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The Hermit

He knew he'd left that deer somewhere but where...?

I love this card. Brightest of the Tarot! Stop seeking out the supernatural, it isn't there. The super-real however, is something else.  Everything we perceive 'happens' inside our head and just like computer 'objects' - including visual and audio - is built up from a linguistic instruction. Memory is linguistic (first memories coincide with gaining language) and once 'familiar' places often look 'wrong' when revisited because of the way we have 'described' them for ourselves, often coloured by emotions and scale (places we remember as a child invariably seem smaller than we recall when seen again through adult eyes). We shorten streets by unconsciously editing out unimportant bits. This is just the simple stuff, once you move onto incidents, things that happened (or did they?), there is much that can be learned.  Not least our ability to shade and tweak things in the edit.

the hermit tarot card marseilles deckThis is something you do alone. No, not that. Knowledge you need, answers you seek are quite likely already within you, part of your experience.  Daily we absorb masses of information which we are not conscious of, or barely at best.  We also absorb lots of spurious information which our consciousness ‘makes up’ by assuming, based on experience.  When we sleep, our mind processes this data, trying to link things and cross reference them, giving us the surreal – ‘super-real’ – dreamscapes that fleetingly haunt our waking.  The point is we know things that we don’t know we know, and we think we know things that we don’t really know at all… as The Hermit, we need to sort this out every now and then, and sometimes we need help, just as the Hermit has his lamp, to shine light into the darker corners where we’d rather not look.  The Hermit reminds us to look back on where we have come from, to look within ourselves, for clues to our present dilemmas and questions.  He is Capuchin, the wise elder – and not all our elders are wise. Capuchin has taken himself away into isolation and explored his own inner self – the monastic path to self-knowledge common to most peoples and their religions.  We do not have to go to such lengths. We have psychiatrists, psycho-therapists – and tarot readers. And we have our own mind’s – too often our most neglected ‘muscle’.












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