When the Hermit appears in the reading, a client will often despair. For many, the Hermit does mean being alone or that a relationship might not work out, or the friends won't come anytime soon. Like all things Tarot, symbols are more than they appear at first blush.
Personally, when I think about the archetype of the Hermit, the Kung Fu Monk on the Mountain comes to mind.
Perhaps this imagery came to me so strongly because a few years ago I lived in China and took a trip to Shaolin Monastery, if any of you are Kung Fu fans, you know that this is THE place to learn Kung Fu. It is up a mountain in a quiet part of China and packed with Chinese and foreign students learning Kung Fu and Buddhism.
To awake in the morning and see thousands of people in rows going through the same movements is an amazing thing to behold. The grandeur of this noble art and way of life came from one Hermit, a monk named Batuo, who wandered in from India to teach Buddhism and later established Shaolin Monastery. One Hermit who decided to withdraw from the world, forever changed the world, this is what the wisdom of the Hermit can often evoke.
In all religions and important cultural stories, the Hermit is front and center to great spiritual change. Jesus, an example was as we all know, wandered as a Hermit eschewing a carpenter's life. The Prophet Muhammad, the Buddha all had similar origin stories- the world’s religious leaders often began their time wandering alone to return to the public with radical messages. Everyday, people decide to take time off from society and come back forever changed by it. An excellent blog post about the historical/philosophical/religious of Hermit life can be found here by Tarot reader and Academic Donna Hazel. Interestingly we both posted on the same day about nearly the same topic-funny how that works.
The Hermit truly as an archetype often have these commonalities:
Once the Hermit has committed to a withdrawal process, he then spends time without distraction. He works hard, he is uncompromising in his goal, and he may not know the end result, but he knows that silence is what is needed right now.
And when the Hermit has attained a level self-development, he then lights his lamp. He beckons those who are deserving of his time and energy to climb the mountain and he guides them to his mountain abode in order to share what he has learned.
So when we get a Hermit card in a reading, it doesn't necessarily mean,
"Omg, go adopt 6 cats cause it's the end for you! No one will ever love you again!!!"
The appearance of the Hermit in your life often represents:
A time of voluntary withdrawal (a pledge of not dating, or not seeking old dysfunctional friendships) and a welcoming of the silence that is the Source.
A time of deep introspection and getting your head clear from distraction (not seeking hookups, not seeking bad connections and spending that time working on your STUFF).
During your time of introspection and quiet, be mindful of falling back into old behavior because you are: bored, lonely, sad, tired. The Hermit recognizes that these emotions are part of him but he continues forth, he deepens the silence in spite of distraction. Remember, the Hermit is committed.
And when the Hermit is ready, he lights his lamp-not to just anyone-but to people who earn his time and attention (reacquainting ourselves with OURSELVES we no longer bother with mediocre relationships, others must EARN our time and attention, they must desire to raise the vibration).
The Hermit surrounds himself with people who feel deeply, who create, who are honestly living their lives outside of what the village has taught, because the Hermit knows there is always more depth to be had.
Need a real life example?
Read up on this amazing person, his documentaries are often on PBS.
He lived alone in the Alaskan wildreness for over 20 years. His documentaries, self filmed have inspired generations of people.
Deeply consider the following:
Time consciously removed from the higgy-biggy will mean that over time the quality of your relationships of all kinds will be of a higher vibration.
So how does one do that, with kids, jobs, partners, parents, bills, pets to feed, and on and on and on?
To partake of the Hermit energy can happen in a day, in an hour, in a weekend; one does not need to leave their lives behind to benefit from Hermit wisdom. Actually, there are many websites devoted to offering the public retreat options of all types and kinds, from religious to secular these places with all kinds of budget options catering to your financial and time needs.
Resources for Want to Be Hermits:
I highly recommend www.retreatfinder.com (there are international listings though it is primarily US based).
And even if you cannot pay for an away retreat, I cannot recommend this book enough to cultivate your own retreat space: Woman's Retreat Book: A Guide to Restoring, Rediscovering and Reawakening Your True Self --In a Moment, An Hour, Or a Weekend by Jennifer Louden
Dig into the Hermit, do not see his presence in your life as a time to despair, he is calling you with his lamp, join him in opening to the Mystery and shift your life more closely to positivity, authenticy and a more deeper spiritual life.
Stop filling up on snacks, the meal is about to arrive.
Reading Tarot is so much more than just “telling someone’s future”. Like most things, what is known and the truth of a thing are often vastly different. Tarot has been hugely underrated by John Q Public because it has been cloaked under the mantle of fear, and general misunderstanding.
So besides doing oogy boogy so scary readings, or telling your best pal when she will walk down that aisle, the art of Tarot is an incredible resource for personal growth and self-discovery. The act of learning to read tarot will change you as a person, and for the better. Like any tool, Tarot can be used for a variety of uses, there is such a world to Tarot, it can do so much more than most give them credit for!
But, don’t just take it from me, I opened the question up to several online Tarot groups,
“How has Tarot benefited you as a person?” I was overwhelmed with positive responses from new to Tarot to Tarot Masters and here is what they had to say:
Tarot Helps Us Be More Compassionate to Others
Tarot helps Us See How We are Agents of Change
Tarot Supports Our Healing and Transformation
Tarot Changes the Way We Interact With Ourselves and the World
The benefits one gets from learning Tarot far outweigh the work involved in learning them. These stories from other readers of all levels reveal incredible insights as to why working with Tarot is a worthwhile persuit of depth, healing, connection and insight in addition to the more popular understanding of what the tool of tarot does for us.
Tarot is so much more.... and its positive changes are deep and wide-spread...
There are 7 cards in Tarot that specifically deal with Balance...
As we head closer to the equidistant day/night balance (September 24th, 2014), I am increasingly self-aware about the areas of my life that are out of balance. I am particularly aware of the things that I want to do/learn/give away/create as 2014 comes to a close.
Perhaps because so many of us grew up with the month of September signifying the start of school mode, as adults we are thinking about what to focus on or revise or learn as we to get ever closer to the model ideal of being in a dynamic balanced state.
Strength-- Body/Mind Balance
Justice-- Social Contracts and Fairness in Relationships
Temperance-- Spiritual Balance
2 of Wands-- Creating Space/Time to Learn and Play
2 of Cups--Balance in Intimate Relationships
2 of Swords--Destructive Impasses/Stasis
2 of Pentacles--Budgeting, Planning, Work-Home Balance
And when we are out of balance in these areas they cause disharmony and even disease. Using the equinox as reminders to bring ourselves back into alignment is a great habit to get into. To help you with this process I have created a worksheet for you as guidance in your own balance-process. Please download below and enjoy! If you might need more support in creating a balanced plan, do not hesitate to contact me for a reading or a coaching session.
May this guidance help you a thousandfold... (click below)
Liked the process? Please share your experience below...
Gain the ability to consult the cards for just about any question you or your friends could think of. Knowing how to work Tarot is like always getting a sneak peek into the workings of the Universe... who wouldn't want to learn how to do that?!?
Tarot 101 One Day Intensive
September 14th, 2014 11am-4pm at the Cynwyd Station Cafe
Everything you need to know to jump start your Tarot skills with an info and fun packed day. This is the course you have been looking for! There are a lot of online Tarot courses but nothing beats doing this in real time with others face to face in a small group with the guidance of a master tarot professional. Join a small group (no more than 8 people) with highly individual help and attention as you are walked through each part of the process. Handouts are included. Sunday 10am-3pm (lunch will be an option or you can bring your own).
5 hours & $100 includes:
Ready to begin, darling?
Intermediate Tarot Class
September 28th 9am-Noon at the Cynwyd Station Cafe
Do you have the basic meanings down, are able to do small spreads and want to take your Tarot to the next level? This intermediate class will cover how to read many cards in combination to one another, master the Celtic Cross spread, Tarot card reversals and dignitaries, delve deeper into the court cards in readings, creating your own spreads and layouts, how to energetically open and close your readings, intuition tips and techniques and reading practice with a skilled Tarot professional to give you tips, tricks and tools for your Tarot Journey.
Ahh, I see the tarot Force is strong in this one...
Intermediate Tarot: Spreads Spreads Spreads!
September 28th 1pm-330pm at the Cynwyd Station Cafe
Are you mostly “off book” but want to learn a few more special Tarot spreads? Do you wish to have a bigger repertoire of spreads as needed for the situation? Tarot spreads can be predictive, problem solving or clarifying and choosing the right spread for the right question is half the battle. In this 2 and a half hour workshop we will cover and practice 4 spreads that will cover most of the question and situation types you will encounter. (Note this is not a beginners class, most participants should feel comfortable with having most of the deck memorized)
Watch out, Tarotista is on the loose!
Book all three classes and get $10 off!
Happy Summer Solstice!
The longest day of are upon us here in the northern hemisphere as we bask in the light of a strong sun and a long day. After the solstice, every day gets just a little bit shorter than before until finally we see the sun the least in the winter solstice.
On a spiritual level, it is good to think about what to pare away, reorganize or walk away from during this time. You get bonus points for doing this during a Mercury Retrograde which we are are in until the end of June.
To help you with these ruminations and choices I created a Dismiss List, a guidance for you to think about all the things in your life that you may Dismiss with a wave of your hand (a wand and glitter are also totally appropriate) and the flow of your pen all the junk that has latched onto you this year.
Your Dismiss List uses the second half of the Major Arcana and fits with the Manifestation Map, which we did during the Winter solstice using the first half of the major arcana completing the cycle.
If you missed out on getting the Manifestation Map, here you go!
The Tarot can be a wonderful tool for self discovery and awareness, a well worn path of human experience that, when we follow it, can help us gain personal fulfillment and spiritual awareness. Tarot is so much more than just peeking into the future!
May you use the Map and List wisely and well!
Now is the time of year when many people are making New Year’s resolutions. Excited for the fresh start we buy our juicer, throw out the now stale holiday cookies, buy a new pair of sneakers and commit to no caffeine no alcohol no gluten in a bid to make ourselves healthier!
More productive! Kinder! Save more money! Living a more meaningful life than last year!
And by the time March rolls around we are barely clinging on to these resolutions or have abandoned them entirely. We try not to think about letting ourselves down but it does creep in and we judge ourselves, sometimes rather harshly.
But, what if we could use Tarot as a way to see if the resolution is the right one for us? Perhaps our resolution is not the resolution we should be making; perhaps the resolution is to leave a toxic relationship or lean into our work for a promotion rather than lose 10 pounds.
Sometimes half the battle is not the resolution per se, but choosing the right one that fits where we are right now. Tarot can help us figure out what we need to do to keep on track as well as point out any danger spots along the way.
Getting guidance on the most important resolution to make, ways to make it stick, and pitfalls and set- backs to be aware of can be a powerful tool for igniting transformation. So to help you think and create the resolutions that make sense to you I have created the ever handy-dandy:
New Year’s Resolution Tarot Spread
(You can create whatever kind of shape you would like for this spread, I tend to just read them line by line)
What area of my life needs a New Year’s resolution the most right now?
Pull 3 cards: 1, 2, 3
How can I best achieve positive results with this resolution?
Pull 3 cards: 4, 5, 6
What obstacles or dangers are in the way of the success of this resolution?
Pull 3 cards: 7, 8, 9
How will I know that I am on the right track to sticking to the resolution?
Pull 3 cards: 10, 11, 12
How will working this resolution contribute to transforming my life?
Pull 3 cards: 13, 14, 15
With a little guidance we can truly create the life we want to experience. If you have a tarot deck and can read yourself, give it a try and let me know how it goes for you!
Or, book an appointment with me and we can discover this together.
Either way, once you are done, join me in my class on January 11th, Visioning the New Year Vision Board Workshop to cement what you uncovered and create a board to help you synthesize your best and keep you on track.
Hey all! I am a guest blogger and I wrote a piece about the Moon Viewing Festival tomorrow, an ancient Asian holiday devoted to worship of Chang e' Moon Goddess. I also included a pretty badass (if I say so myself) Moon Phase Tarot spread to help you connect with Lunar energy.
Victorian Romantic Tarot
Give Yourself Time to Process Initial Reactions
Having a Tarot reading is being open to a vulnerable experience. You are talking about things and asking questions about things that perhaps no one in your life knows about. You are baring a part of your soul with an intuitive who is guiding you through a process. Coming out of this vulnerable time and into normal space may feel disorientating so make sure that you ease back into the mainstream.
I cannot speak for all intuitives but I make an intuitive connection with each client, third eye to third eye, to enhance the intuitive session. When you leave the session, I make sure to close the connection but for some it can be disorientating, exhilarating, confusing or even a peaceful experience; each person reacts differently to this process.
Give yourself time to adjust back into normal space. Be gentle with any emotions that may arise or need to be worked through. Following an intuitive coaching session with a high stress work meeting is not a good idea. Give yourself a few hours if possible in a calm environment.
Allow First Impressions to Sink In
It is important to allow your short term memory and impressions take root into your conscious as they are naturally remembered from the experience.
Listening to the recording too soon will take the place of those important first impressions and powerful moments of clarity.
It is like remembering a photo when you were having your 10 year old birthday party rather than remembering the party itself.
Capture Your Initial Thoughts & Reactions
It is very helpful to journal or record first impressions and insights after the Tarot session. These first insights can often be the most powerful awakenings in the session.
If possible, take the next hour after the meeting and go somewhere quiet to capture these impressions; journal in your car if you have to. What were some big realizations that you made during the session? What connections did you make? What are you ready to move on from, or to?
Bonus points if you can make this a creative activity by drawing, painting or collaging your new understanding.
Create a Map of New Beginnings
Once you have got your insights down in whatever form you like best, it is important to continue the work with creating a map of new beginnings. A map of action steps to help the changes take hold helps support the momentum unfolded in the Tarot session.
Having a Tarot consultation and making new connections is only the beginning; your transformation needs to be strengthened by an action plan and a commitment to change. A client who only listens to the session, without further work on her part, will find that the work of the intuitive session unfinished.
After the First Week or Two, Listen to the Recording
After journaling your first impressions and insights, you may find that you have additional, clarifying questions; these questions are often linked to your own spiritual and personal growth. Write them down during the time between your first impressions and your first recording listen.
You may find that the recording will answer many of the questions you had after the reading. Listening to the recording later will round out and define the initial insights as well as give you some keys for greater growth and positive change.
Listen to Your Recording 3 Months after the Session
Listening to the recording 3 months after the session will help you identify if you are still on the path of radical transformation, identify places where you are still stuck, and remind you of the work that needs to be continue.
It is at the 90 day mark that it is said that new habits form into lasting habits so checking back into the reading at this time will help if there has been any slippage into old habits or back into old relationships. The three month mark is also a good time to ascertain whether the information is still relevant, useful, or if things have moved on.
At this point many clients book another reading to ensure they are on track with the message originally delivered or to see if outcomes have changed due to their own actions.
Taking these action steps after you Tarot session will greatly maximize the messages you received and their practical application into the changes you wish to make in your life. I highly recommend taking the time as possible to complete the steps above to vastly empower your deepening connection to the Source and to your own personal and spiritual development.
I am not surprised to see 10 of Wands make an appearance in between Ostara, Passover, Easter, Vernal Equinox and so on. What seems to be a fun holiday for many often means extra burden for the caretakers of the home with extra shopping, cooking and all the trimmings that go into a holiday. 10 of Wands is the card of overwork, oppression, being burdened and difficulty with coping with the load. This is not always a bad thing, sometimes we have to bust our buns to meet a goal but if this feels like always rather than sometimes then the danger of burnout can occur.
Its hard "keeping up with the Joneses" and the demands on our time are greater than ever. Perhaps its time to check out of the race and do things your way. Suzie needs a non harried Mother more than she needs another extra curricular activity.
1. I am overwhelmed by... but I continue because...
2. Here are some creative ways I can lighten my load...
3. I need to be willing to give up some things in order to care for myself better; they are the following...
4. I resist putting down my burden because I am afraid the following will happen...
I don’t know about you but I start struggling in February. I am a summer girl at heart and I love hot weather so it is around February that the weight of winter bears down and I am really feeling rather care worn.
Sometimes we know we need self care but we aren’t sure what form it should take. I am sleeping well, eating well, walking, writing, meditating and doing all the things I know make me feel my best but something is missing. Do I need a massage, a supplement, a colonic, a hug, to volunteer? It’s when we need a little nudge that Tarot can swoop in and give us light on what we really need to gift ourselves with right now.
So I asked my deck the question, “How do I combat the winter blues right now?” I drew one card, the 6 of Cups.
The 6 of Cups is a card of joy, nostalgia and childhood. Many traditional forms of this card depict white flowers and two children in what look to be near a busy medieval town center. Inspired I ran out to the store and bought bunches of beautiful yellow daffodils for my house and bought rather frivolously a mango because I love them but they always make me think of fun memories of warmth, easy living and luscious drinks.
Childhood also is a prominent feature in this card so to me it was a clear call to be child-like. I love board games so I asked my husband to play a round or two of some games that were gathering dust in our cupboard.
These few simple and easy things DID make a difference, especially the flowers. Sometimes self care can be a simple small thing that really brightens up one’s day.
What did cards did you pull for yourself around your own self care and what are you doing about it?
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