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

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Artist: Monika Ptok-Byard

Website: Faeblyart.com

Keywords

Balance, truth, impartiality, integrity

Artist Interpretation

“I decided to paint Justice as an Octopus woman. I know Justice uses the number 8 or 11 and since an Octopus has eight legs I thought it would be fitting. I used a Narwhal horn for her sword which she holds on her right, and shells for her scale (which are balanced) which she holds on her left. I used the seaweed as pillars. I wanted to keep this card as natural as possible.

The Justice card deals with Karma, balance, fairness, and justice. I know sometimes she is depicted blindfolded, again I wanted something more natural, so she is not blindfolded, but her eyes are white…trying to show blindness in a more natural way to represent fairness.”

Card Meaning

A sea goddess bears a Narwhal horn in one hand and shell scales in the other. She is flanked by two pillars of kelp rising to the surface. The feeling of this card is balance. The blade is held in her right hand – logic is at work, and the scales in her left show an even counter-balance of emotion. Both are at play here. She is sightless – she cannot judge on appearances, only by determining the truth. The scales are evenly balanced, the future will be determined by the decisions you have made, and the fairest outcome will prevail.

This card advises that everything happens for a reason, and that each action has a consequence. These may not be immediately apparent, but you should tust that they will.

Astrological Association & Element

Air / Libra

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Featured Card of the Day – The Hierophant – 78 Tarot Nautical ~ Tarot of the Water

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Artist: Krisgoat

Website: Krisgoat.com

Keywords

Tradition, education, convention, structure, religion

Artist Interpretation

“The Hierophant represents knowledge and learning. The right hand is raised in blessing, with two fingers pointed skyward and two pointing down, thus forming a bridge between Heaven and Earth. The triple crown and scepter represent the three worlds – the physical, the astral, and the etheric. The two pillars symbolize Law and Liberty. The crossed keys are a symbol of balance between the conscious and subconscious minds and the unlocking of mysteries. They are also the keys to the kingdom of heaven. The Hierophant is typically shown with two initiates. The Hierophant’s task is to bring the two initiates into the church so that they can take up their appointed roles.”

Card Meaning

The Hierophant is a teacher, sitting on a throne between pillars of Law and Freedom. Her triple crown represents the three worlds, her triple scepter symbolizes her dominion over those three worlds. She is a benefactor, her hand raised in blessing; she is bathed in light, which then filters through the water to two kneeling hippocampi. These are her willing students of the crossed keys lying before them. They are ready to be initiated by her into a realm of knowledge, rules and tradition. To unlock mysteries of spirituality and religion, and earn their conventional roles in her tradition.

This card represents a need to play by the rules and pay attention to detail – this is not a time to think outside the box, but to pursue knowledge, and achieve goals in a traditional way.

Astrological Element & Association

Earth / Taurus

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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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