Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot- Key 9-The Hermit and the Connolly Tarot-Key 9- The Hermit
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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot- Key 9-The Hermit and the Connolly Tarot-Key 9- The Hermit

The Tarot of EliThe Thoth Key 9- The Hermit:

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 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 Creative and through introspection and contemplation we can "Remember our Divinity". This inheritance in the blood, came from the DNA of our "fallen angel" parents and/or Aliens who came to earth and Genetically Modified the Human body in the beginning ages of human evolution; a "Virgin Birth" if you will.  From these alien scientist, we got the power of imagination, the creative god mind and the "image of Divinity", the modern biped, offset thumb equipped, homo-Sapiens form .

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.

 The Path of Yod (Hand) which is THE HERMIT card, is the Path of Spiritual Fire into the Microcosm (Microprosopus) .  The Yod is the All Father, Chokma and the PATH OF YOD, is the manifestation before the Abyss which is related to the Logos (Word), that is objectified as Tiphareth on the Tree of Life.
To some the  term Logos or Word, is confusing; However, the Word/logos represents that vibratory will/ force which continually stimulates manifestation.

This stimulation also energizes the principles of form (Binah) which it has produced. Thus Kether, the Crown, the origin of Fiery Spirit, is seen as the One that from itself produced Two which refers to the Electric (Male) and Magnetic (Female) forces of the One Electromagnetic Energy, i.e. The I AM.

Often, the Hermit is related to the Christ figure, but he is better related to the Hebrew pathfinder Moses,who led his people across the Egyptian desert. In fact, an early Gnostic sect, The Simonion Gnostics, that had taken its name from Simon Magus, first described in the Acts of the Apostles, that the Logos was objectified as Moses. These second century Gnostics taught that the Book of Exodus was an allegory of the soul being led by the Logos (Moses/Hermit) through the desert of human life into the spiritual promised land. Many of us of the Western culture, know the story of Moses as a Thaumaturge (Arch-magician), whose staff is a wand of enormous power that can strike water from rock and turn into a serpent upon his bidding. The "Magi's wand", turning into a serpent force, is  an allegory that refers to the use of Kundalini (Yod) force by the Adept Magician.This serpentine force is a Sacred Fire that is the essence of the Logos transmitted by the phallic wand. To a Tantric, this wand would be called the Divya Linga, Divine Lingam. No matter what you call this "force", in the body it seems to be channeled by a chemical process derived from a ritualized  sexual intercourse that releases the right endorphins as a key to unlock the "sleeping" chromosomes in our DNA, that link us to our inherited higher brain.  With the practice of the Mysteries, Yoga, intense devotion, and higher sex, we seem to  have the right blood cocktail of love, passion, meditation, and desire that opens the "gates of Heaven" to our intellect.

Other references to Moses and the Sacred Fire, is the told as God interacting with Moses through a burning bush. Making Moses an intermediary or tool of the Supreme Father. Thus, Moses is the Hand (yod) of God, which emphasizes the meaning of Yod as hand. In Fact, the hand of the Hermit is open, as opposed to the closed fist meaning of the Wheel of Fortune, and means ultimate Power while also depicting innocence, as an open hand can give or take with out the impediments of thoughts or moral restrictions.

The Thoth Deck Hermit card, shows the lone figure cloaked in the Red of Binah, showing that he is rooted in the Great Mother (Myocardial DNA from our Ancient Astronaut Ancestors), thus describing the motion and activity that is essential to the Yod which is the Intercourse of Chokma and Binah; Wisdom and Understanding. He flows to She who then conceptualizes energy into form and/or Wisdom (Chokma) is objectified by Understanding (Binah). The concept of the Cosmos encircled by the Fiery Spirit  (Yod), is shown by the Orphic egg, wrapped in a serpentine image of the spiral energy. 

Cerberus, the Greek three headed dog who guards the gates of Hell, is tamed by the Hermit and is a willing companion. There is an interesting connection here to the Goddess Hell-Aine, and Her Three Yoni or womb aspects as Maid-Mother and Crone, but I'll leave further explanation up to the investigative student of magic and Gnosticism.  I don't wish to offend the the flesh-o-phobes of our dogmatic culture, whose delicate personalities can't stand the shock of intercourse, let alone recognize they have a sensual body.

 On the Thoth Hermit, the image of thespermatozoon, represents the Yod energies in the world, while the staff which transmits sexual force (Kundalini) is totally hidden, as it represents the vessel of expression and/or transmission  of our
DNA  cocktail from "those who from the sky came". 

For when you combine the Alien-Virgin Myocardial DNA, with human spermatozoa, you get a genetically modified human being...who just magically shows up "seemingly" from no where, and replaces all who were not modified. As our body appearance as Homo-Sapiens, seems to imply. I would think, there is no better "environmental suit", than the one made of the place you are at. Because of the DNA union,  the intelligence or Psyche of Alien Souls can be transmitted through the human being, which will also serve to "anchor" them to earth, beginning a "new" evolution from very old evolutions, who may be on their way out. Old evolutions must be tired, and worn out, but living in a very high technology were bliss and conformity abides.  Is that why we all want to "go back to the heavens"?

However, before we became afraid of our physical bodies, our ancestors often depicted the erection as a "wand" of energy transference. From Priapus of Rome to the Japanese ink scroll depiction  of Bodhidharma (470-543 CE.), the first patriarch of Chinese and Japaneses Buddhism who himself was as a Moses. The Spiritual Fire and the link with the "wand" of a Magus is depicted as an erection in this illustration.
  (Illustration from the Book: THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF EROTIC WISDOM by Rufus C. Camphausen.)

As Crowley states in his BOOK OF THOTH, "In this Trump is shown the entire mystery of Life in its most secret workings. Yod=Phallus= Spermatozoon=Hand=Logos=Virgin". If you look closely, this formula describes a genetic lab very nicely, as one uses test-tubes to apply the myocardial DNA; a virgin birth!

Finding out why the Divine Creative of the Universe worked for over 14 billion years to build the Malkuth World of Physical Mater, and within it design a Divine Image called Hu (Hu=Chinese for God ) Man (Hindu word-Manas: meaning mind) i.e. YOU, will help establish Spirit-body-Union and the axiom "Above all things know thyself". A lot of Divine work went into the making of You, and scientist from other star systems were the tools used to establish a body on earth worthy of the "Advanced" Psyche. We are part of a Galactic Motherhood, that has been happening to this Universe for over 10 billion years! I say "ten billion", because it took 4.7 billion years to create the earth and the human form, if that is so, it is possible that in the period of 4 billion years after the "Big Bang" such life was formed somewhere else; remember, the Universe is over 14 billion years old!
Then there was a war over whether should humans exist or not...often called the "War of the Gods", or "War of the Angels" as referred to by
The Mahabharata, a Hindu text, and the Sumerian texts on the Annunaki (meaning, "those who from the sky came") and even Christian texts.

Another clue to your value is that  a lot of man-made history has been devoted to the Pavlovian process (pleasure/pain training) of controlling individual identity, so that "you" could be ruled by those who won't rule themselves, but profit from the delusion of followers who willing give up their inheritance to avoid pain. Something to ponder, as your self value flounders around in mental-debt-slavery of ruled and/or enforced identity, trying to make "ends meet"; "ends" as in "As above, so below". It is known, amongst those who "rule", that if you can't properly define yourself, you can't claim your intellectual or physical inheritance!

Therefore, the Thoth Hermit card represents one who carries their own "enlightenment" (the solar lantern) with them as they stride through the hellish environment of a Patriarchal ruled world; one who has claimed their "Godhood" inheritance of Higher Galactic Intelligence, as shown by the Orphic egg (Myocardial DNA) and the Spermatozoa of mankind .

The Connolly Tarot, Key 9-The Hermit, is less rambunctious in its illustration and therefore more attuned to a mundane reading.  Here we have the younger man reaching out to the staff of the Older Man, both having the same features. Therefore the Older man is the younger man who "Above all things" knows himself.  In his experience or age, the younger man became aware of his inherited Higher Self, and has identified himself as the "Inner Wisdom", rather than the "outer" identity of race, creed or culture; "I AM Spirit", rather than one seeking to be "more" spiritual which is analogous to a fish in the ocean looking for water.
The illustration of this colorful card seems to say, that only by purposely thrusting forward, beyond the mundane identity, can we hope to make contact with our Inherited Staff of Life whose bright flame enables the vision necessary to see our purpose and reach our earthly goals. The key words to this card are Inner Wisdom.

When the Hermit card is thrown during a reading, it implies:
  • That knowledge is needed, meditation and prayer are to be used to quiet the noise of indoctrination in order to hear the inner self.
  • A deep desire to follow that which is meaningful and/or heartfelt to you. 
  • Time to gather enough data and information in order to sort things out.
  • Introspection which may require you to withdraw from others or the usual environment in order to gain the perspectives needed. 
  • A stage in life where Wisdom is sought.
  • The combination of faith and  personal strength  may be found within yourself.
This is a great card for skrying, as it is of the "Inner Wisdom" that we so much need to KNOW OURSELVES...for that "inner wisdom" wouldn't build and "outer expression" without purpose!

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