Recuperation is Not Indolence

Today’s meditation was skipped.

Tarot of the Poppet MasterToday’s draw is the Eight of Cups, which is traditionally a representation of withdrawal and abandonment, especially in times of frustration or in an emotional response.

What catches my attention in the imagery of today’s card is that the arms of the puppet are made from fabric depicting little skulls, and the head / hat is made out of a poinsettia. This fits well for me with the key word of “indolence” that is also on the card.

By the time I get to the end of the holiday rush (poinsettia), and it is time to slip back into a slower pace (the skulls for arms), I am at the point where I am ready to walk away from everything. The exhaustion is so great that a change to a quieter time is extremely welcome… and anxiety inducing.

At this time of change, I am plagued with fear that I am becoming lazy, and that I’m not doing enough to help my business thrive and grow. And so, for me today’s card becomes a reminder that the need for rest and recuperation is not indolence.

This card’s appearance asks… What are you viewing as lazy behavior that is really just needed rest? How are you judging yourself too harshly in these times when you need a break? And how can we all do better to see that the need for rest and recuperation is not laziness or indolence, but a basic human necessity?


HealingThruTarot’s October Shadow Work Challenge Prompt
Questions for October 14th thru 16th

Santa Muerte Tarot and Konxari CardsWhat pain has been ignored?

Three of Dream Catchers and Window – You only hurt yourself when you refuse help from others. Don’t close the window in opportunities to involve others in the reaching of your goals. The rewards are richer when the journey is shared.

Which wound keeps me trapped in the past?

Eight of Candles – There is a repeating pattern from your past where you were always pushed to move with speed and precision, never allowed to take things slow and savor. You have carried this pattern forward into the present due to it never having acknowledged and dealt with it.

How can I heal my greatest wound to move forward?

The Empress and Honor atop Knight of Wands Rx and Fire – Forsake impulsive behavior driven by a desire to get ahead and those feelings of inadequacy inside you that cause you to always seek more. Instead, respect your need to be nurtured, and give yourself what you need rather than punishing yourself for needing it.


#DiscordTarotholicsOct2022 Challenge Prompt
Topic for October 15th
: Write something free form inspired by the card(s).

Tarot of the Poppet MasterThere was once a queen filled with rage that saw all of her subjects as pawns to be used and abused as she pleased (Queen of Wands). She took great joy in carrying out a vast array of different tortures and cruelty upon those within her reign (Seven of Cups atop Nine of Swords).

One day, the subjects of the queen’s realm had had enough. Believing that there had to be a healthier and better place for all of them to settle down and grow roots (The Lovers), they gathered up their things and moved away from the queen’s lands (Eight of Cups) in search of a better future and a better ruler (The Star). And thus, the queen was left all alone to rule her lands empty of any but herself (The Tower).


Daily Self Kindness


Life’s Excesses Cartomancy Reading

The prompt for this reading came from one of my Discord servers and is as follows: “I know it’s been a hot minute due to be “flooded” by work, so let’s talk to our divination method of choice about what we have too much of in our lives, and what we can do to get rid of the excess and keep only what we need!

Black Requiem Counterspell Playing CardsWhat do I have too much of in my life?

You provide too much stability (Queen of Diamonds) for your loved ones(Two of Hearts). This comes naturally to you, and is a part of who you are.  Providing those you care about with a feeling of stability is how you show your love.  At the same time, you can often go too far in this, neglecting yourself as a result.

How can I best let go of the excess and keep only what I need?

You need to allow them to build up their own strength (Queen of Hearts) with a bit of your guidance to foster their learning (Jack of Spades) rather than doing it all for them. There is something to be said for personal experience.  When you do things for others instead of letting them experience things for themselves, you rob them of the experience that can help them become more well rounded individuals.