Nautical

Featured Card of the Day – Curiosity – 78 Tarot Nautical ~ Tarot of the Water

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Artist: Michael Banks

Website: SugarFueled.com

Keywords

Curious, warning, distraction, opportunity, carefree

Artist Interpretation

“This curious, carefree little kitten is living his life on the edge. Enjoying candy fish and the pearls in a wide sea of opportunities, paying no attention to the dangers that may lie ahead. The candy fish and pearl represent a sweet life and riches while the hook and water’s edge represent danger. My trademark broken star painted as a starfish represents perseverance on his journey. Luckily this sweet little cutie has nine lives and doesn’t have to give up on his dreams after one try.”

Card Meaning

A curious kitten plays on the beach. A candy fish lies within his easy reach, a pearl is in a partially open oyster right in front of him – life is good, full of easy opportunity. But a storm gathers, waves crashing on the beach behind him, and a dangerous hook lies close enough that he should be careful. He seems oblivious, but the starfish beside him is a reminder to keep going despite any adversity, and this kitten, like all cats, has 9 lives if things turn out to be too dangerous…

How to Use a Wild Card

Cousins to the Major Arcana, Wild Cards often pop up in readings when you least expect them. Unlike traditional Tarot cards, they are characters that come alive only within the theme of this deck and nowhere else in existence. Each one brings with them a special message created for the readers of the 78 Tarot Nautical deck.

Astrological Association & Element

Card invented by Michael Banks specifically for 78 Tarot Nautical

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Featured Card of the Day – Whimsy – 78 Tarot Nautical ~ Tarot of the Water

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Artist: Amy Brown

Website: AmyBrownArt.com

Keywords

Happiness, nostalgia, whimsical, refreshing, timeless

Artist Interpretation

“Whimsy is an important ingredient in a happy, fulfilled life. It feeds our soul and remind us of our younger days when we still believed in magic and knew anything was possible. Whimsy loosens the mental and emotional bindings that keep us feeling stuffy and serious. It encourages us to see the silliness in life and revel in it. It dares us to dream of impossible things and seek the paths less followed. Whimsy opens our inner selves and allows childlike energy to fill us and renew our spirit. With Whimsy in our lives, everything becomes possible again.”

Card Meaning

Whimsy shows two gentle seahorses helping her to rise free of kelp roots, which might bog her down. The water, too, supports her, and helps her being and spirit lift, even her hair adornments are gently lifting and swaying in a gentle current. We’re reminded of the freeing sensation of floating in water, a chance to lose the daily cares and worries that drag us down.

How to Use a Wild Card

Cousins to the Major Arcana, Wild Cards often pop up in readings when you least expect them. Unlike traditional Tarot cards, they are characters that come alive only within the theme of this deck and nowhere else in existence. Each one brings with them a special messagge created for the readers of the 78 Tarot Nautical deck.

Astrological Association & Element

Card invented by Amy Brown specifically for 78 Tarot Nautical

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Featured Card of the Day – 4 of Cups – 78 Tarot Nautical ~ Tarot of the Water

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Artist: Lindy van den Bosch

Website: None Given

Keywords

Boredom, distraction, oblivion, contemplation

Artist Interpretation

“The Four of Cups shows a mermaid deep in thought, as if searching the depths of the ocean. There are three cups in front of her, but she does not appear to be interested in them all that much. The cups symbolize the different things the world has to offer, but she is looking past them, searching for more. She is also not aware of the bigger cup being offered to her. She is ignoring the external offerings so she can see her inner self and what she really wants in life.

Much like the Buddha, she is contemplating under the shade of the seaweed tree until she has come to her conclusions. By ignoring the cups, though, she might be missing out on great gifts, such as love.”

Card Meaning

A young mermaid lies daydreaming at the bottom of the ocean, oblivious to all around her, and lost in her own thoughts of the future and what it has to offer. Above her, a large cup floats gently down offering another option. Three alternative cups lay beside her, but she pays them no more attention than she does the first, for she is looking inwards and ignoring the outside world in an attempt not to be distracted by external forces as she concentrates on the self to find that which she seeks.

This card represents the need to look inward and re-evaluate, rather than be distracted by things that don’t matter. Maybe it’s tiredness, burnout, or a case of feeling bored, but something is just “off” and you need to recharge your mental batteries.

Astrological Association & Element

Water / Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces

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Featured Card of the Day – 7 of Wands – 78 Tarot Nautical ~ Tarot of the Water

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Artist: Santanu Hazarika

Website: DilateInk.com

Keywords

Challenge, defense, tenacity, advantage, courage

Artist Interpretation

“The Seven of Wands! The vastness of the sky is measured by its height, and the depth of an ocean lies within its depth, a dark abyss. Seven of Wands usually shows a man standing above the world, he is at the top, above all, he stands and holds his position, and he protects his horizon with the wands. He has reached the sky, crossed every hurdle and achieved everything. Same way ‘the man’ has reached the depth of the ocean; his quest is downward into the light-consuming sea depths, where he stands his ground with seven harpoons!”

Card Meaning

In the darkest part of the ocean, a deep-sea diver stands, lamp in hand. He has made great progress so far on his journey, but now faces a hard challenge that will test his courage and strength. The monsters of the deep approach him, massive leviathans with hooked tentacles and multitiudes of stingers, ready to drag him to his destruction. The high ground may not help him as it would on land, so he must use other tools in his arsenal – a monstrous lantern to dazzle them and seven harpoons.

After the public recognition of your deeds comes a tough challenge, as others try to tear you down. Now is the time to shine, to draw upon the tenacity and confidence within you, to hold your ground and defend your rightful place at the top.

Astrological Association & Element

Fire / Aries, Leo, Sagittarius

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Featured Card of the Day – 2 of Wands – 78 Tarot Nautical ~ Tarot of the Water

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Artist: Jayde Hilliard

Website: JaydeHilliard.com

Keywords

Confidence, readiness, planning, decisions, progress

Artist Interpretation

“A boldly-colored kraken peers up from his underwater kingdom. He spies a ship that is his for the taking. Although he is already successful in his endeavors, as evident by the pearl wrapped up in his tentacle, he must decide how far he wants to expand his grasp on ruling the oceans. Should he stay beneath the water and rule where he is most familiarm, or rise to the surfact and rule the world above?

I wanted to push myself to mentally be in an ambitious state of mind as that is mostly what this card is about. I had to make some very important decisions to make sure I could successfully convey this card’s meaning.”

Card Meaning

In a sea teeming with fish, a huge kraken eyes a ship from below. He has the perfect vantage point from where he sits – between the pillars of an ancient ruined city, over which he appears to rule. A pearl is entwined within one of his tentacles – his endeavors so far have been successful. Now he needs to move on. Five of his tentacles are raised toward the ship, the red of this kraken lusts for adventure and to continue on his path, while two remain wrapped around the pillars, keeping him here for the time being.

This card represents the importance of making plans and acting on them. The fires of inspiration from the Ace of Wands have taken root, now is the time to build upon that momentum and turn these plans into reality.

Astrological Element & Association

Fire / Aries, Leo, Sagittarius

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Featured Card of the Day – 3 of Swords – 78 Tarot Nautical ~ Tarot of the Water

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Artist: Ash Evans

Website: AshEvans.com

Keywords

Sorrow, heartbreak, loss, betrayal

Artist Interpretation

“It was really important to me to make sure the appropriate emotion and symbolism was conveyed in my card. The Three of Swords is a powerful card. The original iconography depicts three swords piercing a heart in a stormy background. It conveys heartbreak, betrayal and deep sadness. There is a lonely air to it so I wanted to do something that was sunken deep into the bottom of the ocean. The background is murky and swirling to symbolize the turbulent time. Deep in the sea bathed in salt much like tears; the seahorses reflect silently, heads bowed. I wanted to make the heart a glittering jewel, like a long lost sunken treasure.”

Card Meaning

The heart is a fragile thing, illustrated as a precious gem to be treasured. But, this gem has been cast aside, has sunk to the bottom of a murky sea. Three swords hang behind it, threatening to pierce the heart, representing the power of cold logic to hurt us if not tempered by other emotions. Three seahorses, heads bowed, add to the mournful feel of this card. But, they are together, and faint glimmers of light can just be seen in the turbulent, grey sea, reminding us that pain is a part of life, but we move past it.

This card warns of loss, not a physical, material loss – but emotional or intellectual – heartbreak or betrayal. Tears will flow, but you will not break. You can use this pain as a catharsis, and speed up the healing process.

Astrological Element & Association

Air / Gemini, Libra, Sagittarius

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Featured Card of the Day – 8 of Cups  – 78 Tarot Nautical ~ Tarot of the Water

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Artist: Mary Layton

Website: MaryLayton.net

Keywords

Cutting ties, making changes, abandonment, disappointment

Artist Interpretation

“The Eight of Cups represents a turning point, or change of heart. Generally, moving on from the past, or from an undesirable situation. Leaving behind past issues and searching for new beginnings. Perhaps the blonde mermaid sang an inspiring song, encouraging the man to leave behind a troubled past and embark on a search for a better future (and, in the process, she’ll gain some golden goblets to add to her stash of treasures). The card’s astrological associations are Pisces, Cancer, and Scorpio – all water signs, which made it easy to fit them into the nautical theme. I’ve represented the signs in my painting by using the mermaid’s fish friends for Pisces, the crab in the mid-ground for Cancer, and I have depicted the constellation Scorpius in the night stars.”

Card Meaning

A lonely figure stands on the pier, walking away – leaving the lush sea in favor of a barren landscape. In the water a mermaid sings a song of inspiration to help him turn his back on the past and move on with his life. The mermaid revels in lost treasures of his past as he walks into the dark night. The moon creeps out to light his path, symbolizing the spiritual nature of his journey, but also that the reasons for this decision may not be as simple as they seem.

This card represents a sense of dissatisfaction tempting you to give it all up and walk away – often with a desire to discard material possessions in favor of a more spiritual contentment. It is time to consider what will bring you greater joy and fulfillment.

Astrological Element & Association

Water / Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces

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