IX The Hermit

(from the Meditations on the Tarot)

In solitude but not alone,

exercising inner strength.

With expectant longing,

practicing prudence.

The wolf will live with the lamb,

the leopard will lie with the goat,

the calf will sit with the lion,

and the little child will lead them.[1]

The Hermit synthesizes –

idealism and realism,

pragmatism and nominalism,

revelation and empiricism

The Hermit wonders… looks within…

and assesses dreams with quiet reflection.

Finding responses with the cosmos…

closer to nature, closer to God.

Carrying the light in the darkness —

his “lamp” separates his being

from the cacophony of tribalism

wreaking havoc around him.

without God nothing was made,

in God was life, the light of all mankind.

The light shines in the darkness,

and the darkness can not overcome it.[2]

[1] Isaiah 11, 5-6

[2] John 1: 4-5

Published by carlfmaulbeck

In the movie "Harvey", Elwood P Dowd, played by Jimmy Stewart, explains coping with the world this way: "Years ago my mother used to say to me, she'd say, 'In this world, Elwood, you must be' - she always called me Elwood - 'In this world, Elwood, you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant.' Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant. You may quote me." Well, for years I was smart, oh so very smart, I too recommend pleasant - Trust the harmony

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