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.

©Charly Cross 2013 – present. All rights reserved.

Shadowscapes Tarot – Two of Cups

The Two of Cups is a card about making connections.

The image Depicted by Stephanie has a lot of Yin/Yang symbolism in it. There is also a Yin/Yang kind of figure under the 2 figures. The sign is made of 2 fish in a circle.

The 2 main figures are swirling one around the other like the DNA spirals.

We can also see a red heart, and 4 golden fish swimming. the hair of the 2 figures grow out into 3 trees. In fact, their bodies seem to be the trunks of the trees.

What i find really weird is that both figures appear to be female: we can clearly see a side breast on the brown one and the lighter one also seems to have breasts. This is bizarre, because most other cards depicting couples, the 2 have clearly opposite genders.

Pulling this card could clearly mean “love is in the near future,” but it can also point to a business connection.

What i think we should learn from this card is that if we meet someone with whom “we just clicked” we should probably nurture that connection however we can. These kind of people are goo in our lives, they’re good for us. And who knows, maybe we’re good for them too.

We just need to learn how o recognize these people: we feel at ease around them, we feel like we want to talk to them. They’re also usually opposite of what we are: they could be an introvert while we are an extrovert, or vice-versa. However, they will have some trait we also possess.

© Charly Cross 2013 – present. All rights reserved.

The Tarot – How To Read

I know you were expecting a presentation of one of the cards or one of the symbols. That’s brewing for next week [hopefully].

This week, I will help you “learn how to read the tarot” cards. The process is rather long, but it can help you see other aspects of a situation, or new ways of doing the same thing.

DISCLAIMER 1: The links provided are the ones I use the most in my journey to ‘learn’ how read my deck. Other websites do exist, and other forums are even open and active. I just got used to this one and the site itself is 21 years old – this should count for something.

DISCLAIMER 2: Bear in mind that some of the links in this post are affiliate links and if you go through them to make a purchase I will earn a commission. I used these affiliate links to give you the option to check the book out, for yourself, if you so wish, through a well-trusted seller. While I will be very glad if you buy any of the linked items, the decision to do so or not, belongs to you. Thank you for reading!  

I will have to tell you from the start that not everyone can do it, and most definitely not with all the decks. Or perhaps they just didn’t discover the right one yet?

[boring backstory] Many years back I had an oracle deck, and the meanings of each card was pretty straight-forward: whatever you saw on the card was the meaning. I didn’t need to elaborate novels around the spread. When I first decided to have a look into the tarot, I felt lost and I didn’t understand anything, and there were many hidden messages to be discovered. I thought I could never do it.

I still wanted to own at least one deck – and I hoped for a pretty one – and then, earlier this year it happened, if you remember my online shopping haul post.

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Luckily I got this deck now older, when I understand more things, when I have generally more experience. This helped me a lot with learning how to read this deck. I first went on the official website, and then I found this forum where they were discussing each card. However, if you have more decks, or if you feel like the interpretation given by others doesn’t click with you, there’s another method!

ONE OF THE STEPS

Take each card and analyze it: see what message it has for you, based on the image. It’s perfectly fine to create keywords you associate with each card. Do try to write the meanings in an easy to flip through notebook. Though, depending on how much you write, a ‘regular’ size agenda or notebook should do.

ANOTHER STEP

Do simple readings with just 1 card or maximum 3 cards. These readings can be for yourself – daily or weekly- or for other people. Do try to remember the “standard” meaning of the card, and see how does it apply to the situation.

At the beginning of October I started to pull out a card in the morning, and I’d only look at it in the evening. I want to ‘test’ the accuracy of the reading by how well did the message apply in my life that day. Yesterday’s card was “the Hermit” and it applied really well – I basically was the Hermit yesterday.

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ADDITIONAL STEP

You can also buy a tarot reading guide like this one, or find one online. I started, but not finished this “21 ways of reading a tarot card.” Apparently, this is a book by Mary K Greer [and I honestly have no idea who she is]. Her method seems very good for those cards that you have a more difficult time understanding.

I believe her method also includes a notebook, so do make sure you have one handy when learning. Since the guide takes you through 21 stages, I can’t possibly imagine anyone going through the process 22 times [just for the Major Arcana] and even less for the whole deck.

Luckily, you can apply the method to an oracle deck as well.


© Charly Cross 2013 – present. All rights reserved.

Shadowscapes Tarot – The High Priestess

This card is filled with symbols. A little bit too many if you ask me. As a result, when you come across it, you’ll have many many things to consider when interpreting it.

We have the red ribbon, the Fibonacci nautilus shell – several of them at that, a key, an owl and feathers, a pomegranate, sun rays, tree trunk, leaves.

The image is VERY close to that seen in the Rider-Waite deck. Placing them side by side, you’ll see how easy it will be to spot the ‘traditional’ markings of the card.

Some insight from the official page:

Meaning: Wisdom, knowledge, learning, intuition, purity, virtue. The Owl is a keeper of knowledge, and he bears a key to unlock mysteries. The pomegranate is an icon of Persephone, who tasted the seeds and thus tied herself to Hades — it is a fruit of fertility and death; and the moons embroidered upon her garments wax and wane. The new crescent, and gibbous moon that create the full cycle, embraced in one.

We have many things to consider, but the nice users of the tarotforum.net gave us a nice start. Let’s have a sneak peak:

Kloeyy says: “This card’s image screams knowledge and untold secrets. The cycle of the moon and the cycle of life ~pomegranate. To me just says it’s lessons of life.”  

Inkscape says: “While the High Priestess floats above, the owl swoops in the middle, and the tree remains grounded in our world (as Nan points out). In a way, this card represents three different types of knowledge: The Tree — primal truths. The natural world…. The Owl — animal instincts and desires…. The Priestess — enlightenment, going beyond oneself.” The user continues: <<To me, this card says: “To know, you must learn. Keep your conscience clear. Knowledge is power; don’t let it get to your head (floating). Aspire to great heights (like the High Priestess), but keep your feet on the ground (like the tree). Trust your instincts (owl).

Of course, I also chirped in, on the 2nd page, as CoffeeBlood. This is what I want to remember the most: <<I read this card can tell you to “listen to your inner voice”. we lace certain seashell u to our ears to “hear the sea” [or am i the only one doing it?] whatever we ‘hear’ in the shell is “the shell’s inner voice.” >> What I said resonates a lot with the ideas expressed by Inkscape. 

It seems nobody noticed her having wings in 2 different colors. Also there’s no mention of her belt made of twigs, similar to a really old fashioned broom. She also has feathers hanging off from her belt, and there are tree leaves falling or flying around her. But does she also have a feathered tail?

Despite her belt looking awfully uncomfortable, she seems at ease. She doesn’t seem to care about being comfortable as she puts knowledge above all else. 

We don’t know if we see her real face or if it’s just a mask. The mask acting as a character’s real face seems to be another motif throughout this deck. 

Her hair is light in color and seems to turn into sun rays. Despite this aspect, she seems to prefer the night’s darkness – the moon symbols on her robe, the owl, and her mask make me think this. 

The scene also made me think of Snow White, and the Evil Queen. In this image, the owl is Snow White (literally, that’s the owl’s color) and the High Priestess is the Evil Queen. She bit into the pomegranate, and now she wonders “pomegranate in my hand, who’s the wisest of them all: me or the owl?” Her 3rd eye is clearly open, hence she knows more than she shows – hence the suspicion of a mask.

The owl flees in fear, taking the key (to moderation? to more wisdom?) with her. All ties have been broken anyways. 

Shadowscapes Tarot – the Empress

The Empress of the Shadowscapes is a colorful card.

Meaning from the official site: Creativity, nurturing, abundance, fertility, experiencing the senses, and embracing the natural.

It is also full of symbols: rings or crowns [what are they really?], butterflies, roses, the red ribbon, fruits, little faeries in the tree trunk, a heart, the sun, rays of light, the color purple.

All these symbols have a meaning, and you need to see how you intertwine them with the meanings of the other cards in the spread.

I had to insert 2 details – too pretty ❤

What do people think of this card? On this page,

Sagefire says: <<that painting by Botticelli, with Spring in a fine dress and Flora next to her sprouting from the mouth as Zephyrus blows on her. A quick search yields, “As she talks, her lips breathe spring roses...“>> She then continues (i’m assuming it’s a woman talking): <<she is not resting and being calm like she’s usually seen. Upright, exhibiting her power, and NOT pregnant!!>>

Peregrin adds, in regards to the Empress eerie hand and fingers: <<fingernails are yet another thing that grows, and for the empress, everything grows abundantly and extravagantly.>>

As I type this, I can’t stop thinking that all this creativity seen in this card gives hope [butterflies] for a bright future [the suggested sun]. I see the abundance in the basket full of fruits and the extravagance in the plenty roses at the woman’s feet.

Shadowscapes Tarot – Nine of Cups

This card has a typo in my deck: Nice of Cups – see the picture I took and attached below. I actually don’t mind the typo because the card itself has really nice meanings – pun intended (I like puns).

The typo is due to the fact that the deck is translated into Chinese, so whoever was in charge of this deck …. probably doesn’t know or didn’t pay attention to the letters. 

Enough intro, let’s jump into things after the picture… 😉

Card description:

The first things i see when looking at this card are the overall color blue of the card and golden fish. There are some blue fish as well. We also have a merman – one of the few male characters in the deck. I do feel the deck has many more female characters than male ones. There are 8 golden fish 

This is the description from the official page:

The pleasure of the senses, satisfaction and wish fulfillment, success, assured future, bounty, and health.

The merman seems to be taking in some sort of energy from a cup. I also see a stylized sun, and a bit of a Fibonacci spiral. 

Extra stuff to know and consider:

It seems that this card means pleasure of the senses, satisfaction – and we can kind of see such feelings on the face of the merman. 

The many fish on the card also indicate abundance and can indicate an assured future. Perhaps one or more wishes will come true. 

However, the overall blue of the card makes me feel “blue” or sad. It especially makes me feel cold since this is the coolest color we know. The yellow/gold is supposed to be warm, but here cool tones of these shades are used. 

This is also a peaceful card – blue is a color that can calm a person down, that can relax. The fish are known not to make a sound (for the human ear) and even the merman seems to be meditating, and thus silent. 

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Shadowscapes Tarot – The Ace of Pentacles

From the official site:

The earth element. Prosperity, abundance, trust, security.

There are 2 main colors on this card: green and golden yellow. There are 7 green lizards – 4 or them looking like chameleons, 2 tree branches, a little stone structure, a huge coin with a face in the middle under the branches, and a stylized sun (or several circles) above the branches. There are also several Fibonacci spirals to be seen, a few of them in the tails of the chameleons. 

You can get more insight from this thread, but I personally am not fond of the meanings they found, so I won’t reproduce any.

What strikes me is that the luck or prosperity is represented through numbers – 7 and 8. Eight is actually more hinted at by the position of the branches and it’s the Chinese pictogram for 8: 八 [ba1]. 

Another striking thing is the hint at Christianity “in Earth as is in Heaven” or “as above, so below”. This hint is given by the 2 circles above and below the branches. 

The many lizards of different sizes and on different levels hint at a family that is settled, possibly has strong bonds and they listen or respect the elder(s) or the head of the family. This is also suggested by the little stones mounted one on top of the other.

Green and yellow hint at good health, prosperity, abundance, while the lizards at stability because they’re good climbers.  

Shadowscapes Tarot – The Emperor

Hearing the word “emperor” we automatically think of someone with a lot of power over others, difficult to approach.

The Emperor Stephanie envisions is quite determined, focused, he looks quite stable emotionally and various little creatures are looking up to him. He seems connected to both the nature (see the leaves on his head, and the tree stump he stands in?) and the supernatural, though he doesn’t seem to be throwing religion out of the window either.

There are also many animals here: 2 rams, a snake, several dragons – one of them trapped in a ball, at least one bird.

What seems out of place in the card is the sun over a city to the left of the emperor [our left] and the moon [i think it’s waxing] with some stars or galaxies over a desert or some hills. Can you see the Fibonacci spiral in the galaxies? How about the red ribbon wrapped around his left [our right] horn, from which dangles an Egyptian cross?

The big circle behind the emperor can be also seen as a stylized sun, or several of them, depending on how many circles you take into consideration.

I think you could also learn moreover in this thread as I will refrain from posting quotes at least for some time.

© Charly Cross 2013 – present. All rights reserved.

Shadowscapes Tarot – The Magician I

I have to say, I really like this card. I guess, I somehow secretly wish I were this mystical character: he has horns, wings, special abilities, birds like him too. He also sits atop a rock, as if atop of the world – which he might well be. After all we get the impression he is able to manipulate the elements – the various charms hanging from his wings point to that direction.

Symbols seen here are the infinity sign above his head, the color purple and a muted shade of green, the ribbons, the sun, lights, feathers, and flowers.

We all can safely assume that the color purple represents the mind – and it is rather clear that this Magician uses his mind a lot to control everything he can, including himself.

His pants and wings are an off white color – hinting to pure intentions that not always are perceived as such. His horns are rather pointy and similar to those of the Devil.

Let’s see what Stephanie has to say about this card:

[…] Upon a rock he sees the gifts that have been left for him. The relics of the elements glint in the sunlight, and as his hands close upon the offerings, a smile touches his lips at the power that surges through them.

Meaning:Originality, creativity, skill, will-power, self-confidence, dexterity and slight of hand. It is about grasping the unseen around you, and harnessing it to become reality. This Magician draws upon relics representative of the elements: Fire in his lantern, the voice of the Sea in the shell, a breath of Wind in the raven’s feather, and Earth from the leaves.

I can’t really say I agree with the leaves representing the Earth, but this is not my description nor my art.

Let’s see what people on the forum say:

Inkscape : “In a way, he bears the weight of the world on his shoulders — each of the elements dangles in some fashion from his wings — but he supports it all equally, effortlessly. And even though he can soar to great heights with those wings, he remains firmly rooted to the ground. […] At the top of the stone, you can see a snake coiled up around another orb, in some kind of celtic knot. That makes me think of earth, the world, birth, life, renewal… kinda interesting that the snake’s head is so close to the Magician’s heel. […] After you look at the Magician for a while, take The Devil out and put it side by side. They’re almost reflections of each other They’re both horned and winged (feathers for the magician, webbed for the devil), they’re both bent at the knees, they’re both standing on a stone, and they both have something floating between their hands (and their hands are in the exact same position, with both palms facing away from the object).”

Well, it seems I missed on the other similarities between the two cards/ characters. In a way this is correct, if we think of how Christians used to see magicians – almost like the spawns of the devil, if not the devil incarnate.

JSNYC: “There are lilies and roses representing passion and thought.”[..] “The sun tattoo on the foot of The Fool is now on The Magician’s shoulder. Maybe this is referencing a situation where what drove The Fool to take the leap (off the cliff) has now been moved to an advisory role… The voice on our shoulder that we sometimes listen to, or sometimes ignore…

Ana’s Song: “the two birds perched on the Magician’s wings – these look like ibis […] They are […] sacred to Thoth, who […] represented wisdom and knowledge (also linked to his patronage of scribes – back in the day people who could write were considered wise, right? ) as well as magic and sciences[…]

Sagefire: “This magician is much more modest. The look on his face appears more responsible than most,[…] He clearly understands his power is serious business, and wields it carefully and wisely.

I thought the same as Sagefire. What’s more, most characters in this deck seem to have a pretty dark past that made them stronger and responsible in a way.

Let’s not forget the “standard meaning as well. Check it out here.  Of course there are more ideas presented at the Psychic Revelation as well – click here – but there is a little quote here below, if you don’t have enough time to read.

The Magician is about making higher – and better – use of all of one’s power. Spiritual, emotional, and otherwise. This is another card that often signifies new beginnings and great expectations. This is a very powerful, positive omen in a reading. This card reminds us that we have the power to make a difference, in our lives and in the greater world, if we simply make a point to try.


© 2013 – present The Owner Travels To. All rights reserved. The green texts belong to their respective creators, reproduced here for learning purposes.

Shadowscapes Tarot – The Fool

Ah! the Fool! First card of the deck. And full of symbols. I feel this deck has more symbols than others, and some cards too are ‘heavier’ in meaning than others. We see a young girl almost throwing herself off of a beautifully decorated column [or is it a column?]

A fox looks at her, almost wondering is she’s going to go through with it or not. Some birds fly around her and a few hold onto some red ribbons, as if trying to stop her. Looking close at her face, I almost feel as if she thinks “whatever happens surely will be better than my current state.” I wonder if she really considered all the dangers, or if she really is prepared to face all the consequences? Some insight from the official page:

It begins with a whispered voice. Serpentine, the song threads through her days and her thoughts, beckoning. Come…come…come…. “Where?” she asks, curious, but there is no response. She ignores the summons, until one day that siren song unexpectedly explodes and fills her to the brim. Its pulse is undeniable. “Where?” she asks again, and this time the steady beat of her heart is the response. […] Meaning: The Fool is a symbol for new beginnings and adventures, pleasure, passion, thoughtless and rash. Like the Fool, you may stand upon the precipice gazing out into the unknown; and there is either an oblivious foolishness to the terrible plunge you may experience, or else a wild spirit of adventure and great faith and knowledge in that which can and will bear you up and guide through the times to come. There are unlimited possibilities opening up for the seeker.

Some insight from the now-closed tarotforum forum:

By silvercrow: “she knows she will be protected. The birds will carry her, the hands will catch her. The fox, her guide, will guide her in the right direction. Below her is love, butterflies, flowers and light, but there’s also bees which can sting and sharp rocks which can hurt as well as darkness and shadows.

By r0sered1ster:the stone monkeys she stands upon, one with a heart, one with a rose and one with a butterfly. Signifying the courage, beauty and transformation she will encounter on her way

By snyc: “So the red ribbons held by the birds that surround and hold The Fool make me think of the sensory ties that hold The Fool back, which are so easily broken if only The Fool has the courage. (These ribbons are also shown in The World, but in The World they have been broken and are wrapped around her arms.) Finally, I view the statue that The Fool stands on as representing memories of the past, visions of the future, feelings, and desires.” “I view The Sun as embodying purpose, and since the right foot is often the foot that takes the first step, now I think that it means the call of purpose is what drives The Fool to take the leap, to take the first step off the cliff…

By kloeyy: “It really gives me a new perspective on the blind faith and the stirred emotion to feel compelled to step forward or leap into the unknown.” Some more ideas from psychic-revelation.com:

In terms of finances, the Fool is an extremely positive card. You can expect increase, and furthermore, you will find it in yourself to know that no matter what happens financially, that you will be all right and will “come out on top.” Trust yourself, work hard, and you will do better than you expect.

Some ideas from destinysspiritualjourney blog:

The first thing to be noted about The Fool, is that it is the ‘zero’ card of the major arcana. The Major Arcana, represents important major life influences and is also sometimes seen by readers as a journey, through each and every card in this arcana. I always imagine The Fool as the first card in the tarot deck, some view The Fool as neither first nor last, but as the character wondering through the major arcana. The Fool is the one who experiences the trials of all the cards.

Why is the Fool the one experiencing the trials of the cards? Because humans are Fools without no life experience. Humans are designed to make mistakes in order to become wiser or better people. On this blog, I am the Fool, sharing my experiences through life – more or less. I was born a fool and I will die a Fool, and there is no shame in that.


© 2013 – present The Owner Travels To. All rights reserved. The green texts belong to their respective creators, reproduced here for learning purposes.

Shadowscapes Tarot – The Devil XV

The devil seems to be a card that many people are scared of. Most likely because of the meaning behind the word. You should know that while this card has generally a bad message, it could turn things around for the querrent, if they’re willing to put some effort into it.

The card depicts a naked woman curled in fear? inside a hollow rock. On top of the rock, a mystical creature with wings, horns, animal legs, and long claws pulls at the strings of a red heart and at the strings of a small human marionette. A spirit like figure seems to try to escape the human like form. A black bird carries a ring or a crown towards the Devil, and several fae-like figures reach either towards the bird or the Devil. The woman’s left hand is chained to a golden lock by a red string.

The key is right above her, within reach, bitten by a white mask. The main colors of the card are hues of blue and purple. Let’s see what some people think.

JSNYC: “The Devil holding the repressed and tortured “fool” in captivity. The key to escape being so close at hand, yet so far away. And it is because of his spell, he holds the fool’s heart in his spell, seemingly effortlessly and with finesse.”

“The Devil doesn’t appear menacing, he appears in control. He knows he has the power and he is applying his craft like an art.” kimdwitch: “Some seem to be paying homage, they have given up. […] a conscious effort is required to escape this bondage,” Peregrin: “All of these sharp and pointy objects remind me of mental torment – extreme anxiety, guilt, and inner conflict. The red heart is caught in the devil’s spiderweb. I can imagine him taunting, <<I’ve got your heart! Now you will never be free.>> […] enjoy teasing us with the objects of our desires.”

“Notice that the mask and the lock are the same shape, and perhaps this is a clue that pretense or identity (the mask) is what binds us (the lock). To become free, we have to be willing to take a new look at it.”

CoffeeBlood [=me]: “something makes me think that the heart is not that of the imprisoned woman, but of the puppet. us, as humans, without a heart and soul become puppets made of flesh and bones [in the hands of whom?] i also can’t stop thinking he imprisoned woman is ridden with anxiety, guilt.

The mask is what makes her feel this way. often times, we feel anxious with no real reason [there is nothing behind the mask], and we feel guilty because of a heavy conscience [the mask can represent the woman’s conscience since it holds the key to her freedom]. if i’m not mistaken, in the past anxiety was blamed on the devil [he still makes many feel fearful to this day].”

Read more over here.


I can also kinda see a Fibonacci spiral, behind the Devil figure. Or perhaps that’s just a stylized sun?