Whenever I see a traditional depiction of the Hermit card, I’m always reminded of the beautiful painting by the English Pre-Raphaelite artist William Holman Hunt, The Light of the World, (please see photo below). An image that stirs a deep sense of nostalgia and emotion for myself, as my late grandmother always had a copy upon her living-room wall. Embracing me with a sense of safety and love.
In many ways, this monastic and intimate image seems to evoke a strong feeling with many. Similar to those rememberable incidents when we happen to come across a complete stranger, that feels so familiar, yet we know we have never met them before. This is the relationship that I’ve always had with the Hermit. A card of spiritual significance, the archetypal wise sage, the mysterious recluse that perfectly portrays a close connection with the mind and the divine.
Like the Hermit, there are times when we all need to step away and reflect upon our life’s purpose and direction. A time to withdraw from the day to day drudgery to reconnect and embrace the light within.
Perhaps you’re feeling the call to detach from a situation that is stressing and challenging you. The need to sit quietly and focus upon your troubles, to consider your options and choices.
Within the steady hand of the Hermit is a deeply symbolic lantern, enclosing an illuminated star of David, a double stellated tetrahedron. A symbol representing the delicate balance of the four elements, along with other important metaphysical and spiritual meanings.
The message of the Hermit is clear, like the lamp that illuminates his way. Let the wise one guide you into a more peaceful and contemplative state, to emerge at the end of your retreat with renewed understanding, balance and wisdom!