The Path Of The Hermit Represents Solitude And Isolation To Analyze And Solve A Personal Crisis...
The Story Of Cronus
In Mystic Tarot, you meet Cronus (the god of time). He was the son of Uranus (the god of the sky) and Gaia (the goddess of the earth). Cronus’s parents had a large family, and Cronus was the last born.
It was said that Cronus’s father feared that his children would overthrow him, so he sent them away in exile. Cronus’s mother had a plan and she told Cronus to use his scepter and castrate his father, and Cronus did follow through, killed his father, and liberated his siblings from exile.
But later, when Cronus grew up, he had the same fears as his father did! He feared that his children would overthrow him, and when his wife, Rhea (the mother of the gods) gave birth to her children, Cronus consumed each child right after they were born, except for Zeus.
Rhea finally put an end to the nightmare when she took a rock and wrapped it up in a blanket, as her newborn. She then took her newborn, Zeus (the god of the sky, weather patterns, and unexpected thunder bolts) and raised him in safety, away from Cronus. Later, when Zeus grew up, he caught up with Cronus and made him regurgitate all Rhea’s children.
Some say that Cronus realized he was outmatched by Zeus, and he exiled himself into solitude and learned the meaning of time...
Have you ever feared the competition of others? Did you try to compete with another person to look better or even gossip and say things that you shouldn’t have said to make yourself look better to validate yourself worth?
Did you end up in a personal crisis with yourself, because you wanted to fit in, but you also wanted to look better than everyone else? But in the end, did you cause more damage to yourself? Did you lose your friends and the trust of the people that were close to you? Did you find yourself in exile, learning the meaning of time?
My Interpretation Of The Hermit:
The Hermit card shows a man in crisis. The unresolved mysteries of life have isolated him and are beginning to eat away at him, driving him in search of answers. This alerts him that he has behaved without proper forethought, and he must now connect with his higher-self to learn what he has overlooked.
He feels that isolation will help him arrive at the answers, and so he paces restlessly from dusk till dawn, thinking and examining, seeking what he has overlooked. This is not a time for socializing or taking action or making any decisions, but rather for peace and solitude in order to think and find clarity.
The Hermit is always on the move, but on the move in his protected space so he can think. His restless mind propels him constantly to work and search, and his desire to “be alone” makes him impatient with people who disrupt his peace. The Hermit hides for days, weeks and months and then emerges to solve his crisis, his time of solitude allowing all of the pieces to fall into place.
The Hermit reminds me of a music artist that must depart like the artist does to compose something new. I once read a book about a music artist that locked himself away for weeks at a time and did not want to eat or be disturbed. This music artist reminded me of the Hermit.
The Hermit also represents the secret side of your friends that help shed light on confusing situations which may be a therapist that you do not want anyone to know about.
Mackon | Dreamstime.com
The Creative Artist – The Hermit Needs To Be Alone To Solve Something He Has Overlooked...
The Reverse Meaning Of The Hermit:
The reverse meaning of the Hermit: The Hermit is completely in the dark. He is in crisis, alone and lost, excessively isolated, and unwilling to communicate. He cannot concentrate, and he has lost his lantern, the symbol of his ability to make correct decisions.
Dario Martin | Dreamstime.com
The Hermit’s Journey Stopped – He Lost His Lantern And Cannot Think – He Needs Excessive Isolation To Overcome His Personal Crisis!
With Love and Joy,
© Safina 2013
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