Such a hermit!

So today I drew these cards:

And I can’t help but heavily identify with the silent hermit with her head up among the stars, dreamily meandering. A life of inner satisfaction, of not seeking attention, of following one’s own path with only your own small light to guide you. I think in my heart of hearts the Hermit is one of my touchstone figures. (Along with the Empress, and oddly, the Devil. Hey, I’m a Capricorn.)

Next to the Hermit is the Page of Cups. Who could this represent? Hm, let me think:

Uh-huh. Good luck with that hermiting.

The Ace of Swords I take as representing all of the mental and writerly pursuits that are developing  in my life. A new job. Some new writing projects I’m trying to get under way. Even just that sense of wanting to get on top of things, to find some clarity; things I’m getting from my new meditation habit.

The Hermit very much likes this Ace of Swords. It promises hermity excitement: advancement of the mind, sharpening of one’s abilities. The sort of activity every good hermit looks forward to doing at home in their cave. Solo.

But as straightforward as that sort of environment may seem, there’s the sense of the inevitable there too. A person who spends all their time in an ordered environment, with every step planned and executed as expected, is missing something, I feel.

A bit of chaos. An emotional burst. Passion.

It makes me realise how things would be if I didn’t have Leila in my life. Sure, I’d probably be getting more words written per day, and have more “me” time. But there’d be less spontaneous joy, fewer surprises, and laugh-out-loud moments.

I’m currently in the middle of the Creativity Pack for the Headspace meditation app, and I’m learning as my meditation practice deepens, that conditions for creativity are optimal when you can fluctuate between keeping the mind busy, and then letting it be open. Working with the tension between letting something go, and then bringing it back. Release, and control.

That’s what I’m getting from the cards today, anyway 🙂

Paulina Tarot
By Paulina Cassidy
Copyright ©2009 by US Games
ISBN: 978-1-57281-629-5

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