Posted by: Dawn Jones | March 16, 2009

Walking with the Hermit

One of the things I enjoy most about Tarot is the fact that there is always something new to learn; some detail that hasn’t caught my eye or some way to apply the symbolism found in the cards to a whole new way of thought.  Just when we think we have it all figured out…something new pops up. 

This just happened to me recently.  I picked up a great book from the library, called “Tarot Basics” by Evelin Burger & Johannes Fiebig, and I giggled at the fact that something so profound came from a book with such a simple title…

First of all I have to tell you that this book offers interpretations that are much different from 9hermitthe more “standard” meanings that are found in most books on the subject; they are more enlightening and applicable to real life.  I am really enjoying reading it.  On page 121, referring to the Hermit’s astrological association with the sun sign Virgo, the author states “Now I have a totally different picture of astrological signs (…) For the longest time I did not know what the name ‘virgin’ meant (…) We are not dealing with a young woman.  Even the image of sexual virginity does not play a role.  And I have found the solution.”   She goes on to point out the white base at the feet of the Hermit, associating it with the fact that we “are to bring about a state of virginity to the Earth”, and that “Christians call it paying for original sin and the Hindus say that we must work on our Karma without creating a new one”.  This revelation has added a whole new layer of meaning to this 9th card of the Major Arcana for me…

Virgos are known for being fastidious creatures; modest, practical, analytical and articulate.  They are also very responsible and can be introverted, as they are always following their own “Light within”.  Applying these qualities to the Hermit card is certainly not difficult to see; but another quality of Virgo energy is the ability to see an issue from many sides.  Calling your attention to the white ground beneath the Hermit’s feet, let’s consider this card from the viewpoint of caring for the Earth so as not to leave our “carbon footprints” behind. 

The Hermit’s eyes are closed, and yet he is so wise.  In his solitude, he tunes in to his soul, to a Higher state of being and knowingness.  The ground beneath him is pristine and white; he leaves no footprints behind as he walks along his path.  He knows Truth; from his enlightened viewpoint he can see the need to be grateful for, appreciate and care for our environment so that it remains intact for future generations.

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