It's Oh So Quiet: The Hermit

I sincerely hope you've been liking my take on the Major Arcana! It's been a fun exercise, going through the cards and their different interpretations. Here's hoping that you've been able to pick a couple of insights—traditional and otherwise as we move through the cards, one week at a time. 

Deck used: Spirit Speak Tarot (Spirit Speak, Mary Elizabeth Evans)

Deck used: Spirit Speak Tarot (Spirit Speak, Mary Elizabeth Evans)

The Hermit is a special card for me because not only is it my birth card, but it embodies who I feel I am (for the most part!). The Hermit is usually coupled with a light, representing the insight and enlightenment that can come from solitude, self-reflection and silence. In the Spirit Speak Tarot's off the cuff rendition of the Hermit, the spark comes from the Hermit's finger. To me, this represents that the inspiration that comes from being alone may be subtle and slight—we need to be patient (check out those cute snails!) and take our time in waiting for this brightness to come our way.

For all you Myers-Briggs aficionados, I am an INFJ and completely languish in good, quality alone time. Yes to all the Hermit cliches: traveling alone, taking retreats, journaling, even having some tea by myself with my trusty planner (and planner supplies)… these are all activities that feed my soul. And while I am a huge supporter of alone time, I know that I also have a tendency to tip this card into its shadow side by isolating myself from friends, spending too much time in my virtual cave, and immersing myself in my own thoughts and my own little bubble way too much.

Decks used: Nicoletta Ceccoli Tarot (Lo Scarabeo), Centennial Smith-Waite Tarot (Pamela Colman-Smith, US Games), Sakki Sakki Tarot (Monicka Clio Sakki), Metro Tarot Cards (Aya Rosen, Gamecrafter)

Decks used: Nicoletta Ceccoli Tarot (Lo Scarabeo), Centennial Smith-Waite Tarot (Pamela Colman-Smith, US Games), Sakki Sakki Tarot (Monicka Clio Sakki), Metro Tarot Cards (Aya Rosen, Gamecrafter)

Pretty Standard Stuff About The Hermit (check out the Smith-Waite and Sakki-Sakki depictions pictured above):

  • The Hermit holds a lamp that shines light through darkness. When you're going through some dark days, it can be extremely helpful to spend some time to yourself in order for insight to rise to the surface and shed light on why you're going through what you're going through or even how you can deal with it.
  • The Hermit in the RWS holds a staff for support. To me, it's a sign of empowerment—how we have a capacity to help ourselves, whether that means really problem-solving on your own or having enough awareness to call out for help.
  • Both Hermits are cloaked in robes which represents, to me, how shielding ourselves from the outside world and chaos can offer us some form of momentary protection.

But what about cards that go off the beaten path?

  • The Nicoletta Ceccoli Hermit takes the shape of a snail, much like the Spirit Speak's Hermit. We need to dedicate time to ourselves for solitude to really take effect. It won't help us to just whiz through Hermit mode and be done with it.
  • The Hermit in the Metro Tarot cards has her looking out straight ahead, instead of stooping down and gazing at the ground. I believe that we can take pride in our independence and alone time. Just because you are taking time to yourself doesn't mean you are lonely!

Are you taking some Hermit time to yourself? Here are some prompts to help you get in character.

  • What distractions do you need to stay away from in order to really get to the heart of the matter?
  • If quiet makes you feel uneasy, what type of music, white noise, or spatial environment would you need to set the mood?
  • Do you have a stock of scented candles or tea lights at home? What can physically mimic the soft glow of the Hermit's lamp to remind you of your own inner light?

Hope this inspires you to pencil in some proper Hermit time into your calendar. We rise out of the quiet next week as we leave the Hermit behind and get ready for the Wheel of Fortune to take us for a spin!