[Legacy of the Divine Tarot]
Not surprisingly, men and women whose soul card is the Hermit tend towards solitude, introspection and soul-searching. They need to turn inward to process emotions and to find the answers they seek. Hermits are prudent and cautious people who have a great deal of personal integrity.
However, their love of and need for solitude does not mean that Hermits isolate themselves from the world. They are equally drawn to serving others with the knowledge they have gathered and are frequently involved with humanitarian causes. Hermits want to lift their lamps and light the way for others to see more clearly. They are often teachers and role models. Many hermits feel strongly that they have a definite "calling" or "purpose" and at an early age will decide on the direction of their lives.
There is one other major arcana card in this constellation which influences a Hermit's soul path: the Moon.
[tarot art by Thalia Took]
The Moon card concerns hidden truths, secrets and illusions. It will be necessary for a Hermit to separate truth from lies and deceptions. They must determine what is real and what is not.
The Moon's powerful influence will be felt very differently by a Hermit depending on whether the Moon is integrated into the Hermit's consciousness or whether it is repressed and falls into the Hermit's Shadow.
If the Moon is hidden in the Shadow, the introspective Hermit will fail to perceive important parts of themselves and will suffer the consequences of missing those blind spots. Such blind spots may include buried emotions, undiagnosed health problems or failure to recognize deceptive people with hidden agendas. Hermits who are lost on their soul path in this way will feel confused and directionless. Without an inner guiding process, they may descend into suspicion, anxiety and paranoia.
But Hermits who successfully integrate the Moon's power into their conscious lives will develop a deep intuition and sense of "inner knowing." With insight, trust and patience, a Hermit can understand reality at a very deep level indeed and can, in turn, help guide others as well.
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This concludes my series on Tarot Soul Cards. Thanks for following along! I hope you found it helpful or at least intriguing!
[NOTE: If you haven't yet determined what your Soul Card is and would like to, please go to the introductory post found here, do the calculation and read about your Soul Card in the preceding posts of this series!]