DEEP SEARCH WITHINN
Man. How long have we been in the mountains? The thing about going off the beaten path is that eventually we run outta relatable people. Finally you find someone far far into the mountain range, and this guy has made a career out of it. When we saw his lantern, we hoped it was shelter, but maybe a little company sounds good.
First of all, the Hermit is not lonely. He has his buddy the snail, and his other buddy the turtle, and they romp around out there for weeks, not speaking a word, just digging the mountains. The hermit’s pretty into that lantern, though. It’s made out of the suits of the Tarot. We remember some of that from the magician, but this guy isn’t giving up a thing. We see the purple robe that Emperor had, so this must be Grandpa. No tricks, just guidance. He says “you were going in circles up here for days, this place is a spiral.” So we guess we’re going to the top. When we really get int the solitude, we give space for some “us” stuff to come up. It’s good to be the hermit for a while, but unless you’re about to get into boiling roots up in the hills for a career, come down from the mountains so you can inspire others. As we find that maybe the only light we see right now is ours, we use it to keep up this path we got on.
IX Is the Hermit’s Number. A great spiral makes the numeral 9. It looks like a spiral or a magatama from the Shinto. Things are can get neat if you go digging.
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