The Time of the Hermit: Seeking Answers Within

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With five planets currently in retrograde, I am feeling the pull to halt my journey out into the world and retreat inwards.

The last few months have been wonderful, exciting, enjoyable and immensely full on. I have said yes over and over again. I have done things that terrified me and given freely of my energy. I have loved it. But now I am really seeing the shift. As I keep saying yes, I notice my body is whispering no in my ear.

While I type, I can see the image of the Hermit tarot card in my mind’s eye. The Hermit knows wisdom is to be found within, through a connection to the divine in each and every one of us.

I connect with this every day. I use it to write, to blog, to make decisions, even the little ones. But I have not been spending nearly enough time deeply in this place recently, and I can feel in my gut that there are answers waiting to be discovered.

There was a time when I was terrified to have time in my own mind. I remember it well. I was traumatised, frightened and downright miserable. Going inwards sent me spiraling down a path of fear and self-pity. It was not a good time, but I came out of it. How do you think I did that? That’s right, through introspection.

I know how that fear of going inwards feels. I lived it for several years, but it is not my natural state and I found help to take me back home. Because that’s what the inner world is, it’s home. That place takes us as close as we can come to our true selves, to the part of our being that is made of light and exists in a constant state of flow. In this third density world we can often feel hemmed in. It’s easy to become overwhelmed by the constant demands on our time and our bodies. But when you go inwards, face the fear and move beyond it, that’s when you begin to enter a true state of flow.

The Light Circle had this to say:

“Fear is a barrier. It is not the stuff of your inner world, but instead is a barrier between you and the reality of your own truth. What you fear holds you back. It is what prevents you from entering the state of oneness and bliss. Only by probing that fear to find the lessons you came here to learn, can you banish the darkness and move further towards the light. This is the stuff of Ascension. This is what you are incarnated here to do at this time. If you are reading this, you have probably chosen a path of Ascension and spiritual growth in this life, no matter what form that may take. If so, you were not born to live in fear, but these fears will become more and more pronounced to you each time you are given the opportunity to face them. So that thing that terrifies you right now, this is a gift from the universe, a step-up being offered so you can clear the pattern and move on to the next level of your development.”

I have the zodiac sign Cancer on my twelfth house cusp in my birth chart, and my subconscious is a watery, porous place. When I go there I feel at one. I merge with other realities and my guides shower me with energy that calms and lifts me to a place of bliss. To me there are no more fears here. I have faced them and moved on. Don’t get me wrong, I still create monsters with my mind, but I know that this is not a truly inward place. Those monsters are my thoughts, they are made of pure fear and they belong in third density, not in that place of light and flow that I find in my inner core.

And here is the thing. If you have a fear of going inwards, there is no point in running. You don’t need to escape yourself, you need to face yourself. Because that fear is not who you are. It may come from your past, or it may come from a perceived future, or even a past or parallel life, but rather than being your inner self, that fear is standing between you and your understanding of the true, divine nature of your light.

Those fears are your patterns and blockages. They are the layers of your personality that have gathered over lifetime after lifetime in order to propel you into a higher level of existence. At this point in time, as the energies rise with each day, each week, each year, we are each faced with the need to choose, not once, but over and over again. Are we going to face our fears, release them and move closer to the light, or are we going to allow them to define us, to hold us in a state of status quo.

Whatever we decide is fine.

Now may not be your moment to face your fears. If you need to wait until you feel stronger, do it. And if you decide this process isn’t for you, that’s fine too. Because on a cosmic level there is no judgment and we all complete our journeys in the way we’re meant to, whether we do it in this life, the next, or ten incarnations down the line.

We all have an internal monitoring system telling us how fast or slow we should go, it’s called intuition.

If you’re not used to listening to it, it’s that voice that says yes or no, before you’ve had the chance to consider the question. Listen to your gut and you will know what is right for you. If you don’t, it may be that you need to remain in a state of flux for a while longer. Sometimes this limbo is where the learning takes place and we are not able to rush forwards to the answers we are impatient for.

There is no judgement, and there is no need to move any faster than feels right to us at each stage of our lives. But only by facing our fears and letting them go, can we really come nose to nose with the wonder. And I for one want to do that every day of my life.

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  1. Very enjoyable and spot on. I love that you are advising readers to go within. That is the greatest gift we could give out current self. To look within for the very answers that we are seeking. It is all there. Blessed Be.

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      Thank you Aaron. I think it’s so easy to look to outside sources for information now, people often forget or discredit what they have inside. But that’s the real treasure.

  2. The Hermit card in Tarot isOne that I put on a regular basis So I have decided to Leave it out in front of me and I look at it every day. I connect to this card very much on a deep level. You are an excellent writer. You write with a lot of emotion and it shows. Thank you so much for sharing your inner world.

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  3. Excellent article! A lot of people are afraid to go within, because they are afraid of what they see. I think this alone is very telling, because it tells us what we expect to see. If we believe ourselves to be kind, loving, compassionate and good people, we wouldn’t be fearful of tuning in to our inner world. Alas, most people expect that they will be confronted by their inner-demons, which is rarely the case. That said, I agree with you that there is a season for everything. People who are here to serve a bigger purpose will eventually overcome that fear, and they will have to go inward anyway. 🙂

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      Thank you Nicole. And I agree. We’ll all get there in our own time. Of course people can always seek help to explore those inner landscapes. You can go inwards while having someone there to hold your hand, or to teach you ways of navigating!

  4. “And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year “Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown”
    And he replied “Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God. That shall be to you better than light and safer than any known way”.
    So I went forth, and finding the hand of God, trod gladly into the night.
    And he lead me towards the hills and the breaking of the day in the lone East. (by Minnie Louise Haskins)

    With faith in God there is no need to fear, no need to run, no need to search elsewhere.
    God is love and God is light. Yes, life will still bring bad times as well as good times, for without the bad we cannot appreciate the good, but God’s gentle hands are always there to guide us through these bad times and into the true light.

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      That’s lovely Stella, thank you. I agree. I think it’s very easy to take advice from others, but they are most likely to advise us according to their own path. I don’t think you can go wrong by going inwards and working with your personal connection to the divine, whatever name you choose to give it. Love and light.

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