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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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.


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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?

Red Ribbon symbolism

Stephanie likes this red ribbon. She used it quite extensively in her deck.

This red ribbon adds yet another layer of meanings to the cards we see it on. It’s mostly things we need to keep in mind, pay attention to, be wary of…

Sometimes, the ribbon is rather obvious and at other times, it can go almost unnoticed.

Because it is featured quite a lot, and because it can point to so many things, it’s important to know a bit more about it. Interpreting the red ribbon is not easy. But this presentation is a start. I hope.

It’s good to keep in mind that the red ribbon is sometimes just a string. It sometimes ties around people and at other times around objects. Sometimes it can even be attached to both at the same time, as seen below.

Furthermore, in each card, this red ribbon can mean different things. But can also point to some identical issues. Don’t forget the question asked and the other cards involved in the reading, when giving an interpretation.

I’ll share some of the thoughts of Dara, as seen on tarotforum.net,

“The color red is a strong indicator of something to take notice of. Rider-Waite-Smith deck used red in such a fashion. And with the majority of the Shadowscapes card being cooler color tones with lots of purples and blues, red does stand out.”

“searching for these red ribbons […] the word “control” came”

“Why I think control is a fitting meaning is the absence on the hermit and wheel of fortune which were the first major arcana [cards] not to have it. I feel like the hermit has relinquished his control in his solitude. And the wheel of fate… no one has control over what is to come.”

Read more here.


red ribbon seen on The Devil card.

Now i’ll share some of my own thoughts:

It’s interesting to learn about this red ribbon symbolism, especially considering that many cultures see the color red as a protective one – against the evil eye for instance, or against bad luck in general [in China for instance]. Still in China, red is supposed to bring good luck and is traditionally used in weddings and other happy moments.

Thinking that red is also the color of the blood, we can also think of life – we can’t live without blood in our veins. We can only control our own lives, up to a point. This red ribbon is a good reminder of that.

Sometimes we are being under the control of others – be it other people, events, or habits, as seen in this image.

Sometimes the control is stronger [when the ribbon is thicker, and wrapped around several times] or we can barely notice it [as seen here].

The cards that the Red Ribbon can be seen are: (hopefully I didn’t miss any)

Major Arcana:

Minor Arcana:

  • Cups: 2, 6, 7, Knight
  • Wands: 2, 5, Knight, Page
  • Pentacles: 2, 10, Knight
  • Swords: 2, 5, 7, 9, Queen

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.

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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.

Shadowscapes Tarot – Knight of Wands

We see a male figure riding a mythical lion with 2 horns [they look like those of the gazelles]. The rider wears a shiny armor and holds a spear. Both the lion and the rider look away from us, in the same direction – a sign they are very in tune with each other. Another indication of this are the green stones decorating the rider’s armor and the harness on the lion. The stones are placed over their chest/hearts.

5 foxes run along them, but they look in different directions – are they making sure they’re not attacked out of a sudden?

There is a spiral on the lion’s side, as well as a seashell directly under the lion.

The red ribbon we well know now, is wrapped around the rider’s arm, as well as having a part hanging off of his arm.

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This scene makes me think the young man went hunting [foxes are a type of dog after all]. He is also a rather strong group leader, one that shines the most, and he might even rescue you.

He likes his comfort- he’s using a rather comfortable looking saddle to ride the lion.
He likes to be in control. His control might be a bit brutal though: he seems to be holding on to the lion’s mane as there are no visible reigns there – pulling the lion’s mane can be more painful.


I first wrote this here. See more here as well.

Shadowscapes Tarot – Queen of Wands

This is another musical card -just like the page was.
This time, the female – a mythical being as she has both horns and faerie like wings, plays a harp build into a living tree. She wears a red gown, and has long blond hair.

We can also see faces and figures in the bark of the tree: 2 small fae figures are taking in her tune. 4 birds fly out, seemingly towards us. A 5th bird rests on the harp.

A fox is waiting at the female’s feet, while other 2 foxes sit in a bubble? or perhaps in a fox nest, under the tree. They’re not alone: a fae is there as well. These 2 foxes and the fae look up towards the lady, giving more the impression of a fox crib – or it burrow? Light radiates from the lady and the tree bears some green balls – or are they fruits? 3 gigantic seashells [the Fibonacci spiral] make up the ground.

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The female feels empowered when she plays her harp. She’s a strong woman and she can inspire others too, to go out there and do what they’re supposed to – this is why the birds fly away.

She is free like a bird [the dark one sitting on the harp] and she knows how to resonate with others, to make them do the right thing [or what she wants them to do]. In a way this is manipulation, but she doesn’t necessarily do it out of malice, but because she is wiser.

Her intuition never failed her, and this allows her to stand tall and stating her ground.

The card could also represent a very artistic person – music, painting, sculpting: something that speaks to the heart and soul of others. Whatever she creates has the power to move others.


I first posted this here. See more here.

Shadowscapes Tarot – Page of Wands

A female figure dressed in orange plays the violin with a really long wand. The wand curl and grows green leaves at one end. As a matter of fact, this wand resembles a staff more than anything.

She has a tear drop shape design on her forehead -is that her 3rd eye? and her hair is flying in the wind. The way her hair flies, makes me think of hair floating underwater.

She also has crystal-like, multicolored wings. She is clearly not of this world, not human.

A red ribbon is wrapped and tied to her upper left arm. Perhaps her mission, purpose in life is to soothe? Perhaps she’s using music or nature to do so.

There is also a strong light at her back, and she stands tall and is in partial control. The light seems to also illuminate her long skirt, as if it were fire.

5 foxes at her feet, curled against her skirt listen to her music. 2 mystical figures accompany her:

  • one beats a drum,
  • the other plays a guitar like instrument [what do they call that instrument?] Her tune is stronger though, more powerful because the foxes look towards her violin. But it can’t be played without some help.

The figure with the drum is the one in control for he dictates the rhythm of the tune.

Other elements on this card are:

  • Six fae figures fly around the female, mesmerized by her music.
  • We also see 2 large sea shells on the ground – Fibonacci spirals. Even the tips of her hair appear to form some spirals. The guitar like instrument also has a spiraled end.
  • 2 tree branches which make us think of the High Priestess. In fact, there are 2 smaller tree branches, going opposite direction, just like the branches under the Priestess’ feet, and they blend in with the background.
  • A circle behind everything. It’s almost like the water ripples formed by a rock dropping on the water’s surface. However, this is more like a vertical liquid wall.

All I can say, is that I can almost hear the tune she plays: calm, hypnotic, yet full of energy, and healing at the same time. Additionally, we should pay attention to who is the one really “dictating” the situation, if things appear too “perfect”, or too … “something”… off?

Think about this: would her tune sound the same without the guitar-like instrument? how about without the drum? how about without both of them? In any situation, we need to look at the bigger picture not at the main actor(s), to really get a good understanding of what is happening.

The foxes seem to have been quite on the journey and adventures – from discovering the wand on the ace, to protecting their young ones in the 7 of wands, and so on. Now they rest, soothed by the music, and they refuel.

Or perhaps they are waiting to see how the music unravels. What will happen next. Remember that foxes are seen as sneaky, or wise at times. They’re not as “brave or dangerous as their cousins, the wolves.

Some more information here. I first wrote some of this on here.

©Charly Cross 2013 – present. All rights reserved.

Shadowscapes Study – Two of Pentacles

The 2 main colors of this card are green and yellow. Most of the characters look up and those that don’t are curious in relation to what happens in the picture.

From Dara’s post: [Read more here.]

This image is of a horned man on the ball of one foot, on a platform balanced on smaller, very unstable stones. He juggles two pentacles and maintains the balance, of not only the pentacles but also of his self on the platform. There’s a monkey with a butterfly on its face and a fairy dangling a bell from a red ribbon. There are red ribbons also tied to the man’s right arm. He also has a red triangle on his chest and each foot. There are fairies all about, a lizard in the circle motif of the pinnacle, and a green bird/dragon perhaps adhered to the standing platform.

What is interesting is that the weight distribution seems more heavy on the right side, with the monkey and fairy sitting on that side, a hole carved out of the left side and a bird adhered to the right. That means the person must work extra hard perhaps to maintain this balance of his self.


My post:

This card makes me think of more pragmatic things: an accountant or even better a manager [after reading both the explanation Stephanie gave, and the meaning of the two of pentacles on this page]

This is no ordinary man – he has horns, and he is confident that whatever he does is right and that works, and he has ‘high spirits’ [you can even see them on the card above the pentacles] he’ll be able to do it for a long time. Being no ordinary man, he could be right.

He looks away from us and he’s also not looking at the big coins he is balancing. He also wears a mask – is this a sign of his dual personality? is he two-faced, perhaps? I perceive some managers to have 2 faces. I think this character has grand ideas: the light behind him indicates it, as well as the direction of his stare.

Perhaps he looks up to draw inspiration or strength. He also appears to be almost atop of the world – the mountains in the distance are a bit taller than what he dances on. So, maybe, the answer to the problem will come from Above, from God, if we ask Him for it.

The monkey is there to remind us that while we think we can be this Being for a long time, any wrong move or sudden change can ruin everything. I see monkeys as unpredictable, not to be trusted and tricksters.

The triangles could mean he’s passionate [as they could be a stylized flame], he has fire in his heart and this gives his feet a lot of power to perform this balancing act.

He is of course, passionate, full of energy. His horns and the monkey also point to a wild side of the character.

Besides the horns and the mask, we also see the following symbols:

  • The Fibonacci spiral –
    • it’s the tail of a green chameleon in a little round hole, under the stone on which he’s doing his balance act.
    • the monkey also has a spiral on its hip,
    • there’s another creature, bird-like with a curled up tail
  • The reb Ribbon – attached to his right hand and one held by a little creature sitting next to the monkey. There’s a little bell hanging from this ribbon.
  • Circles – the one in which the chameleon is in, another a bit higher,

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