The Shadowscapes Tarot – 3 of cups

Hey everyone!

Today it’s time we look at another tarot card interpretation. This time, it’s the Three of Cups from the now-familiar Shadowscapes Tarot deck.

I don’t know what else to say as an intro, so I’ll jump into things.

What do we see?

The first thing we see is the main color of the card, blue. There is another color or mix of 2 colors that stand out: green or green/yellow.

The next things we see on this card are the 3 mermaids, each holding a cup. One or two of them appear to be pouring a liquid from their cups into the cup of the 3rd mermaid.

We can only see what’s inside two of the cups. The contents of the 3rd cup are concealed from our view due to the angle. We also cannot see the face of the mermaid holding this cup as she’s facing the other 2 and thus we can only see her back.

We can only see the complete face of one of the mermaids and half of the face of another. These are the ones seeming to pour liquid from their cups into the 3rd. While the gesture of pouring appears, there’re no drops spilling out of their cups.

But what if instead of wanting to pour into the 3rd mermaid’s cup, they stopped pouring? And what if the 3rd mermaid wants to pour out her cup?

All the mermaids have long and wavy hair. Their hair endings form spirals. The color of their hair is white with blue and gray.

The tail part of their bodies is in the water, while their torsos are out of the water. The water appears like a whirlpool around them. At the same time, the whirlpool forms a perfect circle around them.

Another element we see is that these mermaids have extremely long tails. Their tails are also braiding at the ends.

What Does it Mean?

We know that blue is usually associated with sadness. The overall image in this card does look a bit sad.

The color green is often associated with life, new beginnings, and even money.

There’s a sense of mystery, as we see the mermaids, which are mystical creatures. Additionally, what they do is also mysterious. It could be a pagan or some other type of ritual. The mystery is deepened by the fact that one of the creatures is not facing us and we can’t see what’s in her cup either.

The feeling of mysticism is increased by the circle created by the whirlpool. Circles are associated with witches usually. However, circles have the power to protect those who stay inside of it [during the rituals]. If you know any physics, you know that cylinders [round pillars] are rather strong when compared to pillars of other shapes.

Their tails are braided. Their action and their braided tails give us the impression they’ll always be together. This feeling is intensified by the ritual.

Their action can also mean that 2 of them welcome the 3rd one in their group. This could point to a new encounter, or maybe the number of your family members will increase.

Thi card can also tell you that if you get an idea, you’ll have to take care of it, nourish it. This means that some plans must be thought out carefully before being put into practice.

Remember that the cards of the Minor Arcana can be related to the Major Arcana. The threes are connected to the Empress. [this entry needs editing]

I said earlier: <And what if the 3rd mermaid wants to pour out her cup?> Considering this suite is related to emotions, intuition, relationships, this card could also point to a breakup or separation. This is accentuated by the blue [sad color] of the card. In any case, to make sure this is the “true” meaning of this card, you have to evaluate the other cards around it, as well.

©Charly Cross 2013 – present. All rights reserved.

Exquisa Creation gegrilltes GEMUSE -tasting

Hi everyone!

This entry first appeared in July of 2015, on my old blog dedicated to cooking. I abandoned that blog when i “rebranded” so to speak. Through the “rebranding,” I moved most of the entries from my former 2 blogs to my current one, ObscureJourney.

But then, I re-split my blog to have this site dedicated to reviews. This food review was somehow overlooked, along with a few other recipes.

As far as I can tell, the name of this food product is German, a language I don’t speak. There are 2 dots over the U in Gemuse, that my current keyboard can’t type. If you read this and you’re German, I’m sorry, I really don’t mean to offend. I have no idea what this says, but the lid shows some rather yummy ingredients. Between you and me, ALL foods are being photoshopped in the pictures to look more yummy, so this is normal.

The picture i used on my previous blog.


Remember my first food review? Well, it’s not food, it’s a snack.. and this thing right here is basically the same thing as the first one I talked about on my blog. It’s a paste you spread on bread and then you eat.. either as is or warmed up in the oven.


I’m not entirely sure, but the picture shows some aubergines (or eggplants) and the cream itself had large pieces of onion, some red pieces of something – perhaps red bell pepper?, and I forgot what else. I’m writing this some 5 days after I had it, as I had many things going on in my life.


The short answer is 175 grams. I was able to spread it decently on 9 slices of bread made especially for toast and I was still left with some – perhaps enough for 3 more slices? In any case, I can only fit 9 such slices in my oven when I want to toast bread.

taken from my previous blog.


The cream itself looks VERY unappetizing. My picture-taking skills are bad, so the image below will look even more nasty. I apologize for this. The lid shows a rather creamy texture, almost like buttercream, but the reality was way different: quite dense, almost like butter that you remove from the fridge and you wait 10 minutes to soften so you can spread it over bread.


It tastes like onions.. and something else. I couldn’t tell what else though. It also needed more salt.

I hated it. Not because of the onion, but because it tasted so weird, I couldn’t make out any flavor. I thought it was supposed to taste like cheese, but no, it didn’t. Maybe I’m not used to my food tasting like this. I tried it with a slice of tomato on top, and that made it tastier. Somehow the unheated slice tasted somewhat better.

My friend (currently my fiance, who also tried it) said it wasn’t that bad. So, I assume it all comes down to each person’s taste buds.


Goodness, no. Sorry. I can’t remember its price, but not even a 50% off promotion will convince me to buy it again. The store had another flavor of this thing, but I believe it had garlic and while I may eat some onion now and then [and being scared of the consequences as well] I really won’t touch garlic. Just sniffing it makes me sick. So there will be no review for the 2nd flavor, not from me.

Just like the other spread, you could easily feel full by eating a few slices of bread with this thing on. I would recommend some pizza instead.

I don’t know how helpful this review was, but I hope it sheds some light and your next grocery trip will be easier.

See you next time!

©Charly Cross 2013 – present. All rights reserved.

The Shadowscapes Tarot – Two of Swords

Hello people!

Today we have another tarot card interpretation. Today we have the Two of Swords from the same Shadowscapes deck i own. This entry doesn’t have snippets of the card, because they’re broken on the official site. Instead, i used another image i found on there. If you want to see the card for yourself, please use the link above. 

What do we see?

This card is rich as far as the imagery goes, including the colors used.

I can’t really say there is something that jumps at me first when I look at the card. I’ll mention first the colors i see: purple, brown, yellow, dark gray, and some off-white.

There’s a human figure in the middle/lower half of the card. It wears a long hooded cloak and it holds 2 swords that are crossed. His arms are also crossed.

The figure seems to be facing some branches, but they’re actually to his right, while another single branch is to his left. On a closer look, we can see that he fully blocks the path between the branches. The path appears to be going to a magical place.

Behind him, we can see a swan that holds an orange flower in its beak. This swan also wears what appears to be a necklace with 3 bells.

On one of the branches that are at his right, we can see another swan perching and she’s looking at the human below. In front of the perched swan, we see a heart hanging from a red string. This link takes you to the page where I talk more about the meaning of the red string.

On the branches, around the human figure, we can see little faeries, most of them looking at the human as well. out of the 6 faeries i was able to count, maybe 2 or 3 are looking elsewhere.

There are also a few other elements: green leaves, a hummingbird (i think), a crescent moon resting with its ‘belly’ up. Furthermore, we can also see 2 purple branches. these are high and blend with the sky.

image belongs to Stephanie Pui-Mun Law and it was found on the page of the 2 of swords card, link above.

Interestingly enough, none of the branches have leaves or flowers of any kind on them.

Other elements that can be noticed but perhaps not everyone would pay attention to, are:

  • a full but not perfect circle around the crescent, made by all the branches
  • the various twigs that curl a bit into Fibonacci spirals.
  • the light that surrounds the little faeries
  • quite a few dual elements:
    • 2 swans
    • 2 swords
    • sky and earth
    • light and dark

What does it all mean?

One of the easiest elements to decipher is the duality. This points to a choice the querrent needs to make. This card doesn’t say which choice is better, per see but points at it. It also says that the decision must be made. This choice makes me think of the Lovers card where the characters lose something by choosing their path.

The position of the character suggests that the querrent reached a point where something or someone blocks them from making a choice. it’s highly possible that the person for whom the reading is has to make a choice that will completely change their lifestyle.

This interpretation could make one think of Death. I have yet to interpret this card. 

I think that the key to a better choice is the heart. Where is the heart of the querrent? Remember that the red string is associated with “what’s fated, what’s meant to happen to us.” Following one’s heart will put in motion a string of events that will feel like magic.

Even though you should follow your heart when making this particular choice, you shouldn’t forget your intellect. One can follow their dreams in more than one way, especially at this point in time.

image belongs to Stephanie Pui-Mun Law, found here

The bells on the swan’s neck as well as the swords are meant to remind one to use their brain when choosing, even if they follow their heart. The person must know and pros and cons of each choice. Even when choosing the magical path, one can have some hurdles and not everything will be 100% perfect. This is pointed at by the imperfect circle, the bells, the barely-there Fibonacci spirals.

For example, one wants to be a teacher. They can go to school and get all the credentials needed to teach others in a traditional setting (school). This path can be long and difficult, but not very rewarding. They can still get the needed credentials and become a private tutor. This path is still quite difficult but can be more rewarding in the belong run. The same person can skip the credentials and start an online class, either through a blog or videos, that they could be paid for. Combining the 2nd and 3rd options is also possible. in any case, in this example, the person has at least 4 possible ways in which they can teach others. No matter the option, the person’s future life could be equally stressful, but the rewards will be different.  

Personally, i can’t see in this card, the “classic interpretation” of <denial of truth>.

The card can point to a clashing of ideas and blocked emotions. But this interpretation should be considered based on the other cards as well as the question asked.

  1. Clash of ideas: The querrent needs to find another way to convince others that their vision is better (in the long run).
  2. Blocked emotions: the querrent might need some time or courage to face those emotions. Facing emotions is easier done at night.

This is all I have for this card. See you next time!

©Charly Cross 2013 – present. All rights reserved.

The Shadowscapes Tarot – Nine of Swords

Hello again!

Another tarot card interpretation is here! I hope soon i’ll have another movie or book review as well. I have quite a few of those in the works, so.

Ok, so if you want to see this card in all its glory, you can go to the official page. Otherwise, you’ll have to rely on what i say and show you.

What do we see?

One of the first things we see is the dominant color, a dark hue of blue with white in the middle. The blue part looks like swirling clouds. Crows fly into that swirl.

Lowering my gaze, i see a male angel figure – he has a white wing (his left one) and a wing that appears to be gray (the right one). The darker color could be because of the shadows of the clouds, I’m not sure.

A crow appears to land on his white wing. Some people could interpret the position as taking off. In total, we can count 14 crows.

There are no obvious swords in sight, except the one he’s holding. Upon a closer look, the others are tattooed on his chest.

He is partially covered with a blue cloth with purple trim. the sword he’s holding onto (with both hands) has its sheath on and a red ribbon swirling around it. Part of the red ribbon also wraps around his right hand.

The angel’s hair is short and blond. It is long enough to see it flow in the wind a little bit. He looks away from us, and towards the sky.

The bottom of the image is mostly purple.

Image is taken from the official page of the tarot.

What does it all mean?

The Swords in the tarot are related to intellect, reason, ratio, justice, morality, and nobility. The nine’s in the tarot are related to the Hermit.

The usual interpretation of the card doesn’t seem to apply to this image.

What i personally see is a person who has been through a rough time – the dark clouds and crows above, but somehow behind him. Crows are omnivores, carrion birds, but also opportunistic. They’re also highly intelligent.

Perhaps the 13 flying crows indicate some sort of enemies, people who took or might take advantage of this character. Or perhaps the crows gave him the sword. (Crows are known to start bringing gifts to the people feeding them.)

His body looks well built. This indicates he’s strong or at least stronger than before.

Despite a rough past, he still looks up and keeps his head up high. There’s hope surrounding him – purple, yellow, and there’s also a light at the end of the tunnel. Literally in this case. His wings are spread out, almost ready to take off.

He holds his word with both of his hands even though his demeanor appears somehow shy. At the same time, now he’s not afraid to fight anymore.

All this may indicate that if you work hard enough, you’ll get what you want. You might even be closer to the object of your desire than you might think.

©Charly Cross 2013 – present. All rights reserved.

The Shadowscapes Tarot – Queen of Swords

Hello everyone!

I thought I’d come here and talk about the Queen of Swords from the Shadowscapes tarot deck.

I’m not even half-way done with these entries, and i have 2 more decks to try and interpret, as you all may remember.

So, what do we see?

When picking up this card, i see 2 main things: the main character, the Queen, and the dominant color, pale yellow.

Let’s talk about these in order, shall we?

The Queen wears a long and flowy dress. There seems to be a gust of wind blowing her dress a little bit. The color of the dress is also pale yellow.

She is a supernatural being because she has wings. Her wings are barely noticeable due to their color that blends in with the background.

The Queen doesn’t appear to be aware of what surrounds her, just what is in front of her.

Speaking of the nature around her, there are 3 purple calla flowers at the Queen’s feet. They stand out against the pale yellow seen everywhere else. There are additional calla flowers present, but they’re white.

There are also 2 birds at her feet, facing towards her back. A 3rd bird rests on her left shoulder, facing the same direction as she does.

These birds are some sort of storks or other similar-looking birds. – I’m not sure what birds they are.

The Queen appears to be releasing or receiving some butterflies.

She also holds something that looks more or less like a bow. However, we can’t see any swords.

On her head, she wears something that looks like a golden crown. This is only fit for a Queen.

What does it all mean?

Color-wise, purple is associated often with royalty. Obviously, this makes sense since this is the Queen of this suite. The swords, of which we can’t see any on this card, are linked to the intellect, reason, ratio, justice, morality, and nobility. All these attributes are connected to royalty.

Someone of royal descent, or somehow connected to royalty, is often perceived as elegant, well mannered. Often, they can also be seen as uptight and conservative.

This card, like all the others in the court, could represent either the querrent or someone in their life, most often a female.

In tarot, the Queen is related to the Empress and to the element of water. Water is usually a creative force, though it can also easily destroy. Creativity brings the option to grow, develop, or/and improve.

If she releases the butterflies, it means she spreads hope, as often butterflies signify hope. Hope and creativity together can be a key to success.

Creativity is seen all around the Queen through the flowers, birds, and butterflies. These are acts of creation, or they may create more nature and beauty.

Besides the purple calla flowers, we also see white ones, which are usually used in weddings. A wedding is also an act of creation because a new family gets formed. Additionally, the couple starts a new chapter in their life. A wedding is one of the major events in a person’s life.

The birds look like some storks to me. In some beliefs or stories, storks bring babies. Babies are also part of creation. For most people, babies/kids/children bring hope and happiness.

Maybe, upon a closer look, these birds could be swans. I’m not sure of what swans could be representing. I associate them with grace and beauty.

If she releases/sends butterflies away, she gives the impression of being generous.

The overall sensation/feeling we get from this card is peace/fullness. This comes from the pale yellow color. Additionally, there’s also a feeling of sadness, still because of this color.

This is all i have for now.

©Charly Cross 2013 – present. All rights reserved.

The Shadowscapes Tarot – Four of Pentacles

In today’s tarot card interpretation, we have Four of Pentacles.

What do we see?

Off the bat, there are not many elements to notice, unlike other cards.

The first thing we see is the color. It’s green with hints of yellow and some hints of blue. There is also a bit of purple on the dragon.

Upon closer inspection, we see a branch in the upper left part of the card and a dragon curling on a large coin.

2 more coins are resting against the base of the dragon’s tail. These are smaller than the one the dragon holds onto. The 4th coin is maybe balanced on the top of the dragon’s tail.

This 4th coin is red and harder to see. I literally was just looking for it for some seconds.

The next elements I notice, are some faerie figures on the branch I mentioned, as well as 2 or 3 chameleons with wings still on the branch.

Another element we can easily see, are the spirals in the tails of the dragon and reptiles.

Behind the dragon, some branches appear as more of a bush.

The least noticeable element is in the upper right corner – a few green leaves.

What does it all mean?

Nowadays, we associate purple with royalty. We associate green with money, and gold with luxury.

Some even see the dragon as a symbol of a ruler. This is mostly seen in East Asia, where the former Chinese emperors used to be called Dragons. Also, the emperor used to be the only person allowed to use items with dragons on them – clothes, chairs, other items.

This association ties well with the Major Arcana, where the Emperor’s card is the 4th.

When drawing this card, you could be seeing a person who likes to be in control, who opposes changes, and denies being weak or having weaknesses. However, our dragon could become weak from not eating because he’s protecting that coin. For all we know, the dragon is already very hungry and weak.

Someone who is possessive, like the dragon in the picture is with that single coin, is also limited in what he can or is willing to do. His vision might even be biased if this relates to a situation involving family or friends. The person might risk losing more people over a single one, and whether this is worth it or not, is debatable.

The card might indicate that one should not invest or spend money if the question relates to finances. Those who like to gamble should probably hold back for some time. Or, at the same time, it could also send the message that spending some money now and then is really OK. Of course, the interpretation depends on the person the reading is about (or for).

The dragon appears to protect his possessions from small creatures, that may not even pose a real danger. Being cautious is indeed a good thing, but becoming paranoid about things can be dangerous.

The spirals we see could remind us of life’s cycles. Things come and go, sometimes better and sometimes less good. We all want perfection, but it’s not possible for humans to reach perfection.

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Ciuc Radler Beer Raspberry and Lemon “Beer” – Taste testing

Hello everyone!

This is another taste testing … entry!

Today we’re taste testing the Ciuc Radler Beer Raspberry and Lemon “beer.” Here we have a beer with no alcohol content, but with raspberry and lemon flavor!

DISCLAIMER/WARNING! please don’t drink alcohol and drive. And please don’t drink too much either!

We went out searching for a small decoration that was supposed to be 50% off. The store did have the item, but not this promotion. They had a promotion of buy 3 themed items, pay just for 2 of them.

On our way back, we stopped by the grocery store and i suddenly wanted some beer, but nothing serious. And now you understand why this “beer” came home and onto my site.

Ciuc is a popular beer brand over here. I’m not a beer drinker, mostly because it’s bitter and it seems to mostly come in large quantities. A bit too large containers for me to drink all of it.

Ok, you might say that <beer can only be enjoyed in large quantities> … and i would agree with you if i were a fan of it.

So, speaking of the quantity of product, in this can we have 0.33 liters. Regular beer cans are usually 0.5 liters. This means my can is smaller.

Below you can see the ingredients:

As you can tell, it is 60% lemonade and 40% blond beer with no alcohol. Despite this, on the can it is (more or less) clearly mentioned that this should be consumed by people over the age of 18. You can see the warning in the image above, cut-off.

For those who don’t know, in Romania we’re allowed to drive, vote, and drink, when we turn 18. And we can drink whatever alcohol we want. We’re also supposed to only buy cigarettes starting at 18, but i’m pretty sure kids under 18 do smoke.

Also, please don’t drink alcohol and drive. And please don’t drink too much either!

If you were to read the ingredients, you’ll see the lemonade is a piece of crap, there’s also carrot (=morcov) in there. On top of it, the percentage of lemon and raspberry (=zmeura) are very, very low.

How does it taste?

Let’s open it up!

OOOh, it’s pink! And there’s a rather strong smell of what i expect actual raspberry lemonade to smell like.

The smell is close enough to fresh raspberries, and i cannot sense any beer smell. Not a bad thing.

So, the taste is also very close to that of raspberry. In fact this flavor is overpowering. I can’t tell i’m drinking a beer, i can’t tell i’m drinking a lemonade either, let alone a mix of the two.

It is also pretty sweet. But not very much so. I get the need of swallowing a few times more after ingesting it, as i feel something is stuck in my throat.

And this is what it looks like, in a transparent glass!

The color is darker than what the package and the few drops on the can suggest.

It is very blurry, as you can see, it’s not just the angle or position or bad lighting.

The drink itself is quite fizzy. I’d compare the level of fizzyness to 7up i guess? (i didn’t have it in some time). Definitely not as much bubbles as in Cola or Pepsi.

The fizziness went pretty fast. After the fizzy effect is gone, the beer taste can be felt a bit more. Especially if you drink it fast. -I kept a bit in the glass so i can properly write this taste review.

At the same time, the raspberry flavor felt more fake and was definitely not overpowering anymore. I couldn’t feel any carrot and any lemon before or after the fizz.


Hmm, i’m not sure. Maybe 3 glasses out of 5 glasses with the fizz? LOL

Without fizz, i’d say 2.5 glasses out of 5 glasses.

I’d say this drink is a summery / girly drink. I don’t think many men would reach for this beer in a supermarket r even when going out to drink.

You should get it if you want to drink some beer, but you don’t really like the beer taste. Or if you like lemonades and/or raspberry.

You can also skip it and choose something else.

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