Your Weekly Tarotcast™: The Hermit

Weekly Tarotcast™:  11-21-17 through 11-28-17

 The Hermit


The weekly Tarotcast card is the Hermit. This card shows us that taking a (temporarily) solitary path will aid us in our search for truth. Solitude and being alone don’t have to mean feeling lonely, so we may find that we actively seek and very much enjoy our own company this week.  Probing our own inner consciousness and exploring our psyches will not only appeal to us, the insights we gain and the discoveries we make can bring us solutions to long-standing problems or issues, and give us the seeds to sow for a crop of new ideas and fresh directions.

We may find ourselves withdrawing from current events and taking a less-active role in our relationships and environments, not due to depression or disinterest, but because the energy this week calls us to look within. Reflection and introspection are our best tools to emerging refreshed, renewed and ready for action again.

On the kabalistic Tree of Life this card travels path 20, joining sephiroth or sphere 4, Chesed (meaning Mercy – sphere of Jupiter and the rule of law) to sephiroth or sphere 6, Tiphareth (meaning Beauty – sphere of the Sun; energy in complete and balanced manifestation).  Its Hebrew letter is Yod, meaning the hand, and it is with our hands that we sow seeds – which are hidden in the ground during the crucial stages of their ultimate development and growth. It is also with our hands that we cultivate our gardens and ultimately harvest their bounty.

Astrologically, this card is the zodiacal trump of Virgo, in which Mercury both rules and is exalted. The unique way in which Mercury, the Earth and Sun come together in this card symbolizes the special magic of growing things. The seed placed into the soil, hidden from view, undergoes a transformation and bursts forth into the sunlight to be further nurtured and grow to maturity. Here particularly, Mercury (Hermes to the Greeks) shows us his versatility beyond being a messenger and trickster. His roles include acting as a guide for the dead crossing over, an interpreter, a transformer and the patron of geographical (and metaphorical) boundaries and the travelers who navigate them.

In real-time astrology, the Sun enters Fire-sign Sagittarius on November 21st, the first day of this forecast period. As the Sun transits Sagittarius we shift our focus to a broader view of the world and big picture thinking. While this would appear to conflict with the energy of this week’s card, this period favors visions and questions; internal processes before external action and manifestation.

Mercury entered Sagittarius back on November 5th and entered its retrograde shadow phase on November 14th. Although the retrograde doesn’t begin until December 3rd, many of us will begin feeling the effects during the shadow phase as things slow down and draw inward – a complementary energy to that of this week’s card.

With Mercury in Sagittarius, our curiosity and questioning nature are enhanced. When Mercury trines Uranus on November 24th – 25th we are open to new ideas. Open-minded exploration leads us to seek out ideals and our optimism is high.  On November 27th, we want to define terms and situations, and we are highly results-oriented.  All of this is better suited to internal investigation rather than outward seeking and acting at this time.

Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of this card includes rigidity, hard attitudes, bitterness and hostility toward the outside world – even narcissism.

Let’s focus on the qualities of emotional maturity, wisdom and enlightenment this week.

A little home alchemy:  Power colors this week are yellowish green, slate grey, grey-green and plum.

This is a great week to listen to Revolution 9 from the Beatles’ White Album, Beethoven’s Ninth symphony or Gregorian chants, since this Major Arcana card is numbered 9 – the number which always comes back to itself.

Onyx and clear crystal as well as diamonds worn as jewelry or carried as power stones will make your alone-time or me-time as productive, meaningful and informative as possible.

This week’s metals are gold and platinum – pricey I know, but wear ’em if you’ve got ’em, because they beautifully symbolize the light that is born from darkness.

Scent your home, bath and body with lily, valerian, lavender, lilac, and frankincense to awaken the introspective and transformative powers of the Hermit.

Foods prepared with parsley, dill, rosemary, lavender, lemongrass and mace, or tea brewed from peppermint; as well as beverages containing juniper (gin!) and wormwood (absinthe!) – in moderation, please – will provide the same beneficial effects.

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