There is conflicting energy in The Hermit as he is pulled in two different directions. He shines the light of a star from out his lantern, but he is using that light to look within. And with that inner focus he is also called on to share his knowledge and wisdom with the outer world
We think of the Hermit as someone who is off on their own, but reality is usually not so literal. Most of us don’t have the opportunity to live in a cave. We have to exist in the mundane world with everyone else and deal with the distractions that come from it. In that environment, The Hermit is the one who can unplug himself from social media, get off the treadmill of the daily routine, turn off the autopilot reaction to emotional stimuli. This doesn’t need to be all day every day, but often enough and long enough to develop a personal relationship with the inner world.
In those moments of solitude, The Hermit shines the starlight lantern inward in order to see himself clearly. The Hermit looks fearlessly and objectively at the inner shadows as well as the bright spots. Not judging but observing, discovering the holistic self and accepting that self for who he is, integrating the light and the shadow to be at peace with himself. In so doing, the Hermit discovers the universe as it is contained within.
With all that self-seeking, the Hermit has a calling to share what they discover with others, not necessarily the personal, but as a spiritual teacher. Because the inner-seeking and teaching are ongoing processes, the Hermit’s methods and message will change over time as he learns more. Knowledge will increase, belief’s will change and some will be abandoned. That’s why they call it “Seeking” and not “Found it”.
The Hermit does not need to be a guru selling out workshops to teach. Displaying business ethics regardless of gain, setting an example for your friends, having an openhearted conversation over coffee, parenting , blogging—there are always opportunities to teach. The Hermit knows that we are all connected, and that shining a light makes the path brighter for everyone.