Inspiration for the interpretation of the card „Hermit”
For illustration of the card „Hermit”, I chose one of my own experiences.
I slowly opened my eyes and looked around the room.
‘Thank God, I’m home’.
It was morning I had one too many last night. I got drunk and couldn’t remember a thing. I got up carefully and walked into the kitchen. ‘Oh, the mess’ I thought as I remembered things randomly scattered around and dirty dishes, which used to be standard in similar situations in the past. The main thing is that I was not roaming around last night and that I am home.
‘Well, what happened, happened. You had a good time so you didn’t embarrass yourself so now you can start cleaning up’.
I stepped to the kitchen and couldn’t believe my eyes. Everything was cleaned, even the floor was mopped.
‘Was that you’ asked my objective self that was ready for rebukes.
‘Yes’ my inner voice answered.
I was so proud of myself at that point. I managed to handle myself. Of course, as I was telling the story to my neighbours, they were offering that I could get drunk at their homes as well. I would always laugh it off as it would not work.
This is an example of one of the inner dialogues I have been having for some time. Actually, it started ever since I started living by myself and seeing my long-distance girlfriend. We meet over the weekends in a house she inherited from her dad and since I am a freelancer, I spent significant amount of time there by myself. I paint and carve.
My entire life, there were lots of people around me and now I am enjoying the time I can spend time by myself doing what I like. Another reason is also that my children are all grown up and so I take responsibility just for myself. I like to talk to myself. I can give myself compliments but to also criticize myself. I understand myself now and I love myself. There are many times when I even laugh at myself. And when I have a joint once in a while, I do it out loud. A neighbour once asked me who was visiting me that we were having such a good time. ‘A very good friend’, was my answer.
When I finish painting or carve something out of wood I always wonder that it was me who did it. And I am proud of myself. But I also can get angry when there is an unexpected problem. This is the time I retreat and think on it by myself so that I can understand the core of the issue. I can then enter ‘human society’ in a good mood and people pay me back by sharing my good mood. I like people and their imperfections. Just as I like myself and my imperfection. As Bible says: ’Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself’.
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