The HERMIT



IX

HERMIT Marseille Tarot
from the Marseille Tarot
illustrated by Jean Dodal
HERMIT Rider-Waite Tarot
from the Rider-Waite Tarot
illustrated by Pamela Colman Smith




It is not a lonely path he walks
For he wants no company save for
The Star that shines to show the way.

There is no companion that could succour him,
No comfort to be gained from a spoken word,
Only that which is his sole purpose now:

To turn away from all the World can give
To the path within that is a mirror image
Of the path without reflected darkly.

So he holds his star aloft, guided
By its light on the way; for now
His staff holds him firmly to the path

But soon he will no longer need it
Knowing that any way he goes
Will bring him safely to his journey’s end.










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"This is a card of attainment rather than a card of quest."  - A. E. Waite