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Featured Card of the Day – Ace of Swords – New Babylonian Tarot by Roxana Paul

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Keywords

Intellect, clarity. Thinking a path through, seeing things clearly.

Artist Interpretation

A sword decorated with a branch protrudes from a pond surrounded by plant and crystals. The sword looks like Excalibur from the King Arthur legend. The picture depicted in this card symbolizes the quintessence of Air energy: intellect, logic, and objectivity.

Card Meaning

Ace of Swords represents situations where it is necessary to apply mental force and intellect to solve a problem. Logical thinking and reasoning help to find the truth and overcome obstacles. The notable features of this card include:
– having a clearer focus;
– showing a sharper mind;
– applying intellect;
– relying on logical approach.

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Featured Card of the Day – 4 of Swords – New Babylonian Tarot by Roxana Paul

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Keywords

Temporising, relaxation. Taking rest, avoiding activities.

Artist Interpretation

A warrior in the rich armor lies on a podium near the wall decorated with the Babylonian bas-reliefs. Three swords hang on the wall above him, and one sword hangs on the podium below the warrior. He looks relaxed, calm, and tranquil. It seems the warrior shifts his attention from the material world to inner realm to consolidate his internal resources.

Card Meaning

Four of Swords represents inaction or temporary withdrawal to buy time or rethink a situation. It is a moment for consolidating internal resources and preparing for the future. The most notable features of this card are the following:
– having a rest;
– feeling relaxed;
– being recuperated;
– getting ready for the future.

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Featured Card of the Day – 9 of Cups – New Babylonian Tarot by Roxana Paul

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Keywords

Material success, overall well-being. Obtaining a goal, getting a desirable result.

Artist Interpretation

A man sits on the floor at the wall covered with Babylonian frescoes and smokes a hookah. The pile of fruits on a tray near his feet symbolize abundance. Eight cups stand symmetrically on the shelves behind him, representing the obtaining of a balance or achievement in life. The man looks relaxed and happy with a wandering smile on his face. Probably, his hookah is loaded with opium to help the man to get satisfaction.

Card Meaning

Nine of Cups represents a situation of hopes and wishes come true. It is a moment of satisfaction and pleasure. This card incarnates joy, happiness, and comfort when a long-awaited result is achieved. The following special characters typify this card:
– achieving a desirable goal;
– feeling a dream comes true;
– enjoying the moment;
– being satisfied.

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Featured Card of the Day – 7 of Pentacles – New Babylonian Tarot by Roxana Paul

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Keywords

Investment, reward. Getting a return on investments, seeing fruitful results.

Artist Interpretation

A man stays in a garden, reclining on a shovel to have some rest or evaluate his progress. He seems satisfied with results of his work: the lavish and blossoming garden is full of greenery and flowers. Nevertheless, he is weighing other alternatives and new strategies.

Card Meaning

Seven of Pentacles represents a moment of pausing to check and evaluate a situation, choosing a new way or change a strategy. It is a time to make a decision or choose a route. The most significant elements of this card are the following: – estimating a current situation;
– pausing to make a decision;
– being prepared to change a route;
– assessing a reward.

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Featured Card of the Day – Wheel of Fortune – New Babylonian Tarot by Roxana Paul

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Artist Interpretation

A watermill wheel rotated by the three monkeys against a background of a wall with monumental frescoes is depicted in the Wheel card. The monkeys symbolize the very beginning of humanity. They turn the wheel of the material world against the backdrop of a string of Babylonian gods ascending the staircase leading to the heaven.

The Babylonian epic “Enuma Elish” (The Seven Tablets of Creation) describes the birth of the gods and the creation of the universe and humanity from initial chaos. This epic explains the Babylonian worldview, making Marduk a supreme deity and describing the creation of humankind to serve and obey the gods. Marduk, the ruler of heavens, is in the center of Enuma Elish’s plot. He defeats Tiamat who personalizes the material world, and takes the Tablets of Destiny from her. A possessor of the Tablets of Destiny became a master of fortune and ruler of the universe.

Card Meaning

The Wheel of Fortune card symbolizes luck as well as a device to come events into motion. It represents all manifestations of fate versus free will, the moments of life when an invisible hand of destiny shows people unpredicted evil events or beautiful presents. The rotation of the Wheel of Fortune creates unexpected events that influence destiny. It may be a turning point or sudden twist of fate. Using what a chance offers and relying on the feelings rather than logic, creates opportunities to catch luck.

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Featured Card of the Day – 5 of Cups – New Babylonian Tarot by Roxana Paul

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Keywords

Loss, sorrow. Breaking up a relationship, being disappointed by a situation.

Artist Interpretation

At the far end of a Babylonian garden, a man stays and stares toward the wall. He is depicted from behind, and a spectator cannot see the man’s face, but his posture betrays his bad mood. Two cups stand on the ground, and three cups lie inverted, symbolizing situations of a loss or setback. In dim sunset light, the figure in the garden radiates negative energies of regret and disappointment.

Card Meaning

Five of Cups represents a situation of loss and regret. Often it is connected with a wrong choice that was made before. Quarrels and separation are possible in family life. The loss could be in any form including money, property, job, or even reputation. There are the following features of this card:

– feeling grieving;
– experiencing self-pity;
– being ready to cry;
– acknowledging a wrong path.

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Featured Card of the Day – The High Priestess – New Babylonian Tarot by Roxana Paul

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Artist Interpretation

A beautifully jeweled woman in a blue dress sits on a throne decorated with bullheads in front of the temple entrance. She holds a cuneiform in her lap, and the four cuneiforms lie on the floor at her feet, symbolizing knowledge. The frescoes on the wall behind her replicate pictures from the famous Ishtar Gate. She is Inanna (later Ishtar) whose name in Sumerian meant “Lady of Haven.”

Inanna was the ancient Sumerian goddess of love, fertility, and also of war. She was the daughter of Enki, the god of wisdom and magic, and the twin sister of the sun god Utu- Shamash. According to the legend, Inanna brought knowledge and culture to the Sumerian city of Uruk after taking it from Enki while he was drunk. She even descended to the underworld to gain new experience. In the time when religion was science, only priests and priestess obtained and kept knowledge, and Inanna supposed to be the High Priestess.

Card Meaning

The High Priestess typifies wisdom, knowledge, and awareness. She is a wise woman, full of modesty and discretion. The High Priestess is eminently secretive, mysterious, and intuitive woman. Understanding all things, she expresses her knowledge selectively. Applying intuition, being open to the imagination and seeking guidance from within, the she trusts the inner voice to understand and estimate possibilities.

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