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Navigators Tarot of the Mystic Sea by Julia Turk

I am a professional astrologer and a professional tarot reader. I have been reading the tarot for many years. I believe in the cards, for they are my friends and companions. I see them every day, I hear their voices inside my head. They are a couple of friends who accompany me on my path through life, helping me, supporting me, inspiring me and showing me various paths without which I would not be able to live. How would I manage without them?

The Navigators Tarot is a deck of 78 images that are meant to be read like a narrative. It is both a charged and intense experience, and one that feels like it is unfolding in real time, as if the messages of the cards are being delivered by an oracle directly from the depths of your own subconscious mind.

The Mystic Sea Navigators Tarot is a deck for occultists who travel the Mystic Sea, “charting a path through jagged, fatal rocks and dangerous cliffs, to harbours’ welcome repose.” And after the trip was over, they went on to find new missions………………………………….. This source was researched by the Navigator. The Holy Cabalah was revealed by Hermes. From that timeless foundation, archetypes emerge as distinct symbols, which encompass this Tarot of the Mystic SEA.” (a poem by Julia Turk accompanies the deck)

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Most of the time, SEA is written in all-caps, which makes me think it’s an abbreviation, but other times, it’s a direct allusion to the Thoth-Hermetic Mystic Sea. I think I searched the LWB extensively for what SEA stands for, but I couldn’t locate it. The old Aeclectic Tarot forum stepped in to help. The Mystic SEA is the Mystic Society of Enochian Anchorites (SEA), with anchorites being basically a hermit or solitary ascetic of a religious commitment, according to this thread.

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Strength is Key 8 (albeit the Majors are unnumbered) and Destiny (Justice) is Key 11, both with the keyword “equilibration,” not to be mistaken with the deck’s Key 10, Fortune, which has the keyword “rotation.”

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The card back design, which is a painting by Turk that I saw in person, is seen in the first picture of the deck (go back up). I like the artwork, the art style, the card back design, and I don’t mind that it isn’t reversible. The layout design of the actual card back design, on the other hand, is…. White borders that are harsh and unbalanced take you out of the experience.

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Oh my goodness, the Lovers card depicting menstruation… The card’s meaning is not gendered, and it has nothing to do with romantic love, according to Turk’s objectives. On Key 6, the LWB says, “Through the mirror of vision, you may perceive that your missing portion has an identical likeness to your known part, but is also complimentary.” You will feel a great sense of excitement as a result of this inner connection, since this is your entire potential.”

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The 22 Majors, according to Turk, are “the highest and most profound” (LWB), representing strong archetypes at work in the psyche and, as a result, the underlying psychic forces that drive your choices, attitudes, and conduct. The Death card in this deck, dubbed “transformation,” represents man’s shifting states of substance. The shark is a representation of the Celtic Druids’ scythe, while the eel represents rebirth.

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The Navigators Tarot of the Mystic Sea, as Julia Turk puts it, is a Golden Dawn-inspired deck steeped in the Hermetic Cabala’s traditions (or the more popular spelling today, Qabalah). The deck was designed to be a teaching and meditation aid “in the quest for self-knowledge” (according to the LWB), not for divination, despite the fact that the LWB is mainly made up of card meanings expressed as though for divinatory reasons.

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The Majors in reverse are included in the LWB, with the inversion sequence known as the “Way of Return” and the Navigator’s Way of the Future. So, starting with the Universe card, we go on through Aeon, Sun, Moon, and Star, Tower, Devil, Empress, Arch Priestess, Magian, and finally, The Fool.

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However, the Majors in these pictures are arranged in numerical sequence from Key 0 to the Universe card, and I’m not sure whether the deck arrived in this order or if I did it myself. So there you have it.

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Turk’s painting style has Hindu and Southeast Asian elements, and it’s set in a cosmic setting with an old extraterrestrial feel. I mean it in the nicest possible manner when I say the artwork is psychedelic.

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It’s like taking hallucinogens and reading the Sun and Moon Tarot. Despite the very diverse and divergent styles, I also suggest the Sun and Moon as a similar to Navigators Tarot because I believe that if you’re fascinated by one, you’ll automatically be intrigued by the other.

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Despite the fact that the Thoth isn’t mentioned in the LWB, there’s no disputing the significant Crowley-Harris Thoth influences here. In fact, Julia Turk reminds me of a reborn Lady Frieda Harris in certain ways. I was fortunate enough to attend a tarot class given by Turk, during which she discussed her creative process as a tarot deck designer. She has an odd, equal-parts-occult-scholar-and-psychic-medium intuitive vibe that I find fascinating.

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Turk’s goal for the card ordering was to separate the courts from the pips, and then the order should be decreasing among the pips, first Ten, then Nine, Eight, and so on down to Ace, but the published order is Ace up to Ten, then Page, Knight, Queen, and King.

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The LWB that comes with this deck proves to be very helpful. I say “surprisingly” because the majority of the 30-40 page grayscale printed and stapled LWBs that come with tuckbox tarot decks are useless. This one is written in the second person and provides concrete, approachable explanations of Golden Dawn decks. I only wish there was a little more explanation of what the artist was trying to portray on the cards.

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The first edition of the Navigators Tarot was released in 1997, and it was reissued in 2007. On my edition of the deck, the paper is thin yet usable, with a glossy sheen. The work was framed by a wall of white borders, which was quite common in the 1990s. For example, the Ciceros’ Golden Dawn Ritual Tarot, Lon Milo Duquette’s Tarot of Ceremonial Magick, and others. It would be ideal if Navigators were reissued with borders similar to the Zillich Tarot.

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I recently discussed tarot decks with keywords in my review of the Bright Future Tarot, Keywords Edition. Look at Emilie Muniz’s Simplicity Tarot, Angie Green’s Simple Tarot, or the previously mentioned Zillich Tarot for more contemporary examples. The Gill Tarot, the Guardians of Wisdom, and the Vision Quest Tarot are somewhat earlier decks with some form of keywords contained in the card descriptions, but they are still in recent memory. Personally, I like tarot cards that have keywords, such as the Navigators Tarot.

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Another notable aspect of this deck is the surrealism approach to coloring the human images. The way the figures are ornamented gives a strong feeling of different civilizations, yet the purple, blue, green, and orange skintones, as well as the androgynous style, give the work a resonating universality.

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The suit of Pentacles symbolizes our five senses and their physical surroundings in the Minor Arcana. The Swords represent intelligence and the logical mind’s capacity to evaluate circumstances. The Cups dealt with emotions that run underneath the logic of the Swords– our dream experiences are the undercurrent of our waking lives. The Wands represent intuition, a talent that is all too frequently overlooked yet has a latent visionary potential.

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In Navigators, the court cards symbolize progressively higher degrees of initiation. The Page is a novice, the Knight is an expert, and the Queen and King are the suit’s priestess and priest.

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Check out the above picture for the Three of Pentacles for something that made me laugh out loud. Keep in mind that the Navigators Tarot was first published in 1997.

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The Eight of Pentacles from the Modern Witch Tarot, released in 2019, sprang to mind right away. This is a great illustration of how various generations commemorate themselves via tarot archetypes.

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Julia Turk’s Navigators Tarot of the Mystic Sea contains hard-edged, high-concept visionary pieces aimed at teaching Hermetic Cabala. Turk began painting these paintings in 1989 and worked on them for almost a decade before U.S. Games released them. Turk’s artistic goal is to “unify various faiths and encourage people to make the most of their life as a vision of a better global civilization,” according to his website.

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Following Navigators Tarot, Turk created and self-published The Navigator’s Dream, a fantasy trilogy based on the Navigators Tarot concept. In terms of the quantity of sea and boating allusions in her writings, she is a yachtswoman by profession, as well as a scholar of the Cabala and Hermeticism.

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I’d love to see a reissue of this deck, but with a completely new design. Is there anybody else who wishes to see this deck reintroduced in 2022? =)

If you like esoteric tarot cards, Julia Turk’s Navigators Tarot of the Mystic SEA is for you. It’s one of those decks that can be read by a novice with reasonable ease, but a professional tarot reader with an esoteric background will get a lot out of it as well.

If you like esoteric tarot cards, Julia Turk’s Navigators Tarot of the Mystic SEA is for you. It’s one of those decks that can be read by a novice with reasonable ease, but a professional tarot reader with an esoteric background will get a lot out of it as well.

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