from the Cosmic Tribe Tarot, Stevee Postman/Eric Ganther
Original Writing by Kathryn Ravenwood
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.
Kathryn Ravenwood – July 14, 2015 (www.kathrynravenwood.com)