Birth Card Notes:
Moon / Hermit

Moon / Hermit


Imagery — Things to Look at and Contemplate:

    Postures — crawling / standing
    (the rawness of beginnings vs. the fullness of completion)

    Colors — dark blue, purple & deep bright yellow / luminous blue & grey
    (deep, lurid vs. high, clear consciousness)

    Landscapes — valley / peak
    (low vs. high; travelling far vs. climbing up)

    Symbols — Moon / Star, Path / Staff, Pool / Mountain, Rich and varied
    landscape / Simple, uncluttered landscape
    (all these contrasts suggest the difference between dark, rich, mysterious beginnings and light, abstract, exalted endings)

    Foreground Figures — Crayfish / Hermit
    (the two extremes of the journey of personal growth and spiritual evolution)


    Pisces (Moon) — sleep and dream; darkness – light and shadow; fluid, shifting images; profound yearnings; deep waters

    Virgo (Hermit) — observant, analytical and smart; rooted in detail; patient, industrious; a perfectionist, idealist and purist; reaches for the high ground


    The importance of night vs. The importance of day

    The importance of pain / pleasure; beauty / ugliness vs.
    The importance of wisdom/ignorance; persistence / giving up

    The world as mysterious and uncertain vs.
    The world as challenging and straightforward

The Moon and The Hermit share extreme qualities — low and high, vague and precise, yearning and ambitious, obscure and clear, far and near, many voices and one voice, fluid and solid.

For both, the journey's the thing. For both, the heights are the objective. For both, illumination is the essence, while darkness is the matrix. One faces the darkness of the untraveled path ahead, while the other faces the darkness of the heights beyond reach. The light available to each leaves their darkness intact.

The Moon is the uncertainty at the heart of things, the unrealized and phantom possibility, the power of mutation and transformation. Shape-shifting unconsciousness and identity offer multiple realities that reflect inner rather than outer landscapes. The job of The Moon is to evolve, to move forward by inhabiting ever more subtle and elaborate forms, to experience challenge, growth and renewal with each new version of itself.

The Hermit is the finished, final clarity that shines at the center of things, the distillation of knowledge gained through effort, persistence, intelligence, and courage. Perfect faith and endless labor are rewarded by being lit from within. He becomes a steady, continuous, living light, a beacon to those who seek the outermost boundaries of personal growth. For those on the upward journey, the way is lit by those who have gone before.

Unintegrated and imperfectly realized, The Moon can be filled with nameless terrors and subject to depression. It may not trust what it sees or what it hears, and it is prone to believing the worst. It can be gulled into believing fantastic claims and stories, and may be drawn onto false paths with little or no reward at their end. It is subject to nightmares, and may come to fear sleep.

The Hermit can be ambitious, and lose sight of or never see how perfectly he can serve a higher power, or how pure he can become himself. He can be immersed in detail, careful of every step on the way to serving his own interests. He may be so practical and down-to-earth, that mysterious and unlikely paths are rejected out of hand. He can become so absorbed in making his own way that he has little time or patience for anyone else, and thus becomes isolated and emotionally barren.

Together, they travel from the depths to the heights, exploring the shadows and precipices that wait for every traveller on the path to knowledge. They promise faithfully that the great journey of personal evolution can be completed, and they will show you the way.

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Written material by Wald and Ruth Ann Amberstone, Copyright The Tarot School.
Birth Card icon by Robert M. Place, Copyright The Tarot School.
Card images are from the Universal Waite Tarot Deck, Copyright US Games Inc.