There comes a time in everyone’s life where we ask, “Is this all there is? Where we wonder, “What would life be like if I wasn’t here, in this situation? Why can’t my life be more like his or hers?” Where we begin to question all the common place things around us that previously went without question. And in my opinion, this is getting worse as we progress through this technological age. Like never before we have the ability to see into other people’s lives, to be connected with so many different people, and in turn have the opportunity to see so many different ways of living, that we undoubtedly start to compare our lives to others. And often this has a touch of envy as an accompaniment. We want for more and more and get stuck in a vicious circle of comparison and consumption. But there is a way out of this, and I see it in today’s card of the day, The Hermit.

The Hermit - Shadowscapes Tarot
The Hermit – Shadowscapes Tarot

The Hermit encapsulates a retreat from all the world’s distractions in order to determine your own truth. He is a seeker of solitude, on an introspective journey to find the answers he has been searching for. Here we see a figure who has climbed this tremendous pinnacle, above the roar of society, so high that he is above the flight of the birds below him, with only the light of the lantern to guide him. Stepahanie says that these birds are in fact loons which “are a symbol of peace and tranquillity” and the light in the lantern is said to be made from a fallen star, searching for its way back into the heavens.

Although the pinnacle has a precarious look to it, he is calm and centered because he knows he is a nose breadth’s away from discovering what he had been searching for! I love that image, it is as if he is about to receive all of the knowledge of the shining orb, which looks to me to be in between the Moon and the Sun. His journey to this true place of solitude has resulted in the acquisition of wisdom and deep inner knowing. And the pinnacle itself has import I believe. The height that he has travelled shows the amount of effort taken to get to this place. The figure’s dissatisfaction with the world and all its superficial wants and needs has inspired him to journey to this remote place. And although he is so high up, he is still gazing up into the sky, showing that there is always more to learn in this life. I think the structure of the pinnacle is interesting too! There are fossils within it, showing how long it has existed for, and the circle in the centre to me brings to mind the cycle of life, which the figure has now passed in his search for true wisdom.

This is a very important card for me at this stage in my development. I have never really given myself the opportunity to sit completely alone, with nothing but my inner thoughts as company. I guess to be completely truthful this frightens me, for I don’t know what may come up if I do. That and I am quite the social butterfly and enjoy being with other people. But for quite some time now I have felt a disconnect between body and soul, unsure in a way of who I am and who I wish to be. That was one of the main reasons why I decided to start Tarot again. When I was younger I had a deck, The Thoth Tarot to be precise, but it just didn’t click with me. So I put it in my cupboard and slowly forgot about it. But late last year when I started thinking more about myself and my inner wants and motivations Tarot flittered back into my mind. And since looking into it more, I have found it pushing me towards a type of inner contemplation that has previously been a frightening concept. That and it is hardening my resolve that the way we are living our lives now is pushing us further and further away from our true selves. Social media platforms are beginning to have too strong a hold on us as human beings, especially in my generation. What is the point in me knowing the ins and outs of all these peoples lives who I don’t even see on a weekly basis. Not only that but it is most often only the surface, the most superficial aspects of our lives. And it also allows for a great deal of manipulation, you can pretty much portray yourself in any way you like. I think my life would be so much happier if I was more concerned about my own personal development, and less drawn to wasting my time looking into the lives of others. Seeing The Hermit here, so serene and calm upon this precarious pinnacle makes my soul call to me, telling me that it IS time for me to set out on that journey, to search for meaning within myself, to spend some time truly listening to my soul’s call and take the step to a deeper knowledge of myself, and what I want out of this life. So that’s what I will do! Until I am actually able to go on this journey for real I will strive each day to spend some time away from distractions, truely listening to myself! And every time I pick up my phone to look at Facebook, or Instagram or any of the others platforms I have previously used, I will ask myself, is there something more productive you could be doing, do you really need to distract yourself in this way? So thank you Mr Hermit, I think I needed a little prod in the right direction 🙂

Until next time, live well xx


7 thoughts on “Follow Your Guiding Light – The Hermit

  1. This image reminds me so much of the 8 of Chalices from the Fey Tarot deck, where a Fey is looking at a staircase stretching out toward a solitary point — an image I relate to a lot. Recently I realized that The Hermit is one of my birth cards, so it makes sense that I am drawn toward solitude and thinking things through for myself. It’s just hard to get that in this world. Even as an introvert, there are only so many hours in a day, especially when there are a lot of people who I am close to and want to stay close to…

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    1. Yeah I can see the link there :). And definitely agree with you, life nowadays just seems to soar past so quickly. Sometimes you really just have to make the time for yourself, despite what plans others may be making, so that you can re-centre and refuel 🙂


  2. That is so true! In a world where we’re so connected, it is easy to lose sight of which connections are meaningful. Including the connecting with our own selves. And I love your observation about envy resulting from all of this unending access to the lives of others (even if it is indeed a manipulated picture we are seeing). It reminds me of one of my favorite quotes that I wish I remembered more often: “Comparison is the death of joy.” – Mark Twain

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    1. Thank you, thank you, thank you! That quote is so simple, yet so profound. And I’m going to bring it forward with me from now on :).

      I think one of the easiest things to lose sight of is that connection with ourselves. The true connection with ourselves! For it can easily be pushed aside when we try too hard to ‘present’ a version of ourselves to others. And I for one know I have lost it from time to time.

      I am happy to see that my post was able to connect to you, I thoroughly enjoy hearing people’s thoughts on them, so thank you for taking the time 🙂

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