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Featured Card of the Day – 10 of Cups – New Babylonian Tarot by Roxana Paul 

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Keywords 

Upright meanings: Family values, happiness. Delighting in family life, bonding with family members.

Artist Interpretation 

A nobleman and woman walk through a big chamber of the Babylonian palace. Their children are behind them near the pillar decorated with the Ishtar statue. The background of the picture is the wall with bas-reliefs and shelves on which ten cups stand symmetrically in two groups of five cups each, symbolizing a balance and well- being. The whole scene radiates good mood, peace, and cheerfulness, that is in the total harmony with the meanings of this card.

Card Meaning 

Ten of Cups represents a situation of emotional well-being and harmony with others, having good fortune. It is love and happiness in the family life. The key features of this card are the following:

– feeling love;

– bonding with others;

– experiencing well-being;

– having harmony.

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Featured Card of the Day – 2 of Swords – New Babylonian Tarot by Roxana Paul

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Keywords 

Upright meanings: Obstacle, dead point. Being defensive, keeping feelings under control.

Artist Interpretation 

A blindfolded woman sits on the sand near the sea with two swords crossed against her heart. This scene symbolizes a situation of blocked emotions when a person denies right feelings, preferring to be cold and ignoring other people’s attempt to communicate with her or him. The crescent moon underlines the depressed and miserable state of mood in this card.

Card Meaning 

Two of Swords represents a deadlock situation or an interpersonal barrier that causes internal conflict. The emotional closeness is for good in some cases, but here it is harmful. The distinguishing characteristics of this card are the following:

– failing to make a decision;

– being afraid to act;

– avoiding responsibility;

– ignoring future complications.

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

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Artist Interpretation 

A woman in a red dress has both female and male features, and she holds the Babylonian measuring tools in each hand. This card avoids traditional Christian symbolism, choosing to explain the universe in the Babylonian cosmogony terms as the perfect union of the heaven and earth.

Anki is a creator of the world, the god in whom two halves were united: male An (father of gods and the heaven) and female Ki (mother of gods and earth). Anki represents cosmic consciousness, the wholeness of the universe, and a cycle of life. According to the Babylonian myth of creation, in the beginning, there was only the primordial water (Tiamat) in total darkness until Tiamat gave birth to Anki, who united heaven and earth. The Anki’ son, the air god Enlil, splited the universe in two, creating An, the god of the sky and Ki, who became the goddess of earth.

Card Meaning  

The World represents completion, fulfillment, and integration, as well as achievement of goals. In a Tarot reading, this card reflects situations of accomplishment and enjoying of peace of mind, seeing dreams coming true, and feeling blessed. A person can achieve his or her heart’s desire, finding the best solution during the life path, achieving success, and having prosperity.

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Featured Card of the Day – Knight of Crystals ~ Camel – Spiritsong Tarot by Paulina Cassidy 

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Keywords 

Determination, endurance, security, responsibility, manifestation, persistence, patience.

Artist Interpretation 

A master of endurance and determination, Camel has journeyed over hard terrain to reach his destination. He takes pride in establishing a secure post, yet his desire for adventure propels him to travel forth. Camel is here to guide you in rewarding yourself with success, yet advises that you continue to build and grow for the better. Set your goals, and remain inspired and motivated by what you aim to achieve. Trust in your abilities, and allow your dynamic energy to lead you to uncharted pathways of new intriguing experiences.

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

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Artist Interpretation 

The Tower of Babel was erected on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River near Shinar in Babylon. It was shaped like a ziggurat, a stepped pyramid familiar throughout Babylon. God has recognized the project as a rebellion against him and divided the single language of the tower builders into multiple languages. Then people spread out and became different tribes with different dominant ethnic features.

The metaphorical side of the Tower of Babel’ story shows how human intentions and projects, looking somewhat positive at first sight can be destructive. Several details of the story underline the contrast between humans’ opinion of own leading role and God’s point of view on the real humankind’s position. People decided to build a monument to themselves instead of doing it to God. They used a brick (a human-made material) instead of more durable God-made stones. Then God intervened in human affairs and confused their plans, preventing them from completing the project.

Card Meaning 

The Tower symbolizes an unexpected catastrophe, the end of the previous order, and a new beginning. The latter is made not by free choice but by an unforeseen event. It is a crash of stability, turmoil, and upheaval. On the other hand, such dramatic change can derive insights and a new level of understanding. The Tower is a symbol of an unexpected catastrophe and dramatic changes in a stream of life. It also represents a new beginning that is coming inevitably and not always for good.

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

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Keywords 

Inspiration, beginning. Inventing a right path, having enthusiasm.

Artist Interpretation 

In the beautiful landscape of the seashore with a temple and several palms on the background we see a giant wand planted in the sand as if it is a tree. The vine climbs up to the wand, making its way towards the sun. The top of the wand in the card shines brightly, symbolizing a creative spark, while the sun behind the wand is rising, showing the beginning of the new day.

Card Meaning 

Ace of Wands represents a new beginning, new ideas, and plans, finding or inventing a new way. It is a moment to realize creative potential, be opened to better possibilities, and to feel sweet smell of success. The significant characteristics of this card include:

– being inspired;

– having faith;

– feeling own power;

– knowing a way.

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

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Keywords

Discord, competition. Rising to the challenge, experiencing dissension.

Artist Interpretation 

The five men are about to start fighting on the lawn, using five wands. It is difficult to decide what is the problem here, but their faces express tension of the situation and disagreement. The general atmosphere of the picture is aggressive and close to becoming violent. Nevertheless, it seems that there is still a possibility to solve the problem peacefully, avoiding violence.

Card Meaning 

Description: Five of Wands represents situations of disagreement, quarreling, and arguing that is impossible to avoid. It is necessary to deal with opposition to achieve results. The most significant elements of this card are the following:

– meeting competition;

– maintaining self-control;

– avoiding conflicts;

– looking for agreement.

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