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For Those Alone Times: Wisdom of The Hermit

For Those Alone Times:  Wisdom of The Hermit

Have you felt drawn inward for some time? Are you beginning to feel a need to make more time for yourself? If so, the Hermit card from the Tarotís Major Arcana may speak to you and offer you some insight and wisdom now.

The new Tarot of the Four Elements offers this insight about the Hermit, and reading this excerpt from this meaningful deck may open the door for you to new experiences:

The traditional image that shows up in this Major Arcana card over the centuries is a wise old man, usually bearded, carrying a lantern. (In our modern understanding of this card, the figure should be represented by either a wise old man or woman.) He carries a lantern, which symbolizes the enlightenment that he has absorbed over this lifetime and that he can share with humanity. Often he is looking to the left – in a sense backward over the many experiences of a rich life. At this stage in the journey through the Major Arcana, one is faced with a recognition of oneís own mortality and the unseen forces of change and transformation that may reshape the deeper aspects of daily life.

If The Hermit Speaks to You Today
If the Hermit card speaks to you, you will need to find a place within to rest, gaze, meditate, or contemplate the magic and splendor of knowledge and insight that is offered to you. In time, you–like this winter being–will walk out into the world sharing and teaching the wisdom of deep secrets and mysteries. You will walk the red road of inspired passion–rooting your acquired insight in the terrain of your destiny. In a sense, you will become a prophet of new words, ideas, and actions. Your new awareness will become beautiful light patterns of higher intelligence that will crystallize within your core–helping you share rainbow hues with the hearts and minds of all beings.

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Adapted from Tarot of the Four Elements, by Isha Lerner and Amy Ericksen (Inner Traditions, 2004). Copyright (c) 2004 by Isha Lerner and Amy Ericksen. Reprinted by permission of Inner Traditions.
Adapted from Tarot of the Four Elements, by Isha Lerner and Amy Ericksen (Inner Traditions, 2004).

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5:51AM PDT on Mar 28, 2011

Thanks for the info.

5:19PM PST on Feb 7, 2011

The hermit card is associated with my date of birth and fits me to a tee. There is much wisdom, insight and solace to be found in solitude. Thanks.

10:11AM PST on Jan 15, 2011

This is very interesting, it touches on a subject dear to my heart. I write about tarot- here's my thoughts on the hermit:
excerpts from my writings:from my website
Poetry- the Hermit
look deep within,
search for that which has been
weakened by neglect. hold high my torch ,
feel the sub-conscious at work,
guiding, illuminating the way,
consulting the wisdom within.
i am the HERMIT,
let me light your path

Essay on the hermit:
Hermit- he is the eternal seeker- the pilgrim soul. His beacon of wisdom and knowledge illuminates the world below him as he beckons: Where I am, you may also be. Eternal Spring is in his heart. With this card, think things over, evaluate your options carefully. Sometimes it helps to withdraw or retreat from a situation or issue. Being too e motionally involved with the problem may cloud the decision making process. Let a bright light come on to help you gain a better perspective.

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