The Hermit – Major Arcana
Keywords: inner wisdom, solitude, withdrawal, quiet, teacher or guru, research, seeker
Attributes: Virgo (Earth)
General meaning: In order to get the answers you seek, it may be time to turn inward. Shut out your distractions so that you may discover the wisdom within. Answers are rarely found in another – everything you need is within yourself. This card can also indicate a need to withdraw from circumstances in order to get a better perspective. Sometimes a player needs a break from the grind.
Reversed: Repeating your past mistakes. Not learning. This can indicate a lack of wisdom. Doing things without thinking of the consequences. It can also indicate the extremes of solitude – like being some sort of creepy recluse. Don’t lock yourself away. It gets mighty lonely on that mountain top.
Affirmation: “Everything I need is within me. I don’t need to look outside myself for answers.”
Sound: “i”, “e”, “j” as in the “y” in “year”
Stands for: Ice
Casting meaning: Ice is unchanging and restricting and like ice this rune embodies the resistant power that tries to prevent change.
Think: Unbreakable bonds are between these rings.
Remember: Positive. You can’t do it alone, so form the right and lasting alliances. There may be a business partnership, a marriage, or other team formation. Seek out a partnership if none exists in the matter at hand.
Duir or Dair
Pronunciation – Doo-r
Tree Association – oak
Meaning – Strength, security, resilience, endurance, wisdom, sacred spaces, leadership, and kindness. All your hard work and education have paid off. Like the oak, you stand tall and mighty. You are in a beneficial situation (family, work, financially, creative, relationship, etc.), and this circumstance will stay that way for quite a while. Trust yourself! Also, oak represents the intense energy and power of storms and wind. Symbolic of the endurance and stamina you possess that allows you to flourish and thrive.
If reversed – cowardly, uncertain, or frail. You have not been acting kindly or fairly in your leadership role. It’s ok to lack knowledge and facts, but do not make it a common practice.
Inscription and Magical Uses – Inscribe this ogham on an acorn for good luck in job interviews, courage, or pursuing justice. Duir is an excellent ogham inscription to keep at work. Helpful when working when storms, lightning, or the element air. It can also be used in healing or for those who need reminders of their resilience, profound strength, and tenacity.
Folklore – Oak trees are considered sacred guardians. They are an excellent place to meditate beneath or seek strength and assurance. If you catch an oak leaf before it touches the ground, you will have excellent health throughout the cold winter months. Representative of the Oak King, who marks the beginning and climax of the Summer Solstice.
Keyphrase: Splitting apart.
Formed By The Trigrams: Mountain over Earth.
General: Before beginning a new enterprise you should wait for the collapse of the old one.
Love: Your current relationship or an issue within your relationship should be abandoned.
Business: Your current business direction has become difficult and it should be revised at the very least, or abandoned if revision is not possible.
Personal: Serious thought should be given to backing away from any situations that are troublesome.
Overview: Po is a reminder that no matter how strongly something was originally built it will eventually disintegrate with time. Once the “foundations” have been undermined it is only tenuously held together. Such a situation is no longer worth trying to save. Although it is always difficult to give up on a situation do not waste time on formulating a new plan and direction. The disaster implied by Po is not the situation itself but the failure to react to it and regain your balance and direction.
It loves people and is a freedom fighter, a promoter of causes, but also a quitter, and often unrealistic. More creative than other 5s.
Animal Spirit Guide or Helper
What is the meaning of the butterfly? This animal totem is primarily associated with symbolism of change and transformation.
Powerful transformation, metamorphosis in your life, personality
Moving through different life cycles
Lightness of being, playfulness
Elevation from earthly matters, tuning into emotional or spiritual
The world of the soul, the psyche
A secondary meaning of the butterfly is about finding joy in life and lightness of being.