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

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Keywords

Balance, harmony. Cooperating instead of fighting, getting people allies.

Artist Interpretation

A beautiful belly-dancer in a red dress artfully balances two pentacles above her head. A spectator can enjoy her graceful movements while she is dancing. The belly- dancer is in a luxury chamber of a Babylonian castle surrounded by flowers on the floor.

Card Meaning

Two of Pentacles represents a situation of keeping things in balance, and finding the ways for cooperation with others. This card symbolizes good times, and has the following significant characteristics:
– keeping balance;
– being open for opportunities;
– using possibilities;
– being flexible.

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

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A woman in a red dress sits on a throne with the Babylonian measuring tool in her right hand and a heraldic shield in her left hand. A bull at her feet symbolizes the Taurus period (4,320 – 2,160 BC) of the Sumerian civilization roughly dated between 3,500- 2,000 BC. She is a goddess Ninhursag (also Ninhursaga) who embodies Motherhood. According to the legend, the kings of Sumer were nourished by Ninhursag’s milk.

Card Meaning

Ninhursag, the mother of the gods, appeared in the Sumerian epic about Dilmun, an Arcadian paradise, the garden of gods, the land of immortals. Dimun anticipated the myth of Adam and Eve in Paradise from the Old Testament. In Dilmun, Enki, the wise god of magic, fell in love with Ninhursag, giving birth to a new line of gods. Participating in the creation of the humankind, Ninhursag had many titles, including “Great Queen,” “Lady of Birth,” “Mother Who Gives Birth,” “Supreme Queen,” and “Midwife of the Gods.”

The Empress, being a tender and loving woman, personalizes Motherhood and embodies all things that related to fertility, mothering, marriage, and pregnancy. She is compassionate and caring. In a general sense, she represents natural female forces, and this is how she is connected with Mother Nature. Representing earthly life, the Empress expresses an abundance of any resources and suggests material rewards.

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

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Keywords

Learning, concentration. Looking for new solutions, achieving a significant result.

Artist Interpretation

A noble young man stands in the middle of the Babylonian garden, holding a big pentacle high in his hands. His red and green colored clothes organically underline complementary colors of the garden. The man’s rich closes, beautiful flower beds, and the pentacle in his hand symbolize wealth and prosperity in full accordance with this card’s interpretation.

Card Meaning

Page of Pentacles represents a person who is about to discover new opportunities for wealth and prosperity and set events in motion. There are the following significant features of this card:
– having a realistic plan;

– making a right decision;
– focusing on the essential points; – taking a practical approach.

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

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Keywords

Material abundance, wealth. Inheriting assets, seeing own ventures flourish.

Artist Interpretation

In a Babylonian palace’s chamber where walls decorated with bas-reliefs a man sits and coaches two dogs. A woman and man converse in the passageway and a spectator can see a child behind them. Ten pentacles form the Tree of Life on the wall. The Babylonians used to keep dogs in their palaces and houses not only for hunting but also for esoteric reasons. They believed that dogs had a psychic vision and could see ghosts and unseen dangers. They even supposed that dogs had mystical ability to protect their owners not only in this life but also beyond the grave.

Card Meaning

Ten of Pentacles represents a situation of stable prosperity and becoming a member of the establishment as a result of flourish ventures. The most notable features of this card include:
– experiencing abundance;

– enjoying financial success; – having good fortune;
– being beloved by the gods.

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Featured Card of the Day – 3 of Swords – New Babylonian Tarot by Roxana Paul

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Keywords

Heartbreak, betrayal. Suffering an emotional pain, having feeling hurt.

Artist Interpretation

A woman in a red dress sits in the meditative pose in a small chamber of a Babylonian palace. She holds three swords to her heart, and she is surrounded with freshly cut red roses arranged in the heart shape. The moonlight breaks through the clouds, symbolizing hope – breaking through a situation.

Card Meaning

Three of Swords represents situations of heartbreak and moral troubles, having the feelings hurt. There is possible to be disappointed, discovering the trust misguided. The key features of this card include:
– being rejected;
– feeling alone;
– experiencing a heartbreak;
– feeling betrayed.

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

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Keywords

Self-confidence, challenge. Achieving success, gaining recognition.

Artist Interpretation

A noble horseman on the ornate white horse entered the city gate decorated with the Babylonian bas-reliefs and rides through the alley. The horseman holds a wand decorated with a wreath. It seems he is welcomed with flowers as if he is bringing news about victory. The sky is cloudless, symbolizing a joyful atmosphere in the picture.

Card Meaning

Six of Wands represents situations of achieving success, fulfillment of desires and expectations. It may be a moment of a triumph both in inner and social life. The essential characteristics of this card are the following:
– experiencing a victory;
– feeling pride;
– being self-assured;
– receiving a reward.

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

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Justice-Nanshe is depicted on the card as a beautiful woman with a scale in her left hand, and a sword in her right hand. It is a traditional image of Justice although her eyes are not covered with a bandage. Two golden rams at her feet is a hint at the period of 2160 BC when the Age of Taurus for the Babylonians was over, and Age of Aries (Ram) had begun.

Card Meaning

While Utu-Shamash, the sun god, was the god of justice in the Babylonian epos, Nanshe was the goddess who indeed provided humanity with social justice. Her role to watch over orphans and widows, as well as oversaw fairness was rather practical. Nanshe also had a title of “the Lady of the Storerooms,” making sure that weights and measures were correct.

Justice embodies balance, harmony, and equilibrium in all spheres of life. She has also indicated situations of making decisions and choices, meaning logical choice, and acting in fair and just ways. Justice personifies the weighing of all sides of an issue and balancing all its facets to make a right decision. She makes her choice with full awareness, setting a course for the future. Sometimes this card can represent directly legal affairs, including courts and lawsuits.

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

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A man in a cowl walks through the gate of an old garden. His white beard indicates age and wisdom. He holds a staff in his left hand, and a lantern in his right hand, which he lifts up high to illuminate his path. He looks deep in thought and concentrated. He is An (Anu), one of the oldest gods and initially a supreme deity of the Babylonian pantheon.

Card Meaning

According to the Babylonian mythology, An created the universe and the gods, as well as the monsters and demons. Some of these monsters were designed to punish humans. An was supposed to be the father of all the gods, and he was responsible for giving them their powers. It was also An’s privilege to grant the kings absolute power. The power itself called Anutu in Sumerian. When gods expressed Marduk’s authority over them, they said: “Your word is Anu!”

The Hermit impersonates introspection, spirituality, and a quest for the truth. Being focused inward, and living in the inner world, he is able to look objectively at the world around him, and he continues to increase his knowledge. The meanings of this card include searching the truth, concentrating on questions within, and withdrawing from the material world. Being a spiritual teacher, the Hermit is a beacon of knowledge.

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

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Keywords

Luxury, comfortable lifestyle. Having good fortune, enjoying material life.

Artist Interpretation

A noblewoman walks through the Babylonian hanging garden gracefully. Her figure is well balanced in the center of the picture surrounded by natural green foliage and nine pentacles suspended on the shrubs. The falcon behind the woman symbolizes prosperity. The general mood of the picture is peaceful, relaxed, and tranquil that correlates with this card’s meanings.

Card Meaning

Nine of Pentacles represents a situation of enjoying prosperity, independence, and financial success. New properties or luxurious vacations are possible. Some possible characteristics of this card are the following:
– achieving material success; – enjoying a luxury lifestyle; – relishing achievements;
– reaching a goal.

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

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Keywords

Power, authority. Being knowledgeable, applying reason and logic.

Artist Interpretation

A king sits on the big throne decorated with a bull’s head and two crossed swords. He holds a sword in his right hand and a globe in his left hand. Two similar statues of Ishtar stand on the pedestals on the both sides of the throne. A shield on which a chariot is depicted sits on the floor at the throne. All elements of the picture have metaphorical meanings: Ishtar in the context of this card personalizes war and political power, and the Chariot has the meaning of directed and controlled mental power. The glob in the king’s hand also a symbol of power.

Card Meaning

King of Swords represents an honest person with the understanding of all facets of an issue, who can view it with an open eye to judge accurately. He has high moral and ethical standards. The distinguishing characteristics of this card are the following:
– thinking creatively;
– being reasonable;
– having a clear-cut point of view;
– showing an analytical mind.

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