Today’s card pick is The Hermit.
The Cosmic Tarot has a very unusual Hermit- much more hip looking than most. Instead of the traditional old man, (modeled after Diogenes with his lamp- presumably searching for one honest man), this Hermit is a yogi, sitting in meditation.
A six pointed star shines down from a starry sky, and a single ray of light almost meets an answering ray reaching up from a distant mountain valley. Flowers bloom around the peaceful Hermit figure, and instead of holding his lamp aloft, he twists to regard it sitting on the ground beside him at his left. A small bird sits nearby, unafraid of this peaceful man. The moon shines down on this lovely scene, surrounded by the delicate pink blooms of a blossoming tree.
This is my favorite Hermit image- so much less austere looking and stern than others. This figure radiates a serene gentleness coupled with a strength of purpose; his lamp is also his temple, and it sheds it’s light on him as well as his path. The base is hidden by his foot, which to me represents his determination to base his behavior and life direction on his ideals.
The sash wrapped around his head has the sign for “Om” centered on his forehead, right at the third eye chakra, and the prayer shawl that hangs over his left shoulder has symbols for Jupiter and the Sun emblazoned on it – representing his generous and open nature. A fabric wrap on his right shoulder bears the sigil for Virgo, representing conscientious service, and exactness.
The light that shines from his temple/lamp sheds it’s radiance on him, and the six pointed stars that originate from it’s rays promise that all who are touched by it’s radiance will be blessed with a chance for enlightenment. Yet, his own path leads over distant mountains, toward a brilliant place hidden by the far horizon. As illuminated a being as he may seem to onlookers, his own goal is far higher, and as yet unnattained.
Drawing the Hermit in a reading suggests to the querant that it is wise to draw oneself apart from the crowd, to seek the truth, and to reflect in peace. Self-discipline and patience are other indications, and one should always pay close attention to which direction the Hermit figure is facing- the card his gaze is directed at is often at the center of the issue to be considered.
In addition, this card recommends seeking to be of service to others, and pursuing the highest good for all concerned in whatever situation is presented.
The wilderness blooms for those who have the patience and inner wisdom to stop and observe it, and seeming darkness is filled with starlight, moonlight, the fragrance of night blooming flowers and the songs of night birds. Be still, and shed your expectations and preoccupations to appreciate where you find yourself, and you will find many small wonders surrounding you. Even in the darkness of night, there are many things that shed their light on our lives, if we can just be still enough to experience them.