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▼ Aurora Tarot What is it?
"Aurora Tarot" is an original tarot card devised by June Shibusawa （Japanese tarot reader）.
It based on the world of the extreme north where the aurora falls.
From ancient times, Aurora is believed to be "a road to connect the world to other worlds".
"Aurora Tarot" is made up of 42 cards.
Each card depicts flora and fauna, culture, and natural phenomena that live in the area where mysterious energy of aurora pours.
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"Blizzard" suddenly attacks destroys the order of the world, and cause chaos. This is a card that shows sudden change, confusion, and the invisible situation.
Inuit calls a white bear as "Nanook". The emergence of "Nanook" gives people and animals tension. But Nanook himself is a symbol of strong and free existence.
"Hekiniattu" is a word that celebrating dawn. It is drawn when polar night is over, and the sun returns to the horizon. It implies that all difficulties, sadness will fade away.
"Diamond dust" descends to the polar region in the cold morning. this card means joy, rewards and deep impression that obtained by passing through a difficult period.
"Inukshuk" is a stone statue that looks like a human figure. Inuits use this for various purposes. This can be a sign of welcome and sometimes used to deceive animals.
For polar hunters, "tea" is indispensable to quell the mind before the fight. This card means " should have some room in your mind " and "preparatory stage".
The tail of "whale" which jumped to the sea means "a visit of good fortune". This card means excitement, big opportunity, strong luck.
"Snow" is not a cold thing in polar regions in the winter season. It fulfills the role of protecting trees and animals from cold winds. This is a symbol of compassion.
"Musk ox" is big and black. They are conspicuous in place stained white with snow and ice, so they are easily attacked by enemies. Yet they take defensive craftsmanship and protect themselves well. This is a card that means unity and defense.
"Lemming" is a small animal that takes a mysterious behavior. This is a symbol of "something hard to solve". This card tells you not to hurry the elucidation.
'Igloo' is a comfortable space made of ice. This house is warm and safe because it is made by overlapping blocks of ice without any gap. This is a card that guarantees peace of mind.
"Okupiku" is the guardian defense of the forest. He overlooks the ground from above the tall trees and is watching over. It is a card that symbolizes a guardian, ruler, person who can command from above.
"Talelayu" is a mermaid living in a fictitious world. It is a symbol of imagination. It also means the importance of imagination. If you flutter the fancy wings, everything will look different.
The period when the sun does not set even at night - that is "white night". This card means "loss of boundary line". It implies a state where things can not be separated.
The surface of open water surronded by sea ice is called "Polynya", where new and old life gathers and life and death dramas are being unrolled. This card means "blessing with danger".
People who have left their friends in the hometown and gone somewhere secluded are called "Qivituk". This card implies the withdrawal and the need to shelter from the center of a scandal.
The sled pulling dogs and the musher are tied to the same destiny. They cannot go separate ways. This card means "companions whom you share the same fate" and "changing direction is impossible".
This card means “a thing blocking the road". It expresses the state of something being chaotic and also gives you the warning of "don't underestimate the situation".
"Kiviak" is a local food of Inuit which increases the taste by fermentation. This card means " a situation changing by waiting a little" or "value increases as time goes by".
The "Mirage", which occurs by the bending of light rays, is a card which means "distortion" or "misunderstanding". This card suggests that you may have a skewed vision of your current situation.
"Soapstone" mined in the polar regions is much softer than the usual ones. This card is the symbol of "ease" and indicates it is unnecessary to think deeply.
"Cladonia Cristatella" is a plant that very sensitive to contaminated air. This is a symbol of "pure heart". It implies calculation and compromise are not permitted.
When a human stands on an "ice field" that extends in an overwhelming scale, the insignificance of an individual stands out. This card means "philosophic view". It implies that worldly thoughts or the ego vanishes.
This card depicts driftwood pieces, carried by currents, about to be washed onto an unknown place. It means 'a new path opens unexpectedly'.
"Igaluk" is a name of the moon God. There is a myth in the Arctic Circle that "Igaluk", the moon God, has been chasing the sun that can never be overtaken. This card indicates "pursuit".
Normally, the rainbow has seven colors but "White Rainbow" has just one. "Monotony", "not wanting many things" and "simplicity" are shown on this card.
The "Arctic Tern" is an impressive migratory bird which travels between the north and south polar regions. This card represents "vigorousness" and "high capacity through experience".
Every snow crystal differs in size and shape. No two are exactly alike. Nothing can be replaced．This card means "preciousness" and "a diverse world".
“Purple Saxifrage” is a flower that flourishes in extreme conditions, and it occupies the barren land after glacial retreat. This card signifies prosperity, or that you can occupy the attention of the person in your mind.
38 Mother of Pearl Clouds
～Puzzle, caution, mysterious charm～
"Mother-of-Pearl Clouds" suggest a mysterious future ahead. It symbolizes a feeling that something is about to happen, you are unwilling to do something, or an uncertain situation where it is hard to decide what to do.
"Ullr" is an almighty knife used by the Inuit in the Arctic Circle. They use it until it gets fit into their hands. This is a card representing "knowledge inherited as tradition" and "indispensable things in daily life".
The extent which a ”lamp” flame lights up is much narrower than the one which the sun shines. This card means "the situation seeing only a part" or "concentration on your consciousness".
"Metamorphosis" is the card which depicts the animals to be in the process of changing to something different. This card has the meaning of "something trying to change" or "personality that can't help changing temporarily".