Embracing the Hermit Within
The retreat is real. The light is lowering.. the nights are creeping in. The full illumination and power of the mid summer sun has begun to wane.
The external world which may have felt so inspiring and enticing over these last three months with Gemini, Cancer and Leo may have suddenly become less available, either less desired or distanced from us due to e.g illness (ourselves or others’), work or shifting priorities.
But when we accept this flow, allowing ourselves to be in relationship with the ever-present cycles of life, any lack we may feel can be seen in this context and our changing energy, rather than undermining us, can instead empower us as we know where it is culminating from and in the same breath where to place it.
In September we are fully enmeshed in the energies of Virgo (Astrology) and The Hermit (Tarot) both of which speak of health (ours and others’), service, self care, self awareness, boundaries, focus, determination, and solitude (retreat).
This month gives us the opportunity to consolidate and draw into ourselves the power and nourishment we’ve attained through the year and the outer world in order to now bring that in, into the inner world of our private domains.
As the year turns on its axis in front of us the inner months lay in wait. And we see our path as it meanders through Virgo (this month), and then into Libra, Scorpio, Sagitarrius and on through the month’s of winter.
All of these signs and months from this moment on are focussed on deepening.
From this vantage point Spring and Summer can be seen as our growing and our thriving while Autumn and Winter can be seen as our retreating and our retiring.
And this, the last month of Summer, is already inviting-in that retreat.
Virgo itself can find itself occupied in preparations for the darkening, with a re-establishment of order, routine, boundaries and a focus on health and ones’ inner focus.
It can feel a far cry from the beaming energies of Leo but after that power there is a real fatigue that can set in and this is the month to enjoy the last of the summer in a more independent and considered way.
The Hermit is the Tarot card for this moment and speaks strongly of a need or want to retreat from the World, a card of reflection, consolidation, inner wisdom growing from the experiences lived so far.
It is the expression of world-wise and world-weary. Both can be felt in equal measure and can help to guide us to practices that support us emotionally, physically, spiritually. Has there been excess, extension, energy depletion? Then now is the time to Hermit, to re-enter your cave/sanctuary or escape to the mountains – whichever fills you up most.
Service to oneself and others’.
Solitude is spoken of here. Solitude for refreshing the reserves, for distilling the contents of the year since March, for attending to yourself and for meditating and listening to the inner messages.
Away from the full glare of the external world we can discover answers, can re-organise our diary, can make time for silence, can turn the end of summer into whatever we want it to be.
Perhaps it can be a time for sickness or a feeling of loneliness.. but what is being asked is
to be with whatever we are experiencing. If we are ill how can we take time to nourish, continue a self-care practice and create a system of support should we get sick in the future (who will bring us food, give us support?), if we are lonely can we sit with that and explore what that means? How do we feel about being alone with ourselves? What are we afraid of? Can we be willing to be lonely without judging it? And if it is necessary can we create a support network through the winter to ensure that at times where we need someone we will have someone? If we are feeling selfish what is it about taking time for yourself that is making you feel that way? Is it the judgements of others’? Or do you need to create structure around when it is possible for you to give to others’? So that you can provide without compromising too much of what you need for your own wellness?
In short this is a time for reflection, of retreat and of stoking the inner light of wisdom and deeper connection.
Meditate, read, rest, clean, organise, try out some solo adventures.
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With love and blessings
Tansy has been involved in healing and holistic therapies for over ten years, and has been meditating and card reading since she was a child. It is her greatest desire to be a healing guide for others' and to show the profound richness of meditation and cards in helping us all to bring greater balance, harmony, clarity and joy to our lives.
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