The Inner Tyrant

Today’s meditation was skipped.

Baroque TarotToday’s draw is the Queen of Swords, which is traditionally a representation of a receptive alpha energy, personality, or person in the area of one’s knowledge, education, logic, ambitions, or communication. This often translates into themes that have to do with the people that foster you through tough love and sharp-tongued advice.

Today’s card popped out reversed, and that holds significance to me in this draw, as it speaks of the harder and harsher sides of the Queen and that sharp-tongued advice she is so prone to offering… with good intentions, of course.

The message in today’s card is a reminder not to let your inner tyrant be a dictator. Keep an eye on just how hard you’re pushing yourself, and make sure you’re getting the care and rest you need instead of allowing your ambitions steal away the self-care that you need.


Mr Lionhart’s The Suits: Revisited #TheNovemberTarot Prompt
Questions for November 11th and 12th

Carte Postale TarotSuit of Cups – In what area or in what way am I asked to honor my current feelings?

Ace of Cups and Four of Wands – It’s okay to enjoy this time at home. As long as it doesn’t take an unhealthy turn, being a homebody can be a wonderful change of pace for a bit, and definitely something to enjoy.

Suit of Cups – What is my intuition trying to tell me, or help me with, right now?

Four of Cups and Seven of Swords – Don’t let dishonest people be the reason for your retreat from the world. Make sure you are engaging so that you can watch out for them instead.


#DiscordTarotholicsNov2022 Challenge Prompt
Question for November 11th
: Advice I need to hear at this time concerning my ambitions.

Baroque TarotReading Summary: Follow the plan that you’ve put in place (Three of Wands) to foster your business and your goals (Queen of Wands), but make sure that you are being flexible enough to adapt when needed along the way (Page of Swords).

Take Away: Don’t take on the attitude that you’ve “got this” and that nothing can trip you up.  Such rigid thinking will stand in your way when you need to adapt to any unexpected developments that might crop up along the way.   Instead, look at the journey through these seven weeks as a learning adventure and it will help you to encourage your business to thrive through this holiday season as well as those to come in the future.


Daily Self Kindness

I got in some time playing with Gideon today, which felt really good.

What Is a Shuffle Plate?

This was asked recently in my Discord’s DMs, but I thought it might be helpful to show others. So… a shuffle plate is essentially a plate you use to shuffle on that protects the table underneath. I don’t like reading cloths for regular use because they shift and wrinkle. Instead, I prefer bare wood. But… well. This is what happens when you shuffle on bare wood over time:


As you can see, shuffling creates a good deal of wear on wood over time. You can also see that when the wear got pretty extensive, I tried to turn the table around and use the other side for a bit. I clearly needed a better solution, though.  No matter how gentle I am with the cards, they begin to wear on the wood as time goes on.

So, while I was at a friend’s house, I noticed a sample piece of granite from the store sitting cast aside on the windowsill that they had considered doing their countertops in. They no longer needed it, and I asked if I could have it.


I took it home, put little fuzzy feet on the underside, and began using it to shuffle my cards on in order to preserve the table top (which it has done spectacularly since acquiring it). Since then, I also found a similarly sized tile in selenite, which I did the same with.

Yes, selenite is soft and, at some point, it will have to be replaced. It does include a cleansing benefit that the granite doesn’t, though.

And, there you have it. A “shuffle plate” is a piece of tile/wood/stone used to shuffle on that protects your table from the wear and tear of shuffling. Soft, fuzzy feet on the bottom are recommended, or the plate will cause it’s own damage to the table’s surface.