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THE HERMIT by Larry Butterworth

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This is the fourth TAROT CARD in my series of the major arcana Tarot Deck.

The Hermit (or sometimes Lord of Time) is numbered nine and is usually depicted as an old man, carrying a lamp or staff. He picks his way carefully through the terrain. The Lamp of Knowledge he carries is a magical receptacle for all the knowledge and wisdom he has acquired through many years of study and meditation. The staff represents the weight of his experience, upon which he leans for support.

The Hermit lacks human company, as the teaching/learning process is often one of aloneness and solitude. He is an adept, someone who knows the inner mysteries of life. He has reached the point in his journey where nobody else can help – he must rely on inner resources, previous experiences and sheer faith in the light which leads him.

When we walk the path of the Hermit we travel deep inside our soul. Here we discover the name of the god or goddess residing within us and bring back the keys to self-knowledge and mastery. After this, we live from the centre of our self and become content with our essential aloneness. And perhaps, after this, we will be ready to teach others what we have discovered.


  • carol brandt
    carol brandtabout 4 years ago

    wonderful tarot card for the hermit larry, with all the right ingredients per your notes

  • Thanks Carol for stopping by, the notes really help with something like this.

    – Larry Butterworth

  • banrai
    banraiabout 4 years ago

    your fine imagery/write Larry prompted me to read up on Tarot card decks so
    interesting… great series you’ve begun…. going to be a real pleasure to see more..

  • Thanks Banrai, I am learning quite a bit about the tarot myself doing this series, didn’t know much before, it’s been fun

    – Larry Butterworth

  • Paul Quixote Alleyne
    Paul Quixote A...about 4 years ago

    A superb composition my friend

  • I appreciate it Paul

    – Larry Butterworth

  • RickGeorge
    RickGeorgeabout 4 years ago

    Your works are always so full of things to delight the eye and mind…I like the various feelings and emotional responses triggered when I view your art…you do good great work man and this is no exception…

  • Thanks so much Richard, I put a lot of thought and time in things, tring to make it right in my own mind, I am so glad you your getting a good response on your end,

    – Larry Butterworth

  • Ushna Sardar
    Ushna Sardarabout 4 years ago

  • Thanks so much Ushna, God bless you

    – Larry Butterworth

  • jewd barclay
    jewd barclayabout 4 years ago

    OOH I didn’t know you were doing this series…how fantastic, they are all brilliant…

  • Thanks Jewd, hopefully I’ll do some more of the series

    – Larry Butterworth

  • Joseph Darmenia
    Joseph Darmeniaabout 4 years ago

    Well done.

  • Thanks Joseph

    – Larry Butterworth

  • Mary Ann Reilly
    Mary Ann Reillyabout 4 years ago

    a most wonderful series.

  • Thanks Mary Ann

    – Larry Butterworth

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageabout 4 years ago

  • Thanks Francis for the submission

    – Larry Butterworth

  • Earthmonster
    Earthmonsterabout 4 years ago

    Time flies my friend. Good work.

  • time sure does fly, where did my life go to anyway

    – Larry Butterworth

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