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Thoth Deck Tarot: Key 9-The Hermit

The Hermit, key 9, is attributed to the letter Yod, meaning hand and it is the excellent hand that is the center of this illustration.
The Hebrew letter Yod is the foundation of all other Hebrew letters, which are combinations of Yod in various ways. Being the first letter of Tetragrammaton, Yod represents the The Father who is Wisdom (Chokma); he is the Highest form of Mercury, and the Creator of all worlds who is known as the Logos. The physical symbol for him is the Spermatozoon where one alone fertilizes the egg. Thus in the Thoth Deck Hermit card we have the symbol of the Spermatozoon, and the Orphic egg (the Universe) encompassed by a many colored serpent that represents the iridescence of Mercury.
On this card, the Hermit is arranged in the form of Yod carrying a blazing lantern, whose central sigil is in the likeness of the Great King of Fire (Yod is the secret fire) and is the Sun itself. He wears the colored cloak of Binah,in whom he gestates.
By realizing this symbolic card, we know that the Hermit is both creative and is the  fluid essence of Light, i.e. the Life of the Universe. His fertility is shown by the back ground of wheat sheaves. The card is attributed to the sign of Virgo, which is the most receptive form of feminine earth and reinforces the concept of fertility. Yet again is this theme of receptive- fertility repeated as zodiacal Mercury rules Virgo, and exalted therein.
As Psychopompos, Mercury is here shown as the guide of the Soul through the lower regions. His serpent wand that is growing out of the Abyss reinforces this image of guiding light.  Following him, is Cerberus the Three Headed Hound of Hell who is tamed by his presence. There is a reason the Trump, Keys, are called the Major Arcana, (major secrets) as yet another Thoth Deck Card, Key 9, The Hermit, show us a pictorial representation of the entire mystery of Life in its most secret workings. We are looking at the "First Fertile ejaculation of  Spritual-Solar energy as Light" in the Universe. The mysterious formula is : Yod=Phallus=Spermatozoon=Hand=Logos=Virgin. To help in understanding of the extremes, the manifestation and the Method, we must realize that the Dark matter of Space is impregnated by the Solar ejaculation of "living light"----but it is a type of masturbation, as the Hermit exist "Within" the Dark Mother and not outside of Her. To some this is more confusing than to others, so by contemplating the image of the Sun in dark space, we may gain some insight. Obviously much study outside of indoctrination is require to understand the Major Arcana.
When this card is thrown, the querent is or will be soon experiencing wisdom long sought and obtained from Above (enlightenment from the Inner Self). In other words, Divine inspiration. Also there is a suggestion of knowledge needed by the querent  who must listen closely to the Inner Self in order to obtain it. We have here the Principle of  introspection, of completion and Space/Time. The querent themselves, may be experiencing the upwelling of the inner mediator, sage, philosopher, and/or wise man, within, and thus manifesting them in their life. There is also a suggestion of detaching from others, so that one may gather data and  information in order to figure things out. The querent may be experiencing the need to analyze, or understand their role in life, or in relationships be they, in a group setting such as job, or family or even in a spiritual group, etc. This is a card of attainment rather than a journey or quest as The Hermit shows us that we must have the strength to lose our man made outer self (ourself  definitions) before we can find the Divine Self within. This card is hard to ill define...since even "being Lost" and alone in our feelings, is the beginning of "seeing the light". For being lost and alone in yourself, means you know that you "don't know who you are", which is the beginning of "letting go and letting God' reclaim your identity as " another way to be Me".
Thank you for your interest and comments. May you live long and prosper!

8 Comments to Thoth Deck Tarot: Key 9-The Hermit:

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Alice on Thursday, December 18, 2014 4:06 PM
Thank you so much Eli. Your words in every interpretation ring true to the soul and have really helped me with getting to know this deck. The Thoth deck really is remarkable, it's just the I speaking to us through imagery but in such beautiful and intricate detail. Thank you so much for your efforts in sharing your knowledge of the cards.
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Eli on Friday, December 19, 2014 11:49 AM
You are very welcome, Alice. Using the Thoth Tarot as Talismans is also helpful and revealing. The language of the Divine Creative, is all the code in the Universal Collective Unconscious; a code long studied and very successfully used in the combination of Qabalah and Tarot. May you live long and prosper!


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Eli on Tuesday, January 06, 2015 11:51 AM
Thank you for your grateful comments. Glad I could help. May you live long and prosper.


Melissa on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 5:05 PM
Eli love your site :) Thoth deck wasnt one that interested me at first but your writings make me want to go and look at the deck a second time.
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Eli on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 7:21 AM
Thank you Melissa for your most gracious comments. The Thoth Deck is a Qabalistic Deck, and therefore requires skrying and studying of the Qabalah philosophy. I would recommend that you get the Qabalistic Tarot by Robert Wang, which will help you with the many layers of the Thoth Tarot. May you live long and prosper.


Grace LeFae on Thursday, May 21, 2015 12:30 PM
Eli, I can always count on the archives of your site for in depth knowledge and explanation to forward a client. I had an emergency call for a Physician's Spread reading and wanted to forward a link for their own research. As always, they connected with the truth of their higher self, and used your shared knowledge to gain insight into their situation. In gratitude for the continued work you share ~ A Wild Dryad, Grace LeFae'
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Eli on Thursday, May 21, 2015 7:18 PM
Thank you Grace, for your grateful comments. I am glad that my meager attempts at "in-depth" Qabalistic Tarot are of some use. All any of us can do is put the Gnosis out there, and hope someone achieves deeper self insight. May you live long and prosper.

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