IX THE HERMIT
The rains have come and gone, but like the flood waters, the hermit remains. He has seen his share of storms, and he is wise to the rhythms of life on the Mississippi floodplain. This is not the first time he has weathered a storm alone, and it will not be the last. The hermit’s song is a contemplation of his place in the world. Each storm brings new and different challenges, though the blooming cat’s claw above speaks of hope, and the chance to rebuild. Upright, this card reflects on our need at times to be alone, and take some time for ourselves. Directing your attention inward is important, especially if you are in a place in your life where you may benefit from some soul-searching. You have your own inner wisdom, but it can be easily overcome by external forces from living in modern society. Stepping away from consumerism, social media, or the material world may help you embrace it once more.
Reversed: Too much isolation and self concern can be harmful to anyone, even the hermit. In relationships, this card may be referring to a long-distance endeavor, or possibly someone withdrawing when their partner wishes to become closer. Perhaps it is time to reach out with the personal reflection you’ve found to aid others. Have you been a bit too hard on yourself recently? Getting caught up in negative thoughts? Maybe give yourself a little slack. You’re only human.