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This is a beautiful card printed on recycled white cardstock. It depicts a young woman who appears to be standing on water. Behind her is a seafoam green/blue sky and below her are undulating waves of trippy blue and white rice paper. Fish jump from the waves all around her, but the most significant jumps from the cups she holds. The envelope in which this card fits is a complimentary ginger brown and above its seal is the image of the floating infant shown in the complete image of the Maiden. Together the card and envelope measure seven and three quarters by five and a half inches. Reeking of fertility, this is the perfect card for a baby shower or a blessing way, but can also be used as a marker of any rite of passage or change in perspective. The inside has been left blank for your personal touch.

As do all of Anangka's greeting cards, this one also has text on the back that explains the meaning behind the card, the process in which it was made and then a brief bio, copyright and pricing. The following is the just the meaning of the card so you can read before deciding on purchase (please note, that on the actual card, the font is Papyrus):

"Maiden of Cups"-- while this court card can be a male or female figure, since it suggests pregnancy and birth, the artist chose the latter and also kept with her feminization of the deck. A young woman stands surrounded by water, popularly believed to be a symbol of the collective or personal unconscious. But as J.E. Cirlot elaborates in his book, "A Dictionary of Symbols," water also represents "the most maternal," a concept known as matrimah in the Vedas, "because, in the beginnning, everything was like a sea without light," a spiritually universal notion that water acted as the primal stew in which humanity was brewed. It is also simply reminiscent of the amniotic waters in which we all once swam. According to Freud, in our dreams, birth is usually expressed through water imagery. Taking it a step further, Cirlot explains "immersion in water [such as a religious baptism or mythic journey] can signify a return to the preformed state, with a sense of death and annihilation on one hand and rebirth and regeneration on the other." Our Maiden of Cups, and of the water, is a manifestation of innocence, imagination and idealism. Caught in her daydreams, she is surprised by the fish that jumps from her chalice to remind us that inspiration comes when we least expect it. Many believe that this card foretells a birth, but not necessarily that of an infant-- she (or you or someone you know) could be pregnant with ideas, or simply new perspectives. Because she is a sensitive creature we realize that with her come extreme emotions and an innate psychic ability. Just as water is reflective, so is she. The artist wonders if perhaps she is to be the Fool's young bride and suspects that someday she evolves into the figure of the Star card. She thinks it truly is a blessing to receive this card, whether in a Tarot reading or as a greeting card.

Your card will be mailed to you in a cello sleeve as well as in a protective envelope, hence the extra cost for shipping. I am but a one woman store so please allow for up to one week, unless otherwise requested, for processing and shipping (although it usually doesn't take that long). Consider buying more from Anangka Arts to cut down on the cost of shipping. Thanks for looking and for buying handmade, we can't afford not to in this day and age!

Maiden of Cups, from Tarot, individual greeting card

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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: white recycled cardstock, print of a collage, ginger brown envelope, sticker with printed image
  • Ships worldwide from United States
  • Feedback: 346 reviews
  • Favorited by: 10 people