The Unwilling Hermit

I have worked among people all my life,
as a Christian pastor and Bible teacher for many years,
as an ambulance paramedic in a major city,
and as a professional counsellor
specialising in family violence, sexual abuse, and substance abuse.

After forty years I finally realised that religion is a dead-end street built upon fear, ignorance, and wishful thinking.
Withdrawing from the church resulted in being ostracised
by many of the people whom I have known the longest,
but my true hermitic life was yet to come.

I suffered a severe stroke fifteen years ago
which left me bed-ridden,
in chronic, extreme pain,
and unable to interact verbally.
The first twelve years were simply hell
as I strove to overcome my various handicaps.
In the past three years, however,
I have finally begun to embrace my solitary confinement
as a rare opportunity to learn a new way of living.


I cannot claim to have accessed any great store of wisdom,
but I have come to recognise myself
as simply a member of the community of life on this planet.
I have grown into a new level of passion for our mother Earth;
not for oil and lumber and soft summer evenings
but for so generously allowing frogs and camels
and spiders and dolphins to evolve
in a seamless community of life.

I have grown to appreciate her limits
just as much as her provisions.
The Fool has fallen in love with the Empress,
and if he lives long enough
he may become a Magician..

Namaste!

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The Hermit

by Ashok Gupta
(India)

I think my card is the Hermit as it fits my character.
I was finishing school and in love.

The intensity of feelings were strong and during this period got initiated into meditation, reading occult sciences and tarots.

At one stage I was studying tarot card the FOOL. Tried to get its meaning, imagine the picture of the card while lay for about an hour on my bed.

Suddenly there was a flash and all the cards came into focus one by one.

I got up sweating and decided to postpone my activity until I reach the maturity age.

Today I can read the cards quite well and wish to learn more and more until I reach a level of self satisfaction.
















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Which Tarot Card Are You? - The Hermit

by Dessal
(Salem, Or, USA)


The Hermit is just like a loner. Give me time alone and I'll be good for a while... at least until I need people.


Meaning of The Hermit:

The Hermit represents the need to withdraw from the world and meditate in solitude.

The Hermit retires to a solitary place and seeks mystical enlightenment. He carries a lamp in the right hand as a symbol of the light of knowledge.

A staff in the left hand is a sign of authority and power.

Meditation. Solitude. Contemplation. Patience. Self-discovery. Reassessment and planning. Retreat.

Peace, quiet and solitude is what you need the most, it may be a good moment to take your time to study something you always wanted to learn.


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