The Hermit


Solitude, learning, meditating.

The Hermit loves his time alone, to contemplate. When this card comes up, it is time to ponder things a while, to listen to the voice inside. To be still.

It is also the card of listening to a mentor, of learning new things about yourself and your surroundings. Reading a book, listening to a meditation.

This card asks to take the quiet route, to spend time with your thoughts, to face the silence, and see what comes up. Sometimes the best thing we can do is nothing at all. We busy ourselves with activities, work, television, children, anything that will keep our inside voice quiet. We would do anything but to be alone, in silence, with ourselves. But it can be done. With just a few minutes a day. Sit quietly with yourself. Close your eyes. Smile. Once you start, you’ll see how much you’ve missed spending time alone. It’s the perfect way to recharge your batteries. You probably already do this if you’re introverted, but extroverted people benefit from silence as well.

The Hermit reminds us that we have a lot to gain by sitting quietly, by being guided by the little light that shines inside all of us, if we just take the time to acknowledge it.


The Strength card


Inner strength, courage, listening to your instincts.

The classic Strength card is a woman holding a lion’s mouth open, easily, without much strength involved. It signified to quell our animal instincts.

I read it to mean inner strength, yes, but also to work with our instincts. This card comes up in readings when big changes need to be made, or that a difficult situation is waiting for the client. It’s a very peaceful and inner focused card.

It’s about finding the strength within us to face whatever is waiting for us. We usually forget how strong we can be until we need it.

I’m always happy to see the Strength card. It tells me that I underestimate myself, and that yes, I can do it.

It also reminds us to listen to our gut feelings, our instincts. This isn’t about using our head, it’s more about using our heart. It’s about going forward, even without a safety net. It’s about trusting ourselves, even when nobody else believes in us.

Going forward, and trusting the process. You are enough.