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Featured Card of the Day – The Hanged Man – 78 Tarot Mythical

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Keywords

Sacrifice, flexibility, different perspectives

Element

Water

Astrological Association

Neptune

THE CARD’S STORY BY: MICHAEL BANKS

Th is beautiful night goddess looks to be in trouble but things aren’t always what they seem. She is willingly caught up in the string that connects her to her dreams and will do whatever it takes even when they are flattened. Th is strong willed bat will hang in there and persevere till a new resolution has come to mind to achieve her vision and rise like the sun.

THE CARD’S MESSAGE BY TRISH SULLIVAN

Evaki hangs from a branch, seemingly tethered, but as a bat, hanging like this is nothing to her, she welcomes the chance to see things from a different point of view. How is your current plan of action going? Could it be better? Make some time to get away from the task at hand, and think things through. Look at the bigger picture, and consider all the options open to you, even those you’ve rejected before. Try a change of perspective, and see if it helps take you in a different, more beneficial direction. Open your mind and visualise how things might work out if you make modifications to your plan. What sacrifices are you willing to make, in order to succeed?

MYTHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION:  EVAKI

Evaki is a South American goddess, oft en represented as a bat. Primarily she was the goddess of night and day, but also of darkness and sleep. She was the keeper of the Sun, one of her jobs was to release the Sun every morning from a jar, and letting it begin a journey across the sky, and then she would recapture it every night and put it away again. She is portrayed as a character of opposites, a strong personality willing to face both sides of an issue, and we felt she was an appropriate figure for this card.

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Card of the Day – 2 of Cups – Thursday, August 1, 2019

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Welcome to August!  By far, this will be one of the best months of the year.  Today, you have a newly direct Mercury, as well as a beautiful New Moon in Leo.  Many of you will see these as today on your calendar, so be certain to set your intentions, and do not make any impromptu moves, since Mercury can still cause you anguish.  Eclipse season and Mercury retrograde are both over now, but the theme of relationships is still on most people’s minds.  The last six weeks have brought a number of things up for review, most specifically, the balance, i.e., the give-and-take, of all types of relationships.

The current energies have a strong Leo emphasis, encouraging creativity, and most of all, a bit of fun.  The Sun, Venus, and Mars, remain in Leo, and the Moon continues there for the greater part of the day, before a short five-hour void, then entering Virgo.  All of these things are being felt, and there is a square, between Venus and Uranus, building to exact tomorrow, designed to add an element of surprise to your partnerships.  I do firmly believe that if anything happens which causes upheaval of some sort in your world, that you should still endeavor not to engage.  A conversation to clear the air is better left for another day, when Mercury is less of a bother.

See you here tomorrow!

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Featured Card of the Day – 3 of Wands – 78 Tarot Mythical

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Keywords

Leadership, planning, opportunities

Element

Fire

Astrological Association

Aries, Leo, Sagittarius

THE CARD’S STORY BY: ALEXANDRIA SANDLIN

I chose the tale of Baba Yaga and Vasilisa the Beautiful because I’m a little obsessed with the tale. It has dark forests, a seemingly evil witch, a clever young heroine, and a crazy magic house with chicken legs. I feel that it works for this card which is a card of commitment to challenges and goals. In the tale Vasilisa is forced to go to Baba Yaga’s hut to get fire for her home. However, with the blessing of her late mother she is able to fulfill all of Baba Yaga’s impossible tasks. She is rewarded with the fire that she needs to go home, be rid of her evil stepmother and sisters, and take back control of her future.

THE CARD’S MESSAGE BY TRISH SULLIVAN

Vasilisa has been picking mushrooms as she journeys to Baba Yaga’s hut. She is daunted by the prospect of her work for the witch. Especially as she approaches fenceposts with skulls on top, so takes a moment to think it through before she continues. You’ve started well, now it’s time to keep looking forward! There’s more work and challenges ahead of you, so it’s now that you need to focus on the long term goal and keep moving towards it. Dream big and look for opportunities that may arise along the way, as well as possible problems you’ll face. Don’t let yourself be blindsided.

MYTHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION: BABA YAGA AND VASILISA

Baba Yaga is the infamous old, wicked crone or witch of Russian folklore, and features in a wide range of legends and tales. She flies, but in a mortar and pestle rather than on a broom, her house is a wooden hut on chicken legs, and her fence posts are human skulls. Vasilisa is sent to her one day, by a wicket stepmother who hopes that Baba Yaga will kill her. But no matter the tasks given to her by Baba Yaga, Vasilisa completes them, aided by blessings from her mother. Upon finding this out, Baba Yaga sends her away. Her constant evaluation of the situation, and planning for worst case scenarios makes this legend a perfect fit for the card.
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Featured Card of the Day – Wheel of Fortune – 78 Tarot Mythical

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Keywords

Change, destiny, serendipity, motion

Element

Fire

Astrological Association

Jupiter

THE CARD’S STORY BY: STEPHANIE STURM

Fox spirits appear in lore from China to Japan, and the Gumiho is the Korean iteration – a fortunate fox that, with the gift from a shaman can live off energy if it can fi nd it. Now, if they survive a thousand years, a Gumiho is born, a siren of the forest. Able to shape-shift they usually take the form of an otherworldly woman; neither benevolent nor malevolent, but self-interested and curious. One never knows if the Gumiho will aid you, even grant wishes, or if she will devour hearts – literally & figuratively. If able to abstain from consuming hearts, foregoing the sustenance and power, for a thousand days – they may perform a ritual under the full moon with a wish stone to become simply a human. In this way, misfortune for one, may be fortune for another.

THE CARD’S MESSAGE BY TRISH SULLIVAN

Divorced from human emotion and morality, a fox spirit holds aloft a human heart under the full moon. She has not consumed the heart as she is trying to prove herself worthy – this is just a phase in her journey, from fox, through this, to humanity. Life is a constant journey, just like the phases of the moon, with time speeding by in a fl ash – a day can feel like a second. You can’t stop it, so instead, grab every moment that you can to be happy. Celebrate each gift you receive with every fibre of your being. Make the most of time you spend on top of the wheel, and when things change, make the best of it, and fight to get back on top, knowing that this too will pass.

MYTHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION

GUMIHO A Gumiho, (or Kumiho), is a fox spirit from Korean mythology, generally seen as a malignant force that feeds off the flesh of humans, unlike the fox spirits in other eastern myths. This Korean figure is a shape-shift er who often turns into a female form, but retains something of its “foxiness” – usually nine tales. The Gumiho is a phase – if the spirit can endure without killing, then they can become human – it is at the very heart of its legend, a transitional spirit, making it a fitting characterization of this card.

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

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Keywords

Infatuation, love, romance, idealism

Element

Water

Astrological Association

Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces

THE CARD’S STORY BY: NATASJA VAN GESTEL

To me, he is like a teenager, giving all when infatuated with something, but also fickle. He’s a rebel, always exploring boundaries; he loves and mourns what he can’t have with an incredibly consuming energy. This card drew some striking parallels with my own life while working on it. I chose Xochipilli, Aztec god of song, dance and love. He promotes love across all genders, which drew me to him; what other god could represent the Knight’s open nature?

THE CARD’S MESSAGE BY TRISH SULLIVAN

Xochipilli stands, wishing, loving, and yearning. Love is torture, love is life, love is everything. There is so much beauty and sensuality round him, he wants to dive straight in, but where to start? Forget practicality and sensibility, if only for a while. Let yourself get swept up in the moment and dive into your emotions, look at the world with an open heart and embrace that moment when its beauty moves you to tears. See beyond the mundane, the tragedies and responsibilities that make your soul grey, and give your heart the reins! The Knight of Cups can represent a sensitive, imaginative person in your life. Romantic, charming and sometimes dramatic, they bring a world of possibilities with them, a chance to walk a different path for a time.

MYTHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION: XOCHIPILLI

Xochipilli was known as the prince of flowers in Aztec, or Mesoamerican mythology, a god of the arts, of beauty and dance, games and song – of joyful, creative ways to celebrate life! A youthful character, legends tell of a fondness for mind-altering substances…in so many ways, Xochipilli was the first flower child. As an inclusive, free-spirit who seems to have been in love with love itself, he makes a perfect Knight of Cups!

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Featured Card of the Day – 2 of Swords – 78 Tarot Mythical

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Keywords

Decisions, stalemate, avoidance, balance

Element

Air

Astrological Association

Gemini, Libra, Aquarius

THE CARD’S STORY BY: KYLEN BAIER

For the Two of Swords I have chosen the werewolf – the idea behind this is that there is an internal conflict between man and wolf. Th e woman is a new werewolf and hasn’t come to accept what she is and move forward by embracing her wolf side. She hides behind a blindfold and avoids the conflict. Instead it creates more conflict as the human and wolf cannot come together. Th e crossing swords belong to her two sides and they must find a balance. Th is card resonated with me as I frequently procrastinate and avoid difficult decisions because I am avoiding conflict or possible consequences to my decisions, but my avoidance always ends up making the situation worse rather than better.

THE CARD’S MESSAGE BY TRISH SULLIVAN

In a field of calming chamomile, a werewolf stands, poised and ready to take a step forward. But the way is blocked by two crossed swords, one belonging to each of its two forms. Not held or wielded in aggression, but still, ever present. For now, the werewolf is trapped. It may seem like putting this off is helping. You may even have managed to create some peace and quiet for yourself by doing so. But it’s not really working. It’s a temporary solution at best, but what is more likely is that you’re actually making things worse for yourself in the long run. You need to stop avoiding the issue. Instead, try taking a long, honest, hard look at the situation, and let the facts of the matter present themselves. Th en make a firm decision, and act on it!

MYTHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION: WEREWOLF

The myth of the werewolf can be traced back as far as the tales of the hero Gilgamesh, and again in the ancient Greek tale of Lycaon, who angered Zeus and was turned into a wolf along with his sons. By day the creature lives as a mortal, but under the light of the full moon, they transform into a wild creature. A mixture of both human and wolf, they prowl the land looking for prey upon which to feed. Th e dual nature of this creature, living in both the world of the human and monstrous creates a truly mythical Two of Swords.

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

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Keywords

Ambition, determination, victory, personal drive

Element

Water

Astrological Association

Cancer

THE CARD’S STORY BY: PIYA WANNACHAIWONG

I chose Persephone for this Tarot Deck because I’ve seen many depictions of her as a young, innocent and pure girl and I wanted to show her in a new light: older, powerful but bitter to her fate as a reluctant ruler of the Underworld. She is coming back to Hades on her own, standing tall and proud despite the loss of agency in her life. She towers over Charon, who in this painting, has come up with an innovative and labor saving solution to rowing across the River Styx. Persephone’s appearance reflects her dual role as Queen of the Underworld, with half her face a visage of death, and as goddess of spring and vegetation, whose power is so potent and non-discriminating that the wood from Charon’s boat springs to new life.

THE CARD’S MESSAGE BY TRISH SULLIVAN

Persephone is travelling across the River Styx. The deal for her time was struck between her mother and the god of the dead, but she has taken control of her own destiny, taken on characteristics of both her realms and nothing can stop her. Eyes on the prize! Don’t let doubt stop you, don’t show any fear, and don’t let anyone’s dissent dull your energies. Instead, keep your focus steady and your energy high. Face negativity by ramping up your determination and your confidence, knowing within your heart that nothing can slow you down, that you have all the skills you need, and more!

MYTHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION: PERSEPHONE

Persephone was the daughter of Demeter, abducted by Hades. Her mother made the living world barren until her return. Zeus agreed, provided she had not eaten in Hades, but she had…six pomegranate seeds. In the end a compromise was struck, and she spent six months with her mother above ground, six months in Hades, and she became the Queen of the Underworld. Th e way she takes charge of her own destiny, despite the choices made for her by those in power, we felt that she would make a driven Charioteer!

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

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Keywords

Wisdom, control, compassion, balance

Element

Water

Astrological Association

Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces

THE CARD’S STORY BY: POUL DOHLE

The King sits on a stony throne in the midst of churning waves. In his left hand the chalice of feelings, in his right the scepter of power. This chalice and scepter in union represents discipline and control. I chose the troll because it suits the King of the Cups with a gigantic appearance and his meek expression – the troll is like a stony island in the sea of emotions, his inner strength and the belief in this his way. A true haven of peace.

THE CARD’S MESSAGE BY TRISH SULLIVAN

In a murky, turbulent sea, the King of Cups is at repose on an ancient throne of rock. He is the calm in the storm, a point of serenity in a world of commotion as he as he patiently drinks his fill. You know you don’t need to ignore emotion in favor of logic. You can easily connect to your feelings, employ them as a tool, a way to help you navigate the world as a compassionate human being, rather than a distant automaton. You may not be able to exert control at all times, but you have the strength of will, and mind, to stay calm in the face of any crisis that may arise. The King of Cups represents a wise, understanding figure, a natural adviser and mentor, who is equally comfortable pulling no punches as he is when being a shoulder to lean on. Inspiring you and driving you to be more compassionate and tolerant.

MYTHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION: TROLL

Trolls are fantastical beings that appear in both Scandinavian and Norwegian folklore. Depending on the legend, they range from small creatures, to giant, cruel and vicious monsters. Norwegian huldrefolk are so similar to humans that they are nearly indiscernible as mythological creatures, but Scandinavian Jøtunn share their name with giants for a very simple reason. They are sometime portrayed as slow, sometimes gentle creature and in several tales they are depicted as calm figures with an affinity for stone, so they seemed like ideal characters for the King of Cups on his rocky throne in the sea.

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

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Keywords

Partnership, truth, sense of self, dedication

Element

Air

Astrological Association

Gemini

THE CARD’S STORY BY: JESSICA DOUGLAS

I was given the “Lovers” card because of my daughter Charlotte Sego. Athena and Aphrodite were the two figures I chose for the lovers. In part because my daughter is female, in part because she is also gay, and I wanted to show that I supported her in who she loves. Athena represents many things, but I focused on war and wisdom. Steadfast thought and planning, as well as cunning and intelligence. With Aphrodite I took her to a more youthful and carefree state. She’s about love, and passion. Following the heart and diving head first into things. She’s tempestuous and willful and reacts on instinct more so than planning. Each woman is represented by a bird. Athena with the owl and Aphrodite with the dove. Here we find balance as well in predator and prey, nocturnal and diurnal.

THE CARD’S MESSAGE BY TRISH SULLIVAN

Athena looks on, fondly, at Aphrodite as she lounges. They are a pair of opposites, one carefree and untamed, one organised and restrained, but they work well together. Above them, golden apples, signs of discord linger, but they are content. Being true to yourself is essential in any relationship. Be it with a lover, a friend, or yourself. It’s something you learn through a balance of emotion and wisdom. Take the risk of caring for another, but do not lose yourself – make sure you have, and keep, freedom to make decisions you can live with. You always have a choice, so don’t bow to external pressures.

MYTHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION: APHRODITE & ATHENA

Aphrodite is the goddess of love, passion and pleasure in ancient Greek mythology. She was a flighty character prone to procrastination and infidelity, but she was also renowned for creating something beautiful out of the ordinary through the power of love. By contrast, Athena is the goddess of wisdom, war, courage and civilisation, known to be a ruthless warrior when needed. But for all her logic and strategic ability, she was also compassionate, a goddess of inspiration, the arts and craft s. Th ere are obvious differences between these goddesses, but also areas of similarity between them in terms of passion and remaining true to themselves, and as such we felt that these were fantastic characters for Mythical Lovers.

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Featured Card of the Day – 10 of Cups – 78 Tarot Mythical

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Keywords

Fellowship, family, happiness

Element

Water

Astrological Association

Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces

THE CARD’S STORY BY: CARLA MORROW

There are few places as serene as a Japanese garden, and this is no exception. The dragons have paired, offering love and joy to one another, and around them is the abundance of all life. They are lacking nothing in their own private space. The Watergate around them stands as a testament to their unity, and playful fish swim about their feet. The water lilies floating on the surface symbolize the abundance around them. Here they can live their perfectly fulfilled life. This card is pure joy, harmony, and fulfillment, especially pertaining to relationships. Everything in your life is beautiful. You are surrounded with amazing people who love you, a life that fills you, and you know who you are.

THE CARD’S MESSAGE BY TRISH SULLIVAN

In a beautiful, tranquil park, two Koi dragons have found each other, creating a loving family scene. In the pond before them, ten lilies form ten cups, as fish swim around them in abundance, making this a perfect place for them to settle. Family and relationships are falling into place. Turmoil and worries are behind you – life is good, and getting better. You’ve been through emotional hell, but the trials you’ve faced have opened your heart, meaning that you can now really appreciate the joy that you’re beginning to feel. Life is good, and only going to get better for you.

MYTHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION: KOI DRAGON

Koi play a popular role in Asian tales, both in reality and mythology. While they are more oft en associated with Japan, it is a Chinese myth that is their most famous literary appearance. The ancient waterfall legend tells how koi carp – an entire school of them – swam upstream in the Yellow River. Th ey swam against the current, till they reached a waterfall at the end. Undaunted, they tried to reach the top. Animals and demons in the area mocked them, but some persisted. Aft er many years of fi ghting the water and trying, one koi reached the top, and was rewarded by the gods, who turned it into a dragon. And so it goes that any koi who reaches that spot will become a dragon. Th e journey aspect of this tale, with the magnifi cent reward made it a wonderful myth for this card.
Ten of Cups by Carla Morrow
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