Thursday, 27 September 2012

Meet the Sidhe - Part 10

©Emily Carding

This time it is the turn of the Hermit from the Tarot of the Sidhe (Schiffer, 2011).  Emily Carding's version of this card is quite unusual, being lit by the light of the sun!

A dark, hooded figure sits in the prow of a boat, pointing to an island with a hill and some standing stones off in the distance.  The island is lit by a red sun that peers from between fluffy clouds.  The water to the left of the boat whirls in the shape of the Great Glyph of the Sidhe, while the water to the right is calm, gently rippled.

To me, this card has something of the feel of the traditional Six of Swords, moving through turbulence to an inner calm.  It also makes me think of the Isle of Avalon.  Moving through the mists of time to the Otherworld, to a place of magickal learning and spirituality.

The Hermit guides us to our own inner wisdom, offering us a time and space to look inward, to study, to learn.  What we find will often depend on what we look for, though, and how we go about it...


  1. I love this card. There is no question at all that the Hermit's job is to guide us to the inner planes where we can find our still small voice. I love the mixture of Buddhist concepts: the finger and the moon (or in this case the sun), the river and the raft. Both saying, do not cling to the teacher, or to the teaching! Cling to the truth!

    1. Hi Carla,

      I hadn't picked up on the Buddhist concepts - that's really interesting. Though I'm not sure about clinging to the truth, either. Is there really such a thing as the truth? I'm more a believer that there is something that is true for us at a particular time...


    2. Well, no, you shouldn't cling to anything. Clinging is the source of suffering. But it's our nature to do it! Even in teaching a message about not clinging we fall into language of clinging. Doh!

    3. ;D Yep, we're none too good at non-attachment, even to not being attached...