Learn Tarot with the Guardian Gateway Tarot Telesummits

Hey there, if you’re interested in learning more about tarot (like me!), I wanted to let you know about a cool FREE event that is coming up July 25th-August 5th over at Kim Wilborn’s Guardian Gateway.  At the Guardian Gateway Kim hosts telesummits about fascinating topics, including tarot. If you have never heard of a telesummit, basically this consists of two calls each day that you can listen to and interact with about special topics in tarot. You call in, use Skype, or connect online for free, in real time, and can type in or ask questions about the topics that 20 different tarot professionals will be exploring over the next two weeks on all things tarot.

gg-logoThis is the third telesummit that Kim has put on about the tarot and the first two were so amazing, I am confident this one will be chuck full of wonderful info and food for thought as well. Some of the topics I’m really excited about hearing are: tarot birth cards, timing and tarot, dreamwork and tarot, tarot and healing, and pretty much all of them. Can’t wait to listen to this! You can register for free at The Guardian Gateway and you will receive an email with all the details about logging in and when and how to listen live. It’s basically a mini-workshop each day about fun tarot stuff that you can’t get enough of.

Now, if you’re like me and don’t have free time during the day to listen to 20 live calls, they are all available to purchase in MP3 format so you can take it with you to go. I treat these telesummits like a podcast, more or less. I download them onto my iPod or phone and then listen when I’m walking around or driving or any good time for listening. I’ve listened to the first telesummit about the Major Arcana quite a few times this way :). If you click through and purchase any of the telesummits using the links below, I will receive an affiliate commission, so thank you in advance if you decide to purchase one (or all!) of these awesome series.  Of course, the older ones will not be live, so you can check out the format and style to see if you’re interested all for free by registering and logging in when the telesummit is live starting July 25th, 2016.

Check them all out!

Tarot Telesummit 3- Special Topics in Tarot Wisdom

Tarot Telesummit 2– This one had a recording for of each of the suits, pips, and court cards. There is a guided meditation during each call as well, which is so fun!

Tarot Telesummit 1– This one went into each of the Major Arcana cards and also included a guided meditation. You can even get just the MP3s of the meditations set to music!

Astrology Telesummit– Not tarot related but an amazing overview and deep exploration of astrology if you are also interested in learning about the signs and planets in the sky.

ENJOY!

Acting Out Your Inspiration with the II of Wands

The II of Wands is inspiration in action. You have a great idea, now it is time to make some decisions about how to manifest that dream. You can envision it, have a spirit journey, make a vision board, peer into the future and imagine, imagine, imagine. The II of Wands is full of possibility in motion. You are on your way. You are making progress. You are moving forward with your dreams. This is a great sign that you are living your life in alignment with your thoughts and beliefs…

Kristen and Harriett New Haven, CT, USA

Kristen and Harriet                                                  New Haven, Connecticut, USA

Keywords: envisioning, decision-making, choices, planning, discovery, forward thinking, progress, movement

Reversed: lack of vision, unfocused, delays, need for planning, dispassionate, uninterested, lack of curiosity

Associated Major: The Magician

 

 

 

The II of Wands is inspiration in action. You have a great idea, now it is time to make some decisions about how to manifest that dream. You can envision it, have a spirit journey, make a vision board, peer into the future and imagine, imagine, imagine. The II of Wands is full of possibility in motion. You are on your way. You are making progress. You are moving forward with your dreams. This is a great sign that you are living your life in alignment with your thoughts and beliefs.

There is much self-discovery to be experienced with the II of Wands. When you peer into your future, you realize how many options you actually have. You can step out of your comfort zone, or every day life, and do something completely different. You can take a risk. Perhaps you want to go down a new career path, move house to a far off location, or take your relationship in a new direction. Your long-term goals start to come into focus with the II of Wands as you internalize all that is possible and make decisions about the path on which you want to step out.

When the II of Wands shows up in a reading it asks you to broaden your view. Perhaps you have been limiting your options by thinking too narrowly. Be confident, positive, and adventurous in your pursuits. If you are looking for a new job, find some new sources of job posting instead of just trolling the same ones over and over again. Just for fun, try looking through the job ads in a city or town you have always dreamed about living in and see if they have any good opportunities for your career there. If you are searching for love, try heading to a new social event or checking out a different dating website instead of scrolling a platform you are familiar with. A barrage of new faces might just spark your interest. The key is to expand your worldview with the II of Wands. Your all-encompassing vision is bound to see something new and exciting. Be excited!

II of Wands reversed:

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II of Wands rx Wild Unknown Tarot

When the II of Wands shows up reversed in your reading, it can indicate a block of vision. You are feeling uninspired or cloudy in your future planning. What do you want to do with your life? What are you goals? What do you even want to accomplish? It’s hard to make decisions and be visionary when you can’t figure out what you are striving for. It’s time to reconnect to your inner fire. You need to get back to the root of what lights you up inside and what you are passionate about. Can you set aside some time for that rekindling, maybe actually making a vision board or journaling about your goals or creating a five year plan?

Of course, sometimes we are not passionate. Sometimes we don’t have huge, life-changing goals in mind. The II of Wands can show up reversed to say that you are stagnant for the moment. Is there anything wrong with that? People are always changing and evolving, so it’s very seldom that we are on the level. Can you enjoy a break in the action? It could be that everything is just bumping along great for you at the moment and there is not need for a vision board, blah, blah, blah or any big changes in your life. Be grateful and present in the moment. What is wonderful about where you are at right now?

If you are feeling stagnant and can’t get in touch with your inner passion, that’s okay. Don’t push it too hard or you will just get frustrated and angry that your life has no purpose or passion. Sometimes we aren’t passionate! But is there anything that you are even slightly interested in or curious about? Maybe you have been meaning to start adult coloring or explore more of the neighborhoods in your city. Why not pick up some fresh colored pencils or start hitting every coffeeshop in your town to try different brews? Sometimes small acts of curiosity can get your out of a disinterested funk or even lead to big new passion projects. The II of Wands reversed asks you to examine your inspiration and why it is somewhat dormant at the moment. Is that okay for the moment or do you need to kick start it into action with a little exploration?

Falling in Love with the II of Cups

The II of Cups often indicates the beginning of a romance. This card brings up a lot of the feelings and issues that come up at the beginning of a relationship. You’re getting to know each other, feeling a bit dizzy in love, and experiencing that euphoria of being seen and cared about. You’re also making decisions at every second about whether or not you can get along, if you like their personality, if you can relate on important issues. There is a lot at work in a new relationship that brings up the decision making power of the II cards…

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Toscanini’s Ice Cream Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Keywords: Partnership, romance, heartfelt decisions, relationships, balance, nurture, feelings,caring, respect, understanding, peace, cooperation, collaboration, compromise, reciprocity

Reversed: Independence, failure to choose, break-up, fresh start, imbalance, negativity in relationships, inequality, uncooperative, uncompromising

 

 

 

 

 

 

The II of Cups is a always a crowd favorite when it shows up in a reading. This is because almost every deck I know of will have a peaceful scene on it, something imbued with love perhaps, or just something serene. I have a lot of pictures to choose from with two vessels, but I think I’m settled on this ice cream shot for a couple of reasons. First of all, ice cream may be physically cold, but there is a warm, fuzzy feeling to going out for ice cream that resonates with the meaning of the II of Cups. Ice cream makes us feel happy, safe, luxurious, and young. The II of Cups mimics that joyful experience of an ice cream date, pointing out the light-hearted, nurturing, lovey feeling of life.

The second reason I choose this image is because this shot is from one of my first dates with Kristen. Going out to ice cream is a great date, especially for a first one. It can be quick and care-free and doesn’t involve alcohol, which can be good for a first date 🙂  The II of Cups often indicates the beginning of a romance and an ice cream date can certainly be romantic. This card brings up a lot of the feelings and issues that come up at the beginning of a relationship. You’re getting to know each other, feeling a bit dizzy in love, and experiencing that euphoria of being seen and cared about. You’re also making decisions at every second about whether or not you can get along, if you like their personality, if you can relate on important issues. There is a lot at work in a new relationship that brings up the decision making power of the II cards.

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Sierra Nevada Brewery                                        Chico, California, USA

The II of Cups is a nurturing card. If it isn’t about a romantic relationship for you, it may be about your friendships or how you interact with your family. You will be able to express or show how deeply you care about your loved ones and be able to receive their love in return. You can get together to enjoy the quiet wonders of life, or make important decisions based out of love and respect. You feel compassionate and caring, working to cooperate and get along swimmingly with those around you. Your ability to compromise and reach decisions that meet the needs of everyone involved is high at this time.

The II of Cups isn’t exclusively about love and romance though. If you are doing a work or career reading, this card is an excellent indicator that a business deal will be clinched, a job interview will be go well, or a healthy partnership can be formed. There is a positivity and inspiration around your work life right now. It may turn out that you make deep friendships at work, or even start a business or job working with people you already love, a spouse or a dear friend. You can find some real community in the work place and achieve big results through collaboration. The positive aspect of this card is also a good indication of financial stability. You are making good decisions for your finances and your work will be lucrative.

II of Cups reversed:

II of Cups Shadowscapes Tarot

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Shadowscapes Tarot

The reversal of the II of Cups indicates an imbalance in a relationship. If it is a romantic relationship, you may feel like you are giving, giving, giving, and receiving very little in return. Conversely, you may find that you do not reciprocate the strong feelings of a partner and are thinking about ending the relationship. Either way, feelings are out of wack in your relationship and you need to take a step back and reevaluate. What is this relationship based on? Is there a deep, abiding love here or just a passing love? Do you want to start making compromises to make this relationship work is it best to move on from this relationship before more feelings are hurt? Every relationship we have is meaningful and teaches us important life lessons, but not every relationship is meant to last a life time.

Of course, this feeling of imbalance, non-reciprocity, inequality, or negativity could apply to any personal relationship. You could be missing a long lost friend, feeling shut out by your child, unappreciated at work, or outcast from your friend group. Perhaps you are feeling overworked or over-relied upon. All your friends or colleagues are dumping their negativity on you and you want to get some independence and some me time to focus on your own peace, growth, and wisdom seeking. When the II of Cups comes up reversed in a reading, take a good look for imbalances or inequalities in your relationships. There are steps you can take to improve those relationships, even if stepping away from them for a time is the best idea right now. You deserve mutual respect and understanding and it’s time to figure out how to get that.

Dominating Your Life with The Emperor

The archetype of the The Emperor represents stability. The Emperor is card IV in the tarot. Numerologically, the number 4 is square and stable, reminiscent of a tall, strong mountain. The Emperor is like a solid, heavy stone firmly grounded in the earth, but rising high enough above it to watch over the land below. When The Emperor appears in a reading, he tells you that now is the time to create and cultivate stability, it will come naturally…

 

Jenny Lake Grand Tetons National Park, WY, USA

Jenny Lake
Grand Tetons National Park, Wyoming, USA

Keywords: stability, rulership, authority, accountability, initiative, leadership, structure, father figure, groundedness

Reversed: disorder, disorganized, spacey, ungrounded, undisciplined, lack of leadership, absence of father figure

You can find my meditation experience with The Emperor with Biddy Tarot’s Soul Meditations here. 

 

The archetype of the The Emperor represents stability. The Emperor is card IV in the tarot. Numerologically, the number 4 is square and stable, reminiscent of a tall, strong mountain. The Emperor is like a solid, heavy stone firmly grounded in the earth, but rising high enough above it to watch over the land below. When The Emperor appears in a reading, he tells you that now is the time to create and cultivate stability, it will come naturally.

The Emperor comes after the The Empress in the tarot deck. The Empress represents abundance and fertile creation. Following along on the Fool’s Journey, whatever you gave birth to with The Empress energy is ready to grow, develop strong roots, flourish, and stabilize with Emperor energy. This is a natural progression from idea to fruition. Contemplate what it is that you have developed, gestated, or manifested.  The Emperor will see those things take true and stable form. This is the balance of complimentary feminine and masculine energy.

The Emperor                Rider Waite Smith deck

The Emperor is a ruler and therefore deals with developing and attaining new levels of authority. This can show up in many different ways in your life. For example, if you have been working on a business idea, you will truly start to feel like an authority in that field. Or perhaps you are working on personal development, and will find yourself feeling like a ruler of yourself at this time. When thinking about relationships, you may be moving away from an Empress time colored by the beauty and sensual exploration of a new or long-lasting love, while now you will focus more on firm commitment and the power of a steady long-term relationship.

The energy of The Emperor will allow you be highly organized, strategic, and a problem-solver- all qualities of an ideal ruler. This increased level of domination and authority of The Emperor does bring a sense of power and accomplishment, but also one of strong accountability. It can be wonderful to be in charge and do things your own way.  You get to rule your kingdom, make the rules, and not ask for permission for anything.  Enjoy this power, even as you remember that with great power comes great responsibility (or so I heard in Spiderman ;)).

The Emperor gets to rule the empire, but he does it with the best interests of all his subjects in mind.  Share your wisdom with others, offer guidance, be a grounding force for those around you that need that strong Emperor energy. Note that flexibility is always needed in life, so do not box yourself into a dogged routine.  Regularly check in with yourself and make sure you’re leading in a direction that still corresponds to your overall life goals. You can be a mentor or support system for others now.

The Emperor card is ruled by Aries, which is a cardinal, fire sign. A cardinal sign is a natural leader sign, which is quite obviously represented by The Emperor. Fire signs are born initiators, ready to start new projects, get the ball rolling, and lead the charge. The important thing to remember is follow-through. Aries fire energy can be very good for starting, but not always good for staying the course and finishing. Luckily, the solid and responsible aspects of The Emperor can help you maintain progress and keep up your efforts.  Expect much masculine fire energy now, where you are ready to take charge and establish a structure for all projects or goals you set.  The Emperor is good at decision-making and self-control, which are characteristics that lead to success.

The Emperor reversed:
When The Emperor shows up in reverse in a reading, it’s time to delve into the power structures in your life. Where are you giving away your power? Where are you failing to claim your power? How can you get your power back? Something is blocking you from developing your full strength, and often that block is fear. Fear that you will make the wrong decision, fear that your choices will bring too much responsibility, or fear that you will fail. The Emperor in reverse gives you the advice to examine your fear and decide how to get your power back.

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The Emperor rx Shadowscapes tarot

It isn’t easy to accept responsibility and control of life. So often we choose to let matters run their course, leave the ball in someone else’s court, or surrender to the whims of the Universe in defeat or withdrawal. It is hard to know if something is just not meant to be or if we are not working hard enough to claim what we desire. The Emperor reversed asks you to at least check in with yourself and make sure you aren’t giving up the fight because you are scared, or tired, or facing setbacks.

Sometimes life is just full of obstacles and everything sucks. That doesn’t mean you need to give up on your business idea, or your relationship, or whatever is giving you grief these days. It will be worth it to push through. Do something! The Emperor is about action, domination and rulership, remember. She doesn’t take shit or sit on her hands and worry. She knows she has to act now, to make a decision, to use her head and be logical and just.

So gather your scattered thoughts. Put thing in order. Give yourself goals and structure. Ground yourself in the physical world. Imagine you are a mountain in your own life. You are the tallest thing around and you survey your kingdom with a scrutinizing eye. Get aggressive on your fear, confronting it, challenging it, dealing with it, and living with it. With The Emperor reversed you have a clear sign of what you need to do: get grounded and stable, make a plan and a structure, act decisively and rationally, and then claim your power. You can be the ruler of your own life.

The X of Wands Helps Focus Your Purpose

Valle del Diablo San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

Valle del Diablo
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

Keywords: overburdened, taxed, trying too hard, struggling, taking on too much, stress, responsibility, attainment, achievement, accomplishment, cycle change

Reversed: avoiding a burden, uncertain what to do, shirking responsibility, overcoming obstacles, de-stressing, last hurdle, refocusing attention

 

 

 

The suit of Wands is about inspiration and creativity. It is soul essence ready to burst into manifestation.  The number 10 is a turning point. It is between an ending and a beginning. With the X of Wands you find yourself overwhelmed by creative urges. There are so many paths to take, so many options, you have taken on too much. You are bursting with ideas, but you are also paralyzed by ideas. Can you possibly create all that you have the potential to create?  Can you do it all?

It’s great and wonderful to be an ideas person and be inspired but it’s not good when you never actually create. With the X of Wands you may see that you have all these amazing ideas and then you don’t act on any of them. Perhaps you even write them down and then thumb through your inspiration notebook thinking and thinking about starting off each and every project.  But there are too many!  You start nothing!  You just keep thinking about them all, and carrying them around.  You create all kinds of reasons why they are too hard, because they are too big and plentiful. Even divine inspiration can become a burden when you let it build up to the point of overwhelm.

X of Wands Shadowscapes tarot

X of Wands
Shadowscapes tarot

So the X of Wands asks you to choose one path. It’s time to get back to the Ace of Wands and the purity of single intention. It’s time to put aside some of those ideas of yours and refocus. Put everything else aside for now. Try and fend off your other ideas or work them into a grand scheme that you are already plowing away one. When new ideas crop up  tell them, “Hello, great idea, I may have time and space for you when I finish the great idea that I’m already on.” Then totally forget about that other idea. You need to focus. You need to take it one step at a time. Everything else can wait.

Don’t worry about your inspiration being too big or hard. For example, if you want to record an album, you need to first learn how to play an instrument or how to sing. Then you need to learn how to write songs, then find a way to record an album, and then release it. Don’t just sit around and think about your dream and never even learn how to make music!  Who cares if it’s a huge goal. Who cares if it takes forever. What else are you doing? What does it matter if you spend your whole life working towards your dream? Wouldn’t that actually be a beautiful way to live? Treat your goals like a prize instead of burden and you will transform the intense energy of the X of Wands into the fresh spring of inspiration with the Ace of Wands. Allow this cycle to turn into a new beginning.

X of Wands reversed:

The reversed X of Wands can signal that you are succeeding in focusing your creativity. You are realizing that of all your great ideas there is one that you want to pursue the most. You are putting aside all your myriad worries and doubts about your goal.  You are ready to stop guilt tripping yourself about the ones that have to wait or need to be discarded. The feeling of being overwhelmed or burdened by inspiration is starting to fade in the face of your new concentration. If you draw the X of Wands reversed in a past position, or current energy position, this is probably what you are encountering. You are letting the options fade into the past and picking one path for yourself now.

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X of Wands rx                         Rider Waite Smith deck

On the other hand, a reversed X of Wands reversed in a future card position could indicate in a reading that you are still blocked or refusing to narrow your focus. You have buried your head in the sand and will never do anything. All ideas are abandoned, you get a job at a gas station, and you spend the rest of your nights watching TV. No more dreams, no more ambition, no more creativity. Okay, hopefully it’s not such a dire situation that you won’t snap out of it now that you are aware of your stagnation.  The X of Wands reversed pops up as a reminder to get going, to not give up, to realize that you have a great idea inside of you that you long to pursue. Now is the time, go and get it! Here is the gentle reminder that you are a creative person, that you are inspired, that there is something special and unique that only you can bring into this world. Make it with your authentic soul essence and it will be truly an original creation from your heart.

Radiating Your Inner Joy with The Sun

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

Keywords: joy, happiness, good times, fun, enlightenment, brilliance, success, vitality, positivity, enjoyment, children, dreams come dream, contentment

Reversed: surprising joy, unexpected good fortune, unlooked for success, blocked happiness, unanticipated turn of events

You can read my experience with The Sun during Biddy Tarot’s Soul Meditations here. 

 

The Sun shines. The Sun illuminates. The Sun enlightens. These are the things we value above all others as human beings. We live for the light, we live in the light. It warms our skin, grows our food, brightens our world, and brings us our closest to joy. When The Sun card comes up in a reading, we smile because the image is beautiful and the meaning is unequivocally positive. When The Sun is here we have hope, we have faith, and we trust the Universe has good things in store for us.  The Sun is a symbol of that good fortune.

The Sun makes us want to go outside and play, to be innocent and carefree.  This innocence reminds us of children, and often The Sun comes up in a reading when youthful pursuits, spending time with children, or having a baby are of importance in your life. This is the moment when it all comes together, when your creation is born. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a baby you are bringing into the world, but any project that you consider your own gift to the world. You are manifesting something big and beautiful that you give to the world because it will add even more light to everyone’s lives.

When The Sun comes up in a reading, know that the answer is yes. You can do it! You should do it!  That job is yours. This relationship is going to work out. You are going to get what you are after. You did pick the right shoes to match your dress. You are on a roll with The Sun in your corner. This feeling that all is right with the world will radiant out from you and lift up the people around you as well.  You will be fun to be around, so go hit up some parties, make some new friends, entertain your family, and do it outside if you can.  The Sun wants you to be outdoors enjoying this beautiful earth we live on.

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The Sun Rider Waite Smith deck

The Sun reversed:
Sometimes, well, let’s be honest here, oftentimes joy and happiness comes from some unexpected source. You thought you would get a promotion at work, but instead you get let go. Then out of the blue the best job opportunity crops up that you never would have looked for if you hadn’t been unemployed. Losing your job doesn’t feel like a happy moment, but it is the only thing that could lead you to this other work.

The Sun reversed is this kind of unplanned for, unlooked for, unimaginable type of good fortune that is often bittersweet.  You have to lose something you have been holding onto, or let go of a dream, in order to grow in a direction you never knew would make you happy. The Sun reversed requires faith in the Universe, that you will be taken care of, that everything happens for a reason, that you are strong enough to learn your life lessons.

The Sun reversed can be tricky when you are feeling down and it shows up in a reading to remind you that you are not feeling positive and full of light. You are in a dark and down mood and The Sun reversed is just mocking you.  Well, maybe try instead to see it’s arrival as a sign that things are looking up, that maybe it’s time for you to look on the bright side. Perhaps if you do look up at the sky now, instead of down at your shoes, your perspective may change.  A new frame of mind, a new turn to positivity is right there for the taking.  Do not greet The Sun reversed with a sarcastic smile. You do not have to be jaded just because happiness is simple. Go get yourself an ice cream cone or a romantic comedy and try to look on the bright side.  The Sun reversed shows up when there is a bright side that you are avoiding so that you can stay miserable.  Don’t block your happiness.

Embracing Alone Time with The Hermit

The Hermit removes herself from society.  It appears that she is wandering off into isolation, but that is actually not the case at all.  There is deep purpose here, a determination in her slow stride. She is on a personal mission, making a conscious decision to remove herself from the stimuli and distractions of the world.  On her own she can rely upon her inner guidance, all that she has learned, experienced and observed up until this point.  She is full of wisdom.

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Mary’s Peak                                                         Oregon, USA

Keywords: solitude, alone time, withdrawing from society, rest, soul-searching, introspection, reflection, inner wisdom, inner guidance,self-knowledge, culmination, totality, preparation for the next step

Reversed: extroversion, superficiality, blocked reflection, loneliness, avoiding society, denial of self-awareness, refusing inner-wisdom, busy, stressed, over-worked

Associated Minor card:
IV of Swords

Read my experience with The Hermit during Biddy Tarot’s Soul Meditations here.

The Hermit removes herself from society.  It appears that she is wandering off into isolation, but that is actually not the case at all.  There is deep purpose here, a determination in her slow stride. She is on a personal mission, making a conscious decision to remove herself from the stimuli and distractions of the world.  On her own she can rely upon her inner guidance, all that she has learned, experienced and observed up until this point.  She is full of wisdom.

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The Hermit       Shadowscapes Tarot

When The Hermit shows up in a reading, know that you need to withdraw from society in order to spend some time in reflection, meditation, and conscious exploration of your inner wisdom. You will make the time and effort to clear your schedule, The Hermit will help you with that if you won’t help yourself. Obstacles to peaceful alone time will resolve themselves and you must take that offering.

This quiet time alone is what it takes to process fully what has come before.  You are at a pinnacle, you are at a culmination, and you need to let it alllllllll sink in. The Hermit is an end point after a long, beautiful journey.  At the end of that journey you are transformed through the calm integration of all of the myriad experiences of the journey.  In order to let the Wheel of Fortune spin you into a new cycle of existence, into whatever comes next, you first must pause to understand and process where you are at now.

The Hermit understands herself.  She understands how her mind, body, heart, and spirit operate.  She knows the reason why she does the things she does, and she knows the things about herself and other people that she definitely does not understand.  It doesn’t all have to make sense, she must simply trust in herself and the Universe.  It all happens for a reason sure, but it is likely an unknowable reason.  The Hermit’s spirituality is infinite, anything is possible, and we have no idea what that anything might hold or why it might all happen the way it does.

When The Hermit shows up in a reading, take a quiet time out.  It could be a silent drive to work when you usually listen to the news.  It could be a half hour peacefully looking at a tree or a candle instead of reading or watching TV before bed.  A long meditation on your breathe, a solitary hike in the woods, a week away on silent retreat- anything that makes you feel like a Hermit.  Channel this energy now to bring greater self awareness.  You will find answers from within that you have been seeking without.

The Hermit reversed:

The Hermit                  Rider Waite Smith deck

The need for solitude is unmet, unavailable, or denied when The Hermit shows up in reverse.  Perhaps you want greatly to spend time alone, but things keep cropping up that are out of your control to prevent and somehow only you can handle them.  Ask yourself what would happen if you just unplugged, if you were unreachable, if you were unavailable in a crisis.  Would someone else step up?  Would it end up not even being a crisis, but just a hiccup?  Would the world end if you weren’t there to save it? The answer is likely no.

Clear your schedule, turn off your phone, computer, all of it, even the lights.  You need to decompress and you are not allowing it.  That will only lead to a build up of stress which can cause all kinds of health problems. Just 5 minutes of peaceful meditation a day is a huge help.  Lose yourself in the solitude of a cup of tea, a stroll through a garden, a reverential list of all that you are grateful for in your life.  Lose yourself in peaceful reflection, even if you have to schedule it into your day.  Set an alarm and a timer and just fucking do it.  The Hermit reversed is not kidding around here about how necessary this is.

On the complete other hand, The Hermit reversed could show up to say that you have overstayed your visit to solitude land.  Have you completely cut yourself off from your friends, family, and work because you are too lazy or selfish to help others, do your job, or be part of society? It’s time to get back in the game.  What synthesis are you avoiding? Don’t be afraid to fully confront why you have secluded yourself.  Be honest and open about what is holding you apart and see what it will take to get yourself back into society. Unless you are actually a Hermit seeking enlightenment or an secluded religious life, your life can not to be lived out in complete solitude.