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The Hermit…

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There’s a card in the Tarot Deck called, The Hermit.  He l00ks a little like this guy.  He’s robed, his arm is arm out and he’s holding a staff in one hand and a lantern in the other.  He’s wisdom. A gatekeeper, of sorts.  He’s a reminder to seek the answers we are looking for,  inside ourselves.  Or, to go to someone we trust and work out the answers with them.  He’s there to light the path, to light the way.

I used to see him all the time, when I was meditating/astral traveling.  He stood on a hill, facing the home of a Goddess.  He decided who would pass and who would not.  I tried to joke with him, get him to laugh, but he’s too serious about what he does.  He’s dedicated to his job.  He’s always thinking and he’s a bit closed off.  Still, he’s a peaceful sort, just lighting our way and keeping us going in the right direction.

This picture reminded me of him.  The light of wisdom in his lantern, spreading it’s rays for us to follow.

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The Sun

The Sun

Tarot Card

Joy, self-expression, creativity, fearlessness, happy outlook and appreciation for all the good things in life. Reversed: Do not let your good luck change you in negative ways…conceit. Things may not go as expected, negative thoughts. May appear to be successful and happy but underneath, the feelings do not match the face shown to others. Card: The Merlin Tarot deck.

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The Moon

The Moon

Tarot card

The Moon shows us our subconscious and hidden feelings that are trying to make themselves known. Don’t try to block the information, instead be open and integrate it into your waking life. Secrets, intuitions, gut feelings, memories from past lives, many things could be working themselves to the surface. It’s a merging of the conscious mind with the unconscious mind. Reversed: Someone may undermining your plans. Setting you up. Deceiving you. So keep alert when dealing with others. Card: Victoria Regina Tarot

Keep in mind that these meanings are for individual cards. When read in a spread, the cards take on different meanings and nuances, which can often tell you what is going on in more detail.

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Temperance

Temperance

Tarot card

Everything in moderation. Things change and Temperance suggests that we keep abreast of what’s going on and act accordingly and over react but keep to a steady state. Timing is everything. Reversed: Over reaction, rushing into things without forethought. Card: Winged Spirit Tarot deck

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Hierophant

Hierophant

Tarot card

The Hierophant stands for rules…religious, institutional. It’s about dogma and being told what to do and how to live by others. It stands for a person who is not open to new things but has a certain mindset that is traditional and conventional. Clinging to old and tired beliefs but fearful to move forward. Reversed: The person has grown weary of following the rules and is ready to make changes in his/her life that will bring new insight to the forefront, open doors and allow for freedom of thought. Please keep in mind that this is my personal take on the card. Other readers may see things a bit differently. Card from the Röhrig-Tarot.

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The Empress

The Empress

Tarot cards

The Empress stands for lushness, fertility, good things, children, growth, abundance, nurturing, the earth’s gifts, and comfort. Reversed: vanity, laziness, over indulgence and extravagance. Card on left is from the Victoria Regina Tarot. Card on right is from the Haindl Tarot.

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The Fool

The Fool

Tarot Card

The Fool asks us to open up and be more playful in our lives. A new interest or adventure may be about to begin. It asks us to look at often over looked parts of our lives and add fun. Reversed: means that you’ve gone overboard and become a bit naive and are out of step with the reality of a situation. Card: Victoria Regina Tarot

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The Hanged Man

The Hanged Man

Tarot Card

This is not a traditional rendering of The Hanged Man but it’s pretty cool so I used it. The card means that you might be coming to a crossroad in your life. A time when you may have to reevaluate the direction in which you are headed. You may feel out of step with yourself as you get rid of some old beliefs and open yourself to new ideas. If the card is reversed it means that you have thought things through and are now ready to move forward. Card is from the Winged Spirit Tarot deck.

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Tarot Cards

Tarot Cards

Wheel of Fortune

Everyone is on the wheel…it’s the cycle of life…yin and yang. Right side up: shows that you are in sync with your life, luck, and what is happening around you. You are in tune with things. Reversed: means that you are out of step and need to find your balanced and get back in sync with your life. The Wheel turns and our lives turn with it. The Wheel shows us the ups and downs of life and lets us know if we are in an upswing or in a low period. The good thing is that most of the time The Wheel turns in our favor. The card on the right is from the Victoria Regina Tarot deck and the card on the left is from the Haindl Tarot deck.

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The Hermit

The Hermit

Tarot cards

The Hermit. He stands for contemplation and seeking the light/answers inside your self. A teacher may appear and it would be in your interest to listen and then take what you can from the lessons. The Hermit holds the lantern of knowledge to light your way. If he appears upside down, however, you may be turning into a Hermit and it might be time to get back into the swing of things. The card on the right is from The Victoria Regina Tarot Deck and the small one is from the Haindl Tarot Deck. The artwork is so beautiful. Mini masterpieces. I collect decks but use the same one over and over again. The deck I use is well worn, broken in and feels like home.

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