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Featured Card of the Day – 6 of Swords – 78 Tarot Nautical ~ Tarot of the Water

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Artist: Tammy Mae Moon

Website: MoonSpiralArt.com

Keywords

Transition, travel, guidance, escape, recovery

Artist Interpretation

“Usually the card has sad looking people in a boat being guided along by a creepy looking oarsman. Themes are moving away from hard times into better times/smoother sailing ahead, and letting go and allowing others to take care of you or allowing for divine forces to see you to a safer shore, etc. The cool thing about the minors is they often tell more of a story, and I have always wondered what happened to the people in the boat to make them so downtrodden. So I decided to tell the story of what happened, in a sense. I drew a sort of Viking Shield Maiden Lady. I think her and her five comrades got caught in a storm and they all drowned but her. She magaged to make it to a rocky outcrop in the middle of the sea along with the washed up swords of her comrades. The storm is now breaking and another ship is on the horizon to come and carry her to safety.”

Card Meaning

A Viking shield-maiden stands, shipwrecked, upon a rocky outcropping. The lone survivor of stormy seas, she carries only the weapons of her lost comrades – a shield showing her symbolic guide, and six swords, pointing down, indicating that their bearers are at rest. She mourns her loss, but knows she must move on. On the far horizon a ship approaches, representing her journey to safety, rescued from the grief she feels. Calm waters lie beyond the storm that brought her here, and she can see peace in her future. But, first she must let go of that which she held dear.

This card represents a sad, but necessary, transition. A hard choice for a better outcome. While the change itself will be tough, things will get infinitely better, and you will feel much better for it, mind, body and soul.

Astrological Association & Element

Air / Gemini, Libra, Aquarius

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Featured Card of the Day – Ace of Pentacles – 78 Tarot Nautical ~ Tarot of the Water

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Artist: Maigan Lynn

Website: MaiganLynn.com

Keywords

Prosperity, material gain, opportunity, new responsibilities

Artist Interpretation

“So, the Ace of Pentacles is generally an earth card, so incorporating earth elements like sand, flowers, and rocks was important. However, most depictions of this card are of a hand coming out of a cloud, cupping the pentacle. I have the hand cupping the pentacle, but also wanted to add the clouds…so they’re there, just not in the traditional sense. This card is about prosperity, growth, and wealth. It’s a wicked card for me to illustrate – right up my alley!”

Card Meaning

A young mermaid sits on top of a rock in a clear lagoon, holding a large gold coin to her chest. The rocks behind her are verdant and fertile, sea flowers grow around her. Just below the waters where she sits, an open treasure chest lies, treasure starting to spill out. Fluffy white clouds float above her, in a clear, blue sky. Her face is happy, but serene, rather than smug and self-satisfied. Better times are ahead of her, a new material world is opening up to her.

This card suggests that you will be more secure and healthier – possibly a gift, but more likely is that you will find new opportunities to achieve your goals. This is a start, not an end.

Astrological Element & Association

Earth / Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn

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Featured Card of the Day – 5 of Cups – 78 Tarot Nautical ~ Tarot of the Water

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Artist: Edit Farkas

Website: None Given

Keywords

Grief, loss, sorrow, disappointment, choice

Artist Interpretation

“Going through a very difficult time we often see the empty cups in front of us, and fail to notice the treasures we still have. I tried to make this feeling of loneliness and hopelessness present in this image, still using the essential symbols Tarot decks use. The shape of the tower I used is based on a fortress here in Transylvania, so it relates to me in this way.”

Card Meaning

A mermaid sits alone by a river, a black cloak wrapped around her, her demeanor suggests she is lost in despair – certainly she is lost in her thoughts. Around her lie three overturned cups, their contents bleeding away to symbolize the loss she feels. Beside her, two full cups sit upright, but she does not see them, all of her focus is on the fallen cups. Does she mourn them or study them. Ahead of her there is a bridge over the river towards the safety and security of a walled castle.

This card shows us that how we deal with feelings of loss or disappointment is as important as the loss itself. Wallowing will not help us, but understanding that the cup is not always half empty, we will escape our losses and see a future ahead.

Astrological Element & Association

Water / Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces

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Featured Card of the Day – The Sun – 78 Tarot Nautical/Tarot of the Water

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Artist: Alex Garant

Website: AlexGarant.com

Keywords

Enlightenment, vitality, radiance, energy, joy, success

Artist Interpretation

“The Sun represents the source of life itself, it also symbolizes happiness, joy, energy, optimism, accomplishment, the light after a dark night. The mermaid children playing joyfully in the foreground represent the happiness of our true self. They represent the innocence and purity of childhood. The orange ribbon shows that control has passed from the conscious to the subconscious. The Sun’s rays represent action and vibration, sources of all life on earth. The flowers in the background represent life and the fruitfulness of the spirit under the nourishment of the Sun. There are four sunflowers, representing the four elements. The Sun card is a sign that you are likely to find yourself feeling more free than you ever have.”

Card Meaning

Against a clear, blue sky, two young merfolk bask under a large statue, which rises out of a strong, brick wall. The status doesn’t cast any shade – its solar face smiles down upon the children, with a halo of wavy hair and straight rays shining out. They are naked and innocent, open as only children can be, and they frolic at the top of the water, within the seafoam – both indicating that purity. From behind the wall, four sunflowers watch over the children, symbols of the joy and abundance granted by the Sun.

This card heralds success and joy. You have toiled and suffered, and come out the other side smiling. Your life is full of positives, and your warm attitude, confidence and vibrancy attract people and success to you like moths to a flame.

Astrological Association & Element

Fire / Sun

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Featured Card of the Day – The High Priestess – 78 Tarot Nautical/Tarot of the Water

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Artist: Tanya Bond

Website: None Given

Keywords

Potential, inaction, mystery, intuition

Artist Interpretation

“The High Priestess card is strongly connected with intuition; she is knowledgeable of mysteries that lurk behind the veil. She speaks directly to our subconscious mind; she knows of our inner strengths and helps us achieve our best potential. She clears a way for unencumbered progress in our creative endeavors, spiritual transformation and inner growth.”

Card Meaning

The High Priestess stands before a nautical veil suspended between black and white pillars. She is the guardian of the mysteries behind the veil, and stands between the darkness and the light. Her necklace is a compass suspended in a planchette, symbolizing guidance – she invites you to learn the mysteries of the sea and your own intuion, if you are worthy. She looks welcoming, but the spikes on her dress remind you of her power, and to carefully consider all before you. Listen to your inner voice before you proceed, because all is not always what it seems.

This card is a reminder to trust your intuition, and to pay attention to it. It symbolizes an understanding and acceptance of the mysteries of self, and where they can lead you.

Astrological Association & Element

Water / The Moon

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78 Tarot Carnival ~ Cirque du Tarot

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They’re back! The global arts collaborative,  known as ’78 Tarot’, is currently shipping their highly-anticipated third deck, 78 Tarot Carnival ~ Cirque du Tarot. Not only are these decks beautiful, they are very collectible and certain to please the most discerning Tarot card collector. By the way, today, January 15, marks the three-year birthday of 78 Tarot! They have their first three amazing Tarot-art collaborations under their belt, with a fourth on the way.

First, let me say I was going to tell you every single deck out there that has ever been done in the carnival/circus theme; truth be told the more I looked, the more I realized there really wasn’t any comparison. When I received their Nautical deck, the second in the series, I mentioned my Tarot reading having its beginnings in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Well, not only was I there, but our purpose for being there was to attend the Mardi Gras, so imagine my excitement when I began to unwrap these cards! I do believe that the eighty-one cards included in this series cover every possible angle of carnival time and the circus. The images are replete with clowns and circus performers, as well as parades and Carnival attire. 

Have you ever ordered Tarot cards from Amazon.com, Walmart.com, or Overstock.com? I have; I must admit every single time I’m like YAY!!!, my new cards are here! Then the mailman delivers a package from 78 Tarot. Let me tell you, this is not like Christmas morning where you rip off all of the paper and it’s done. I just sit and stare in awe; the care given to each item in the box and personal touches is overwhelming! I didn’t want to open anything! Founder, Kayti Welsh, totally outdoes herself in the swag department. The Tarot goodies you receive with your order depend ultimately on the order, but, as many of you out there can already attest, it is all too pretty to open. We will talk more about all of the extras in a special post toward the end of February, before the Kickstarter launch of deck number four, Astral.

So let’s talk about the regular things, the deck and book, etc. First of all, I am not just a fan of Tarot cards and their depictions, I love the backs of the cards as well, and these are beautiful. The Carnival deck is slightly larger in size than the first two. This accentuates the magnificent artwork illustrated on each card. Great care has been given in choosing the artists, thanks to art director, Delphine Griffin, who is uniquely talented all on her own. PR manager, Joanna Nelson, also assists in this area, aside from her many PR duties. Quite a few of these artists have been part of this collaboration since Day One, and I must admit I am certainly developing a few favorites. More on the artists and their independent projects in the coming weeks…be prepared to fall in love! Now, y’all know I have been doing this for many years, so I have definitely formed my own opinions on Tarot cards and what I like to read. These, while featuring incredible artwork, still retain the necessary symbolism and integrity of the card which the artist was assigned, while depicting it in the Carnival theme. This is real art, from real artists, and I do not believe I can emphasize this enough. It is not my intention to lessen the quality of the imagery of other decks, but a careful perusal of this deck makes it very clear that having one artist per card, allows for greater attention to quality and detail. I began featuring this deck on January 1 amid many ooo’s and aaah’s.  Great care is taken with this entire project from start to finish. 

This time around, the book is paperback and there are a few changes. More space was given to the illustration of each card, to the point where you may want to take it apart and frame them. But don’t! There are actually wonderful bonuses included for the Kickstarter backers. Trust me, I will fill y’all in on how to wind up with all of the perks! So, this is author, and Tarot card reader, Trish Sullivan’s, third book! How many individuals out there can say they have written three Tarot books? Not very many, my friends. You will love the format; I have been showing it in the Featured Card of the Day. The artist expresses their feelings on the project and how they arrived at their interpretation of the card which was assigned to them. Trish fills in the blanks, offering a short meaning and how it relates to each card.

Twenty years from now, I hope to still be here, and to be able to say that I own every single deck published by this incredible collaboration of artists. Their goal is to bring you, the Tarot lover, reader, and collector, the most inspired, beautiful representations of each card, in each series, while still maintaining the true meaning behind each individual card. 78 Tarot will never be Llewellyn Worldwide, or U.S. Game Systems, nor do they hope to be. But, I am here to tell you that they will ultimately achieve great standing in the Tarot community, as they continue to grow and thrive with each creation they bring to their adoring followers.

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Featured Card of the Day – 7 of Swords – 78 Tarot Nautical/Tarot of the Water

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Artist: Ralf Straaberg

Website: Strain.dk

Keywords

Deception, duplicity, stealth, dishonor, stealing away

Artist’s Interpretation & Card Meaning

“Seven swords – five in the eye-patch, two in the earrings.

Being two-faced. My meaning is the duality – betrayal and face the fear, mental challenge. I especially had the reverse meaning in mind when I did the card. It spoke to me and was something I could relate to. The dark side is the fear and the voices saying you can’t – and the girl is the positive side, believe and you can. You can read a lot into this card, from being afraid to facing the music, being a lone wolf or covering your tracks. I added the lunar symbols associated with the card in the head chain – Sun, Moon, Mars, Venus, Jupiter, Mercury and Neptune.”

A face stares out – one half is a beautiful pirate, with two Swords for earrings, the other side shows a death mask. Her bandana is tattered and torn on this side, there are five swords on the patch over her eye and her blonde hair is tangled and blackened. This is the dark face of betrayal and deception showing through the beauty. Her face looks sad – but sadness that she has been wronged, or that she has been found out?

This card advises that trying to get away with deception never works – the truth will come out, the thief will be caught. Keeping secrets will come back to haunt you, the easy path will eventually create more work, even that you should ask for help rather than go along a path you can’t come back from.

Astrological Association & Element

Air / Gemini, Libra, Aquarius

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