June 12 Inspirational Card of the Day
Major Arcana TRUMP # 9
THE HERMIT The Alchemical Tarot
If you’ve been following this daily offering you may have noticed that
we are encountering a series of Major Trump Cards. The Fool, Strength and now The Hermit.
THE HERMIT is the old wise SAGE, the guru, the seeker of inner wisdom,the Ancient wisdom keeper,
The number 9 is the number of completion, perfection , it is the last in the sequence 1-9 and then repeats.
THE HERMIT is always a lone figure, as the name implies. A hermit was/is a spiritual seeker,
one who went into the woods,or into a cave, who dropped out of society to seek more meaningful answers to life.
He is usually cloaked, mysterious, traditionally an older, wiser more experienced grey haired long bearded man.
He can be facing left or right, always holding a lantern and a staff. He is a seeker and a way shower.
Some famous Hermit types are the Buddha, Yoda, Gandalf, St. Francis of Assisi, Hildegarde Von Bingen, a 12th Century German Benedictine musician, mystic, writer, herbalist and visionary, American artist Georgia O’Keefe, musician Cat Stevens who converted to Islam and dropped out of public sight at the height of his fame.
Painting by Georgia O’Keefe
The Hermit is also the sign of VIRGO
add on the additional meanings of earth sign, practical, devoted,ecology, hard-working, serving others, intelligent, ordered, perfecting, health.
The HERMIT is a part of you seeking deeper meaning and inner wisdom within. The Hermit is telling you to take some time out. SLow down. You need a break from the usual daily crazy busyness. Slow down, pay attention to what you eat, digest everything, get into your body wisdom. Do something which requires time, concentration, patience to create. Write, read, slow down. You already have the answers within you.
Close your eyes take some deep breaths, and imagine that you are walking into the forest away from all civilization. As you walk you drop different personas, attitudes, defenses in the form of clothing, symbolic items which drop to the side of your path. As you walk you feel lighter and lighter.
You walk for a very long time through the woods with only the sounds of the birds and the trees snapping and the breeze blowing. Listen, the world is at peace, it is whole complete beautiful. You are seeking help as you still don’t know where you are going, why or how. You ask from your heart for a sign. It is getting dark, fear comes up and sends shivers down your spine. A raven crows. Darkness descends and you stop walking. You feel your heart racing in your chest. You lean against a large tree. And remember to breathe deeply to calm down. You start to feel centered, you remember to be like the tree and grow roots to ground yourself. You feel steadier. Then something inside you tells you to turn around, and off in the distance you think you see a faint glow. You carefully walk towards the dim light which gets brighter as you go. Then there ahead of you and above you, you see a figure. A man in a hooded cape holding up a light. Telepathically he tells you that you he is your guide, your way shower, he is protecting you with his Light and he will always be there for you whenever you need. You are awestruck by his presence which seems ancient, kind, mysterious yet filled with knowledge.
Anytime you wish your inner guide is there for you. You have just met him. Sit quietly every day and ask the HERMIT to teach you. It will take time and patience. You must persist.
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