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.

Shopping trip failure – vlog

Hello!

So, as mentioned in last Sunday’s entry, today I will post a vlog video, with a little explanation.

I think YouTube is messing up the audio of the videos. So, if you don’t hear well, blame both the beginner me and YouTube. You get to see glimpses of Bucharest that you don’t usually see in travel blogs and magazines, along with random Romanians going about their way. yay?

As I’m trying to explain in this video, my friend ordered a product online, and she was supposed to go pick it up. I went along and recorded the adventure. It took us some 45 minutes to the [mini]mall where the place [called eMag] was. We were told to wait in line, and after some half an hour they said their server crashed O.O and that it would probably last some 45 minutes to fix it.

And so we waited, as we hoped it would be true. So we tried out this cafe place with a really nice view. I had a sandwich as I was starving – and it was pretty good. Don’t ask about its name as I forgot it and I don’t even remember seeing it posted anywhere.

My friend went back to the store – we later realized it was a showroom only, and the server worked for some 5 to 20 minutes and crashed again. Some 20 minutes before closing time! (at 9pm – most other stores close at 10 pm) We still stayed, as we weren’t the only people needing to pay for stuff. Of course we waited in vain.

The video ends with me complaining about their customer service and just how generally uncool this [mini]mall was. They were supposed to call her the next day, but didn’t. As expected.

While this shopping trip seemed like a failure, it was actually a blessing in disguise. Some days later we found the product she wanted at another store and the full price wasn’t even the one eMag mentioned! They said they were selling it for 50% off – full price being some 190 Lei? The store we found was selling it for just 120 Lei full price [tax included, as in Romania the ta is included in the shown price].

My friend ended with getting another similar product that was on sale, from the second store. Happy ending!

What I didn’t mention in the video was that while we were waiting in line the first time around, we decided to get a mouse as well – it was pretty cheap. Except the guy told me I would have to go back the next day or the day after to pay and pick it up: they didn’t have it in stock!

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.

Adventures in July

I actually wanted to have such an entry almost every month, but this wasn’t really possible, especially if I had something else to say, or if I didn’t have enough time.

Unlike July 2016, this one was quite full. I had a pretty big task to write at the beginning of the month, and then 2 smaller ones. Well, this is not really something you might really be interested in, so, no pics to show off.

I also managed to stick more to a posting schedule, all thanks to my bullet journal. If it looks messy, it’s because I have yet to discover a journaling method that works for me. Or that looks less messy. An if you think this is not a proper bullet journal notebook, you’re right: it is an agenda used as a daily planner with no monthly spreads, with dedicated pages for each day, so on. It might serve better as  a diary, if you were to write every day, a single page. I use the date written on the page, as page-number.

What stood out the most, was Ciel my pet crow being more active, coming to me to play, and all that jazz. I was really scared that he might be depressed, but I guess he’s not. His favorite things to play with are items that are long and thin – line pens, pencils, drinking straws. He likes to play with pens so much, he learned where I keep them and goes to them to steal them. It’s actually quite hilarious!

He knows which pens I don’t want him to play with, and those are the ones he wants the most. Of course! Last night, when we returned from a stroll in the park, I found ALL the pens missing from their place, a bird dancing on the table, and the floor covered in pens. That was quite something to clean, HAHA!

This video is from the first day he started playing so much.  I thought he’s hilarious! He would keep on coming back for more pens! And, yes, I have several looking identical, for no good reason.

We also went out to have ice cream. And we did it as often as we could. What you need to know is that we found a few places selling really good ice cream. For instance, Ana Baking has one of the best salted caramel ice creams! Guys! You HAVE to go there if you ever visit Romania. Just don’t order coffee or coffee based drinks: our tasted like something nasty, and we won’t get that again.

Another awesome ice-cream we had was at this place called Caffeol. The ice cream came in a cone, dipped in a milkshake! We ordered the coconut flavor one which was inspired by the Raffaello bonbons. It even had one bonbon on top! Guys! One such drink is more than enough for 2 people! Sadly, if you want to order soy milk in your drink, you have to pay more 😦

up close: Raffaello Maddness. picture by @calinescu_alexandru on instagram.

This place also sells some lemonades: some 5 flavors? there is classic lemonade, lemonade with melon, with strawberry, and I forgot what else. I managed to order a melon lemonade without lemon [say that 3 times fast!] and it tasted so good! It basically contains melon or strawberry, orange and lemon, so you can give up the lemon or orange if you really want. My partner has a sensitive stomach and citrus fruits, especially lemons are REALLY bad for their stomach.

that’s one of their lemonades and a Snickers Maddness frappe. pic by @foodofromania on instagram

Sadly I lost my pictures of the drinks, so I had to search them up. Caffeol has 3 locations: one in the Historical Center of Bucharest – where we went, one in Brasov and another one in Ploiesti. Check them out if you visit Romania!

We wanted to go to the pool, however we didn’t manage to get around to it. Hopefully, this month, we will go there. The thing is, we have a couple water parks, and lake sides where we could go to swim or relax, however it is not safe to go there, health-wise. Those waters are not as monitored, and since so many people go there, the waters are more likely to be contaminated with all sorts of bacteria and viruses. Going to a pool club of sorts, is more fancy and safe as far as your health goes. Here are a couple of pictures from 2 years ago.

This is actually a health center with a gym, sauna, swimming pool, and there is a restaurant as well. The place is located by a lake, but the pool is covered and not connected to the lake. It’s really quiet and peaceful. Too bad the entrance fee is rather high in local currency.

This month also marked the first time I wrote something in Chinese, all by myself. I’m so proud of myself: I started studying Mandarin last year, but I was never consistent about it. However I do have something to show for it. Maybe I will post a separate entry with all the characters I DO know. Until then, this is what I wrote:

In all fairness, the “nice to meet you” line [the one before the short break] I wrote by looking it up and I have yet to learn how to say it without looking at the pronunciation. I can post a comment with the reading and translation if you want, just say so below 😉

There is one more thing that happened, right on the last day of July, but please stay tuned for that one, as I have a vlog about it. I will post it separately because this already became too long, and I need to write a few more explanations for the vlog.

Until next Sunday~~


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Sleeping Beauty – movie impressions and spoilers

We all know the story of Sleeping Beauty, so there isn’t much to spoil you with. Perhaps the only spoilers I could give are related to how did the Evil Witch trick the princess into touching the spindle. But that would take away from the magic of the story, wouldn’t it?

I will spoil you by saying that this movie seems to have been quite poorly received, and you can’t really find a Wikipedia page about it. Wait, what? But everything has a Wiki pag… well, my dear reader, if you find the Wiki page for this particular movie, I will have to come back and change this part – until then…

This movie is about an hour and a half long, and can get quite boring. I even wonder if this movie directed by Casper Van Dien was even released for the big screen? Seriously, the fantasy in it, the costumes, and the acting screamed “TV movie.”

WHAT I LIKED

Sadly, there isn’t much I liked in this movie, but I’ll give it a try.

I liked the Evil Witch  – she was young, beautiful, with blond hair, but evil. In a way it doesn’t really make sense to make a young beautiful woman act the evil part in this specific story. The actress did a good job here, though I see her more in fashion related movies, or other types of drama movies – just not necessarily as the evil-doer.

I liked the dragon in the water. I think all stories with a princess that needs rescuing, should have a dragon somewhere. The dragon doesn’t always have to be big, fight the prince, or try to kill him, but should be there.

The princess was really pretty in my opinion, therefore fit for the part. She retained the blond hair we know from the Disney animation movie, but the natural hue made her easier to relate to – or at least she gave a more realistic ‘appearance goal,’ but I’d advise any young girl not to want to look like any fictional character, or like any other human being for that matter.

Prince Charming – he was smart, kind, and wasn’t really afraid of anything. The actor seemed talented enough for this part too, and his acting was the most natural in my opinion.

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE

The King and Queen – or better said how did Casper Van Dien and his wife portrait them. Yes, the director of the movie also starred in the production, along his wife. They sounded fake, with little acting talent in my humble opinion. They sounded like snobs with a snob-like attitude. Well, it’s his movie and he can cast whoever he wants  in it, and have them portray the characters however he wants – it just wasn’t my cup of tea.

The prince wasn’t Prince Charming. This was quite obvious since the Prince appeared in the movie. But if I talk too much about it, I might give away key elements and you might not want to check out this movie.

The zombies – well, yes, you read that right. This version of Sleeping Beauty has zombies and I didn’t like them and I think they needed to go back on the sets of The Walking Dead and Resident Evil. Just saying.

CONCLUSION

I think this is a light movie that anyone can watch, even children. Remember that the Grimm Brothers didn’t write all their stories for children, but this one seems appropriate enough. It is also perfect for summer when all you want to do is relax and not really think it the main guy was trapped in a dream or not – like in Inception [a movie I loved and would like to rewatch].

I’ll rate this movie 2.5 stars out of 5. If you’re bored out of your skin and don’t feel like watching anything else, watch this Sleeping Beauty instead.


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Shadowscapes Tarot – Page of Wands

card details

A female figure dressed in orange plays the violin with a really long wand. The wand curl and grows green leaves at one end. There is a tear drop shape design on her forehead. She also has crystal-like, multicolored wings. A red ribbon is wrapped and tied to her upper left arm. There is also a strong light at her back, and she stands tall.

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?] Several fae figures fly around the female, mesmerized by her music.

We also see 2 large sea shells on the ground – Fibonacci spirals. 2 tree branches, and what appears to be a circle behind everything.

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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.

The foxes seem to have been on quite 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.


Some more information here. I first wrote this here.

we’re all parrots

This may sound like a weird title or subject to write about, however, when you really thinking about it, you’ll see this is true.

As adults we might think that parroting is something of an insult, but honestly this is how we learn things! Everything we know is more or less parroting others and their knowledge.

Think about it: when we’re toddlers, how do we learn how to talk? by parroting our parents, or whoever is around us. How do we learn how to write in primary school? By imitating and drawing the letters we’re shown. Later on, many learn how to apply makeup or to style their hair by imitating others – these days “others” simply means beauty gurus on YouTube and other platforms.

The same goes for singing or dancing. Any type of singing or dancing.

So, why do we take so much offense when we’re told we’re just imitating what we saw or heard? Why are many people so offended when told they lack imagination, that they’re not original?

People have been roaming the planet for tens of thousands of years. It is VERY difficult to come up with something new and original.

Even this blog is imitating other blogs. Why do I think it is original? because in a way it is all over the place. But, then again, so are other blogs and even books.

That is all I had to say for now.


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Flying Swords of Dragon Gate – Movie impressions and spoilers

I like movies with kung-fu fighting scenes, so no wonder I watched Flying Swords of Dragon Gate. This is a movie from 2011 featuring Jet Li, as you can see in the poster below. Apparently this movie is part of a trilogy, and I have yet to watch the other 2 movies.

picture belongs to its makers/owners.. you know the drill. not my picture.

I must say my notes on this movies are all over the place, but I will try my best to put my thoughts in order. In any case, you’ll walk into spoilers from this point onward.

I’m very disappointed that the movie has no plot. If it does have, I couldn’t see it. Maybe if I were to have seen the other 2 movies, I could better see the plot? Who knows. 

The first thing to notice is that there are 2 guys looking alike: one of them is an official [acting as the lap dog of one of the emperor’s concubines], while the other is of a lower status, and travels with a woman wearing man’s clothing and having exceptional fighting skills.

For some reason, the official is tasked with finding and killing a pregnant maid – she managed to run away from the palace. The maid crosses paths with another woman disguised as a man, and possessing yet again fabulous fighting skills.

Through twists and turns of events, the pregnant maid turns out to work [or be infatuated] with the official that wanted her dead. The both die in the end, and the doppleganger takes his place [on at least 2 occasions]. 

WHAT I LIKED

  • I generally liked all the movie. The scene that stood out the most was a fight in a tornado. That was just WOW.
  • I laughed at the fighting scene on the boat, when somehow the flags in the back were moving quite fast in the wind.
  • The Mongolian leader was a pretty lady. Quite my type of lady. 😉 HAHA

WHAT i DISLIKED

  • The lack of a plot I could point out was a major let-down.
  • The fighting scenes couldn’t look more fake.
  • The plot twist with the maid was a major “what is going on here?!” moment in the movie

I rate this movie 3 stars, and I think you should try watch it if you have the time and want something quite entertaining. Seriously, this movie could have been much worse. 😉


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Shadowscapes Study – Two of Pentacles

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 might be right.

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 it all. [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.

Adding: passionate or full of energy and strength.

He looks away from us, and he wears a mask – is this a sign of his dual personality? is he two faced? 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.

RIP Chester [Linkin Park]

RIP Chester. I wish you found peace. Sadly you’ll never get to read this. 😦
This entry is beyond serious.
Depression goes hand in hand with suicide.
These two topics are generally taboo. But we need to talk about them, we need to learn how to read the signs. And we need to be more understanding of those suffering from these … I’m not sure how to call them.

If you’re like me, you probably have no idea what depression is. Or how does it feel. How it REALLY feels.

Sometime last year I read about a woman who went to a hair salon wanting to buy some hair products: her hair was a rat’s nest, all tangled up. Poor woman thought that by getting expensive hair care the tangles will magically go away: they would not. Only a careful hand with a comb can do something about that. One of the employees stopped her from shopping and instead invited her for a de-tangling session. The woman only managed to show up a few weeks later after several attempts at making an appointment and then canceling or not showing up. the woman was severely depressed. so much she didn’t care to wash or comb her hair.

Depression is also walking down the street and not realizing a car is about to hit you, or not caring if it does [this happened to me, but I think it was a mistake since i was really upset that day]. Sometimes I get the blues, and it can last for some days. But then it passes.

But you know what? Depression is like a weed that keep growing back, like some mold you don’t notice because it forms behind some furniture. And it spreads slowly. slowly but steady. And when you finally see it, the only solution is to completely remove the wall.

Depression is like a worm in an apple, in a way: you can’t know the apple is rotten until you cut it open. Depressed people are similar because depression is not only tired eyes and black eyeliner. But there are signs. Signs that a trained eye – or another sufferer- is able to see. Fake smiles, flimsy happiness that doesn’t last more than a few hours.

I know depression because my partner is depressed. What scares me the most is that they have almost the same mannerisms as Chester in this short clip. Not to mention a very similar way of talking, intonation and all.

I just watched a few Linkin Park videos. In the end for instance, clearly describes depression and even suicide. I still have a difficult time realizing he’s gone: it’s unreal. He didn’t really mean anything to me, but … I can’t realize what it is.

I even have a confession to make. I knew he would die – just didn’t know how. I have some sort of a 6th sense, or psychic abilities, if you will – that’s why I started posting tarot interpretations. Sometimes I just KNOW things. A few months back I started watching their Breaking the Habit video. In the middle of one session I heard a voice telling me he will die. I brushed it off. I am not sure I would have been able to prevent it. But those close to him could have!

People NEED to start learning about depression more. To recognize it, and also how they can help those suffering from it. Depression doesn’t pass with pills – they just might make things bearable. A therapist doesn’t always help – because they’re also human, and they’re not always good at being a therapist.

What could help more is for friends and family:

  • not to push the sufferer into unpleasant situations, by saying “oh, come on, come with us!” Instead something like “if you change your mind, we’re at….”
  • not to act condescending, by saying “oh, you’ll get over it!” NO they wont! it’s not the blues, not just sadness, but deep shit. so deep your brain can’t comprehend it. A “hang in there” or “i’m here” is sometimes much more helpful. this attitude gets them One Step Closer to the edge..
  • check on the person 24/7, like on an infant, like first time parents do.
  • read forums about mental disorders: they generally talk about depression as well. they can learn more about how sufferers hide it, how to deal with it, and so on.
  • understand that for a depressed person, ANYTHING can be a trigger for suicide – it doesn’t matter how small it is in their peer’s eyes. It could be as small as a Papercut.
  • not to blame the depressed person. see the point above.  telling them calmly something is wrong, but that it’s not serious and it can quite easily be fixed is a better approach.
  • thanking the depressed person for everything they do: joining them for breakfast, for a group activity, or anything they have a really hard time doing.

Please, if you know someone depressed, DO NOT laugh at them, do not tell them they’re weak or cowards when they ‘casually’ talk about suicide. Most definitely DO NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE tell them to ‘just do it” because in that moment you just took their life away! YOU killed that person! Morally, it won’t be a suicide anymore, but an act of taking another person’s life! If you think you can live with that hanging on your conscience, then you’re a psychopath and you’re a danger to society, and need to be locked up!

All those people complaining Linkin Park’s music changed, THEY KILLED Chester. and sadly, I saw MANY people lately acting the same way: laughing at various popular people, and thinking of themselves they’re better than said popular people.

I hope Chester’s family and friends are strong enough to get over this tragedy.


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