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

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

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Keywords

Emotional influence, broad mind. Being charming and likable, accepting the limitations of people.

Artist Interpretation

King of Cups is a wise, emotionally stable, and tolerant person. He cares about others and responds to their emotional impulses. King of Cups tends to rely on persuasion rather than royal power. His real power is based on an understanding of his people’s feelings and needs. The most significant elements of this card are the following:
– feeling compassion;
– accepting limitations of others;
– being patient;
– having influence.

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

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Keywords

Triumph, happiness. Experiencing a success, escaping difficulties.

Artist Interpretation

Two figures, a woman, and man stand in the alley in front of the Ishtar Gate. The four giant mands above them are decorated with fruit wreaths, underlining an atmosphere of celebration. The pair in the picture looks cheerful and happy. The sun shines through the clouds above them, saturating the picture with vibrant and vivid colors.

Card Meaning

Four of Wands represents situations of excitement and celebration, reunion in personal life or a fruitful partnership in business. It is time to enjoy advantages of prosperous life. The notable features of this card include:
– anticipating success;
– receiving a reward;
– experiencing happiness;
– feeling delighted.

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Featured Card of the Day – Page of Wands – New Babylonian Tarot by Roxana Paul

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Keywords

High spirit, enthusiasm. Taking a novel approach, going in a new direction.

Artist Interpretation

A noble young man stays on a sand-dune in the middle of the desert, staring straight ahead. The sun sets over the horizon, and the man is ready to continue his journey. His face illuminated by the setting sun expresses confidence, courage, and enthusiasm. He is the man who believes in yourself and walks towards his goal without doubts.

Card Meaning

Page of Wands shows enthusiasm and excitement of a new adventure. He is willing to employ creativity and talents to focus on success. The most notable features of this card include:
– having enthusiasm; – getting excited;
– having ambitions; – being optimistic.

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

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A “classical” figure of the Magician, a wise man in a red-starred robe, turban, and wide sash decorated with jewels is depicted on the card. His right hand, holding a magic wand, is raised above, while his left hand is pointing to below. In front of the Magician are four pedestals with items symbolizing four Tarot trumps: a cup, sword, wand, and pentacle. Behind him is a wall with an engraved magic circle.

Enki (later Ea), was the god of wisdom and magic, and the Creator God. His name meant “Lord of Earth.” He created the human race and transmitted to people his knowledge of all crafts and magic. Enki’s particular role was to protect the humankind against evil spirits. He has also considered as a god of life and water. Enki was often depicted with two streams of water emanating from his shoulders, one the Tigris, the other the Euphrates.

Card Meaning

The Magician is the facilitator of elemental energies, and he can adapt elements of material life as he wills. Understanding the divine source of his power, the Magician is ready to produce magical results. This card represents creativity, resourcefulness, concentration. The Magician is a master of high magic and transformation, and he has the freedom to choose his guise. Being knowledgeable and self-disciplined, he controls his destiny and initiates new projects, putting creative ideas in practice.

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Featured Card of the Day – 6 of Pentacles – New Babylonian Tarot by Roxana Paul

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Keywords

Charity, generosity. Sharing the wealth, being wasteful.

Artist Interpretation

A nobleman in a rich robe stands at a Babylonian palace’s gate decorated with six pentacles. He tosses several coins to a beggar, sitting on the ground and frames his hands to grab coins. The second beggar, sitting next to the first one, also stretches out his hands hoping for a handout. In his left hand, the nobleman holds the scales as if he weights who deserves what. This scene covers at the same time giving and receiving, dominating and obeying, being on the top of a social ladder and its bottom.

Card Meaning

Six of Pentacles represents a situation of receiving presents, profits, or inheritances, being sponsored, supported, or rewarded. It is possible to help others as well as to receive help. Some distinguishing features of this card include:
– receiving an award;
– sponsoring somebody;
– offering support;
– being generous.

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Featured Card of the Day – Knight of Wands – New Babylonian Tarot by Roxana Paul

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Keywords

Confidence, fearless. Operating without fear and doubts, doing recklessly.

Artist Interpretation

A noble horseman with a wand in his hand rides across the desert. He is dressed in rich armor and rides the ornate horse that shows his social status. There is nothing around but sands and a fortress on the horizon. He looks like an adventurer who is always confident in any situation and is ready to take any risks.

Card Meaning

Knight of Wands represents a person who is ready for a new travel or adventure and takes risks. He recklessly seeks for changes without reasoning and reflection. The prominent characteristics of this card are the following:

– having no self-doubts;

– feeling no fear;

– being passionate;

– behaving boldly.

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