Let’s start here: From the Rider Waite Tarot Deck
Hermit Tarot Card Meanings and Description
The Hermit stands alone on the top of a mountain with a lantern in his hand. Mountains typically symbolise achievement, growth, and accomplishment. The Hermit has attained his spiritual pinnacle and is ready to share his knowledge with others. He is also continuing the path he has chosen, committed to his goal of ultimate awareness. The star in the lantern is a six-pointed star (the Seal of Solomon, a symbol of wisdom). The staff carried by the Hermit is the patriarch’s staff, a symbol of the narrow path of initiation and an emblem of power and authority. It represents the Hermit’s ability to use his isolation and the knowledge he has gained as a tool upon his path to reach even higher levels of awareness. The staff is in the Hermit’s left hand, the hand associated with the subconscious mind. The snow at his feet represents the heights of spiritual attainment. He wears the grey cloak of invisibility. His secrets are not for everyone, only for those earnestly seeking them and those willing to climb the heights to wisdom. The astrological correspondence for this card is Virgo and the number 9 signifies accomplishment, wisdom, the attainment of goals, as well as the search for truth.
I know it’s been since June that I’ve interacted with you via blog… But, I believe in being authentic. I am not going to talk for the sake of talking. Or, to keep up with anyone’s (read my own) expectations. These things are based in fear–and, I don’t have the energy for fear anymore– including, and perhaps mostly, my own.
Just to catch you up on a few things: 1. I finished writing my book, and will shortly begin the process of getting it published. 2. I’ve recently returned from a solo trip to Spain where I not only celebrated my 41st birthday, but, remembered some past lives and crucial spiritual actions that I’d once taken, and needed to remember. In short: I am changed. Finally, I’ve just recently switched jobs and will begin a new one tomorrow. Basically: I’ve done a lot since last we spoke. And, guess what??? I plain exhausted myself. And, that is what this blog is about.
One of the things I’ve been constantly warned about is “giving too much”, and “doing too much”. In the past, this was something I did to my own peril. I walked around leaking energy from my chakra system because I was “always open”. I didn’t know better… I had to be told, I had to learn to pay attention. I had to learn to STOP!
In the last week, I went through the strangest transformation yet. For example: I slept. And, slept, and… slept! I’m a huge fan of sleep. But, I was sleeping so much, I really began to worry if I were okay. Of course I’m okay– I’m actually fucking awesome! LOL! But, in the midst of transformation all things human begin to wonder about itself. “Am I depressed?” — No… “Am I sick?” — No… “Why don’t I give a rat’s ass about anything right now?” –You’re tired. “Oh… I’m tired?! Yes! Yes, I am tired!!!! That’s it! I don’t care about anything much right now, because I spent the MAJORITY of my time caring about EVERYTHING!” –Yep…that’s it… Now, go to sleep!
You don’t know this, or, perhaps you do. I work in multiple dimensions… ALL THE TIME. In sleep time, I work in other realms… In wake time, I divide myself up and work… I’m always working. It isn’t something that I must do, per se… It’s what I feel most comfortable with. If you knew, as I do, that you are an immense energy that can and does use energy to affect, transform and facilitate healing for yourself and others, why wouldn’t you do it all the time, in as many places as you can?! This is my life– the life I created. And, while I will get better in how I use my energy, I don’t expect I’ll stop working in multi-dimensional way.
So… when I’ve had enough– I shut down. The shut down isn’t conscious all the time. This one sneaked on me. As I was leaving one job and accepting another, all I was sure about was that I needed a week of transition–which also was utilized as transformation. What I didn’t realize was that it meant, I was going to embody “The Hermit”.
I’ve always enjoyed the idea of the hermit. They are usually someone who removes themselves from society, for whatever reason, and lives a life in nature, off the land and harmonizing with the natural flow of the planet. This is why I always seek the mountains at least once a year. I need to be alone with nature. I need to be alone, period! At first blush, it looks very boring what I do. I spend time with my cats, I read, I watch tv, I eat and I take care of personal things. In this particular instance I felt compelled to prepare for winter. I bought several pairs of pajamas, and a new mattress. It’s all about preparing to hibernate for winter. Winter in general is a time for ebbing energy, and while I know I will be spending a lot of time resting, I also feel a lot of energy will be utilized this winter. I don’t know how yet, but, I feel that i’ll be busy. –must prepare! lol
And, even though in this week I was mostly alone. I still “worked”. Who but, me ends up giving an impromptu psychic reading, as repayment for a discount on an expensive mattress? 🙂 But, the thing is: I was guided to buy my mattress at a specific place, at a specific time. It was all in alignment and needed to happen. Who but me goes to get a cup of tea at a friend’s place of work, only to end up giving an impromptu mentoring session to budding lightworkers? LMAO… Who indeed? So, yes, even in my hermit phases, spirit calls and I answer. I always answer. And, I’m always happy that I did.
I’m sharing all of this so that you understand… Part of mastering yourself, and maintaining your internal balance is to both participate in the world, and to LEAVE IT! Seeking solitude is critical in our growth as sovereign beings. It’s important that you are self-sustaining, as the currents of energy in the public can try, and will try to dissuade you, and lure you off your path. It’s not always done in malice, sometimes it’s confusion, sometimes it’s pure laziness. But, the result is–you lose yourself in a sea of others. I know too much to try that mind game with myself. Not to mention, it’s not even an attractive option to me anymore. I have never been like everyone else, and now, I DON’T WANT TO BE LIKE EVERYONE ELSE. I DON’T WANT TO FIT IN. It’s really wonderful to know this, and to feel it with all myself. It’s wonderful to know, I can trust myself to disappear, and know that whatever, or, whomever emerges from my sabbatical, will be better than who went in.
The hermit allows us to stop, rethink things, reassess, remember, and recharge. I’m sure you’re wondering what I’ve learned from this particular sabbatical. Truth is: change is still good! Growth isn’t predictable in how it will be expressed. And… God, do I love me some me! Oh, and most importantly… I’m not done yet! There’s more, there’s more of me to become. And, at these times, the fear of “Do i have enough time/energy to complete everything?” is really seductive. I mean,” I’m effin tired! Is there enough me left to finish creating the me, that I want to be?” And, the answer is always, “YES!” I need only allow the short time of rest, so, that I can recharge and expand what it means to be “Monica”. It already meant so much, but, if I allow it… It can mean sooo much more! This is how I prepare myself for levels of my personal greatness… I willing go into becoming a divine hermit. I come into my precious, sacred home: The Lilypad. And, I sleep, I eat, I rest… I do nothing and become potential to be everything.
So, for those of you who are exhausted and feel the need to crawl away from your lives… DO IT! In whatever way suits your lifestyle… LEAVE. Create and become your version of a hermit. What awaits you is all the rest, silence and strength you need to continue your journey to you. Do not allow feelings of guilt, fear, or obligation to stop you. EVERYONE benefits, when you emerge from your “cabin in the woods”. It is not a selfish act, but, a self-loving one. It is necessary for continued ascension. It is part of masterhood. Allow it, and go with it.
I understand now that this is an on-going part of the grand process. So, I will be adjusting my attitude accordingly. It may seem as if I am doing “normal” things in my life, but, the truth is: I haven’t the foggiest clue about how to live a life of “normal”. I never have… and, never will. 🙂 Namaste!
Love Peace Happiness n One,
PS: The featured picture is of Noah John Rondeau, famous hermit of the Adirondacks. I have seen his cabin pictured, and now located in the Adirondack museum. I have always had deep admiration for how he chose to live his life. In this thing we call “ascension”, we are all pioneers of sorts. I consider the Adirondacks another version of “home” and have visited at lease once for the past six years. 🙂