If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it’s not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That’s why it’s your path.
~ Joseph Campbell
Sometimes when I pull my card, it’s a long, silent process, with me getting only the faintest responses or else second-guessing myself until the very last moment.
Not today. After smudging the room with both smoke and sound, and a visit from Cally the Calico, who runs and hops up on the sofa next to me every time she hears me shuffle the cards, I spread my trusty 1972 deck in my usual fashion.
And, as sometimes happens, one card fairly glowed at me.
I always make at least three passes before I choose, so I did, but it was as if every other card had dimmed its lights, and this one sparkled and sang to me.
So lo, and behold, here we have The Hermit yet AGAIN!
Not only is it once again our Card of the Week, as it has been once a month for the past three months, it is our Card of the Year.
And now it appears again, only two weeks after its last visit. This time, it is the card that heralds the Lunar New year, and to initiate this New Moon cycle, too.
This potent combination of Chinese New Year, the New Moon, and Lunar Imbolc is very auspicious for new beginnings. What seeds of your desires and intentions will you bless? What long-term vision is revealed when you raise your lantern and gaze across the Winter landscape?
What new path in your life now calls to you? What dedication of heart and soul is appropriate?
The Hermit’s gifts for you as you choose your next steps cannot be understated.
He shows us how to step outside of the herd, climb up the mountainside for solitude and clarity, and look off in the distance for understanding.
The Hermit is the soul of integrity. He takes the higher road in all dealings, and lives with quiet simplicity. Who in your life offers this? How are you being called to cultivate these qualities in yourself?
Do his repetitious visits have an urgent message about our need for quiet, reflection, and vision journeys? I am sure he would advise us to disconnect more often from the constant harangue of media, opinions, selling, and news.
Do we need to join her? It’s not a choice for everyone, and I am the last one to pass judgment.
But after what happened to me last Summer, I am far less enthusiastic about the world of social media, and have watched with consternation as my own addictions have crept back up again. I have several media breaks already on my calendar for the year. But I may need more repose than just a small time-out here and there.
What about you?
Take the High Road
Whose beacon is a steady light and inspiration in your life? How are you the inspiration and the truth-teller in your own circles?
Immersed as we currently are in political drama, which candidate(s) would you say embody the wisdom and non-conformity of The Hermit?
The Hermit is a natural teacher, meaning that on every step of his path, he is learning and sharing. But he also learns best from his experiences in the natural world. His life’s journey is a sacred pilgrimage into the Mystery.
What studies will you begin, or deepen, with your Imbolc dedications?
What path are you making, and what pilgrimage or spirit quest is calling to you?
Hold your lantern high, and know you are both the seeker and the light within.