April 20-22, 2017: IX. The Hermit

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April 20-22, 2017: IX. The Hermit

Postby Al-Shariyf » Thu Apr 20, 2017 3:21 pm

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IX
THE HERMIT

(Virgo)

“I am alone, in a cold, grey, desolate land. There is no other to be found, no companion to ease the going. Yet Thou art the Light I bear (even when I know it not), and the strong, single staff that supporteth me.”

MEDITATION COLOR: Yellow-green.

HEBREW LETTER: Yod, hand. Also, “power, strength, assistance,” ideas associated with hand. “Axle,” on which the Wheel turns (cf. Kaf). “Finger” of flame. I = Identity = iota (Greek i: minute particle or spark). Initial letter of YHVH, with correspondent meanings. Foundation letter of the whole Hebrew alphabet and all Qabbalistic doctrine.

CARD NAME: Hermit, meaning one who is solitary, or outside of society as such, comes from the Middle English heremite, from Medieval Latin heremIta, from Late Latin eremita, from the Greek eremites, from eremia, “desert;” which, in turn, comes from eremos, “solitary.” That is, it means essentially the same as YChYDH, Yechidah, “the only one,” the distinctive consciousness attributed to Kether.

ESOTERIC MEANING: The Consciousness of Will. It is the pattern of all creatures. By this consciousness, one knows the actuality of Primordial Wisdom.

TREE of LIFE: Tifereth to Chesed. (Links ‘Beauty’ and ‘Mercy’; or the Ego-center with Memory. Tifereth is the lantern, or Guiding Light; Chesed the summit of the Ruach, opening onto the infinite heavens above. The sanctification of the EGO or SELF in the RECOLLECTION that the HGA is the One Self mirrored in each personal expression of self. Ascent to spiritual aristocracy.)

ESOTERIC TITLE: The Prophet of the Eternal, the Magus of the Voice of Power

TANTRIC & ALCHEMICAL SIGNIFICANCE: The Spermatozoon in the womb, a bearer of Solar Light.

DIVINATION: Wisdom or illumination from within; secret impulse from within; practical plans derived accordingly. Retirement from participation in current events. Active divine inspiration. Prudence, circumspection. Sometimes “unexpected current.”

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