Today’s card exploring what gifts/lessons I’ve received from tough times is The Hermit. I’ve always loved this card and identified with the solitary figure, shining his lantern for others. It’s not for himself, his gaze is averted. This card speaks of solitude and this is something that resonates strongly with me. I’ve learned over recent years to be comfortable with my own company.
Last summer I did a long-distance trek across Scotland for a week, just me, a large rucksack and my dog. The most common question I received from people was, ‘Didn’t you get lonely?’ No. Not at all. Not even for a second.
The Hermit, number 9 of the trumps, also speaks of coming to an end of the first phase of the Fool’s Journey – the end of a period of change. The Hermit doesn’t just have lessons to teach, he is the lesson. It reflects the need to withdraw from the company of others in order to journey inward and to really know yourself.
Retreat and solitude are sometimes necessary for growth. This gives me hope because I’ve spent long periods of time in solitude and am ready to emerge from my cocoon.