man is holding a lantern that lights his way. The light in the lantern is in
the shape of a six-pointed star, revealing the fusion of the triple nature of
the lower self (physical, emotional, and mental) with the three primary energies
of the Soul (higher mind, intuition, expressing as love). This card does not
necessarily indicate that The Hermit is in isolation. It does show that a
certain amount of inner contemplation is required in order to bring about that
stage in our personal development characterized by the starlight. The Hermit
speaks to us of the awareness we can obtain from our Inner Guidance. It tells us
that certain sacrifices are necessary to transform the excesses of our daily
lives in order to receive a deeper, spiritual gift of Light. The Hermit
stands atop the peak of a snowy mountain. He has traveled far with only the aid
of a walking stick in his physical ascent. The Light is the real tool he uses
(and offers) to guide our footsteps.
the reading-The Hermit tells us that the querent is either going
through, or needs to go through, a period of self-examination in order to search
for a new definition of "Truth." The person may have to spend a period
of time in solitude trying to develop his inner tools for a life more in keeping
with his inner truth. A "vision quest" may be required so that the
querent can express his real nature both to the people and circumstances
surrounding him. This may require a voyage of discovery, either through actual
travel (usually alone) or an attempt at deep study and meditation. Breaking away
from routine may be what is needed in order to achieve these goals.
Hermit in this position represents someone who is using escapism in order to
avoid facing reality. The querent may also be deceiving himself through
attachment to old beliefs and outworn ideals. These attachments are creating
patterns of expression that do not serve the person's material or spiritual
growth; they only lead to self-defeat.
searching and exploration. The process of systematically analyzing personal
viewpoints and the current state of one's development. The promise of
discovering new ideas to stimulate growth, but only after deep searching.
The understanding, development, and mastery of all facets of personal
consciousness. The search for the next spiritual goal in life.