Per Bastemhet

Nefertari Tarot: The Hermit (9)

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Visual Card Description:  A man wears a kilt and a bejeweled collar.  There is a transparent shawl draped on his left arm, which holds up an oil lamp with a flame.  In his left hand he holds a long, green reed which functions as a staff.  In the upper right corner there are some hieroglyphs.

Free Association:  Solitude, Inner Reflection, Intuition, Spirituality, Introversion, Searching, Inquisitiveness, Courage

Rider-Waite/Traditional Associations:  The Hermit is an extremely spiritual card, and often has to do with institutions and large organizations – everything from a bank to the entire Christian Church. This card indicates spirituality even if you are an atheist. It’s in whatever sense the word "spirit" makes sense to you, even if for you "spirit" equates to "emotion." You may be trying hard to figure out what the "truth" is about someone (or some matter), don’t feel that you have to do it all on your own, ask for help if you need it to gain different perspectives, more information, etc.

Just like with the Strength card, you may even more so be in the frame of mind that you need some time alone – don’t be afraid to take it. Even if it’s just a five minute walk around the house so that you can clear your head. This is also very much a card about "trying very hard to do the right thing." Just make sure that "doing the right thing" includes doing what is right for you personally, and not just worrying about the wants and needs of others.

Meaning from the lwb (little white book that came with this deck):  Wiseness, prudence.  Loneliness, research of spirituality, detachment from material things.  Silence, reservedness, austerity, celibacy.  Person able to give precious advice, to clear up mysteries and to solve difficult problems.  Medical doctor, healer, alchemist.

My interpretation:  There is much reflection that needs to be had.  Sometimes the noise of outside influences can drown out the small inner voice, be it our own, or that of the netjeru.  Take this time to go through that dark night of the soul, whether it be a spiritual or secular context.  At the end of each night, Re rises again, and we find ourselves in the light.

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Written by Bastemhet

May 13, 2013 at 12:02 pm

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