The Hermit, #9 in the Tarot, guides us as we take the journey inward. We, as the Fool of the Tarot, have achieved a deeper level of self-understanding and are about to journey outward on a turn on the Wheel of Fortune (card #10). But first, we stop and go within, shining the light of wisdom for our own enlightenment. Each of us must evaluate and understand our own essence, our own self, contemplating the passage of our own life so far.
The Hermit explores the underworld of her own nature. She is accompanied by Cerberus, the three-headed dog who guards the entrance. As Eric Ganther wrote, “two of her heads look forward, keeping distracting thoughts of the future at bay, a third looks behind to keep ghosts from past situations from interfering.” Discovering the truth of who we are requires us to be focused and present. We all need time out to discover the wisdom that awaits us beyond the walls of daily routine, mindlessness, disruptions, and pre-conceived reality. But within those walls is a dark doorway – the doorway the Hermit must walk through.
The Hermit carries a light in one hand indicating others might follow close behind, but the real light shines within. This is perhaps my favorite Hermit card of all the decks. While standing in the dark, unable to see very far beyond the small lantern, the Hermit is illuminated with all of life within her. It reminds us that we are the center of life, we are the embodiment of the Divine, we are each a beautiful landscape giving hope, light, and solace to those who still seek their way in the darkness. Truth does not lie in the superficial realms. It is not an easy prize. It is not “microwave enlightenment.” Truth is a process that takes our whole lifetime. There is always something else to discover, another season to explore in the landscape of our private existence.
If you are feeling the Hermit in you being called to explore the underworld of your darker realms, take some time out. Go to your favorite place and spend time alone, just be-ing with yourself. Make time and space for Spirit to reach you. Ask and listen. Dim the lights, turn off the electronics, soak in a soothing bath, take a long walk, spend time with your altars. Enjoy some solitude. (When was the last time you really did that?) There is nothing so dark inside us that the beautiful nature of who we really are cannot shine through and illuminate.
Blessings to you – Kathryn Ravenwood
(Card pictured is the Hermit card from the Cosmic Tribe Tarot)
About my Tarot Readings:
One of my passions in this life is to help you trust the wisdom and strength within you – to understand the High Priestess energy that is there to guide you in all you do. I invite you to schedule a reading with me for assistance in understanding the energies around you so you can make more confident choice s and move forward in joy. Tarot as Alchemy is a powerful experience! The Tarot cards are an ancient collection of wisdom to help us in transforming our lives. They are cosmic doorways that lead us into the archetypal lessons we all must experience as we grow in the physical, emotional, spiritual, and mental aspects of who we are. We invoke the Great Council of Tarot and your own personal guides to bring in the messages and symbols to help you understand the current energies and lessons life is offering you a nd how to make the best of the related opportunities that come from those energies.
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