But I’ll tell you what hermits realize. If you go off into a far, far forest and get very quiet, you’ll come to understand that you’re connected with everything. – Alan Watts
The Hermit’s wisdom comes from his penchant for solitude. Though he is alone, he is not lonely. By removing himself from society and the company of others he has the ability to see himself clearly. He understands that everything and everyone is connected and thus he is never truly alone.
I am drawn to the Hermit because like many ENFP personality types I spend an inordinate amount of time surrounded by other people. When I do finally give myself some alone time I am amazed at how content I become. It is nice to be able to let my guard down, relax and explore what truly matters to me.
When I meditate with this card I think about how important it is to know who I am and what matters to me. It reminds me to stop worrying about what other people think and to live by my own standards. When I look at his lantern it reminds me that I too have an inner light that I can use to guide my steps.
The Hermit also reminds me to listen to those wiser than I. A friend of my Dad’s, whom we call Uncle Gene, is a bonafide hermit who lives in a small trailer in the country. He is almost entirely self-sufficient and his knowledge of nature and humanity is profound. His inner light guides him, but also attract myself and others. We seek his knowledge, strength, confidence and wisdom. There is much to be learned from the Hermits of the world.