THE SUN IN VIRGO + THE HERMIT
S U N 🌞 I N ♍ V I R G O • Dwell in the Liminal • Attain Goals • Seek Truth •
On August 22nd, the Sun enters Virgo, the Virgin, ruled by Mercury and corresponding to the Hermit Card of the Tarot.
The lesson of The Hermit, the spiritual aspirant, is learning to dwell inside the liminal space between extremes, because poles are illusory by nature and breed suffering. He signifies accomplishment, wisdom, the attainment of goals, as well as the search for truth.
The Sun in Virgo is practical and detail-oriented energy, so this is also a good time to learn new skills, practice perfecting old skills and for doing any activities that require paying close attention.
Our focus shifts to the pieces of the puzzle, the little details of our lives. It is now time to take care of practical concerns.
Tending to the details of everyday life may not sound like loads of fun, but it can certainly free us from unnecessary stress that results from “collecting” odds and ends of unfinished business.
The Hermit Card, numbered 9, depicts a Hermit standing alone on the top of a mountain with a lantern in his hand. Mountains typically symbolize achievement, growth, and accomplishment.
The Hermit has attained his spiritual pinnacle and is ready to share his knowledge with others. He is also continuing the path he has chosen, committed to his goal of ultimate awareness.
The star in the lantern is a six-pointed star (the Seal of Solomon, a symbol of wisdom).
The staff carried by the Hermit is the patriarch’s staff, a symbol of the narrow path of initiation and an emblem of power and authority. It represents the Hermit’s ability to use his isolation and the knowledge he has gained as a tool upon his path to reach even higher levels of awareness.
The staff is in the Hermit’s left hand, the hand associated with the subconscious mind. The snow at his feet represents the heights of spiritual attainment.
He wears the grey cloak of invisibility. His secrets are not for everyone, only for those earnestly seeking them and those willing to climb the heights to wisdom.