The Shadowscapes Tarot – The Hierophant

Let’s continue with the tarot card interpretations, shall we? We have a long way to go, and I have 2 extra decks to interpret here for you.

Remember that what I’m about to say is just my opinion, and is not a set in stone interpretation. I also want to mention that I may not know or understand the meaning of all the elements on this card.

The Hierophant is the 5th card in the Major arcana.

What do we see?

The predominant color is vibrant yellow. The next color is green, and then purple or lilac.

Upon a closer look we see there is a tree with a human face and arms. He looks displeased.

This tree is the main character of the card. Its leaves are bright yellow, with a single green leaf.

There are a few other creatures in this image:

  • 3 lizards or salamanders that best resemble chameleons, all 3 being pink
    • 2 of them have halos and angel wings
  • 1 chameleon hidden in the purple rock/soil on which the tree grows
  • 1 fae-like creature in one of the roots of the tree
  • a ram or a big cat, on the staff the Hierophant holds. It is minuscule, thus we can barely make what type of animal that is.

There are many other elements and symbols to be seen:

  • a star and a sun, or 2 stars – on the elbow and in the ground
  • the Fibonacci spiral – in the tail of the purple chameleon, in some of the roots, on the shoulder,
  • a shell – in the purple ground
  • a crescent moon – in the ground
  • circles – behind the staff, in the ground
  • a 3rd eye – on the Hierophant’s forehead
  • berries – i think those are berries

We also see that the Hierophant has a big or quite long nose. His normal eyes are quite inquisitive, they seem to be judging as they’re only half-open.

The 3rd one is wide open and gives the impression it wants to hypnotize.

The roots of the Tree are buried deep in the soil beneath, but they didn’t become soil.

One element that can still be seen, but seems lost to the eye at the same time, is the little stone art behind the Tree. There seem to be 4 stones balanced one on top of the other, on the head of the purple chameleon. The stones also have some markings on them.

What does it all mean?

Stephanie wrote a lengthy story about this image and you can read it here, on the official page of the card.

One of the first things or feelings we get from this card is stability. This comes from the Tree itself, from its roots, from the rocks balanced one on top of another. The tree has a large crown and is old. This means it grew there over a long period of time. If anyone would want to remove this tree, they would have a very hard time doing so, due to its deep reaching roots.

Along with stability, we also get constancy. Something that is stable is also constant. There are many people who feel tranquil, safe, reassured, when things are stable and constant. For others, this can be scary as they might feel trapped.

Now, let’s not forget that the stones are balanced on the head of the chameleon. For now this animal stays still, allowing the stones to be balanced. But if the chameleon moves just a tiny bit, there’s a high possibility for the stones to fall over.

The Old Man we see in the tree’s trunk, represents someone wise, or maybe wiser than us. He could be an elder, a teacher, a spiritual leader (such as a priest, a rabbi, or what have you), or maybe even someone you look up to for guidance and knowledge.

This person could also indicate someone stubborn, stuck in the old ways. This is not always something bad. Think of it this way: we learn how to do a certain thing. Then, we discover there are more ways of doing that thing. At times, when we try a new method, the result is not the same, and we revert to the way we got used to, for good results.

Yellow and green are colors that give or bring joy and hope. Purple is a color usually reserved for royalty. On this card, i interpret these colors as ‘one could find more joy and hope is they return to the old ways.’ Here, purple is reserved for the ground. The ground is filled with mysteries, some are long forgotten, others are not fully understood, even if they’re still present in our lives.

The Tree can still bear fruits, despite its age. It can still bring forth new life. This is hinted at by the berries and the green leaves we see on it. The catch is that the leaves and fruits are actually the knowledge accumulated by the Hierophant. This knowledge can usually come forth if we ask for it and we apply it in our lives – and that is the fruit.

The person’s knowledge is hinted at by all the symbols in the purple area – moon, star, sun, Fibonacci spirals. He sits on all these symbols, therefore his insight is solid, steady, and to be trusted. You can’t go wrong by listening to the advice or stories this Elder has to share.

© Charly Cross 2020. All rights reserved.

What’s going on in Yashahime?

Many people must remember the manga and anime, Inuyasha that ran from late 1990s until late 2000s.

It now has a sequel called Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon that just started airing. And this sequel makes almost NO sense. AT ALL.

At this point, there are plot holes and many, many questions awaiting an answer.

I came up with some ideas and will present them here. Along with the questions and plot holes.

Now, this is where spoilers will come into place so read on at your own risk.

Who and Where are the Parents?

This anime has 3 main characters: Moroha, Setsuna, and Towa. Moroha is the daughter of Inuyasha and Kagome, and possesses bothdemonic and spiritual powers. Setsuna and Towa are the twin daughters of Sesshoumaru with a human woman.

The identity of the woman is not known. Some people speculated it was Rin. But it can’t be. Rin was maybe 7 or 8 years in Inuyasha. The events in the original series happened over the course of a year. Kagome returned after 3 years. This made Rin 10 or 11 years old and she was living with Kaede.

The events in Yashahime take place at least 10 years after Kagome’s return and the 3 girls are about 14 years old. Rin was still a child, therefore she couldn’t have birthed Sesshoumaru’s twins. In the first episode of Yashahime, it was revealed that Shesshoumaru “just dropped his twin children at Kaede’s place” meaning the mother is just some random woman.

The 2 girls are definitely his daughters because Setsuna looks just like him, except she has black hair and keeps her hair in a ponytail, reminiscent of Sesshoumaru’s father’s hairstyle.

None of the girls seems to know OR remember their respective parents. Setsuna is the only one with an explanation for this: a butterfly-demon stole her dreams, ability to sleep, AND memories of her past.

Some of the other characters in the show seem to know at least who is the mother of Moroha, but nobody mentions her father.

In the 4th episode, we get a glimpse of a teenage Rin suspended in the Tree of Ages/Sacred Tree. There’s also a short glimpse of another girl standing by “Kikyo” – i’m almost sure that was Kagome. The image of Rin is clearer and longer than that of the 2nd girl/woman who also talks to “Kikyo”.

Only Kaede seems to remember Kagome, as well as her parents back in modern times.

In the 5th episode of Yashahime, Myoga the flea-demon appears. He seems not to know anything about Sesshoumaru’s daughters. Kohaku and Hisui were mentioning a Traveling Monk (which is obviously Miroku, who is Hisui’s father), but they seem not to now who the monk is.

No mentions whatsoever of: Sango, Miroku, Jaken. We know Sango and Miroku had 3 children, 2 daughters and a son. Where are the girls?

Some people or items shouldn’t really exist anymore

Kaede: she was over 50 years old in Inuyasha. Se was most likely about 60-something. In Yashahime she would have been around 75. I wonder how long did people live back in those days.

Kagome’s grandfather: He was probably older than Kaede and he’s still around. Nowadays, people in Japan live very long lives, thus him still being around is not that odd.

Izayoi’s lipgloss: It’s maybe not a lip gloss, but it looks like one to me. Inuyasha’s father bought this makeup for the lips, for Inuyasha’s mother. Inuyasha gave it to Kikyo some 50 years before the events in Inuyasha. It was shown how Naraku destroyed this item. However, it made a reappearance in Yashahime, in the possession of Moroha. How?

What’s with Rin and Kagome?

Rin was my favorite character, despite being a minor one overall. She did play a very important role in Sesshoumaru’s life and development.

We all know Kagome was the reincarnation of Kikyo, in the modern times. She was dragged into the past and everything unraveled. She then returned to the modern times for 3 years and then she managed to go back to the feudal era.

Rin was killed by wolves and Sesshoumaru brought her back to life. At least twice.

However, we had a weird encounter at some point, when Jaken was poisoned and he needed a special berry about which only Jinenji knew. When Rin went to him, he was in his human form and refused to see anyone. She insisted in seeing him and he said Rin reminded him of Kagome, whom he met earlier.

This made me think that Rin was also a reincarnation of Kikyo, but in the Feudal era. When Kikyo was resurrected using part of Kagome’s soul, it was said that only one of them could be alive at the same time.

Kikyo went on “living” with souls from the dead. Rin was killed but then resurrected as well. This happened after Kagome came to the Feudal times.

So, what if Kagome returning to the Feudal era after 3 years actually caused something to happen to Rin? Of course this was not on purpose and was not planned. It was only because the soul of a person can reside in just 1 body at any given time.

I hope we’ll have all the answers by the end of this new show.

©Charly Cross 2020; Pictures belong to their respective creators.

Shadowscapes Tarot – The Wheel of Fortune

The Wheel of Fortune is a rather important card, in my opinion.

It’s classic meaning refers to destiny, fate, turning points, movement, change, patterns, and cycles. This card reminds us that “what goes around comes around.”

What do we see?

The main color is yellow, with hints of blue and purple.

In the center of the card there is a big wheel/circle decorated with what seems to be Celtic knots, a sun/star right at its center, surrounded by a what looks like a stylized snowflake.

Half of the wheel looks faded, though it’s probably some mist or fog that gives this impression. The other half has better defined colors, hence it looks darker.

The wheel appears to be set on a wall, that has 2 perfectly round openings: one at the top left and one towards the bottom right. Through the top opening we can see a crescent moon and a few stars. Through the bottom opening we see a tree branch and something that looks like some star-shaped flowers, weed-like.

There is also a flower under this wheel, but in front of it. At the bottom of the image, we see a “bed” of blue roses.

There are no main characters on this card, with the exception of a few little faeries. About 10 of them. One of them, holds a skull and analyses it, in a pose reminiscent of Shakespeare’s famous “To be or not to be?” scene.

There are several squares on the wall. These squares are grouped together in 3 clusters.

If you want a good or a closer look at this card, click here.

What can it all mean?

The meaning of this card is pretty clear: everything in this world comes and goes. Only a few things are there permanently.

There are a few elements that point to this fact or reality:

  • coming/leaving:
    • The wheel, as it’s not meant to stay still, it goes round and round
    • The flowers – first they bloom, then they fade, then they die, and they bloom again
    • The moon: it has a cycle of about 28 days of waning and waxing
    • The snowflake: it melts really fast and even though there are no 2 snowflakes alike, they’re always replaced and they come back every winter.
  • constant/permanent:
    • The squares in the wall – they are just there, and nobody knows why.
    • The round holes
    • ‘The Celtic knot – following the pattern in its design, you’ll never find a way to un-knot it, thus it stays knotted forever.
    • The plants – it’s pretty difficult to get rid of them
    • The waning and waxing cycle of the moon happens every month

This card appears to remind us that any point of the wheel can only go this low or high. After that, the point will go upwards or downwards, depending on where it was. This means we should always be prepared for good and bad periods in life.

In this deck, this card has the 10th position. 10 is another good representation of the situation i just mentioned: 0=nothing, loss, while 1=something, win.

The squares on the wall seem to remind us to think outside the box when we’re low. Only like that we can find a way to go up gain.

The blue roses make me think that even when we’re feeling at our lowest, we can still find beauty in things or create beauty from our sadness and sorrow. There are, after all, many works of art, novels, songs, and poetry, that were created when the author was feeling low or even depressed.

© Charly Cross 2020. All rights reserved.

Shadowscapes Tarot – Ten of Swords

We continue interpreting the Shadowscapes Tarot. This time we have the Ten of Swords.

What do we see?

The card is split almost in half based on color: the upper part is crimson-red and the lower part is purple with hints of yellow.

We then see a human figure that makes us think of The Fool card. The figure looks away from us, and it also seems as if she doesn’t have a face. She seems to have tattoos on her upper arms, as well as a red ribbon on each arm. 

She wears a large piece of cloth, white/yellow in color. it seems to be breaking apart, and turn crimson. She has long blond hair. Her body is also twisted in a quite unnatural manner as well. 

There are no actual swords to be seen. Instead some 10 black birds with abnormally long tails form the swords. Or is it blood? These birds broke through the cloth. There are at least 3 holes in the veil made by these birds.

The birds are not still, they’re flying. Either away from the veil, or towards it. We even see one bird emerging from one hole. in another hole, we see the beak of another bird. 

At the bottom of the image we see some trees bare of leaves, and a crescent moon, like a boat.  One of the trees, the one at the feet of the female, is split into 2 main branches, reminiscent of the High Priestess card. 

What do these elements suggest?

To get a better understanding of what the inspiration for this card was, you can check out the official page

The overall impression i get from this card is being in a nightmare. Probably trying to break free from it. Perhaps the fall will help. It’s possible that the nightmare ended, but we still feel trapped in it somehow. 

To fully be free, we really have to stop bringing back memories, old arguments, and stop using the same patterns as we did over and over.

Breaking free is not an easy process, and some people can do it easier (the birds) while others not so much (the female figure). Those who have a hard time letting go, have a complacent attitude and don’t really try. 

But, if we don’t let go of the past, it will only be more and more difficult to carry, and there will be no help. What’s more, the others might even separate themselves from us. 

Not letting go means we’re also not able to move, because our old patterns hold us down and we don’t even realize it. Because we’re so used to them, we feel comfortable. 

The red in this card is not bright and vibrant. It is crimson, dark, and muddy. This can only suggest struggles. 

The character might even be lying either to herself or to others, about her hardships. She tries to keep a clean and bright appearance, but there are signs that let out something else. 

The birds are her pain and sorrows. She lets them out through her words – spoken words “fly” just like the birds; meaning they’re not stable or memorable. They’re also dark somehow. 

What do we pay attention to?

The red ribbon. Always this red ribbon. 

The character doesn’t have the tools nor the interest to set herself free. Her comfort in the situation is more than obvious. It’s probably all she knows currently. She might not even be ready to set herself free. nor to be set free.

We can only observe for now. She probably needs more time to make up her mind. 

© Charly Cross 2020. All rights reserved.

Shadowscapes Tarot – Seven of Swords

Welcome to another tarot card interpretation. Or sorts of. This is the Seven of Swords in the Shadowscapes Tarot.

As if the title didn’t already say it. But here I am, repeating myself because … I’m not sure why.

What do we see?

This card is mostly purple with hints of muddy blue and yellow. and white.

My eyes look first at the lightest parts of the card. And this is when i realize that the white part is actually a swan.

The bird is with its back at the viewer, wings spread and looking to the right. I don’t think the swan is trying to take flight. It looks rather startled, or perhaps she just landed.

She stands on a pile of big rocks, surrounded by 6 swords. One of them is barely noticeable. All the swords look more like crosses.

One of them is somehow standing above all the others. Behind it, the muddy/yellowish light can be seen, and forms a spiral (Fibonacci hint).

These swords impaled on a pile of rocks makes me think of the scene of the crucifixion, in the Bible. Also, the swan could also be embracing the light, or somehow praying to the cross. This is not the first time this happens in this deck or suit. (But at the time I’m writing this interpretation, I have yet to interpret other Swords cards).

The swan’s head appear upside-down to me. I could be mistaken. In any case, birds have quite flexible necks. This bird seems not to care at all about what happens around her, just her cross.

There is also a human-like figure. He’s wearing a black mask with a beak and has black wings. He has blonde hair and non-human legs. His legs seem to be more like those of a reptile.

He is holding and inspecting the 7th sword. He appears to have stolen this sword, and tried to make sure he got the correct one. or maybe the sharpest one?

The mask has red ribbons attached. He appears to be smirking.

There are at least 4 other birds, corvids, i believe. Although 1 or 2 of them look(s) more like a pigeon to me. These other birds seem interested in the sword as well.

We can also see a few more swirls or spirals. One of them to the right of the human-like character, the others on the swords.

What can it all point to?

This card seems to make a reference to the Book of Genesis, with the act of creation of the world in 7 days. But also to a later book of the Bible when God gives the commandment to guard the 7th day as holy, setting it apart for the humans, for the first time.

The problem is that here we have 2 swords set aside. This implies duality. The duality is reinforced by the light behind the sword adored by the swan, and the darkness of the character stealing a sword. He is himself dual, as his hair is blonde and yet he has black wings, mask and legs. He is half human and half supernatural being or demon (for all we know).

The trick is that the stolen sword is the separated one. The adored sword has another one by its side. Though we can barely see it.

The mask hides his identity and therefore intentions. We don’t know if he is even able to see through his mask. Could he be blinded by something?

We have to remember that we have a story of Lucifer, the Morning Star, who fell from grace and took with him a third of the angels. In a way, he stole those angels. This card made me think of that story.

The swan was too absorbed in her adoration of the cross to notice the thief. The black birds seem to be happy for his success, though it doesn’t seem like he had to work hard for it.

What can it all mean?

From the Rider-Waite deck, we know this card is about a thief, someone who could be sneaky, is 2-faced. This card perfectly interprets all this.

Because we have the red ribbon in here, we know we should be wary of the thief. Or of our surroundings. Thieves are sneaky after all, and if we’re too absorbed into or distracted by just 1 thing (such as a job), we could miss the point when something or someone dear to us is taken from us. Or departs – such as children leave the house to live their own lives.

Remember that when a duality is present, this means that there’s a lack of a balance or measure.

If you’re going on a trip, make sure to not to take the most valuable items with you. Instead, take items that you won’t mind getting separated from. Of course, the most valuable ones, such as wallet and documents should always be in your possession or on your person.

© Charly Cross 2020. All rights reserved.

Shadowscapes Tarot – Seven of Cups

Some cards are easier to interpret compared to others.

The Seven of Cups in the Shadowscapes Tarot deck is one of the easy ones. Or is it?

What do we see?

In the Shadowscapes deck, the Seven of Cups is mostly blue in color. There is also a bit of white and a bit of golden/yellow.

Almost in the middle, we see a couple standing on a cliff. The cliff seems to be trailing off into a far away mountain cliff. This mountain has a castle on it. There is a closer mountain with another castle at its top.

The female figure looks up to the sky, and points to a floating piece of land on which a tree is growing and offers shade to another castle. The male figure is looking into a blueprint scroll of sorts.

At their feet we can see 2 snail shells, pointing to the Fibonacci symbolism. Then, 7 cups of various shapes and sizes, are standing in a curved row, on the ground.

We also see a red ribbon coiled around her waistline. Her belly appears rounded, but motherhood doesn’t seem to be something she is interested in.

The both of them ignore both the castles and the cups, as well as one another, though they stand side by side.

Behind the female’s head we can see a crescent moon with at least 6 stars (that look like the symbols used for the Pentacles suit).

There is another star/pentacle in the blueprint scroll.

What does it all mean?

This card points to several things:

  1. (Day) dreaming or creativity – the female points to a floating tree. We all know trees don’t float. Usually dreamers are rather creative people.
  2. Goals that are difficult to attain – The pointing to a floating tree gives the impression she wants to go or be there. But the tree floats, and the couple has no means of getting there, unless the blueprint gives some solution.
    • The castles are also difficult to reach because one is so far, it’s not even clear the road goes to it. There is also no indication that the closer castle is any easier to reach, for the mountain is very steep and there doesn’t seem to be any way to it (unless you’re a rock climber).
  3. A couple that wants different things – the female looks at the sky (which can symbolize the future), while the male reads the blueprint which can stand for the present moment.
  4. Too many choices – In this card there are at least 4 choices to be made. 3 of them revolve around choosing and reaching a castle. The 4th one is to let all that go and try something else.

We already know that the Cups represent emotions, intuition, relationships, mystery, and even religion.

From Christianity (and not only), we know that 7 is a sacred number, as God completed creating the world in 6 days, and rested on the 7th. This aspect seems to be shown in this Shadowscapes card through the 6 stars in the sky and the 7th “resting” in the scroll.

In this context, you have to look back at what you’ve been through and see if or what you learned from all that. This is especially true when something concludes.

To be able to look at what you’ve been through, you need to rest a bit, so that your mind will clear and your emotions to calm down.

If you’re still in the middle of events, you’ll most likely have to do one of the following (or perhaps a combination of actions):

  • Stay steadfast within
  • Work (very) hard to get what/where you want
  • Take control of the situation and manage (at least) your responsibilities.

The seventh card is related to the Chariot which says basically the same things as this card.

Shadowscapes Tarot – Ace of Cups

The first things we see on this card are the big yellow fish, faes and the elegant cup. Some fish seem to fly or float above the cup while others swim under it.

Blue and gold are the main colors of the card. None of the fish or the faes are looking at us. 

These are some things to consider when dealing with the Ace of Cups [from the official page]:

The water element. Deep feelings, intimacy, compassion, love.

For me, this suite is rather sad, melancholic. Sometimes almost void of life.

I can say this especially about this card: just look at these details.

There are other things to consider regarding the card. You can read more over here. So what does the Ace card usually indicate when reading the tarot? 

According to my research, the Ace is the root force, the spark or seed of the suite they belong to. These cards are related to the Magician. 

Additionally, they symbolize the beginning as well, since when we start counting, we begin with number one. The alphabet starts with the letter A, which is often seen on playing cards. 

These cards have no purpose here, they have only full, raw potential, while pointing to a future that can be obtained. 

You can clearly see this aspect as the fish seem to use the cup to go from the water underneath to the water/air above.

The Cups are related to the emotions, intuition, relationships, mystery and religion.

What do the colors tell us?

As mentioned, there are 2 main colors seen on this card: blue and yellow or gold.

BLUE

<<Blue is a cool and calming color that shows creativity and intelligence. […]  loyalty, strength, wisdom and trust. […]  calming effect on the psyche. >> read more over here

YELLOW:

<< happiness and optimism. […]  creativity. […]  self-depending color, not being connected to emotional feelings. >> read more over here.

For even more color symbolism, check out this page

Aspects to remember

Since the Ace hold raw potential of a possible future, you can’t really interpret this card alone in a reading. You’ll probably need at last 1 more to help you understand the message. 

Depending on the situation, the person you read to, the question asked, you could interpret this card alone, but it can be difficult. 

I’ll give you 1 example:

Say, a client comes and asks about the future with this new person they met. This card obviously relates to the situation: it can indicate a pretty love story, full of emotions… but careful there!

These emotions will not always be happy ones, since in this particular deck, there seems to be a lot of sadness in these Cups. If you pull out another card, you can better understand the message in front of you.

You can also try and see how does the client look: happy and excited, or anxious and unsure? Things can go either way even if they look happy and excited. However, if they look anxious and unsure, that’s a clear sign that this new relationship will only bring them tears. And not happy ones.

Again, depending on the situation, if you pull out this card, it can mean that this is a good time to start acting towards a goal. Even a long term one. 

Reviewing 2 Short Films (with spoilers)

Short films are sometimes under-rated: almost nobody pays attention to them, but sometimes they can surely pack a punch.

“Toyland” (2015)

This is a short film by Jochen Alexander Freydank, and is spoken in German. You can watch it at this Youtube link. There are English subtitbles, if you don’t speak German.

Spoilers ahead!

Around the World War II, a Jewish boy, David, and a German boy, Friedrich, are friends and learn how to play the piano together. One day, Friedrich sees David’s mother upset and asks his own why. She says that his friend’s family will have to leave soon to “Toyland.” Friedrich wants to go there as well, despite his mother telling him he cannot go. He runs away from home and his mother realizes where he might have gone. She makes it in time to the train station and manages to convince the Nazi soldiers her son was accidentally put on the train that was about to leave towards the concentration camp. She makes David come to her, by calling him “son” in front of everyone. David’s parents are shocked to hear and see all this, but they reluctantly let and push David towards her. David is thus saved from the horrors of the concentration camp and lives with Friedrich until old age. 

This short film is 13 minutes and 55 seconds long, including the credits. At least 12 minutes of it is full of emotions and more:

  • The desire of a little boy to go to a “dreamland”
  • A mother’s despair seeing her son has gone missing
  • Hatred against Jews
  • The pain of some parents giving up their son, in hopes for a (better) future for him
  • Nostalgia
  • Courage
  • Friendship

So many emotions punching you all at once in this film is surreal.

Rating: 5/5 stars – go watch it, after all it’s so short it fits in your lunch break!

“Confusions of a Wasted Youth” (2017)

Confusions of a Wasted Youth is a film by Youtuber Karolina Żebrowska. It’s her graduation short film.

This film is spoken in English, can be watched here and Karolina herself analyses it in this video.

There is little dialog in this short film, and most of what happens should be understood through imagery, acting, and actors’ face expressions.

Karolina says she understood now everything that is wrong with her production, but I say she’s only partially right.

For instance, she picks on the clothes she chose. What I didn’t mention was that this film is supposed to be a comedy set in the Victorian times.

Karolina points out that the chosen clothes were modern and not at all similar to those from the chosen time period.

The untrained eye, in my opinion, wouldn’t realize this, not at first glance. Even if they realize it, they’ll be bothered by other aspects more, like it bothered me, see the 2 points below:

  • For instance, the main character works as a maid. The mansion she works in, however, has little furniture and looks rather abandoned. This is very confusing: is the family impoverished that they had to sell the furniture? If so, how do they afford a maid?
  • At the beginning of the film, the maid goes in one of the storage rooms to take something she needed. The camera angle at this point is VERY bad in my opinion. The camera should have been lowered or set further from the focus point.

Karolina points out they used a printed image to “act” as a painting, and this can be seen clearly. She blames the tiny budget she had, and this can be partially forgiven.

She doesn’t like the long scenes without dialog, one after the other. These didn’t bother me at all. I think that when done well, they can tell the story quite well, or maybe better than the dialog can.

Rating: 2.5/5 stars – i think you need to know before-hand what this film is all about, to be able to enjoy it or understand it.

©Charly Cross 2013 – present. All rights reserved.

Little Update – May 18th, 2020

Hello, readers!

I just wanted to let everyone know that I signed up for the Amazon affiliate program.

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Shadowscapes Tarot – The Lovers VI

The first thing to know about this card is that it is misleading tarot readers, especially those who are new to it.

The traditional meaning is “Union, balance, energy, flow, passion, melding of heart and mind, forming a union or marriage. ” read more here.

In reality, this card, at least in this deck, warns about a breakup or a choice that one must do and that could lead to a separation.

Pay attention to how the couple kisses: his eyes are open as if to check his partner is still there, or as if he knows he’s going to lose her for good.

She’s also reaching for a golden crown that 2 birds are flying away with. This means she’s thinking more of the material world than the spiritual. Or emotional. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but it also doesn’t mean she’ll be happy while being surrounded by all the comfort riches can bring.

She already has a crown on her head and another one in her hand, and she obviously can’t wear all 3 at the same time, nor does she have 3 heads. The ones she already has are made of flowers, which means they’ll fade in time.

The one on her head might be made of silver, as it looks gray/white. This means that she longs to be of a higher social status by reaching out towards the golden crown.

They’re surrounded by temptation, one of them right at their feet and has religious symbols, from the Book of Genesis with the snake and the apple.

There is a little humanoid creature that seems to push the snake away a little bit, so that the couple can have their moment. This little creature wonders if their love is pure and if they will fall for temptations, as a closer look reveals it’s the little creature holding the apple:

The card is full of symbols:

  • suns everywhere – above them, on his clothes,
  • circles – at least 4. – 2 of those circles are around the 2 suns
  • the red ribbon -one with which the gold crown is taken away, 2 tied in her hair, 1 in her hand,
  • flowers – calla lilies and roses, at their feet and on the wall behind them,
  • 3 acorns on the wall,
  • 4 pigeons
  • 3 falling feathers
  • 3 crowns
  • a single red heart right at the bottom of the image. It’s so small, one could miss it.

Her dress has stars on it too. This seems to oppose his Sun.

Other oppositions are:

  • Hair: she has black hair – he’s blonde
  • Clothes: Her clothes are dark in color (purple) – his clothes are white (light) colored
  • She holds a crown, he holds a single flower
  • Her ribbons and his belt

This card really seems to be telling us that the choice we have to make is hard. It’s also possible that this card tells us to follow our hearts, and gut feeling. It’s possible, that the couple reached this point after following the path laid out by their hearts.

Or is it that one of them dropped their heart (desires, most likely him, in the image) to follow her? Hence she’s reaching towards the crown.

In any case, this choice is not without regrets, but it has to be made.

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3 Romanian cakes -Originally Published on ObscureJourney

Hello World!

This is just the intro to the full blog entry found on ObscureJourney blog. Find the link below, along with a picture preview of one of the cakes!

The title says it all: today i want to show you 3 Romanian cakes. These cakes can be found in any cake shop and even at the supermarket. Or this was my experience so far.

If you ever find yourself in Romania, I think you should try these cakes, but try and make sure you buy them from a cake shop: they taste better there, for some reason, compared to the ones in supermarkets. Ana Pan is where you’ll probably find the best tasting cakes, at least in Bucharest.

i should mention that we do have many other types of cakes available, but i’ll present the ones that are specific to Romania, and not imported.

to show the Savarina cake from Romania.
Savarina cake from Romania

Ok, enough rambling: CLICK HERE to read the rest of the presentation!

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