The Hermit - 9


Hermit9 is The Hermit.

If we look in a dictionary, we find that a hermit is someone who has withdrawn from society. You know people, but you choose to separate yourself from others, at least for a time. It's probably an excellent idea and will allow you the chance to ponder and consider, and sort out your thoughts, to keep those that are valuable and discard the unwanted or no longer useful.

The number may also point to the value of practical activities that you do on your own as solutions: picking things up off the floor; emptying your mail box by the end of the day; cleaning off your desk; making yourself use a system; finding the method so you can get things done.

The advice may be to look to yourself, to rely on yourself rather than on others.

It would be easy to suggest listening to the inner you, or the higher self, or the Oversoul, or some expression along these lines. Whatever it is, though, it's easy to imagine, but hard to define.

I was never happy talking about the inner or the higher, even though I would sometimes use these expressions. It's certainly a very good idea to look within or to delve deeper in order to be able to operate from a stronger foundation. Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote an interesting essay called Self Reliance that you might find useful. You can find it at Project Gutenberg.

Perhaps, however, we should act from the greater self? I like the greater - it includes others; it also recognizes that we have the capacity to be great; the heart is in there somewhere too, and if we act from the heart, how can we go wrong? Maybe, too, it will open our thoughts to the natural guidance of our intelligence. I made a blog entry today quoting some Shakespeare - and it may be a suitable starting point for number 9 since it is about the truth of mankind's nature. From Hamlet:

What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god! the beauty of the world, the paragon of animals.

This card can show the exercise of the power to discriminate, and the need to prioritize. What happens if you do a particular thing? What happens if you don't bother? Does it really matter?

You are alone. It is not a permanent condition - though the actual length may depend on the question you had in mind - but there is at least a period of solitariness. Enjoy it. Take the time to clean up and get rid of what does not belong any longer, even if it did matter once upon a time.

It may be that your experiences, your solutions, will be useful guides to others. The Hermit is, after all, standing like a beacon on a hill-top. At the same time, though, with this card you have to be selfish - do what is best for you so you are in good shape for others when they really need you.

It may be, too, that an older and wiser person can help - a bit like I Ching statements about it furthering one to see the great man, though the idea is for you to become the superior man, rather than have someone else do the work for you.

You have creativity in you; maybe more, but maybe less. Whatever the amount, do something with it. Use it. It's ok to depend upon your own resources. Muscles become stronger with exercise, unlike things that wear out with use. Your creativity will increase and become stronger as you use it.