“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” ~Aristotle
Tidings of great joy to you in this dark December, dear ones! This month Heroic Tarot visits the mountain lair of The Hermit for spiritual counsel! This Major Arcana card symbolizes introspection and inner solitude. He is our guide, leading us with his lantern of inspiration and knowledge. Let us, as Michele Morgan says in A Magical Course in Tarot, “retreat for a time into his realm; learn his ways of careful deliberation, self-knowledge, and prudence in thought and deed.”
In his book, The Way of the Tarot, Alejandro Jodorowsky writes that The Hermit often represents a transformation that cannot be escaped, a “profound change that needs to be confronted and accepted. It evokes the idea of a teacher, a therapist, or a guide.” Jodorowsky goes on to describe The Hermit if the card could speak in the first person. I found this passage to be especially illuminating:
Little by little, I have freed myself of all bonds. I no longer belong to my thoughts. My words do not define me. I have vanquished my passions. Detached from desire, I dwell within my heart as if inside a hollow tree. My body is a vehicle that I witness as it ages, passes and vanishes like the irresistible course of a river. I no longer know who I am; I live in total ignorance of myself. To reach the light, I bury myself in darkness. To attain ecstasy, I cultivate indifference. To achieve the love of all things and all beings, I have retired into solitude. It is there, in the remotest nook of the universe, that I open my soul like a flower of pure light. Gratitude without demand: the essence of of my knowledge is the knowledge of essence.
The Hermit teaches us to go within to find the lessons we have learned. Then he shows us the way to share this knowledge with the rest of the world. There is a strong need to complete a project through service. Our individual lessons become communal wisdom.
“Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” ~C.G. Jung
Schedule your Heroic Tarot reading today and let us explore where you have been, where you are, and where you are going! Together we can access your inner wise sage and activate change in your life!