Sometimes society can be very distracting to our spiritual path. It's hard to quite the mind when we are expected to work 40+ hours a week, raise our children well, be a good partner, keep our commitments to friends and family, get to the gym a few times a week, go to the grocery store, do the laundry – the list goes on and on, right! The original interpretation of this card depicts an old man in a robe, holding a lantern and a staff. He's the spiritual seeker who goes away from the village and walks deep into the woods, only to be found by others who follow his footsteps in their own time.
Today's modern mystics accomplish this by taking a spiritual retreat. Some choose to take a month long yoga training in Bali, or a few weeks hiking through a national park. Others chill at home, light some candles and sage, turn off their electronics and shut out the world for a time. It's important to take time out of our schedule for Hermitage. Take a vacation when you need it, but also take one day a week, an hour a day, a three day weekend once a season – and use the opportunity to get in touch with yourself and remember where you are going and what you are seeking – away from the chaos of daily life.
You might be feeling the urge to retreat from society for a short time. Life might be a little overwhelming, and it's hard to find 'me time'. Know that if your flame is extinguished, you can't light the way for others. You need to make sure your light is fueled, that your spirit is nourished – because if you are empty, you cannot help others either. Take a step back for a while and get back in touch with your inner desires, dreams and visions. You are worth it!
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