The Hermit Tarot Card Benefits

The Hermit Tarot card in the Thoth deck

“I have to pick my way along a lonely path, no tradition, no ritual to guide me, and nothing to hinder me, either.”
Georges Bataille

So I have been known to curse when the Hermit turns up in a Tarot spread. He can seem so gloomy, so Saturnine and well, the antithesis of Sex & Shopping. When the Hermit arrives, you’re not getting laid or getting paid soon; the emphasis is on wisdom. It’s the style of sagacity that you seek and score solo, zero applause, or wowing out at your genius. But why are we so resistant?

Linda Papagna

The Hermit Card tarot card is not always welcome. In fact, it can seem archaic and dull. But like Saturn in astrology, it has surprising benefits. The Hermit can mean different things depending on where he turns up. In the Instant Tarot on my site, which is 12 House based, the Hermit significance and suggestions vary hugely.

Here, below, is what I just got this morning. You also have to take into account the surrounding cards. The Hermit next to the Devil is a “distance yourself the fuq away from someone/something” alert.

When next to the Three of Cups, it hints at a retreat but with simpatico folk. The Hermit alongside the Emperor or Empress says Next Level and that you need some solo scheming time. It’s bizarre how brilliantly the Tarot can match the astrology of the moment. Or, not bizarre at all, just synchronicity.

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The Hermit shows up in a strong position when you are on – or need to take – your own trip.  And there is no point looking to others for guidance or to a mentor to take responsibility for your mindset. You’re setting it. That’s the significance of the light that the Hermit carries; you light your way via whatever knowledge you have gained thus far.

Archetype-wise, the Hermit is not so carefree and instinctual as the Fool, but it’s a similar vibe – do it your way and surrender the need for societal validation for now.  To associate the card with age (gray beard) exile and infirmity (the staff) are natural but seeing only the surface. The staff is a magic wand, the gray cloak, and beard disguise a warrior and that light is the Star, source of occult wisdom and divine guidance.

But you don’t get any of these good things by asking around or via standard metrics.  The Hermit also brings to mind those many fairy tales where a god or a goddess visits your house disguised as an outcast or a tramp seeking alms. J.R.R. Tolkien seems in part to have based his Gandalf character on the Hermit, with the Hobbit Bilbo cast aptly in the role of the Fool.

All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

J.R.R. Tolkien

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connie
connie
August 20, 2016 1:32 pm

This was so enlightening for me, Mystic. The Hermit and the Star are my cards and now I see how similar they can be. Thank you.

Brian
Brian
August 20, 2016 2:55 am

Wow! Just freakn’ Wow! Could not have been a more direct karmic message for me than this post.

The Fool, the Hermit, the 5th House, Leo – all the characters in play.
Reaffirming everything that is surfacing for me at present.

Still with a degree of ambiguity, only deciphered through going within.

Pure magic Mystic – as always.

Mm
Mm
August 15, 2016 5:59 pm

The hermit came up for me regularly when I was overcoming a messy (and ended) relationship and friendship. It was a signal to learn to sit with my own pain, to learn to sit in discomfort and not knowing what next, and to go within. Lots of meditation, learning to make decisions that honour myself, learning to create space for myself. It was so needed and so worthwhile… It came up recently, and I thought, “no I’ve done that already!” It seemed like a symbol of loneliness, but then I inadvertently started enjoying and needing time with myself again so… Read more »

Sam
Sam
August 15, 2016 10:48 pm
Reply to  Mm

Helps to read this. Thank you <3

TripleL
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TripleL
August 15, 2016 4:22 pm

OMG – haha! One of my dogs ate something glittery & upon cleaning their doggie room a short time ago, I found the shiny land mines.

Shit CAN sparkle! How’s that for shitchronicity? Lol.

Take that, Mariah Carey.

davidl
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davidl
August 15, 2016 6:12 pm
Reply to  TripleL

Thanks for sharing x
By the way Mariah is way past shiny things. She has transcended into luminescence. That’s right, shining a light through the dark .. Showing us the way.

Sam
Sam
August 15, 2016 10:50 pm
Reply to  davidl

Gotta lay off the radium if ones business is glowing in the dark lol.

SleepfulInBrisvegas
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SleepfulInBrisvegas
August 15, 2016 2:14 pm

I know. We were appalled at that. An hour a week is not employment. What a scam to distort the national statistics.

Starlush
Starlush
August 15, 2016 10:30 am

Love this Mystic. Gorgeous insights ALLways??

sphinx
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sphinx
August 15, 2016 10:17 am

Love reading everyone’s reactions to the Hermit. I used to fear him as he looks grief struck in that miserable grey garb. Perhaps at that time I feared him it was all about sex and shopping and all things bright and I feared being alone. But now I see him and rejoice! I don’t have to shop, chatter or interact with people at that daily grind level? Awesome! I would like to think this morning I was channeling Saturn Wisdom. As a nice teacher wrenched my ASD son by the wrist to force him to class as he struggled to… Read more »

AnkhRising8.0
AnkhRising8.0
August 15, 2016 8:11 am

Fab, Mystic. Yeah I always welcome The Hermit in my readings. He’s like the cool, wise elder in the astral neighborhood, imparting answers to esoteric mysteries with every visit. He tells the best stories & always has some mind-blowing point to every one of them. I take his appearance as a cue to go into student mode: listening, receptive & sponge-like. With this full moon brewing (in my 12th house) I’ve been so feeling XVII The Star. Fresh water pouring into stagnant pools, to infinity! I won’t be able to see the moon for the next couple of nights due… Read more »

LiberatingVenus
LiberatingVenus
August 15, 2016 7:40 am

Really? I quite like him – he holds his light up for others and is a Wayshower. My name is a 9 in numerology, I am a 33 (Master Teacher) Life Path, and my ASC aligns with a star the Kabbalists associate with The Hermit. I even found out fairly recently that one of my Guides is Merlin. I suppose this constellation of factors is why I’m so comfortable with this wise old wizard energy. Always been a bit of a loner – at times my life experiences have made it difficult for me to relate to others (and vice… Read more »

Kay
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Kay
August 15, 2016 7:17 am

Wow, thanks for this Mystic! A reminder to strengthen and question conditioning forces and set down roots in your chosen forest that enhances rather than detracts from Truth. Beautiful!

Not knowing much Tarot, either out of naivety or just assumption, I’ve always felt comfortable seeing the Hermit in the spread. Maybe because Gandalf the card did remind me of Gandalf or a mystic traveling in the forest. Maybe it’s the Pisces Ascendant and NN in the 1st talking…

Suzi E
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Suzi E
August 15, 2016 5:26 am

Well I just had a click on the cards… no Hermit… but did get
1st House Ace of Pentacles,
5th House King of Cups,
7th House 2 of Cups,
Looks promising… hehehe.

scorpiodawn
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scorpiodawn
August 15, 2016 5:03 am

think i missed the tuesday e mail?

scorpiodawn
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scorpiodawn
August 15, 2016 10:47 am
Reply to  Mystic

oh yeah, so it is!

Annica
Annica
August 15, 2016 4:48 am

I almost never get the hermit card, but i suspect it is because i am super hermity already. It is people i can’t stand. Thank goodness there isn’t a tarot card called The Socialite or something. Because i would prob not like it.

dizzarina
dizzarina
August 15, 2016 3:38 am

I needed this post, Mystic. Thank you. A thousand times thank you.

In these crazy times, I rely on the wisdom here more and more.

SleepfulInBrisvegas
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SleepfulInBrisvegas
August 15, 2016 3:15 am

I found create respite and comfort in the Hermit in my years of exile during my Neptune sq Neptune transit (that coincided with homeschooling). He was a constant in my spreads and have me a sense of hope that my forced time out of the world was not a waste. That there was something to it. He was my personal magic card this year and I was like: we’re well travelled together, welcome (a bit like what David described above). What strikes me now, eight months on from drawing that card, is the lantern that he carries. Not just of… Read more »

SleepfulInBrisvegas
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SleepfulInBrisvegas
August 15, 2016 3:16 am

Urgh!! And the tippy tappy typo Monkeys have been at it again.

jessie
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jessie
August 15, 2016 2:38 am

It’s so interesting what cards some people have a reaction to or don’t like seeing. I never minded getting the hermit, maybe because I always liked alone time so anything that I feel encourages solitude and quiet reflecting activities is my cup of tea. I used to be scared of the tower, I don’t think I’m scared of it anymore, but I definitely swear out loud when it pops up, no matter where it falls. I assume that’s quite a common reaction though.

SleepfulInBrisvegas
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SleepfulInBrisvegas
August 15, 2016 3:19 am
Reply to  jessie

I’ve only had the Tower once and I had no idea what it was really referring to. It was only in hindsight that I went: oh yeah! I was expecting dramatic change, I was just unprepared for how dramatic and how instantaneous it was. Cards like The Devil, Death, 10 swords, 3 swords all have their places and their positive sides. Having said that I had a pretty epic run of pulling the same oracle card for several months until I hated the sight of it. Took a long time to dig under the many layers of its meaning to… Read more »

jessie
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jessie
August 15, 2016 3:26 am

Yes I also get tired if I keep getting something repetitively, like a petulant teenager I react like ‘ugh I know OK’ LOL

SleepfulInBrisvegas
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SleepfulInBrisvegas
August 15, 2016 3:30 am
Reply to  jessie

The irony of that is ‘knowing’ and ‘Knowing’. Sometimes what we are told the cards mean doesn’t necessarily align with our personal understanding and you have to fall all the way down into there to stop getting it.

I still get twitchy when I get All That Glitters in the Oraclr deck. Even though I know it just means be authentic and look behind the mask.

Ren
Ren
August 15, 2016 3:25 am
Reply to  jessie

Same here. It’s kind of a reminder to look upward and inward for that wisdom and there’s is something comforting in getting back on the journey. I enjoy that time of soltitude and that deep introspective quest for wisdom, for me it’s necessary. Must be the 8th house pisces.

SleepfulInBrisvegas
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SleepfulInBrisvegas
August 15, 2016 3:30 am
Reply to  Ren

Upward and inward is perfect.

GeminEE
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GeminEE
August 15, 2016 2:10 am

The quote by Georges Bataille resonates with me! I’m in digital media…so everyone’s asking “what’s the next big thing”, and no one knows. Management keeps changing protocol and refuses to set down guidelines.

“And there is no point looking to others for guidance or to a mentor to take responsibility for your mindset. You’re setting it.” Yes, exactly this. I’m relying heavily on my natal Saturn in Cap in the 3rd house to stay on my path, with Jupiter in Gem and all the other things in my 3rd house for ideas and growth.

davidl
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davidl
August 15, 2016 5:42 am
Reply to  GeminEE

Yes, I’ve been involved with the digital and optical industries for over 30 years now. After working in these business’s for 15 years and seeing that most of them kept changing protocols and refusing to design or implement business systems and quality guidelines, I left and started my own software company that provided business system design and implementation to high tech companies. 😉 When people are saying to me what’s the next big thing ? I want the leading edge etc.i know that they are the least tech savvy people to deal with. Their basic strategy is, if I’m using… Read more »

Sam
Sam
August 15, 2016 1:54 am

Hermit appears a lot in my readings. Going it alone is a theme in my life that I am actually actively trying to do less of, given how, well, lonely it is. I figure my Libra north node wants me to play better with others. It’s nice to read the variations on how to read it. Not sure I’ll ever get my head around the intricacies of tarot placements but these things help.

aquasunrise
aquasunrise
August 15, 2016 4:54 am
Reply to  Sam

Jupiter in libra coming to shake your up your capricorn house – maybe you’ll be busier and less conscious of those periods of being alone. Jupiter will challenge with hopefully benevolent growth; are you pluto in libra generation?

Sam
Sam
August 16, 2016 4:00 am
Reply to  aquasunrise

Hi asr, yes I’ve been wondering about that. I think Jupiter is another planet that will be changing signs and making significant aspects at same time – crossing Pluto as it goes into my 4th house. I’m feeling kind of bruised about this theme, and not sure if I have “done enough” to forestall Jupiter stirring up yet more crap as it makes its transit. From about Dec 2016 to April 2017 is big personal astro, outer planet aspects to all inner planets , house changes and chart angles. So, more change but what sort I am not sure .… Read more »

scorpiodawn
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scorpiodawn
August 15, 2016 1:02 am

beautiful. one of my favourite cards. but then ive a packed twelth hse.
also makes me think of led zeppelins inner record sleeve, one of my fav albums

GeminiRising
GeminiRising
August 15, 2016 4:39 am
Reply to  scorpiodawn

Yes! I thought of that album too.

davidl
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davidl
August 15, 2016 12:57 am

When I see the hermit I relate him to the book, Pilgrims Progress. The main theme of the book describes how life is a highway, We set out alone, maybe leaving our friends and family to find where we belong. The journey is arduous and along the way we find comfort and friendship in the many guest houses and hostels along the way. The inns also serve those that visit on the way but somehow decided to stay, be waylaid. Some for weeks, some for a lifetime. The temptation of course is to stay in these comfortable places and never… Read more »

Electro
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Electro
August 15, 2016 12:56 pm
Reply to  davidl

I agree, Davidl, good point. I read Pilgrims Progress in my youth and it left an imprint. It comes to mind during certain life transitions, thank you for the reminder.

davidl
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davidl
August 15, 2016 5:22 pm
Reply to  Electro

“The alien is that which stems from elsewhere and does not belong here … The stranger who does not know the ways of the foreign land wanders about lost; if he learns its ways too well, he forgets that he is a stranger and gets lost in a different sense by succumbing to the lure of the alien world and becoming estranged to his own origin … The recollection of his own alienness, the recognition of his place of exile for what it is, is the first step back; the awakened homesickness is the beginning of the return.”
Hans Jonas

aquahair
aquahair
August 15, 2016 12:30 am

SATURN

aquahair
aquahair
August 15, 2016 1:28 am
Reply to  Mystic

I was not sure if you were just trying to ignore the saturn relationship. When I read the cards I generally find the time keeper saturn and the hermit go hand in hand. People generally feel more comfortable with the kindly hermit than with Saturn, even though they are the same coin

Ampersand
Ampersand
August 14, 2016 11:37 pm

I didn’t get the Hermit in today’s spread, but I did get the Eight of Pentacles in the 11th, which suggests a gentle withdrawal from the fray. Continuing to stay off Facebook, been 2 months now. It was just something else to maintain, like a houseplant you don’t like very much but are too nice to actively kill. Very tired of presenting a public image which does not exist, since the real me is going to be unpalatable. I don’t actually give much thought to what other people think these days. I know I’m ok, in the essentials.

kriblack
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kriblack
August 15, 2016 12:04 am
Reply to  Ampersand

“like a houseplant you don’t like very much but are too nice to actively kill”

LMFAO you just described my entire life right now. Houseplants, social media profiles, relationships, my job. Brilliant.

Ampersand
Ampersand
August 15, 2016 12:07 pm
Reply to  kriblack

Oh man tell me about it. 🙂

SleepfulInBrisvegas
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SleepfulInBrisvegas
August 15, 2016 3:07 am
Reply to  Ampersand

I left Facebook in June last year for a 100+ day sabbatical and haven’t gone back. I don’t miss it. I have friends who make sure I know about stuff if it’s only on Facebook.

It didn’t leave a void. Is anything it allowed multiple festering wounds to heal. And when my life turned 180 degrees last year, I was so grateful for the privacy to let it play out without public scrutiny.

There is life beyond Facebook!!

Annica
Annica
August 15, 2016 4:43 am

Isn’t that just evil shite? I have friends who keep trying to lure me to FB by posting parties and get togethers there …locked….and i just have said no. I dont care if it makes me an old fuddy Duddy. I don’t have desire for a social media that thrives on drama.

Annica
Annica
August 15, 2016 4:51 am
Reply to  Ampersand

Why would you say the real you is unpalatable? :3
Realness is where the treasure is even if it isn’t FB beautiful or approved! 🙂

Ampersand
Ampersand
August 15, 2016 11:04 am
Reply to  Annica

Hehe, no it really is. Because my interests are just thought to be so….weird to many on there. I’m not weird but honestly if it’s not photos of your dinner, checking into a restaurant or a selfie down with the “beauty” filter, it is weird, and the Mean Girls come out to play. I’m fine with myself, I think I just realised that half of my friends list are people I probably wouldn’t piss on if they were on fire because they are lazy ex colleagues who I have nothing in common with, much less want an update on their… Read more »

Ampersand
Ampersand
August 15, 2016 11:58 am
Reply to  Ampersand

Did I say that out loud omg

marsbar
marsbar
August 15, 2016 3:16 pm
Reply to  Ampersand

XD LOL! I have a feeling we might get along in real life. But yeah i don’t even bother friending those sorts of boring ass people.

The Venus Fly
The Venus Fly
August 15, 2016 4:07 pm
Reply to  Ampersand

I’m considering deleting FB. I love my American and European friends because they’re so eclectic but all the Australians do is post selfies, group shots and make out they’re “winning” when their lives are a mess.

I’m just gonna delete the Australian people. I am so friggin’ jaded with this place on a social life the incessant insincerity and vapidnesd is driving me batty. I don’t want to be bitter but something has to.leave my orbit and they are it. Bring in the fresh and sincere – and so it is!

Electro
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Electro
August 15, 2016 6:44 am
Reply to  Ampersand

I want to do this too but there are businesses near me without websites (Mennonites mostly) that have FB pages announcing herbalism courses and events that I wouldn’t know about otherwise. I guess they get more views that way.

Ampersand
Ampersand
August 15, 2016 12:06 pm
Reply to  Electro

Yeah it is difficult, and I can understand using it if you have a business or whatever. I never really go out that much (to social events anyhow) whether I know about them on Facebook or not so it was pretty pointless to me, I just can’t plan ahead, I never know how I will be feeling that evening, I’d rather keep it spontaneous, if I bump into a friend and we go for a pint because I want to in the here and now.

The Venus Fly
The Venus Fly
August 14, 2016 10:35 pm

“Say no to any Hermit shut-in tendencies” – 3 of Wands, 11th house. THANK YOU. I literally just told off everyone I know here in Australia for being the first to take and the last to give. That I am sick of their narcissism, stinginess and endless verbal fuqery. NO MORE calling me when you’re depressed, angry, need creative advice, personal referrals – nk more caretaker BS. No more hand maiden enabling. And no more fucking teaching. Put in the work I have of you want to succeed. I just bought roses and a bottle of my fav deleted Gucci… Read more »

The Venus Fly
The Venus Fly
August 14, 2016 10:37 pm
Reply to  The Venus Fly

Graci to the decades spent at the Hermitage – it’s why I can blaze so ferociously and perfectly. Lesson learned, the wheel turns 🙂

kriblack
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kriblack
August 14, 2016 11:34 pm
Reply to  The Venus Fly

@The Venus Fly, love this! Been secretly longing to make a Hermitage of my life for many of the reasons you state above. But I’ve been feeling guilty for wanting to drop out of the world of everyone and just finally do what I want with my life even if that means leaving everyone to deal with their own shit. Like shouldn’t I want to be a part of people’s lives and/or make a contribution to the world in general? But increasingly I’ve begun to realize that the only way I’m going to be able to contribute and be a… Read more »

Ampersand
Ampersand
August 14, 2016 11:47 pm
Reply to  kriblack

“I truly feel like I could spend decades by myself and never have enough me time”.
^^ this.
I was poking around in a rock pool yesterday thinking about that Tom Hanks film where he was stranded on an island. I thought I probably wouldn’t have built a raft, I’d be fine with the island.

The Venus Fly
The Venus Fly
August 15, 2016 12:01 am
Reply to  kriblack

Hermit on, honey. Sensual, deliciousness is some great stuff. Time for me to bust loose and find my tribe – sick of settling for peeps who take but don’t share. Who exclude me because I “outshine” ’em – fuck em. No more having my brilliance diminished. The word “shine” keeps coming to me. In fact, JUST as I typed this a song with that very title started playing on my phone, lol. “Look at you shine, baby” – I did my time, my darkside is my diamond but my Lilith in Leo in the third is roaring PAST all of… Read more »

kriblack
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kriblack
August 15, 2016 12:08 am
Reply to  The Venus Fly

Amazing!

Also you just inspired me to make a new playlist. Shine on you crazy diamond and shine bright like a diamond come to mind.

kriblack
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kriblack
August 15, 2016 12:17 am
Reply to  kriblack

omg right after I typed that my friend texted me about something I sent him earlier about diamonds and then he said he was downloading the Shining as we were speaking. Your Shine vibe is spreading instantaneously cross two provinces here in Canada!

The Venus Fly
The Venus Fly
August 15, 2016 12:27 am
Reply to  kriblack

Lol.

The Oracle said my scent was Heliotrope – the main ingredient in my signature perfume. And archetype was flowers – it’s ALL connected :p

dizzarina
dizzarina
August 15, 2016 3:47 am
Reply to  kriblack

The synchronicity is very high now, I think

SleepfulInBrisvegas
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SleepfulInBrisvegas
August 15, 2016 3:05 am
Reply to  The Venus Fly

I haven’t quite got to ‘shine’ yet, but the theme of ‘light’ has been really strong in the last couple of weeks. Realising that I have lost touch with my light – but others still see it/feel it/experience it. So I’m on a quest (and I see the Hermit with his staff as much a quester as he is a cave dweller!) to reunite with my light. And then, oh then, may the shine begin.

Cerezita15
Cerezita15
August 20, 2016 3:28 pm
Reply to  The Venus Fly

I’m exactly in the same process that you Venus Fly and enjoying it! I’m saying NO TO ALL THE TAKERS AND ENERGETIC LEECHES in my life. It has taken me a while for my ethical and moral values to agree that reciprocity is also my natural right.

The only thing I know about my chart is that I’m an Aries born in a year of a Fire Dragon (and I suspect with Leo ascendant), so I’ll just do whatever I feel like doing:)

Catherine
Catherine
August 14, 2016 10:02 pm

Really love ? this so where I am at and getting older don’t feel the need to have validation or explain x was talking to a friend about the archetypes of holy spirit and Madonna yesterday, but this just puts it so well…i love the imagery of lighting the secret door , and of wise visitors in disguise.thank you so very apt and timely

aquasunrise
aquasunrise
August 14, 2016 8:32 pm

Introspection / time for wisdom to be more attended too, preceding “sex and shopping”?

HERMIT + DEVIL…

Hermit = higher knowledge, truth?

Devil = Lust, materialism, gratification at what cost?

Guessing…

Year of the Phoenix
Year of the Phoenix
August 14, 2016 8:24 pm

So Taoiat! Deep roots that the frosts don’t get AF are my goal! I am a multi conj Virgo and have found it a bit irritating this is our card – so old so lonely looking but since the MM tarot has changed my view to a Fool with Nous I’m ok with it

kriblack
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kriblack
August 14, 2016 11:57 pm

Interesting Phoenix. I’ve only been aware that I have Virgo rising for a few years after starting to study astrology. Prior to that I only knew my sun sign Pisces and identified heavily with it (multiple conjunct Pisces). But now that I’m learning about my Virgo-ness I feel like I’ve found a missing piece of me I couldn’t name for so long. And one of the things that I identify most strongly with in relation to Virgo is the Hermit card. Gandalf, Merlin, the loner on the fringe who is the keeper of occult wisdom and divine guidance? Yes please.… Read more »

Year of the Phoenix
Year of the Phoenix
August 16, 2016 2:17 pm
Reply to  kriblack

Yes! You are right about the revealing knowledge but ha!

My NN is in Pisces 7/8 House and am consciously being more creatively collaborative and soul mating with the world!

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