Turbulent water make an appearance on these Tarot cards:
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Turbulent Water is a subtle but important Tarot symbol used on four different cards in the classic Rider-Waite Tarot deck.
The same identical symbols may not appear in all newer decks, but many newer Tarot sets often feature adaptations of the same, widely recognized Tarot iconography.
Here's What turbulent waters indicate in Tarot
While all rivers, pools and seas in Tarot symbology represent creativity, emotions, or a connection with the spiritual, the presence of turbulent water on a Tarot card points to an physical, emotional or psychological disruption.
the presence of turbulent water on a Tarot card points to an physical, emotional or psychological disruption
Another way to look at turbulent water, is that it's unsettling and chaotic — requiring skill to navigate successfully.
Turbulent waters may also represent a creative dispute, conflicting ideas or a creative block of some kind.
Here Are the 4 Tarot Cards in Which Turbulent Water Makes an Appearance
The Page of Cups
The King of Cups
NOTE: The turbulent water appearing on the King of Cups card doesn't seem to have any effect on the King. His demeanor is balanced and controlled. He stares straight ahead, even though there is swirling water everywhere. This king remains calm in a sea of clashing creative energies and swirling emotional storms. Unfazed by the storms surrounding his throne, he has mastered the art of balancing control and creativity.
The Two of Pentacles
NOTE: The turbulent water in the background of the Two of Pentacles card indicates conflicting concepts and turbulent emotions. While the background represents conflict, the infinity symbol encircling the jester's pentacles in the foreground indicates an ability to successfully harmonize conflicting emotions. In other words: In an ocean of emotional conflict, a trick of impressive balance is performed.
The Six of Swords
NOTE: The Six of Swords card is notable as it features both turbulent water and still water on the same card. The meaning on the Six of Swords is of movement from a state of emotional conflict and turmoil towards a state of serenity, clarity and stillness.
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Other Common Tarot Symbols
- Alchemy Symbols
- Boats and Ships
- Coats of Arms
- Fruits and Vegetables
- Green Fields
- Grey skies
- Hand Tools
- Infinity Symbols
- Manor Houses
- Pathways and Roads
- Ploughed Fields
- Pools of Water
- Rivers and Streams
- Uneven Ground
- Yod Symbols
- The Divine Hand
- The Red Feather