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.

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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Lord Nelson Lemon Black Tea

Hello Everyone! Long time no see, huh?

It’s time to drink tea again! This time, we’ll be tasting the Lemon Black Tea by Lord Nelson.

This is not a sponsored post, and it was mother who gave me the tea.

So that’s what the box looks like. And on one of its sides, we can see the LIDL logo. I don’t have LIDL next to my place, so I don’t shop there, and I can’t remember seeing this brand of tea in other supermarkets.

I’ll go ahead and assume it’s a LIDL brand -feel free to correct me if i’m wrong.

The tea is already packaged in 20 small pyramid bags – apparently this is better for flavor diffusion. I have no idea.

So this is what the tea box looks like inside, when you open it.

According to the box, there are just 3 ingredients in these bags: tea, lemon and flavors.

This is great because you don’t want many ingredients. I’d be fine without the flavor, and have just the tea and lemon. But, what can you do….

According to the box, for the best result, you need 200ml boiling water for one pyramid of tea thing.

The 2 images here are merged into a single picture, in Paint.

In reality, i put 1 pyramid in any cup i find. The brewing time says not longer than 5 minutes, right? Sometimes i let it brew for more than 30 minutes because i forget about it. Luckily, the taste just intensifies, but not too much as not to be able to drink this anymore.

For this taste testing, i used an H&M Home cup with animal print. If i’m not mistaken, the capacity of this cup is 200 ml.

I have 2 identical cups (read more about this here), but below it’s just 1 cup from different angles. I also merged 2 images together, like above.


This tea is flavored, and the lemon can clearly be felt while drinking. I can also feel some lemon flavor when i bring the cup next to my face.

The taste is better, nicer, more flavored, when the drink is still warm. This is not a bitter tea like i used to think some years back. I have no idea what changed, but i found this tea a bit on the sweet side.

It becomes slightly bitter when left to brew for longer. This means that yes, i try to not let it brew for too long.

As it cools, the lemon flavor in the taste goes away, it can only be sniffed. As it cools, it also become a bit bitter. Even when completely cold, this drink doesn’t become bitter. If you can drink black coffee, then you can definitely drink this tea with nothing in – sugar, milk, honey.

Adding honey or brown sugar make it taste really good, especially when it’s warm. I drink it faster when i add sugar or honey.

The color in real life is closer to that in the right-side image. I took both pictures in natural day light, while the tea was still pretty hot.

As it cools, the color becomes darker as well. Maybe just slightly darker than in the left-side image.


I give this tea 4.5 stars out of 5.. Or should that be 4.5 tea bags out of 5? Look at me trying to sound funny.

I am not sure what would need a tea to make me rate it 5/5, so this should be good enough.


With such a high rating, you bet! i recommend it! Give it a try! If you don’t like it, send it over 😉

And this is my taste testing for Lord Nelson Black tea with Lemon

For the Curious

Besides the tea, you also saw the following items:

  • Tea cup: H&M Home – a collection from 2019 i think?
  • Saucer plate: ARPO Porcelain, vintage. This Romanian company doesn’t exist anymore.  😦 I’ll write a blog entry about my porcelains and stuff.
  • Teaspoon: Vintage, made in Japan, stainless steel from a set for 12 people i found back in 2019.

©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.

Through this program, i can put links to various items/products i’m talking about in my blog entries, and IF you decide to make a purchase through the link i post, I’ll earn a little reward, but you will not be charged extra.

All entries in which i will use these affiliate links will have the following disclaimer, somewhere at the top of the entry:

DISCLAIMER: 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!  

Nobody is forced to buy anything if they don’t want to, if they feel it’s too expensive, or whatever other reason.

While i did sign up today, I have to wait for approval – 180 days.

For now, this site only makes money through WordAds. And it barely started making some cents.

On my blog,, i’m closer to the minimum amount allowed for withdrawal, as the limit is lower. The blog is hosted on a different platform and it makes money through the copywriter’s right


I want to be as transparent with everyone, as i am able to. i won’t disclose figures, as i believe that’s against some rules somewhere. i also don’t want to make people feel bad – i make so little money, they HAVE to help out, or they make so little compared to me, that i’m greedy.

Again, if you like the items i link to, feel free to buy, not buy, seek alternatives.

I want to point out that i will only link to items, if they somehow relate to the entry. I also added links to some of my past entries, with the disclaimer in place.

If you stayed with me so far, thank you!

If you decide to buy through my links, thank you again!

Stay safe and see you soon!

© Charly Cross 2013 – present. All rights reserved.

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!

© Charly Cross 2013 – present. All rights reserved.

Shadowscapes Tarot – Ten of Wands

There is a female figure wearing a brown long dress that seems to have roots. There is a seashell [the Fibonacci spiral] at her feet, behind her. Her feet also seem deep rooted, meaning she’s quite a stable person. While she is bent forward, her head is high and she seems to look forward. Her face is either painted white or she wears a white mask.

Not only there is this tree growing on her back including from her head, but she also seems to hold it with her hands – protecting it? Making sure it doesn’t fall over?

On top of this tree, there are various buildings and stairs. People figures are seen on the stairs and on a branch close to the female’s face. From each building, new branches grow, all surrounded in bubbles of golden light.

The rock she stands on is dark colored, and the colors become lighter the higher the image gets. There is also a large blue round stained-window under one of the buildings.

She worked hard and her efforts paid off. However she doesn’t stop working, because things depend on her to go smoothly. Surely, if she’s not careful enough, everything will come crashing down.

Are those jewels dangling from her chest? sweat?

Read more here. Originally posted here.

Shadowscapes Tarot – Four of Cups

A beautiful blonde mermaid lays on some rocks drawing circles on the water.

Some fae seem to bring cups filled with some liquid.. or perhaps the cups are taken away? [the way I see the action, is that the faes take the cups away rather than bringing them to her].

We also see a fish and a turtle at the end of her tail..
on a distant rock, a rock carved with fish can also be seen. 2 faes talk about something on this rock, ignoring everything else.

The general color of the card is blue with hints of yellow and white.

I guess, the querent ‘has the blues,’ in this card.
He may feel like he stagnates – the water is still, and the mermaid is not swimming either. Her tail prevents her from moving freely on land as well. But she is also not interested in moving: all she wants is to stay there and think. At least for some time.

Whatever small excitement comes, is also rejected because it’s not enough.

The querent might feel empty..?

I first posted this here. See more details here.