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".
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