The Hermit – Tarot Meaning Deep Dive

Welcome to part 10 of my 22 part Tarot Meanings Deep Dive series – each week we explore ONE major arcana card and uncover it’s secrets, symbols and messages.

Today we’re diving into The Hermit – the most introverted card in the whole deck!

Grab your Tarot journal, pen and a hot cup of something good…..

Keywords: Solitude, introspection, wisdom, meditation, expanded consciousness, inner awareness

Symbols: Lantern, mountain peaks, old man, cloak, closed eyes, head down, walking stick

Dark Side: Being too cut off from society, unable to relate to people and interact. Able to get wisdom from within but unable to then share it with the world.

1) Solitude

The Hermit has mastered the art of being alone without being lonely. He knows that when he tunes out the hive-like noise of society and clears his mind of chatter, he is able to commune with his soul and higher self.

Journalling Questions:

♥ How comfortable are you being alone? Do you enjoy your own company? How comfy are you being alone, in silence and not doing anything?

♥ How can you create a mini retreat for yourself – to hunker down and converse with your higher self?

2) Introspection

The Hermit encourages us to journey inward and explore our consciousness, traversing the universe within and developing inner awareness.

Lantern = light of consciousness, awareness and soul

Head down, eyes closed, cloak = tuning out worldly distractions so he can meet his true self and discover the nature of consciousness.

The willingness to take this inward journey is the difference between wisdom and intelligence – wisdom is intelligence + going inward and consulting the spiritual dimension. Without wisdom (and the spiritual dimension), intelligence will be shallow at best and destructive at worst.

So what happens when we go inward? What do we find? I’ve recently discovered HemiSync, a company that makes guided meditations and music that helps syncronize the left and right hemispheres of the brain, putting you in a deep, meditative state. I’ve finally been having real success in my meditation sessions instead of just sitting there bored out of my skull!

Journalling Questions:

♥ What helps you become more aware of your inner reality (feelings, energy, consciousness, soul)?

♥ Do you make introspection a priority? Or do other things get in the way?

3) Spiritual Journey

The Hermit reminds us to contemplate our spiritual journey and physical journey (life path) and make them intersect. Discovering how you can express your spiritual path through your physical life is key!

We must be able to root our spiritual selves into our physical reality so that our work in the world is in alignment with our spiritual blueprint.

The Hermit knows how to journey inward and obtain spiritual wisdom and then bring it into the physical, mundane, day to day, Earth plane.

Journalling Questions:

♥ Take time to meditate, journey and contemplate. What insights, wisdom or inspiration did you receive? How can you incorporate it into your day to day life?

The Wisdom of The Hermit

The Hermit knows that without wisdom, we are doomed to fail. The only way to access this wisdom is to journey inward and let go of ego. The Hermit is a mediator between the spiritual and physical worlds – and YOU are The Hermit too! All of us can access our inner hermit if we choose to.

When we tune out the noisy, chattering world of form and people’s opinions, we can access deeper states of conscious awareness and journey to the universe within to bring back wisdom and light to share with the world!

Let me know in the comments below…Did you enjoy this exercise? Did you learn anything new about The Hermit? Or about yourself?

Join me next week as I dive into The Wheel of Fortune and give the luckiest card in the Tarot a spin!

My Crystal Collection!

I’ve been collecting crystals for the past ten years or so. I first discovered the magic of crystals when I took a Reiki class and my Reiki teacher’s home was FULL of them! I’d never really been into crystals before that but I began to appreciate them.

In the video below, I share my collection….

What are your favourite crystals? Which ones do you find yourself drawn to? I’d love to know!

xoxo
Kate

Strength – Tarot Meaning Deep Dive

Welcome to part 9 of my 22 part Tarot Meanings Deep Dive series – each week we explore ONE major arcana card and uncover it’s secrets, symbols and messages.

Today we’re diving into Strength to explore how gentleness (the maiden) can relate to wildness (Lion) and how we can face our fears and meet our challenges with gentleness, respect and compassion.

Grab your Tarot journal and pen, pour yourself a cup of tea and settle in….

Keywords: power from within, fortitude, perseverance, gentleness, respect, compassion, taming

Symbols: Lion (a challenge), infinity loop, mountain, maiden (softness), maiden looking into lions eyes (facing one’s fears and challenges)

Dark side: Not honouring your own boundaries and letting others walk all over you, identifying your soft side as “weak”, not understanding where your true power and strength comes from.

1) Inner Power

Strength represents the power that comes from within as opposed to power gained through outer circumstances or physical strength. A fortitude of the soul. Those who possess this inner power exude a quiet confidence and authority and show respect and compassion toward self and others. These people are calmly rooted in their values and sense of themselves and are not easily manipulated or intimidated.

How does one cultivate this kind of inner strength? By facing one’s fears and loving and respecting others and self.

Journalling Questions:

♥ What fears have you not yet faced? Which one’s are you ready to face?

♥ How can you face your fears AND be gentle and kind to yourself?

♥ Who do you know that possesses this “inner power”? How do you know they have it? How do they treat others?

2) Gentleness (Respect & Compassion)

Strength is about taking a soft, subtle and gentle approach to a challenge. It’s not about forcing your will or whipping anyone or anything into shape. Gentleness is often how we show respect and caring to self and others and Strength recognizes and respects the divine spark in all life – all people, animals, plants and nature.

Strength honours her adversaries and challenges and sees them as opportunities to cultivate more compassion and understanding.

Journalling Questions:

♥ How can you cultivate more respect and compassion for self? For others?

♥ Where in your life are you being harsh, forceful and ungentle? How can you soften your approach?

3) Boundaries

Sometimes we equate boundaries with being cold, distant and unloving, but Strength knows how to be assertive, stand up for herself and maintain her boundaries yet remain loving, compassionate and respectful. Strength creates her boundaries as a way to honour and respect herself and others.

If self respect and inner power are lacking, setting and maintaining boundaries can be difficult. Strength advises us to set our boundaries from a place of honouring (ourselves and others), as a way to help us be more compassionate and loving.

Journalling Questions:

♥ How do you feel about setting boundaries?

♥ How good are you at maintaining boundaries?

The Wisdom of Strength

True strength is unassuming. True strength comes from within and it has nothing to do with throwing your weight around or maintaining control over others. Strength is all about mastering the art of taking a soft, gentle and kind approach to challenges. You radiate strength when you have respect and compassion for self and others, are able to face your fears and maintain flexible boundaries.

Let me know in the comments below…Did you enjoy this exercise? Did you learn anything new about Strength? Or about yourself?

Join me next week as I dive into The Hermit and reveal the secrets of the most introverted Tarot card in the deck!

The Chariot – Tarot Meaning Deep Dive

Welcome to part 8 of my 22 part Tarot Meanings Deep Dive series – each week we explore ONE major arcana card and uncover it’s secrets, symbols and messages.

Today we’re diving into The Chariot – a positive and powerful card that’s full of energy, drive and forward motion!

Grab your Tarot journal, a pen, and a hot cup of something good….

Keywords: progress, success, forward movement, alignment, triumph, gaining momentum

Symbols: black & white sphinxes, stars, moons and astrological signs (stars align), wings & wheels (movement and travel)

Light side: being in alignment, divine timing, success at something that is important to you.

Dark side: “progress” that isn’t aligned with one’s soul or higher purpose, empty success, “progress” without meaning or substance.

1) Progress / Success

The Chariot is all about moving onward and upward, making big, bold strides forward and succeeding at whatever it is you put your attention on. Power, positivity and change are all hallmarks of this card.

The two sphinxes symbolize the motivations that drive you forward:
White sphinx = conscious ideals, goals and values
Black sphinx = subconscious desires, needs and fears

Journalling Questions:

♥ What is pulling you forward? What is your white sphinx (what you say you want)? What is your black sphinx (what you secretly long for)?

♥ What helps you succeed? (Think back to the last time you were successful at something)

2) Alignment

Things must be in alignment if you are to move forward and succeed! You can work as hard as you like and be as talented as can be, but if things aren’t in alignment (right place/right time), it will feel like you’re treading water.

Outer alignment has to do with divine timing – think astrology and the positions of the stars, the phases of the moon and the seasons. Inner alignment has to do with your soul’s intentions, your unconscious/shadow desires and your conscious goals. When it’s all lined up, it’s full steam ahead!

Journalling Questions:

♥ Think of a goal you have – what does “conscious you” want? What does “shadow you” want? How can the needs of both be met?

♥ How can you incorporate astrology or moon phases and seasons into your manifestation plans?

The Wisdom of The Chariot

“Progress” and “success” are really only progress and success if they’re in alignment with your higher ideals and goals. Otherwise, it’s just empty change or movement for the sake of it. If you’re trying to move forward in your life, consider the concept of alignment and ask yourself how you can use astrology, moon phases, seasons, and your own energy patterns to your advantage.

Let me know in the comments below…Did you enjoy this exercise? Did you learn anything new about The Chariot? Or about yourself?

Join me next week as I dive into Strength and unlock the mystery behind the maiden and the lion!

The Lovers – Tarot Meaning Deep Dive

Welcome to part 7 of my 22 part Tarot Meanings Deep Dive series – each week we explore ONE major arcana card and uncover it’s secrets, symbols and messages.

Today we’re diving into The Lovers – one of the juiciest cards in the whole deck! YES!

Grab your Tarot journal and pen, make yourself a hot cup of something and settle in….

Keywords: relationship, attraction, temptation, seduction, choice, passion, primal desire for union, vulnerability

Symbols: snake (Eden), man and woman (polarities), erect mountain, flaming tree (passion), nudity (vulnerability, primal state)

Light side: Finding union with another, intimately merging with your polar opposite, passion and connection with a lover. Vulnerability plays a key role here.

Dark side: Losing yourself in the Other. Union that obliterates your sense of self (in a bad way) – like a toxic, co-dependant relationship. Giving into temptation as a way to forget yourself/abandon yourself.

1) Attraction

The Lovers is all about attraction! Often, opposites attract and we find ourselves drawn to others who possess the qualities we lack. You can learn a lot about yourself just by paying attention to what you are attracted to.

Journalling Questions:

♥ Think of someone (real life or celeb) you’re VERY attracted to. Why? What about them is so attractive?

♥ What qualities in another will ignite you and draw you in?

2) Temptation

The Lovers symbolizes temptation and the choices we make as a result of our temptations. Typically, the things that tempt us most are things that pull us out of ourselves and help us forget ourselves for a moment, like drugs, alcohol, food, sex, porn, gambling, shopping, gaming, excessive screen time or a lusty affair!

Journalling Questions:

♥ What tempts you? What does this temptation seem to promise?

♥ What brings you out of yourself? What lets you forget yourself?

♥ When was the last time you felt tempted? What did you choose? Why?

3) Primal Desire

We are all driven by a human desire for connection and union – even it it’s subconscious or subliminal. If we look closely at our choices, actions, fears and desires, the primal desire for connection is often underlying these things. Vulnerability is required in order to truly connect with another, making the process somewhat terrifying and difficult.

Journalling Questions:

♥ How does your primal desire for union and connection drive you? What actions, decisions, priorities and choices have you made based on getting those desires/needs met?

♥ What does it mean to you to be vulnerable with another person?

The Wisdom of The Lovers

We all long to merge with someone (or something!) and when romantic union happens, it has the potential to bring out the best in us and act as an avenue for growth, healing and ecstasy. It also has the potential to bring out the worst in us and bring our wounds, fears and dysfunctional patterns to the surface.

The Lovers advises you to know and understand the difference between connection with another and obliteration of self, because the two can never truly exist together.

Let me know in the comments below…Did you enjoy this exercise? Did you learn anything new about The Lovers? Or about yourself?

Join me next week as I dive into The Chariotone of the fastest moving cards in the deck!

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