Tarot Thursdays Have Been on Hiatus

I’ve been feeling a bit guilty lately. I was off to a really good start with Tarot Thursdays, and then, they just fell off the map.

Hermit tarot card Walks Within ArtLoveLightThere’s a number of reasons – I went back to work full time. My goodness, that takes more energy than I would like to admit, especially because things weren’t, and still aren’t quite, fully resolved there.

Katana, our amazing artist, moved to Hawaii. She made the decision and moved within a month! She’s getting settled there, and we aren’t quite back to our routine yet.

And I just found out my thyroid levels were low again. That leads to very low energy, among other things. We’ve just increased my medication, so hopefully I will start feeling better soon.

Tarot Thursdays, or rather, the recent lack of them, have been on my mind, though. Each week I would think, maybe I’ll start it up again this week. And then it would be Friday again, and I’d be exhausted, and clearly, it didn’t happen.

This past weekend I did a lot of readings. We were up at Filomi Days in Port Hardy (at the northern end of Vancouver Island) on Saturday, and at the Pier Street Market in Campbell River on Sunday. My teacher taught me that when you see a card, or cards, come up over and over again in your readings, that is the message that the cards have for you.

Of course, when you do a lot of readings in a short span of time, the chances of seeing any particular card more than once are high. I’m talking about the card(s) that come up in several readings.

My messages this weekend were the Queen of Pentacles, the Knight of Pentacles, and the Hermit.

The Queen of Pentacles is the nurturer, the caregiver. She’s the one who has abundance, and makes sure that everyone has food to eat, and a roof over their head, and all of their needs taken care of. Sometimes she does this at her own expense. She may be the one who drops everything to help a friend or loved one. If she does this often enough, she’s eventually going to run out of energy. Who’s taking care of her?

The message I receive from this card is that I need to make sure I am taking time for myself and for self care. I have to practice sacred selfishness a little more often! So I had a chair massage at the Market yesterday, and my mom and I are having a spa day next week. I am really looking forward to that!

The Knight of Pentacles is the defender, the protector. While all of the other Knights tend to be the ones that rush into action, the Knight of Pentacles is the one that makes sure that the home front is protected. Whenever this card comes up, I think of the farmer or rancher walking the fences, making sure there are no holes, and that everything is safe.

The message I receive from this is to make sure I’ve put it place the items to protect what I have built. Perhaps it is time to update my will, clean up my bank accounts, make sure I’ve got a contingency fund, and get a health check up (I just saw the naturopath on Friday).

I’ve already written in depth about the Hermit. You can read that post here.

The message I receive from the Hermit is it’s time for me to do some work on my shadow side. I need to take the skeletons out of my closet and examine them. I need to look at those parts of myself that I’m not necessarily proud of. And then, I need to do something about them.

That something could be accepting myself as I am. It could be forgiving myself for past mistakes. It could be making some changes to fix some of the things I’m not happy about. Or it could (very likely) be a little of all of the above.

Regardless, I have some work to do. I’ll be in my own little world, taking care of myself, and doing some self examination.

Don’t expect another Tarot Thursday post just yet!

Blessings,

Mary

Tarot Thursday: The Hermit

The Hermit is one of the Major Arcana cards, so it is talking about overarching themes or lessons in your life. The Hermit is the 9th card in the Fool’s Journey through the tarot.

Hermit tarot card Walks Within ArtLoveLightAs the name suggests, the Hermit card is often about spending some time alone, away from the influence of others. It can also signify a time of introspection, searching for something (usually answers).

I often find it means something of a “dark night of the soul”, and taking the time to deal with your own sh!t – all the skeletons in the closet and the shadows, the things that you’ve hidden away in the dark. The positive aspect to this card is that once you’ve done that, and come through the other side, you will have more light to shine.

Depending on where it falls and what your intuition tells you, this card could also mean that it’s time to leave your cave of isolation and get out in the world. Perhaps it’s time to share what you’ve learned through your trials and tribulations – there are people out there waiting to hear the message that you have to share with the world!

This card depicts an older man, dressed in grey and well-worn clothes. He’s been out of the world for quite some time. He’s wearing a red scarf. Red is the color of courage, as well as the root chakra. It takes a certain amount of courage to walk your own path and take your own advice. As the root chakra color, it signifies that he’s not as concerned about the material world – he trusts that his needs will be taken care of, and he can take care of himself.

The Hermit is walking out of a cave. A cave is a symbol of the unconscious, and also the womb. Emerging from a cave can symbolize a rebirth, the beginning of something new.

A cave can also be a hiding place for buried treasure or a dragon’s hoard. There can be amazing rewards for delving into the depths. It is not without risks, however. To get the dragon’s hoard you have to defeat (or outsmart!) the dragon.

The other thing that comes to mind with the cave is Plato’s allegory of the cave. True enlightenment comes from breaking free of the limitations of your own perceptions, expanding your mind and your awareness.

The Hermit has a walking stick that is illuminated at the tip. This shows that he is able to be his own light in dark times.

In the background of the card is a pyramid, a symbol of ascension and manifestation. They are strong and stable, able to withstand the tests of time.

The cat that accompanies the Hermit is a protector. Cats were thought to be guardians of the Underworld, with a knowledge and wisdom far beyond all appearances. They were considered sacred in Egypt.

Cats are curious and patient. It will take a genuine sense of curiosity to dive into your shadows, and patience to stick with the process until you come through the other side.

What do you see in the Hermit tarot card?

Blessings,

Mary and Katana