Today’s card is one of my favorite of the majors, in part because the Hermit is my birth card, but also because I can so easily identify with it.
I love this Morgan Greer version in particular. It could be dusk or early dawn by the deep color of the sky. The Hermit stands on a precipice, looking into the abyss. They know what they will find there, but they peer, contemplating, in wonder. It is a long way down from where they stand, and they traveled a long way to get there. Ever on a path, the Hermit is. Ever exploring the galaxy of their mind.
“Life is transitory and though the imposing mountains may belie that fact, don’t be fooled into thinking they will be there forever.” — The Hermit, Notes from the Pagan Otherworlds Tarot
The Hermit is wise, true to themself, and has a thirst for knowledge and personal righteousness. They walk a solitary path, unafraid. They are ever searching, spiraling deeper into themself, into the world, on a quest for answers, meaning. They do what is right simply because they should, not for glory. They are Gandalf. They know the value of living and “implores you to follow your dreams and make the most of your short, wild life on this planet” (Notes from the Pagan Otherworlds Tarot).
The next exercise in the Alternative Tarot Course for week 1 was to calculate and explore my birth card. I already knew my birth card so I found it interesting for it to show up today! The above writing is my exploration of this archetype.
I am blogging my experiences here with Beth Maiden’s Alternative Tarot Course which asks students to draw a card each day, reflect on it, complete weekly readings, and other assorted exercises.