Tarot Zamm’s Monthly TAROT Deck Feature for June 2014 : The Navigators of the Mystic Sea by Julia Turk
I can honestly say that The Navigators of The Mystic Sea Tarot Deck by Julia Turk is one of my all time favourites.
If you search the internet and read reviews of the this deck you would see mixed reactions towards the artwork from bizaare to stunning.
Personally, I love this deck. it has inspired me to use it on many of my contemplative moods where I am able to appreciate the colours, figures and composition of the artwork, without the influence of the descriptions found in the companion book.
The Major Arcana
I find the artwork as elaborately unique, featuring figures possessing both or neither the feminine and the masculine. This for me, represents the eternal progression and union of both masculine and feminine until they lose distinction and become completely joined to give birth to a more balanced and harmonious form.
The Minor Arcana
My interaction with the deck, using it for Tarot readings, is deeply revealing and accurate. I seldom use this deck to read for my clients because I feel it would be disrespectful to try to condense the depth and breadth of the messages it is able to channel for shorter TAROT readings. I find that the deck is best used when you can allow it to reveal messages at its own time and pace. When you do this, it can amplify into focus topics you think are insignificant yet, previously unbeknownst to you, could become significantly impactful. This is why I often use it for myself, most especially when I delve into sessions for deeper self-exploration and understanding. It has always been truthful and effective for me. Be reminded though that this my personal experience. I have no idea how the Navigators of the Mystic Sea Tarot deck might interact with others’ Tarot reading.
The Court Cards
With regard to the author, Julia Turk, I have been looking for news or updates but it is puzzling to see that there is not much written about her recently. What I found was her page on the fineartamerica.com website
According to the website, “Julia Turk, was born in England. She was educated at several notable art schools such as The Ruskin School of Art, Oxford University; St. Martins School of Art, Soho, London. She studies portrait painting at the Leighton Studio in San Francisco under Margery Lester. Julia went her own way and eventually developed a visionary style based on hard edged detail, stylised images, and bizarre and unusual compositions. Many of her paintings are based on todays’ society in a subtle way.
In 1989 Julia began the artwork for the Navigators Tarot of the Mystic SEA, deck and book, which was published in 1997 by U.S. Games Systems. They handed the copyright back to Julia in 2007 and helped her to reprint 3,200 decks, over which she has sole control.
Julia spent thirty years as a yacht skipper in the Mediterranean and Caribbean and USA. She is a Certified Tarot Master with the American Tarot Association, a past member of the Association of Humanistic Psychology and a current member of the Center for Jungian Studies of South Florida.
She has given many presentations over the years, using her artwork to explain the tarot and its roots in the Hermetic Cabala. She is a student of the Cabala and teaches workshops on the subject in the hope of unifying different religions and encouraging individuals to make the most of their lives as a vision of a better world society.
Julia is currently writing a fantasy trilogy on the Navigators Tarot ‘The Navigators Dream’. Volume I ‘Riverlog’ is published and Vol II :Gulftide’ completed. Vol III ‘Seatime’ is nearly finished! Her artwork has been compared to the recent blockbuster film ‘Avatar,’ although these paintings were completed before the film was made.”