Carnival

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

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Artist: Ash Evans

Website: AshEvans.com

Keywords

Originality, haste, creativity, passion, enthusiasm

Artist Statement

“I pulled the colors directly off of the actual Page of Wands card. The original Page was wearing a blue hat with a red feather. I wouldn’t have chosen that palette myself as I really dislike oranges and yellows. I am a very rough sketcher and refine my process as I paint because it is digital and I have the freedom to do that.”

Card Meaning

In the foreground is a finely attired young rabbit, behind him on a barren, sandy landscape, circus tents stand in the distance. He stands easily on a balancing ball, adorned with a salamander who represents transformation and fire. The rabbit gazes at the wand in his hand passionately and speaks to it of the future, telling it of his dreams in the hopes that the wand might magically make them come true. He hopes to create his own path, and thinks of it with enthusiasm rather than fear, for while it is unknown, it has all the potential to be something grand.

This card personifies the dreams of youth, full of potential and energy. A tenacious desire is making you restless, urging you to follow your heart, begin a new creative project, and see where it leads.

Astrolgical Element & Association

Fire – Aries, Leo, Sagittarius

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Featured Card of the Day – 9 of Cups – 78 Tarot Carnival ~ Cirque du Tarot

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Artist: Marlon Teunissen

Website: DreamchaserGallery.com

Keywords

Achievement, happiness, wish fulfillment, rewards

Artist Statement

“The Nine of Cups is a card that stands for hopes and dreams, and is one of the most happy and positive cards present within the tarot deck. It means that your wishes will be fulfilled, that you are feeling satisfied and are content with your life. The cute female clown in the picture somewhat resembles the original and traditional character from the Nine of Cups card. They both wear red hats and blue/white striped clothing and both have blue curtains in the background. She has a happy expression on her face because she finally is able to ride a unicycle while balancng three plates with nine cups on them after a long time of practice. Finally her hard work has paid off and the spotlight is on her.”

Card Meaning

A clown sits on her unicycle, balancing three spinning plates in her hands and on her nose. This is no mean feat in and of itself, but on each of these plates sits three cups. She is so close to reaching perfection – these cups are stable, only one starts to fall. Her smile is wide though, her face happy and enthusiastic. She is not taking this as a setback, realizing that all her hard work and practice has paid off, this is just one tiny slip. She basks in the spotlight, her dreams have come true.

This card congratulates you for all that you have achieved and suggests you have all but completed your task and gained the happiness and contentment you seek. The only issues now are minor tweaks to the final outcome that you will be able to deal with very quickly, given all you’ve already learned.

Astrological Association & Element

Water / Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces

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

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Artist: Kiri Ostergaard Leonard

Website: KiriLeonard.com

Keywords

Eager, energetic, passionate, curious

Artist Statement

“The Page of Swords is a messenger of turbulent energy and enthusiasm. She is ready to begin whether it’s a new project, a new idea or just taking action. With her sword she cuts to the truth. She is inquisitive; she knows how to ask important questions but lacks perspective due to her youth. Her red sash symbolizes passion, bells ring in the wind, calling her to action; she needs an outlet for her ideas and feelings. Spirals symbolize surrendering to passion and inspiration. As the spiral moves out pent up energy is released. A shadow from turbulent clouds in the background crosses over her face. She can be a symbol of incoming conflict. She has the desire to prove herself, which can be a double-edged sword; she may consider herself superior to others because she lacks experience and wisdom – she does not yet have maturity to express herself in a constructive way.”

Card Meaning

A young carny holds a sword aloft, feet poised for action, ready not just to start a journey, but to rush forward, with all her energy, and sprint toward the goal. The way ahead is bright and inviting, but a dark shadow looms, warning of possible trouble ahead, but she takes no notice. Raring to go, tumultuous energy sparks and swirls around this impatient Page as she glances back, inviting you to join her.

With so much energy and passion at the start, the question is whether you can keep up this level of commitment to the end, and what you will encounter along the way. For now, though, this card is telling you to go with it – you might have a lot still to learn, but that can be done along the way.

Astrological Element & Association

Air / Gemini, Libra Aquarius

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

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Artist: Jasmine Becket-Griffith

Website: Strangeling.com

Keywords

Focused, calm, balanced, ready

Artist Statement

“I’ve given her a dark red dress (it kind of has a Masque of the Red Death feel to it). The background has an Italianate feel. The skeleton guy on the horse skeleton is based on a very old anatomy etching I came across. As it needed to encompass the Tarot Death card themes as well as the Carnival theme, there are small dancing masked figures or skeletons circling around her, and death on his skeletal horse in the distance. My Plague Doctor / Alchemist character (he appears in a lot of my works) is looming behind her.”

Card Meaning

A Venetian lady stands within a circle of masked figures and skeletons. Behind her looms a plague doctor, and she cradles the skull of a dead baby. Death rides past in the distance on his horse, idly watching the scene – a reminder that death cannot be defeated. The rich and poor, children, adults and the elderly, all will face him. But behind all this, dawn breaks, the sun rises on a new day purifying us all and bringing a fresh start.

Often mistaken for a harbinger of real death, this card more often symbolizes the end of something that has come to a natural close, and the rebirth that will inevitably follow. It is a hopeful card – with all endings there is sorrow, but also a chance to move on, begin again and transform into something positive.

Astrological Element & Association

Water / Scorpio

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

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Artist: Chris Malidore

Website:  cmalidore.weebly.com

Keywords

Courage, caprice, determination, haste

Artist Statement

“With eyes set on glory and success, and with some reckless abandon, this stalwart performer mounts his trusty one-wheeled steed,  raises his flaming staff, and proceeds to give a daring performance that harkens back upon a long history of shock performers, stunts, and all things danger. A warrior in his mind, this performer knows that nothing great can ever happen without giving his all against the odds – for fortune only favors the bold.”

Card Meaning

Mounted upon his unicycle, the fire dancer propels himself forward, blazing his way across the circus arena and onward to success. Raising his fiery brand in a salute to those that follow his glorious and energetic change, he hastens on to victory. This is not a knight who sits and ponders, but a figure of action. Let others sit and wait, he is here to accomplish great things and he will ride through fire to reach his goals – he knows that only through courage and action can he fulfill his dreams.

The Knight of Wands is on fire! This card symbolizes an energetic, determined and ambitious figure, who charges toward his goals – he has to put the dreams of the Page into action, but he is impulsive, not always taking the time to think things through before he acts.

Astrological Element & Association

Fire / Aries, Leo, Sagittarius

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Featured Card of the Day – 4 Of Pentacles – 78 Tarot Carnival ~ Cirque du Tarot

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Artist: Helena Reis

Website: HelenaReisArt.com

Keywords

Possession, security, material focus, control

Artist Statement

“This card generates positive and negative perceptions. On one hand, it signifies you have accomplished many of your goals and have attained material wealth in the process. On the other hand, there’s a risk that you will come to value only material wealth, becoming possessive, or greedy to ensure that no-one takes it away.

I tried to paint a woman pleased with her accomplishments, but instead of celebrating with everyone else (the circus in the background), she is holding on to her wealth like it’s the most important thing. (Inspired by the many paintings depicting Madonna and Child)”

Card Meaning

A robed figure stands in front of the carnival, three pentacle coins clasped to her chest. A fourth pentacle is worn, halo-like around her head. She has been given the opportunity to visit the circus, to take some time out from her ususal duties and enjoy herself. But she hesitates, the money in her hands clasping her “wealth” to her chest. She cannot convince herself to share the wealth with the carnival, to spend some of her money on joy.

This card warns us that money should be enjoyed, rather than hoarded. Material success is wonderful, reducing worries and stress, but it is a stepping stone, rather than the end of a journey. Work should be built on, money should be spent to improve your life, rather than collected greedily and ultimately becoming a banner to our own happiness.

Astrological Element & Association

Earth / Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn

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Featured Card of the Day – 4 of Wands – 78 Tarot Carnival ~ Cirque du Tarot

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Artist: Manuel Da Cunha Vega

Website: None Given

Keywords

Harmony, celebration, contentment, enthusiasm

Artist Statement

“This is a favorable card for festive events and lucky for relationships that will come into your life briefly influencing your material and spiritual well-being. This card can predict that you are nearing happier and peaceful times, and probably will experience new and enriching fortunate events.

This card suggests that you finally achieved happiness and are feeling proud of your exploits. The pressure that you have been under has disappeared or will very soon, and that is cause for celebration. Rejoice and celebrate all that you have achieved to date and see that you will feel relieved, relaxed and serene with all the emotional burden and linked charges fading as you relax.”

Card Meaning

A woman stands between four wands. In her hands she holds two smiling, elaborately decorated masks, symbols of harmony, the colors of the masks mirrored in her own vibrant makeup. The wands support a colorful flowery wreath, which shed petals gently, like confetti floating down to join the festivities. This wreath is a symbol of her achievement and celebration, the joy these bring evident on her face.

This card represents stability and jubilation – you’ve hit your target, and managed to keep your home life harmonious at the same time. Now it’s time to celebrate with friends and family, to just enjoy being happy and knowing that you’ve done well without the usual distractions of a busy, stressful life.

Astrological Element & Association

Fire / Aries, Leo, Sagittarius

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