis to find solutions to problems, but who lacks understanding of the human spirit. Sometimes this obliviousness comes across as superiority or tactlessness, but it’s not usually meant.

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Featured Card of the Day – 5 of Pentacles – 78 Tarot Astral ~ Tarot in Space

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Artist:  Pee Monster

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Keywords

Hard times, despair, insecurity, rejection 

Artist Interpretation

The difficulties of finances have come to an all-time high, and your highs have reached an all-time low… what is left?

It appears there is nothing left for you in this time as you return to the simplest form of “you”, the “you” that you had tucked away for so long in pursuit of that which was on the outside of you.

The difficulties of going without are not easy… but perhaps this is the chance for the real “you” to resurface and reclaim what was once yours and rediscover once again the deepness of your own roots in this world. Perhaps it is a chance to reactivate those roots and nourish and grow into a far more loving version of what “you” is truly meant to mean. Perhaps its times like these where we’ve seemingly lost all that we can then look up and see more clearly that which we truly need.

Card Meaning 

On a dark night, a young man is on his knees. Houses surround him, but no welcome can be found. Dark windows and closed doors are all that face him. But a pentacle moon shines down upon him, illuminating four more pentacles that surround him on the ground. Slowly, hopefully, he raises his face to the light, not yet seeing what lies before him…

When this card appears in a reading, it is a warning, and you should listen. Things have been hard recently, practically and financially, at times, but currently, you are giving these trials more power than they deserve. Energy that you could be spending on better things. You’re running on empty…your stresses and worries taking a toll on your spirit and body, and dragging you down. But sinking into hopelessness will prevent you from seeing the opportunities that lie before you. There is hope….keep looking up!

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

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Artist:  Brenda Lyons

Website:  www.falconmoon.com

Keywords 

Truth, clarity, focus, objectivity

Artist Interpretation 

The Ace of Swords is loosely based on the Eagle Nebula, as swords are an air suit, with a comet for the sword itself. I tried to tie in some of the original card’s symbolism, such as a ‘crown’ around the tip of the blade and the bright comet (the sword) breaking through the murkiness of the dark, symbolizing that moment of discovered intellect.

Card Meaning 

In the deepest reaches of space, a strong celestial bird grips a comet as it hurtles through space, bringing light to the darkness and burning through all of the clouds and obstacles in its pathway. Nothing can stand in its way, as it charges forward, a force of nature that is absolute on its journey.

When this card appears in a reading, it is advising you that the time has come for careful, logical, thought and objectivity.

An opportunity for a new way of thinking, a deeper understanding and clarity is being offered to you. To reach it, you need to cut away all the “fluff” and nonsense that is confusing the issue and make ethical, honest thinking your priority.

Do not let emotions cloud the issue, but instead rely upon cold, hard facts. Analyze the situation carefully, think things through and get right to the heart of the matter. Allow yourself the chance to reach your “eureka” moment – the lightbulb that chases away the shadows and lets you see clearly, guiding you effortlessly into a new way of seeing things, and knowing what you need to do.

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