Tarot Year of the Hermit – 2007
We hear voices in solitude we never hear in the hurry and turmoil of life; we receive counsels and comforts we get under no other condition.
— Amelia E. Barr
As I been discussing in the previous posts, the numerology of your birthday, or of a particular year, may correspond to the Tarot, specifically the Major Arcana (the trumps). Using this system, we can learn about some general traits and patterns that can be anticipated in a given year.
So at last, we come to this year’s card: The Hermit
To review how this works, we take the numbers of the year, in this case, 2007, and add them up. So, 2+0+0+7 equals 9, which is number assigned to the Major Arcana card, The Hermit.
In a Hermit year, people often find themselves with more alone time than is typical. This may be welcome, or it may be a trend that we rebel against. In terms of a global perspective, the Hermit year could be a time of international isolation. It is a time for reflection and for bowing out of engagements and activities that are not in harmony with who we truly are.
The Hermit offers a gift of much-needed introspection. Solitude can be nurturing in ways we do not expect, giving us time to consider who we are, where we have been, and most of all, where we intend to go next.
The Hermit, in my experience, is not as much about hiding or retreating from the world (although that may well be what happens). Instead, he seems more often to be about a sacred pilgrimage.
His is the journey towards authenticity, spiritual understanding, and the search for wisdom and enlightenment.
Yet it is no accident that in this search, he carries the Light himself. For in the words of The Charge of the Goddess, “If that which you seek, you find not within yourself, you will never find it without.”
In other words, the light we seek, we carry in our own hands. This is a powerful lesson for a nation and world besieged by war, fear, and environmental catastrophe. There is no one to save us. We are the ones we are waiting for.
Hermit years are a time of transition, moving to a new level, especially in the spiritual life. At this time, we may well find important teachers amongst us, with valuable spiritual lessons to share. We may even find ourselves in this role, for it is how we live and not what we say, that is the truest example of our beliefs.
I find it fascinating that last year, which was the Strength year, we found the Strength to (perhaps) turn the tide of public opinion regarding certain leaders who have behaved as if they could act with impunity.
We now move into a time of relative quiet, for the Hermit Year is also a time of preparation for next year’s energy — the Wheel of Fortune. If we are wise, we will use this time to build wisdom and security for our future.
Quest now for your spiritual truth, for next year, profound Change will be in our midst. Let us be sure of who we are, and what we wish to see happen.