Monday, 6 June 2011

Hermit -- Major Arcana

Today's card for discussion is Hermit. It bears number 9 in the Major Arcana. The Tarot picture I have used for reference is from Rider Wait Tarot Deck.

At this stage of his journey, Fool has learnt lots of lessons pertaining to material world. He has been busy learning and building a life full of material comforts, he fought many battles courageously, had loved and lost. Now having lived his life to the full in this material world, he feels a deep urge inside him to take a break from all these worldly affairs. He feels a need to retreat.

This is when he changes his attire into a hermit's robe and carries nothing more that a staff and lantern. He finds a small, rustic home deep in woods and start spending his time alone. He is alone but not lonely. He has many things to think about and keep him occupied. In this wilderness, in his hut he reflects upon his past experiences and the paths he had choosen and not choosen. Its the tme when he reflects and thinks about his life spent and thus enhances his knowledge and understanding further. His lantern illuminates his path further. His staff is his companion on whom he can lean upon at times when he need support.

This is how he spends time in deep thoughts and meditation, reflecting upon self.

When this card comes up in a reading, it means that its time for introspection and analysis rather than for making decisions or taking actions. Its a time to think and organize yourself. There can be moments when the querent would feel frustrated, but they are temporary. Its a time when one takes a retreat rather thn socializing. Such times does leaad to illumination, a better perspective and clarity of what one has done and what needs to be done now.

Alternatively, this card represents a person of such nature entering your life. A higly illuminated and gifted person which can be in the form of a guide, father, teacher, etc.

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