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.

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 – 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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The Shadowscapes Tarot – The Moon

The Moon is the 18th card in the Major Arcana.

This card is full of meanings and hidden messages. Of course, the meaning will depend on the reader, question that was asked, as well as the other cards surrounding it.

What do we see?

The color scheme is one of the first things we see, before we get to interpret the card. The dominant color of this card is a murky green.

The second color that pops out is yellow. And then we have some hints of orange and red.

In the center of the card, to the right, we see a female figure. She stands in a clearing and there’s a forest behind her. A crescent moon is also above her.

She wears a yellow dress, tied with a red belt. In her right hand hand she holds a devilish mask with a very long nose and 3 red ribbons hanging as well. One of the ribbons may be connected to her belt, but we don’t know for sure because her sleeve hides it.

The way she holds the mask and looks at it, reminds me of that Shakespeare “To be or not to be?” scene. I‘m not familiar with Shakespeare, so I may be wrong here. 

The other hand is lifted in the air, and a sort of wand with a red heart is tied to it, with a white ribbon. The way it is lifted in the air, reminds me of Moses splitting the sea. 

The woman also appears to wear a mask. Unless that’s a very poorly applied makeup. She seems to have a red ribbon through her blonde hair as well.  Unless those are some red beads decorating her hair.

We can also see a bird that may be a dove, mushrooms at the woman’s feet, some faeries/faes. Most of them are sitting on the grass at the woman’s feet.

On a now dead forum, they were saying the mushrooms are the kind to get you high, because of the light around them. Given that upon a very close inspection we see some little devils hidden among the mushrooms, this could be a good point. Please refer to the image below.

The moon sits like a boat, and a ray of light appears to connect it to the bird’s head. I have the impression the ray of light starts at the bird’s head and goes up to the moon and not the other way around.

What does it all mean?

Clearly, this is a mystical card. It doesn’t get more mystical and mysterious than this one. For this reason, i have a pretty difficult time understanding it.

It’s usually at night that witches cast their spells. In many movies revolving the supernatural, all such activities also happen during the night.

In some faerie tales, certain creatures were showing their true “colors” (or faces) only at night.

Since it’s night, we can also assume this is a dream or an illusion. Perhaps the woman is under the influence of some drugs (magical mushrooms) or under the influence of some evil/bad person or who is comparable to the devil (from the little devil we see on this card. Actually more of them).

Perhaps she realized that someone is not truthful to her (the mask in her hand came from that someone?). If you want to know more about the meaning of the red ribbon, click here. I won’t repeat all that. She probably had to go through this as a life lesson, and wonders what’s the best course of action.

I’m not sure why the ribbon is not tied to her and why is it here…. :/ however, she has a ton of other things to worry about – see those red beads or red ribbon through her hair. Those could be more important than her discovery.

Perhaps the character knows someone who is lying to someone else, and controls that person through those lies, and now she ponders on what to do.

DISCLAIMER: I don’t think anyone should treat anyone badly or to lie. Nobody has to “teach” anyone a lesson. I don’t excuse or trying to excuse abuse of any kind. I deeply apologize if the above descriptions triggered anyone, that wasn’t my intention. I described a hypothetical situation i felt related to the card.

Maybe her pain and suffering came from her wearing hr heart on her sleeve – literally on the other hand.

She does have 2 options:

  1. despair and let all this negativity take her over and become a depressed, bitter person
  2. use the experience in a way that can benefit her AND others, by creating something – art, poetry, music, novels, self-help books and seminars.

She is also wearing a mask. Is she blind? Will she continue to be blind? I’m not sure and she also doesn’t seem to know the answer yet (see my remark above related to Shakespeare). However, it’s funny that on the card’s official page another Shakespeare play is referenced.

Maybe she ponders to take off her own mask when looking at the one in her hand. Maybe the mask in her hand was still hers, but even removed, her true self still can’t shine through.

Yellow is a color full of joy. Green usually means life, since all green plants are alive. Based on these colors alone we can assume this scene takes place in summer.

Like i said, this card doesn’t “speak” to me. If you want to learn more about this card, you can refer to this page.

© Charly Cross 2021. All rights reserved. pictures belong to Stephanie Law.

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 – 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.

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