Artist: Poul Dohle
The hermit shows an old, white-bearded tall man, enveloped in a cloak, which stands for internal reflection, remote from external influences. In front of him, magically illuminated, is a light ball, like a lantern. This is meant to bring light into the darkness of the mind, but also into the subconscious which is our inner guide. The solitude does not mean loneliness, but exploration of the secret inner knowledge outside the hustle and bustle of our world. The clock on his hat, the symbol of infinity, shows the flow of time and stands for the self-reflection of the past, the present and the future.
Alone in the dark, illuminated only by the stars and his own personal power, an old man floats peacefully in space. He is at one with the cosmos, almost incorporeal, space is clearly visible through his robes. He has risen high above his usual surroundings, come far away from his home, to a remoteness and isolation that few could penetrate. His hands hang at his sides, taking no action. His eyes closed, his face is pensive, but calm – he has come here to make a decision. To do so, he has unplugged completely, disconnecting from everything but himself and his knowledge.
When this card appears in a reading, you need some time alone. A way to allow yourself to ignore external distractions. Make the time, especially when you’re busy, to get away from the noise of the outside world, and indulge in some quiet solitude. Use the time for contemplation and reflection. Allow yourself to work out the best way forward, and to understand what you really want.
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