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  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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How To Read The Tarot

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ONE OF THE STEPS

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

Pic used in the same shopping haul post.

ANOTHER STEP

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

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

ADDITIONAL STEP

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

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


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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 meancing, he appers 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

According to Dara 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 and […] 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.

My 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].

In any case, this is an interesting symbol to think about, and most likely something not to ignore when seen in a reading. If you have any other thoughts on this, please share them with me!

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.