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Godric, the Hermit (via @TrueBloodMame)

In the darkest hour, in the dead night,
As the storm clouds gather, and the lightning strikes,
And the thunder rolls, and the cold rain blows,
The future it holds, what God only knows.

And I will rise up, and I will rise up,
Though I be a dead man, I said yes and amen.
And I will stand tall, and I will stand tall,
Until I meet my end, until I meet my end.

The Hermit
The Hermit shines light in the dark places because he carries a message that solitude, silence and meditation are essential aids to spiritual progress. Solitude takes us away from the multiple distractions of the material world; silence enables us to become aware of ourselves and our own reality, while meditation allows us to turn the mind inward and become receptive to the wisdom that arises from the collective unconscious and from the mysterious reaches even beyond this.
The Hermit symbolises the truth that many insights can be only discovered through quiet contemplation, away from society. Significantly, nine, the number of this card is the product of 3x3 (basis of trinity and a prime spiritual number) with connotations of eternal life. The card therefore has life-enhancing powers.
In the earliest Italian sources this trump is called either the Old Man (il Vecchio) or the Hunchback (il Gobbo). In one early sixteenth century Italian source, it is called Time (il Tempo), which is what it actually represents. From the time of the ancient Orphics, Chronos (Time) has been identified with Cronos (Saturn), the father of Zeus. Once banished, Saturn turned to gardening and applied his sickle to less violent ends. He was shown with it in the statue in his very ancient temple on the road leading to the Roman Capitol. Much wiser now, his reign was called the Golden Age, because he was incorruptible and there were no wars. He is fertility in its most exalted sense. Saturn eventually stepped down in favour of his son and retired from human company. Some say he rules Elysium, the Isle of the Blest; others say he lies in a magic sleep, tended by nymphs, on an island near Britain, and that he will return to bring another Golden Age.
Saturn discovers that Time may bring long life, experience and spiritual growth that cannot be rushed, for in his exile and enforced solitude he learns the wisdom that comes to those who endure and wait in silence. In stillness and serenity Saturn has grown into his own “Golden Age,” the only true Golden Age, the one within. Thus Saturn has become a symbol of quiet contemplation and wisdom, and here we may see a connection to the Hermit. Saturn is an example of the Wise Old Man archetype described by Jung; he is an authority figure, a god-like father, a spiritual guide, often appearing as a priest, teacher, grandfather, etc. He may manifest in many forms, including a disembodied voice but especially an old man. He may also take the form of a young boy, in which we may see the dual aspect of Mercury; He walks to the left to represent the process that Jung calls individuation, wherein the conscious and unconscious unite by means of the consciousness embracing the unconscious; the hourglass is an obvious symbol of the inexorable, irreversible flow of time, but also of the “eternal return,” for although the flow is irreversible, it will eventually stop; then everything must be inverted, and we will be back again at the beginning. Thus each Aeon has its own destiny, and each Aeon must yield to the next. (Chronos was also called Aeon - Aion = epoch, world, lifetime, generation.) The plant most associated with Saturn is the asphodel, a symbol of regret, which grows in the Elysian Fields on the Isle of the Blest, which Saturn rules. It is twilight, of course, because these times of day represent the threshold between the dark and the light, the warmth of life yielding to the cold of death, and the darkness of ignorance yielding to illumination of wisdom.

We give this card to Godric, sheriff of area 9 (Dallas), the maker of Eric.

In the darkest hour, in the dead night,

As the storm clouds gather, and the lightning strikes,

And the thunder rolls, and the cold rain blows,

The future it holds, what God only knows.

And I will rise up, and I will rise up,

Though I be a dead man, I said yes and amen.

And I will stand tall, and I will stand tall,

Until I meet my end, until I meet my end.

The Hermit

The Hermit shines light in the dark places because he carries a message that solitude, silence and meditation are essential aids to spiritual progress. Solitude takes us away from the multiple distractions of the material world; silence enables us to become aware of ourselves and our own reality, while meditation allows us to turn the mind inward and become receptive to the wisdom that arises from the collective unconscious and from the mysterious reaches even beyond this.

The Hermit symbolises the truth that many insights can be only discovered through quiet contemplation, away from society. Significantly, nine, the number of this card is the product of 3×3 (basis of trinity and a prime spiritual number) with connotations of eternal life. The card therefore has life-enhancing powers.

In the earliest Italian sources this trump is called either the Old Man (il Vecchio) or the Hunchback (il Gobbo). In one early sixteenth century Italian source, it is called Time (il Tempo), which is what it actually represents. From the time of the ancient Orphics, Chronos (Time) has been identified with Cronos (Saturn), the father of Zeus. Once banished, Saturn turned to gardening and applied his sickle to less violent ends. He was shown with it in the statue in his very ancient temple on the road leading to the Roman Capitol. Much wiser now, his reign was called the Golden Age, because he was incorruptible and there were no wars. He is fertility in its most exalted sense. Saturn eventually stepped down in favour of his son and retired from human company. Some say he rules Elysium, the Isle of the Blest; others say he lies in a magic sleep, tended by nymphs, on an island near Britain, and that he will return to bring another Golden Age.

Saturn discovers that Time may bring long life, experience and spiritual growth that cannot be rushed, for in his exile and enforced solitude he learns the wisdom that comes to those who endure and wait in silence. In stillness and serenity Saturn has grown into his own “Golden Age,” the only true Golden Age, the one within. Thus Saturn has become a symbol of quiet contemplation and wisdom, and here we may see a connection to the Hermit. Saturn is an example of the Wise Old Man archetype described by Jung; he is an authority figure, a god-like father, a spiritual guide, often appearing as a priest, teacher, grandfather, etc. He may manifest in many forms, including a disembodied voice but especially an old man. He may also take the form of a young boy, in which we may see the dual aspect of Mercury; He walks to the left to represent the process that Jung calls individuation, wherein the conscious and unconscious unite by means of the consciousness embracing the unconscious; the hourglass is an obvious symbol of the inexorable, irreversible flow of time, but also of the “eternal return,” for although the flow is irreversible, it will eventually stop; then everything must be inverted, and we will be back again at the beginning. Thus each Aeon has its own destiny, and each Aeon must yield to the next. (Chronos was also called Aeon – Aion = epoch, world, lifetime, generation.) The plant most associated with Saturn is the asphodel, a symbol of regret, which grows in the Elysian Fields on the Isle of the Blest, which Saturn rules. It is twilight, of course, because these times of day represent the threshold between the dark and the light, the warmth of life yielding to the cold of death, and the darkness of ignorance yielding to illumination of wisdom.

We give this card to Godric, sheriff of area 9 (Dallas), the maker of Eric.

via Godric, the Hermit

In the darkest hour, in the dead night,

As the storm clouds gather, and the lightning strikes,

And the thunder rolls, and the cold rain blows,

The future it holds, what God only knows.

And I will rise up, and I will rise up,

Though I be a dead man, I said yes and amen.

And I will stand tall, and I will stand tall,

Until I meet my end, until I meet my end.

The Hermit

The Hermit shines light in the dark places because he carries a message that solitude, silence and meditation are essential aids to spiritual progress. Solitude takes us away from the multiple distractions of the material world; silence enables us to become aware of ourselves and our own reality, while meditation allows us to turn the mind inward and become receptive to the wisdom that arises from the collective unconscious and from the mysterious reaches even beyond this.

The Hermit symbolises the truth that many insights can be only discovered through quiet contemplation, away from society. Significantly, nine, the number of this card is the product of 3×3 (basis of trinity and a prime spiritual number) with connotations of eternal life. The card therefore has life-enhancing powers.

In the earliest Italian sources this trump is called either the Old Man (il Vecchio) or the Hunchback (il Gobbo). In one early sixteenth century Italian source, it is called Time (il Tempo), which is what it actually represents. From the time of the ancient Orphics, Chronos (Time) has been identified with Cronos (Saturn), the father of Zeus. Once banished, Saturn turned to gardening and applied his sickle to less violent ends. He was shown with it in the statue in his very ancient temple on the road leading to the Roman Capitol. Much wiser now, his reign was called the Golden Age, because he was incorruptible and there were no wars. He is fertility in its most exalted sense. Saturn eventually stepped down in favour of his son and retired from human company. Some say he rules Elysium, the Isle of the Blest; others say he lies in a magic sleep, tended by nymphs, on an island near Britain, and that he will return to bring another Golden Age.

Saturn discovers that Time may bring long life, experience and spiritual growth that cannot be rushed, for in his exile and enforced solitude he learns the wisdom that comes to those who endure and wait in silence. In stillness and serenity Saturn has grown into his own “Golden Age,” the only true Golden Age, the one within. Thus Saturn has become a symbol of quiet contemplation and wisdom, and here we may see a connection to the Hermit. Saturn is an example of the Wise Old Man archetype described by Jung; he is an authority figure, a god-like father, a spiritual guide, often appearing as a priest, teacher, grandfather, etc. He may manifest in many forms, including a disembodied voice but especially an old man. He may also take the form of a young boy, in which we may see the dual aspect of Mercury; He walks to the left to represent the process that Jung calls individuation, wherein the conscious and unconscious unite by means of the consciousness embracing the unconscious; the hourglass is an obvious symbol of the inexorable, irreversible flow of time, but also of the “eternal return,” for although the flow is irreversible, it will eventually stop; then everything must be inverted, and we will be back again at the beginning. Thus each Aeon has its own destiny, and each Aeon must yield to the next. (Chronos was also called Aeon – Aion = epoch, world, lifetime, generation.) The plant most associated with Saturn is the asphodel, a symbol of regret, which grows in the Elysian Fields on the Isle of the Blest, which Saturn rules. It is twilight, of course, because these times of day represent the threshold between the dark and the light, the warmth of life yielding to the cold of death, and the darkness of ignorance yielding to illumination of wisdom.

We give this card to Godric, sheriff of area 9 (Dallas), the maker of Eric.

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