On first glance we may see this as a card of isolation. And while this may be indicated by circumstance, or even marked by the stoic aestheticism of a monk in the alps– this life is also close to heaven, singular in spiritual focus and full of light.
It may be a call to recognize and honor that circumstance in your life. It is in this quiet place that you may find your inner light, be able to separate it from your ego and hold that light aloft for others as a guide and perhaps inspiration, like a shining star in the universe. The number of the card is nine, and this recalls the incubation of a child in the womb. A necessary separation for personal development before coming out into the world.
…Won’t put it under a bushel- No! I’m gonna let it shine…
Or, you may find yourself in the awkward position of realizing that you are in fact, the only grown-up in the room. That mountain top retreat looks a lot more tempting when your sitting in a room full of folks who desperately need guidance. Now is not the time to run and hide, and rationalization can’t keep you in that cave forever. If you have been in retreat for a while, The Hermit may show up in time for you to stand up and go outside – alone- where everyone can see you, then hold up the Light for others to follow. Use your staff for support as it is itself a very beam of the starlight you hold.
Relax, they will see the light, not you. From far away they may not even notice your old craggy self looking like a rock, part of the mountain you stand on. It is the light, that piece of starlight you hold and care for that others will see. It is the task of the Hermit to separate himself from this shining radiance first so that he may better enjoy it himself, and later so he may hold it aloft for other seekers.
Note: It isn’t your job to say whom the light will shine on. Don’t worry over much about showing your inner truth. Those who are not ready will not see, or comprehend your light. Yet the Seeker will Find. And every formal initiation is either redundant, or it is invalid.
Images from The Smith-Waite Tarot Centennial Edition Deck are used in this blog. They feature the artist, Pamela Colman Smith’s, original coloring and lovely back design. The cards are a bit oversized and printed on sturdy cardstock. This deck is one of my personal favorites. =:->AD
Rider-Waite images used with permission of U.S. Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT 06902. c. 1971 by U.S. Games Systems, Inc.