The Hermit (Solitude)
A woman, bearing a flame in her hand, emerges from the darkness. Originally based upon the Tarot card "The Hermit", this image is about bearing the light of truth, the flame of consciousness. The woman pictured has returned from the a journey into the "underworld" passages of her long, and solitary, journey to wisdom. Her journey may have been precipitated by a quest for understanding, or perhaps by an emotional crisis or a loss of faith. Whatever the catalyst, her initiatory journey was the solitude necessary to "know thyself". She emerges with the kindled flame of illumination that led her back into the world. The final phase of that journey is to become a "light-bearer" - to share, offering learned wisdom to others on the path.
If this image is speaking to you, you have learned more than you probably realize, and/or healed yourself in some important way. Now you've come back to tell the tale. Whether you heal with your hands, words, craft or art, or by your wise presence in the world, you have much to do now. Hold that light before you wherever you go. Reversed: You may have become be too withdrawn from the world, too used to your isolation. The card may be reminding you to connect now with others - you are too alone, and too much isolation can mean an end to learning, and simply a fearful retreat from life. Share and participate - that's the emergence you are finally in need of.
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All artwork is copyright Lauren Raine MFA (2011)