In this card, the fool has traveled the path, and through experience and knowledge has gained wisdom and insight. He stands alone, holding the lantern that will reveal his inner wisdom. Time has taught him that the answers he seeks, the higher calling and sense of purpose, lie only within his own soul. He reminds us of the necessity to connect with our inner spirit, to put the conditioning of the outside world aside. In quiet moments we are better able to understand ourselves and discover the deeper meaning of life.
Position 1: Background | Present Concern
The Hermit represents and period of searching and finding, introspection, wisdom, seeking your higher purpose and changes in destiny. He appears during periods of transformation and waking up to more of your potential. He also speaks of the need to be self-reliant.
Position 2: Your Drive and Motivations
You want to get back on track, to find your true identity or sense of purpose. This card speaks of personal awakening and emergence; the realization of the need to look deeper in life to what has more meaning in order to find a sense of inner peace or fulfillment.
Position 3: What’s Blocking You – Fears and Subconscious
This card can suggest feeling off your path like answers are just not available in your current circumstances. There can also be a tendency towards introversion in extremes, or complete withdrawal from or sense of disconnection with others. Feeling isolation or misunderstood. Self-reliance and independence are excellent, but only when properly balanced so that it doesn’t lead to alienation from others.
Position 4: Perspective and Further Awareness – What you Need to See Clearly
Sometimes it is difficult to keep a sense of purpose and find one’s true place. In life, we are told by others what we should want, what we should think/feel/believe etc. This creates restriction or may cause a disconnect. Sometimes it becomes necessary to retreat from the conditioning of the outer world, to go within and get in touch with your own needs. Take time to reestablish a spiritual connection with your higher power (whatever you deem that to be), so that you can move back into the fold of life with a higher sense of purpose. This allows you to better enjoy the rich complexity of life from a place of authenticity.
Position 5: Course of Action
Sometimes life calls us to find a sense of higher purpose, to leave behind the opinions and influences of the outer world, and be true to self. If you are feeling torn by a decision or feeling like something is missing; it is time to seek your answers within your own soul. No one holds the path to your truth but you.