9. THE HERMIT
— Going within in order to find your inner light —
THE HERMIT TAROT CARD MEANING
THE HERMIT TAROT MESSAGE
a sage, mentor, wise elder, wisdom, guidance, introspection, meditation, taking time away, being anti-social, listening to your heart, a time-out, a pause
When you call on all of your inner gifts, and blend them together, what happens? When you listen to your one clear inner-voice, and meditate on your path, without the influence of others, what do you find?
EXPERIENCING the Tarot HERMIT
Oh sweet light, how it glows. I am finally ready to see you, miracle of luminosity… soft emanation from the ethers. I see you in my dreams, in my desires, and on the horizon when I am still. You are there in the sunlight and in the moonlight. And I know that it is with you that true wisdom lies. In your shimmers, I have walked, day and night, ruminating on your Source. Where does your knowledge come from? And how can I access you? Eventually, I spot your glow resting, blanketing a fountain of stillness in the distance. As I walk, mindfully, I feel you stir beneath my skin. A knowing comes over me. An instinct that I am almost there. I try to understand my own motivation for seeking you. I envsion my path now, whispering from beyond, in dreams and in ideas, and through it all, your light opens up the way of possibility. I see you, even stronger now, blazing in the fire of my passion to be whole, and I see you in in my tinkering Spirit, testing so many routes along the way. And after so much journeying, I realize I am quiet now. Alone. Listening to my own heart. My cloak flaps in the breeze, and I yawn deeply to stretch my soul. Rest. Now. By this beautiful tree. And when I close my eyes to sink into a deepened state, you are no longer there, yet you are here. So close in fact, that I realize that your light is coming from within me. And I have been chasing its glow all along. You are within me. You are the best of me, when I am present. And your wisdom only comes when I stop seeking beyond and start feeling within. And I smile myself to sleep.
Take a journey through the desert, step-by-step, feeling the sand beneath your feet and the grains between your toes. Walk towards the hermit tree where you will sit, and watch your auric light shine out in front of you. Here, you can ask your inner sage your question and listen for beautiful wisdom from its glowing light.
Candle flame casts beautiful shadows and light. Spend time watching candle light dance on mirrored and textured surfaces by placing a variety of small items with different shapes and textures around the candle. Your task is to just watch. Quietly. Record the shadows and shapes that you see. If you feel inclined, ask the Muse to send you dancing shapes and forms in the flickering candlelight, and see what small messages from the divine hide within. Or simply notice, log, and record the beauty.