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Featured Card of the Day – 4 of Wands – 78 Tarot Mythical

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Keywords

Joy, celebration, harmony

Element

Fire

Astrological Association

Aries, Leo, Sagittarius

THE CARD’S STORY BY: SHANA CINQUEGRANA

Ganesha and his wives are joyful. It is a time of celebration and gratitude for past efforts coming to fruition. Ganesha is widely revered in far eastern mythology as the remover of obstacles, a patron of arts and science, and as the as the god of new beginnings. Modern yoga culture (worldwide) embraces Ganesha as a most important figure, so to me he was perfect to represent the spirit of celebration and joy in the four of wands. I wanted to portray Ganesha and his wives in a playfully modern light. They seem to be enjoying a good post-yoga-hang while on a magical spiritual retreat. My hope as a yoga teacher is that we as a human family are moving toward a place of union.

THE CARD’S MESSAGE BY TRISH SULLIVAN

Ganesha and his wives are celebrating time spent with one another. Work can wait for the moment, they’ve shaken off the pressures temporarily with yoga before joining another celebration across the river. Cut loose and enjoy yourself! You’ve been working hard, and it’s going well, so take the time to celebrate while you can. There’s not much more you can do right now, anyway. So don’t even try – instead, take the opportunity to indulge yourself with friends and family. Spend some time LIVING as well as working!

MYTHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION: GANESHA Ganesha is the elephant headed deity of the Hindu pantheon. He is widely recognised as a fun-loving character, and beloved as both the “”remover of obstacles”” and a god of new beginnings – so very few celebrations take place without honouring him first! His family is widely disputed in various myths, but he is oft en linked with Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity and luck. Given the joyful nature of the myths surrounding Ganesha, we felt that he was a perfect character for the celebratory aspects of this card.

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Featured Card of the Day – 5 of Cups – 78 Tarot Mythical

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Keywords

Loss, grief, regret, choice

Element

Water

Astrological Association

Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces

THE CARD’S STORY BY: REBECCA SINZ

I illustrated a gargoyle on a high pedestal, five cups worked into the architecture itself. Gargoyles served as water spouts on many buildings, so work well with the water element. Three fallen cups are in front of her spilling water over the edge, and two remaining cups stand beside her. Her pose is one of distress, in the background, a river dividing her from “home,” the castle. Also behind her is the bridge that could get her home if she could focus on anything but the spilled cups. I added storm clouds clearing to further illustrate the hope with the despair if you just look and see it.

THE CARD’S MESSAGE BY TRISH SULLIVAN

A Gargoyle sits, contemplating her inner turmoil in familiar surroundings as the world goes by. She is broken and distraught, unable to face the world, and unable to drag herself to the safety of her castle. Loss and regret have hit you hard, you need time to heal before you can move on. Let tears flow for now, knowing happiness and joy will return to your life in time. You may not see it now, but when you are ready, you will. In the meantime, take care of yourself and look for small joys when possible.

MYTHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION: GARGOYLE

The term gargoyle originates from the French legend of La Gargouille, a grotesque dragon who terrorized Rouen. They are carved into the architecture for the practical purpose of draining water away, but also served to scare the local peasants into the sanctuary of the church, as they showed the “evil” living outside. The way in which the gargoyles drain away water – in the five of cups, the tears of the grief-stricken made it an appropriate figure for this card.

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Featured Card of the Day – 8 of Swords – 78 Tarot Mythical

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Keywords

Feeling trapped, isolation, fear

Element

Air

Astrological Association

Gemini, Libra, Aquarius

THE CARD’S STORY BY: DHARMA T LEFEVRE

I chose Medusa because she was considered powerful, but was also a victim of her own fate and decisions. This card speaks of heavy choices you must make, and the things that are stopping you from making wise choices. I personally get in my own way a lot, from anything like overthinking to even chickening out on making a big decisions , so the lesson of this card not only fits with a lot of what I do to myself, but what happens when I let my own fears get the better of me. Medusa’s eyes are not only blindfolded but she is unaware that her own snakes are what seems to be doing the most damage and the chains that hold her back, can easily be broken.

THE CARD’S MESSAGE BY TRISH SULLIVAN

Medusa stands, lost, blindfolded and alone. She feels the swords pressing in, the manacles around her wrists. But doesn’t try to free herself…if she did, she would realize the chains are fragile and wispy, the swords held by her own snakes – one dangles from her own wrist. You need to open your eyes, and realize your own power to change the situation. You’re not trapped. You’re not alone. It may feel like it, but that’s your fear and doubt talking, skewing your perception and keeping you a prisoner of your own mind. There is a way through this, a way to change this. Have faith in yourself, shake free, and let yourself see the situation clearly. Move out of your own way!

MYTHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION: MEDUSA

Medusa was a snake-haired monster, able to turn humans to stone with a single look in Greek mythology. But she wasn’t born that way – she was made monstrous by Athena, for defiling the sanctity of Athena’s temple, having been seduced and raped by Poseidon. It was a punishment, for her vanity and for the desecration. But it also gave her great power – no man would ever be able to attack her again – the snakes warned her of impending danger, and her eyes were a weapon. Only the hero Perseus was able to defeat her, and even then it took some help from the Gods. Given the fact that Medusa is largely punished for boasting that she’s prettier than Athena, and her destiny is sealed from that point, we felt she made a fitting depiction of this card.

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Card of the Day – 8 of Pentacles – Saturday, August 17, 2019

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With almost all of the energy sitting in the Fire column, and Mars at the anaretic degree of Leo, you may wish to focus on summer’s last hurrah and go have some fun, but this energy will be better used if you apply the creativity which is on tap to complete some important projects.  The 8 of Pentacles is pretty much a no-nonsense card, and that critical Virgo energy With its attention to detail will be here soon enough.

Perhaps you have a deadline looming and feel you are faced with no choice today, but to keep your nose to the grindstone, the pedal to the metal, and burn the midnight oil.  I think you get the drift.  Something in your life requires your undivided attention, and that may mean foregoing any festivities that have been calling your name.  Sometimes it is all merely part of adulting, but your efforts today will indeed provide great rewards down the line.  Go over your To-Do List with a fine-tooth comb, put all of your details in order, perhaps a few finishing touches, so that you may begin to move forward with your changes and leave behind any nonsense which has been dogging you.

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Featured Card of the Day – Justice – 78 Tarot Mythical

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Keywords

Fairness, balance, justice, morality

Element

Air

Astrological Association

Libra

THE CARD’S STORY BY: ENAMORTE

Having an affinity for ancient Egypt, I chose Ma’at, Egyptian goddess of Justice. She is often depicted with wings, and the scales in front of her are where she weighs the heart of the deceased against her ostrich feather when they enter the underworld to judge its purity. She represents fairness and truth, which are very important for this card. In the background is the astrological symbol for Libra, the sign of balance.

THE CARD’S MESSAGE BY TRISH SULLIVAN

Ma’at carefully considers the scales before her. A soul has to be pure to enter the fields of Aaru, and so each person’s heart is weighed against the feather of Ma’at, goddess of Justice. If the soul is pure enough, the heart will be equal to, or lighter than the feather. What goes around comes around – the consequences of your actions will keep making themselves known. Build a commitment within your life to being fair and honest with those around you, understanding that we are all connected, and that how you act may cause far-reaching results. Don’t consider the rewards, but do it because it’s right…knowing that the Universe will give you your due in time. Be aware that past misdeeds may come and bite you.

MYTHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION: MA’AT

Ma’at is the goddess of justice, truth and balance of the Egyptian pantheon and she was the personification of these concepts. Her role within the gods was to keep order in the world, to keep the stars moving, the wheel of the year spinning, and to prevent chaos from claiming the world. She also dealt with the weighing of souls as they entered the underworld, as each heart was weight against a feather or her hieroglyph. As the Egyptian Goddess of Justice, we felt that no other character would be better for this card

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Featured Card of the Day – The Fool – 78 Tarot Mythical

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Keywords

New opportunity, seizing chances, freedom

Element

Air

Astrological Association

Uranus

THE CARD’S STORY BY: JOANNA NELSON

The mysterious Yeti is a rare creature, reluctant to venture out. But with the snow blowing at his back and an urge to follow his heart, he emerges from his cavern high atop the mountain and steps to the edge. He realizes that beyond the edge is a ledge, giving him the courage to step down, and begin an exciting new journey. Bursting with potential, he is ready to embrace any opportunity this journey offers. He has no fear, thanks to his snowy companion Frosti, who will help him navigate while encouraging him to keep moving forward. Armed with a sack of resources and a renewed motivation, the mysterious Yeti embraces this new adventure one step at a time, forging his own path, ignoring uncertainty, anxiously waiting for the treasures he will discover.

THE CARD’S MESSAGE BY TRISH SULLIVAN

Th e Fool is wonderfully ignorant of any danger ahead of him. Unburdened and pure of heart, he steps out on a new pathway, determined to enjoy himself, and open to the possibilities and adventures before him You’re being offered a chance to make some real changes and start a new path, but it’s a choice, not a certainty. This could be an opportunity to move outside of your comfort zone – the Fool is here to suggest that you’ve gone as far as you can within your current sphere. But this is on you. You could stay, and play it safe, or you could learn more and carve out a new future for yourself. You just need to make a leap of faith and take those first few steps…

MYTHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION: YETI

A yeti is a fantastical creature that appears in the myths of several countries. Stories of these wild, humanoid, snow creatures are found around the globe, from Nepal to British Columbia and North America. Th e term Yeti is found in legends of Himalayan people, depicted as a primitive man/ape who was a mountain based deity. These creatures have become the stuff of urban legend, with many people hunting and tracking sights of Bigfoot, Sasquatch and the Abominable Snowman, alongside many other names. Given the exploratory nature of Th e Fool card, we felt that a Yeti was a wonderful depiction of a pure creature taking his first steps into a larger world.

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Featured Card of the Day – 8 of Wands – 78 Tarot Mythical

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Keywords

Momentum, drive, change, action

Element

Fire

Astrological Association

Aries, Leo, Sagittarius

THE CARD’S STORY BY: AJA TRIER

The Eight of Wands is a card of movement and change – what better mythological creature to represent this than the Pegasus? I painted the Pegasus flying into a blazing sunset of undiluted, highly pigmented, thick oils with eight wands lined up in the landscape guiding the way into the infinity. This is a card of hope, excitement, and anticipation for things to come just beyond the horizon.

THE CARD’S MESSAGE BY TRISH SULLIVAN

Pegasus speeds onward, climbing ever higher toward his goal, from darkness into the fiery light of the sun. Following behind, eight wands, their travel made easier by the slipstream of this inspirational creature, as he guides them on. It’s time to soar – make your move. You’ve faced it all, and beaten all the obstacles in your way, and now you’re hurtling to the end-goal. You’ve learned so much in the process, but you need channel that knowledge – you’ll need all your energy and raw power to achieve your dreams. You may still hit a couple of minor road-bumps on the way, but nothing can phase you now – you have everything you need to fly straight over them!

MYTHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION: PEGASUS

The winged horse from Greek mythology, Pegasus, is possibly the most well-known fantastic beast in literature. Born when Perseus decapitated Medusa, it was the off spring of the gorgon and Poseidon. It features in several legends across Greek mythology, both working for Zeus and with heroes, notably Perseus and Bellerophon. It was a pure and helpful creature, oft en carrying lightning and thunder for Zeus, ferrying heroes on their quests, and, raised by the Muses, inspiring humans wherever he went. It is this inspirational nature, along with his speed that means Pegasus is a beautiful representation of this card.

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Card of the Day – 5 of Swords – Saturday, August 10, 2019

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Today may feel a little bit frustrating, for the mere fact that you have so much you wish to do, and you can not do it all today.  Under the Sagittarius Moon, there is a tendency to have too many things started, and all of those shiny objects can lead to major distraction.  Resolve to choose only one or two projects today to see through to completion, if possible, thereby creating a victory for yourself.  This is not meant to be a battle, so make your choices wisely.

The 5 of Swords can refer to battles, fights, victory, defeat, winning at all costs, and reminds us that things often go much smoother when we avoid conflict rather than inciting it.  There are no major aspects today, nor is there a New or Full Moon, so there should not be a whiff of conflict in the air, merely you trying to best yourself, which you can do, provided you do not take on too many things.

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Featured Card of the Day – 5 of Wands – 78 Tarot Mythical

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Keywords

Competition, discord, petty squabbles

Element

Fire

Astrological Association

Aries, Leo, Sagittarius

THE CARD’S STORY BY: HEATHER HUDSON

Five of Wands is a card of struggle between equals. But battles between equals tend to be prolonged and wasteful. Wars between equal powers grind on as civilians die, cities are destroyed, money is spent and governments fall. Even domestic squabbles cause family members to refuse to speak to each other, awkward family dinners, money wasted on lawyers and nobody happy in the end. I’ve illustrated Tengu, legendary bird creatures of Japanese religion. They are contentious beings. Earliest Tengu were painted as anthropomorphized birds of prey, but my Tengu are smaller and, in their squabbling, less effectual. Fighting fiercely over something important only to themselves and, in the end, achieving nothing.

THE CARD’S MESSAGE BY TRISH SULLIVAN

As they try to find the best spot, conflict breaks out among Tengu. No one has been harmed, they’re content blocking each other with sticks and making a show of their prowess for now. Annoyances are coming, irritations and complaints will plague you. But petty issues, that prevent you moving forward rather than doing you harm. Remember that challenges and problems make you stronger, competition sharpens your skills. How you manage them is more important than the trials themselves. Rise above, take the higher ground and get on with things.

MYTHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION TENGU

In Japanese mythology and folklore, the Tengu are mythical creatures. They’re also sometimes considered to be Yokai, a spirit, supernatural creature, demon or monster, and a kami in Shinto religion. They are named for a dog-like demons, but show more bird-like characteristics. Like many Yokai, they are not the good guys. They originated as conflict-driven demons who were pests, but powerful enough to be a real issue, and over time their legends changed to suggest tricky, fairly menacing nature spirits instead. The level of conflict and tension within the legends makes them an ideal Five of Wands characterization.

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Featured Card of the Day – Ace of Swords – 78 Tarot Mythical

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Keywords

Clarity, objectivity, focus, consideration

Element

Air

Astrological Association

Gemini, Libra, Aquarius

THE CARD’S STORY BY: PETER BRADLEY

The Claiom Solais, or sword of light, was a legendary item that needed the completion of 3 quests to acquire, not just the defeat of the giant that guarded it, by finding its weak spot. Thus, the cutting power of the intellect to solve a problem

THE CARD’S MESSAGE BY TRISH SULLIVAN

A sword of light splits the heavens, bringing its radiance to the world below as a hand reaches skyward. Illuminated by the light, a butterfly soars free towards the heavens. Th e time has come for logical, thought and objectivity. An opportunity for a new way of thinking, a deeper understanding and clarity is being offered to you. But to reach it, you need to cut away all the “fluff ” and nonsense that is causing confusion and doubt. Don’t let your emotions cloud the issue, but instead rely upon cold, hard facts, and make ethical, honest thinking your priority.

MYTHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION: CLAÍOMH SOLAIS

The “Sword of Light” myth is prevalent in many legends of Irish and Scottish folklore. Oft en the tale tells of a hero rescuing the sword from some great evil, though possession of the sword is not enough to guarantee the hero’s victory over this enemy. In these versions, the key to the sword’s power is revealed by a young woman, oft en the hero’s future bride, and it must be used in a specific way, finding the ‘weak spot’ of the evil creature. Th e need for intellect as well as force in this myth made this an ideal Ace of Swords.

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