The hermit represents the need to find a light in the darkness. We all know what darkness is, metaphorically speaking. Sometimes we feel very alone but the only way for us to learn how to deal with those feelings and authentic manner is to look within.
There is this quote I love, although I forget the source. So let me paraphrase:
“The only thing we all have in common with each other is how alone we all are.”
This quote is not meant to be depressing, rather, it’s to remind us that this loneliness is a part of being human, and that we all must learn to navigate it on our own terms.
Looking within, calling upon the intuitive voice, sitting in silence, engaging in walking mediation, candle gazing, and so many other activities bring us closer to the inner voice of wisdom. It’s the small voice that we all have. But we all must practice listening to it if we wish to connect more fully. And some of us need more practice than others! LOL!
But seriously. The only way to peace is inward. And once we determine the inner landscape and figure out how to navigate the hills and valleys, rivers and oceans of our inner world are we able to create a sense of lasting inner peace. Once we have found inner peace then, and only then, can we use our inner light as a guide for others, much like the light from The Hermit’s lantern goes in all directions. So too can our own inner peace spread to light the way for those around us, so that they, too, can figure out the road within themselves and find their own sense of inner peace.
What are your thoughts on The Hermit? If you have an image of The Hermit from a deck you love I would love to see it!
My card is from the Robin Wood Tarot and is surrounded by Samadhi Quartz on the top and Celestite below.
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Over the couple of weeks we are coming up against a stone wall ... Mars opposes Saturn and then Pluto. This isn't an easy time. We can feel beat down and rejected. But on the bright side this teaches us determination.
Like that saying goes:
"Fall Down Seven Time, Stand Up Eight." We got this.
I talk a lot about reading tarot cards intuitively. I think it’s the best way to go. Yes, tarot cards have book meanings and if you are serious about tarot you will eventually learn those book meaning but I firmly believe that everything you need to know if already within you.
I’m using my daughter as an example today. She is three and she likes to hang out with me in my office, especially in the morning before going to daycare. She was sitting in my office this morning and said: “Mommy, why are those cards out?” My tarot cards were still in a spread from my work the day before and there was no particular reason I had left them out. Then she said: “Let me look at this one” and took the King of Swords. At first she thought it was a girl because he is wearing a tunic that looks kind of like a dress but I showed her his beard and told her it was a boy.
“He can wreck you.” She said this almost instantly.
I was curious so I asked her what else he can do.
“He can stab you.”
This simple exercise is exactly what I am talking about when I discuss reading tarot cards intuitively. Look at the picture and use your imagination.
My daughter did not have a question in mind when looking at this card but let’s pretend she is an adult client and has asked the question: “Is this guy a good guy for me to get involved with?” I get questions like this all the time from clients. Now imagine that intuitive response of “He can wreck you.” Do you think it’s a good idea to get involved with this person? That is how reading tarot cards intuitively works. From the mouths of babes.
What do you see when you look at the King of Swords? Personally I do not think he is all bad but he isn't really the touchy-feely type, either!
I have been on a gratitude kick lately, and with good cause, and I have innumerable things to be grateful for in my life. I have kept a gratitude journal, in some form, for a good 20 years. I realize how important gratitude is to appreciating what I have as well as for creating the life I desire. And even so, with all my many gratitude practices, sometimes I get caught in a trap of either repeating the same things over and over again or being unable to think of something to say in my gratitude journal. How can I run out of ideas as there is just so very much out there and in here to be grateful for? This little post is about what I have been doing recently to revitalize my gratitude practice.
I use tarot cards for just about everything. Name it and I have probably asked the question for myself, a friend, or a client. I have done daily cards and weekly cards and monthly spreads and annual spreads. I have used tarot cards in magic spells and I have used them as a focus for meditation. But one of my favorite ways to use tarot cards is in my gratitude practice.
There is no special method to using tarot cards for gratitude but this is what I do. Depending how much time I have to devote to the practice I choose a number of cards. I might choose one if I am in a rush. Maybe I will choose three if I have a little time. Maybe I will choose 7 if I have more time still. Then for each card I try to think of at least three ways in which that card inspires me to feel grateful. You do not have to know the meanings of the cards to use this system. Simply pull a card and decide what what is is that brings you a feeling of gratitude.
I will show a few examples. I drew three cards today to be my inspiration:
6 of Pentacles
First card is the 6 of Pentacles. It shows a seemingly wealthy man giving alms to the presumably poor children while he holds a balancing scale.
I am grateful to have enough to share.
I am grateful to be able to receive help when I need it.
I am grateful to be able to stay in balance.
King of Pentacles
Second card is the King of Pentacles. It shows a bearded king seated in what appears to be a vineyard. He looks warm and friendly and hold a pentacle in one hand and a staff in the other hand. Although he is dressed richly his shoes are quite plain.
I am grateful to be my own boss and run my own business.
I am grateful for wine. (He is in a vineyard surrounded by grapes after all.)
I am grateful to evolve into the best version of myself without forgetting where I come from and what I have walked through in this life.
Page of Pentacles
Third card is the Page of Pentacles. This card shows a young girl standing barefoot in the grass holding a pentacle aloft as she gazes at it with wonder. The pentacle has 8 rays of light emanating from it. We can also see a tree, rolling hills, farm fields, and blue skies in this card.
I am grateful for a sense of wonder about the things we can create with our hands.
I am grateful for fresh green veggies.
I am grateful for nature and for blue skies and temperate weather.
If you wanted to get fancy you could look into the book meanings of these cards (if you don’t already know them) and further expand your gratitude practice based on those meanings, as well. For example the Page of Pentacles often means a new endeavor will be successful. So I could easily say “I am grateful for the success of my new project.”
Do you use tarot cards in this way? How else do you use them? I would love to hear!
Tarot for my kiddo and the dentist
I decided to pull a card today to help me with my daughter. She is only 3 but she needs to have several fillings done today and I wanted some advice on how best to handle the situation with her.
Sometimes tarot surprises me. I expected a card saying I should coddle her. After all she will need to get up early, she will not be allowed to eat anything, then she will have to have 4 fillings done first thing in the morning. She will stay home with me for the day as the dentist office advises she does not go to daycare after having “sleepy juice”. So as I said I expected a card about spoiling her and making her feel special.
Instead I got the 7 of Wands. Stand your ground. Do not let those opposed to you knock you off balance. Apparently it will be much more a day of tough love than a day of coddling! This card indicates that you have the “moral high ground” in an issue and I suppose that is true. She needs this dental work done. Even though these are “baby teeth” she will likely have them for almost 10 more years and so the right thing to do it so get them treated properly.
Even after pulling this card I don’t really expect a fight from her. Strangely enough she loves going to the doctor or the dentist and she is usually a good patient so I do expect her cooperation. But I may have to deal with some whining about not being able to eat breakfast, or needing to go so early, so I am now prepared for that.
You can take this same message with you today, too. Stand your ground. Don’t be afraid to fight for your beliefs. Don’t let the haters bring you down!
It dawns on me that perhaps this card shows up because this is how I feel about going to the dentist, too: stay away from me! LOL
Card is from the Robin Wood Tarot.
I have decided to devote Tuesdays to tarot cards. I love tarot cards. I love astrology, Reiki, coaching, crystals, dream interpretation, and all the various areas in which I work but tarot cards are really where I started and they remain close to my heart.
I got my first tarot deck in college while still a teenager. They were captivating and mysterious. They were romantic and enigmatic. They are symbolic while also having general meanings. These beautiful little cards with great larger meanings have always been a source of fascination for me.
I chose a card for today. It is the 10 of Pentacles. I call this the Wealth card. It is all about prosperity and extends well beyond financial prosperity to include prosperity.
The deck I use is the Robin Wood Tarot but you can use any deck and simply take a look at the pictures on the deck to better understand the card. My card shows a man who is richly dressed surrounded by what you imagine as his grandchildren, a boy and a girl, as well as a loyal dog. All are attentively gathered around the man and he looks happy and generous, like sharing this time with these children is the thing he most wants to be doing in the world. Behind his is a wooden arch with 10 golden pentacles inset into the arch and a sun also carved above the arch. This gives the feeling of wealth from the pentacles/coins and also of warmth and vitality from the sun above. Through the arch we see a man and a woman facing each other and holding hands which represents yet another type of wealth, the romantic and loving kind. We also see a garden some houses and a blue sky above.
All of these things represent different sources of wealth in our lives. Wealth of money shown by coins, pentacles and rich fabric. Wealth of family shown by the grandfather, the grandchildren, the couple. Wealth of loyalty shown by the dog and the people as well. Wealth of love shown again by the couple and the love shown between the children and the old man. Wealth of the sun shown by the sun carving, the green grass and bushes, the blue sky. All around us there are blessings. That is wealth.
How do you recognize wealth in your own life? Are you aware of it? Do you cultivate it?
Since I have already written an article on the lunar eclipse today (find it here) I thought I would do something different today and offer you a tarot spread to play with in honor of the full moon in Aquarius! There are many ways to honor the natural cycles of the earth and sky and one of them is to open yourself to celestial guidance. This tarot spread can be done on the day of the eclipse or really at any time. I like doing this during the eclipse to harness the universal energy.
If you are new to tarot and wondering how to prepare for a tarot spread I like to do a couple of things to get ready:
First - Sit in meditation for a few moments in order to clear your mind and to focus on the question at hand.
Second - Shuffle the cards while focusing on your intent. You may also cut the cards if it feels right.
Third - Pull the cards and interpret how they apply to you.
I would love to hear about how you experience the lunar eclipse and this tarot spread!
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