The finest thing in the world is knowing how to belong to oneself.
-Michel de Montaigne, Of Solitude
This card represents the Universal Principle of completion, contemplation, and introspection. The Hermit symbolizes the wise way shower who lights the way the way of wisdom in the experiences of life and is an invaluable inner resource for assisting us and others in our daily lives. The tree headed dog, who is the Greek Cerberus, guardian of the underworld, signifies the part of our nature that things are complete (one head looking behind) before we move our attention forward. Cerberus, represents the dark inner and unknown parts of ourselves that we should explore and incorporate before wholeness of self can be experienced. The burgundy cloak is the Egyptian symbol of blood, that represents the inherent honesty and integrity (virtue) within all of us. It pays to remember that we inherit the great Wisdom, Integrity, and Virtue of the Divine and through introspection and contemplation we can "Remember our Divinity". Astrologically, the Hermit is Virgo ( the wheat in the back ground), the sign that represents attention to details, organization, and beauty. The egg wrapped in the serpent, is called the Orphic egg and symbolizes the ability to give birth to new spiritual and physical forms. Being a short blog I have to draw short of full explanation, and if this card is drawn, it usually means that knowledge is needed in the querents life and having the need to listen closely to the "master within. Contemplation, introspection by means of meditation is a method of achieving such a goal of inner wisdom. For more information or a private reading call Eli@ 253-241-0129 or email < firstname.lastname@example.org>. Thank you for your interest and may you live long and prosper!