The Hermit


Since moving back to the old home place, Hamilton says he is living his dream of being a hermit.   His commute to work has been shortened from 14 miles to about 14 steps to the back yard into his shop.   Every Saturday he starts his brand new 1999 red Chevy pick-up and goes to town for important things like a haircut, a visit to his mother or to take his favorite wife out for dinner.   Other than that, he is content with his books and paper, the company of same wife and the silence of the country.

The Hermit is also content in his place of silence.   He has reached the first plateau of awareness and spiritual growth.  Now above the tree line he can see where he has come from and where he is going but he prefers to concentrate on where he is now.

He is the number 9, higher understanding and completion of a cycle.  His body is even in the shape of a 9.

He holds a lantern with a six pointed star, the symbol for the hermetic axiom “As above So Below”.   The lantern is an extension of his inner light.   He uses this beacon of light to shine the way for those behind him.    The Hermit doesn’t have a spotlight or search light but a gentle soft glowing lantern.   He controls his light using it for those who are ready to see.

The Hermit’s staff is knowledge which he uses as support to make progress.  Combining this knowledge with love it becomes wisdom which he uses for the highest good.   No longer part of the mass mind of fear and control, he now feels a bit separated from the world for this is an internal journey that he can’t show the world.   He still participates in life but isn’t part of it, alone but not lonely.

Ok, let’s look at a couple of things.   The Hermit is holding a gentle light he is not screaming from the mountain top his new found religion or insights.   He is not hitting people over the head with his staff.  This staff is not a wand for magic or a scepter for power or a sword for stabbing his enemies.  The Hermit knows when to keep silent and gives no advice.  He keeps his truth to himself.  Living life in his wise and quiet way he influences the people and situations that need and want his light.

Immature Hermits won’t take on the responsibilities of independence.  More mature Hermits know when to seek wise help.  Grown hermits know when to help and when to let a situation alone.   They know that they can shine the way but can’t carry others up the mountain.   Everyone has to walk the steep and rugged path themselves in order to be worthy of wisdom.



Hamilton’s commute


The Empress


I’m definitely a minimalist, I like white walls and empty spaces, kind of an early-Convent look.  On the other hand, my In-Laws, after great childhood deprivations, were maximalists preferring a high grand Baroque style with lots of mahogany and silk.  So when I was redecorating I moved their large, ornate furniture and silk drapes to Hamilton’s childhood bedroom, I figured I could change a few things after 45 years.   Since we call Princess Alexandra’s pink floral room the Princess room, I started calling the lavish Asian inspired bedroom the Empress room.   Queen Caroline loves to sleep there when she is home.  She says it makes her feel fancy.   Our guest either can’t wait to sleep like royalty in a bed so tall it requires steps or are terrified of falling out of bed in the middle of the night.  I’m sure the Empress in the Tarot would be totally at home in this room, she loves lavish.

The Empress card is about abundance and beauty.  She sits on her lavish throne complete with silk cushions.  She has a long beautifully embroidered robe and a spectacular crown of stars   As the mother archetype she embodies the beauty of Venus, the harvest of Ceres, the devotion of Demeter, the unconditional love of The Madonna and the compassion of Quan Yin.    The Empress sits in her Earthly garden surrounded by the fruits of her work in the material world.    She joins the spiritual and the material world taking action rather than just holding it in her mind.

The Empress is so abundant and good at manifesting that the Emperor sometimes needs to rein her in, he checks her credit card statements and closets and lets her know when she has plenty.  She loves to nurture and wants everyone to be safe and warm with plenty of cookies and milk. What do you want to manifest or nurture in yourself?

She is Mother Nature and her color is green.  Her number is 3, the triangle, the first geometric shape making the material world and movement.   The Empress says take action and plant your garden.  Use your imagination to make your life abundant and joyful.  Then go show her when you’re done and she will make you tea and scones.

She is the Native-American corn goddess Selu and asks “Does your spirituality grow corn?”  Do you take what you have learned and put it to action and live with love and compassion or is it just ideas that don’t make you happier and just annoy those around you?

When the Empress is fully developed she is the very compassionate and wise mother.   When she is less developed she is the Dark Mother, Kali, perfectionistic, enabling, controlling, demanding or even cruel.    What relationship do you have with your own mother?  Do you need to forgive or ask for forgiveness?

Invite the Empress into your life and embrace your abundance on all levels, mental, physical, emotional and spiritual.  Use your imagination to see that abundance is more than a fat bank account but a way of experiencing the world.  Have something lavish in your life, a silk pillow, a walk in the woods, bowl of cherries, kitten/puppy snuggles or hot bubble bath.  The Empress brings joy and love to your life so you can give joy and nurture everyone around you.

empress room

Empress Room

Knight of Cups

knigh tof cups

But what if…?   What if nobody shows up?  What if I’m terrible at teaching?   What if I run out of things to say in the first 30 minutes?   What if no one ever wants to come back?   Can you tell I’m good at second guessing myself.     It was time to start a Tarot class.   My teacher Rachael taught Tarot in my house last November and she wanted me to continue her work.    So in January several of her students braved the 7 degree temperatures to sit by the fire and talk Tarot.

I drew three cards, I wanted the Tarot to choose what I was to teach.   Rachael teaches the cards in order but I want to teach the cards in relationships so I asked the Tarot where to start.    The Knight of Cups was the answer.

The Knight of Cups is sitting stiffly on his horse tightly holding his cup, even the wings on his helmet are stiff.   What if I spill some?   What if I don’t make it in time?  What if the King doesn’t like me?  What if…?   This Knight is over thinking things and afraid of taking risks.  It all sounded very familiar to me.

This card says don’t be afraid to take a risk and challenge yourself.    There is water in the stream if you spill your cup,  the ground is flat if the horse takes off running.   If you make a mistake you can do it again.   If you don’t challenge yourself the Universe is going to find a challenge for you.

His cup is imagination and he needs to drink from it.   Do you have ideas and plans but never follow through?  Do you talk big but take no action?   You have to do something with your dreams or your life becomes stiff and barren like the landscape of this card.

The Knight’s robe has the Divine fish, he is dedicated to Divine service.   He is spiritual but just a bit afraid to live it because he doesn’t want to fail.    But really, what is the worst thing that can happen?   His failure is really in his mind.  Is it just in your mind too?

So Knight of Cups, it is time to take some action and take some baby steps to your goal.   Give yourself a 30 day challenge toward your goal and actually stick with it.   Don’t accept failure.   Here are some 30 day challenge ideas—you can do anything for 30 days—-writing, reading healthy eating, exercise, organizing, meditation, compassion.  Show the Knight of Cups how it is done.

I just finished my 30 day challenge, believe me, if I can go 30 days without bread I can do just about anything.    Let me know your 30 day challenge and I will cheer you on to the finish line.


Thoth Karnak Temple

Thoth in Karnak Temple, Luxor Egypt

Last Monday morning I woke up early and looked at my e-mail.  A friend sent this “Do you want to talk about Thoth?”   That is an interesting way to start the day.   I just posted about Sekhmet the day before.   What was this, ancient Egyptian god week?   But then again in my world every week is Egyptian god week and not a day goes by when I don’t think of Egypt.  So let’s talk about Thoth.

In Egyptian mythology Thoth is the god of writing, law, medicine, math and geometry, scribe of the gods and recorder of time.  His is depicted as a man with the head of an ibis and he has a stylus and tablet in his hands ready to write.   He is very busy keeping things in order and attends the judgment of souls that die in the “weighing of the heart” ceremony.  His symbol is the caduceus, which is now the symbol for doctors and hospitals.   He has so much to do that he has other names and incarnations.   We also know him as Hermes Trismegistus, the great alchemist, and Mercury, messenger of the gods.

Thoth came before written history, bringing humans the skills to write and communicate using the power of words.   He is the counterpart to Ma’at, the goddess of truth and justice and his consort is Seshat, also the goddess of writing and knowledge.

After my first trip to Egypt I become more aware of Thoth and tapped into his energy of learning and wisdom.   On the second trip I bought a tall statue of Thoth at Karnak temple which I placed by my couch where I spend all my time reading.   When I moved last year Thoth was one of the first things I brought with me and he took up residence in the library.


Like Quan Yin  in my garden waiting for me to find her, Thoth had long been in my new home waiting for me.      I was cleaning the home office of my late father-in-law John and came across a giant and very heavy caduceus that hung on his office building many years ago.    John never threw anything away so this memento of his long and distinguished career lay hidden out of sight.    I thought it was very interesting but I just put it in the basement with the other cool old stuff I had no idea what to do with.

caduseus Thoth with caduseus at Abydos

Caduseus in my Library                            Thoth with Caduseus at Abydos

A few months later I realized what a powerful symbol this was for me; short of a neon sign could anything be more obvious.   I brought the caduceus up to the library and it was in a corner for several more months until I was ready to accept its meaning.   It may originally have been a symbol for the medical profession but now it was my personal sign for the direction my life is taking.   With my dear Egypt friends by my side I hung my caduceus and started calling it the Thoth library, a place for learning the Wisdom of the Ages.

So tomorrow I am going to be talking about Thoth.  I want to let people know that the wisdom of ancient Egypt needs to be remembered and Thoth is here to guide us.   You can hear this interview at  Feb 6, Thoth, god of wisdom.

Recommended books:

The Secret Teachings of All Ages    Manly P. Hall

The Emerald Tablet; Alchemy for Personal Transformation    Dennis Hauck