I’ve always valued my alone time, and I tend to be a night person. For those who are familiar with tarot, there is another dimension to my choice of name for this blog. By combining numerology and tarot, it is possible to come up with what is known as a Soul Card and a Personality Card. Though I’ve heard about it from other tarot people, I first read about this system in Mary K. Greer’s Tarot For Your Self. To determine your cards, you add together your month, day, and year of birth. [For those interested in doing this for themselves, I recommend Greer’s book. Or, I believe Teresa Michelsen has a discussion of this process at her Tarot Moon website: http://www.tarotmoon.com ] My numbers add up to the Hermit for my Soul Card, and the Moon for my Personality Card. I’ve heard people argue that such archetypes are too vague to have any real meaning in a person’s life — they say the same thing about astrology. And while I concede there is a certain amount of truth to that idea, there are some patterns to our lives that last over time — what we usually call our personality. And if one believes in many lifetimes, you might stretch the idea further to suggest there is an underlying pattern we bring into each life.
According to investigations I’ve done regarding my past lives, the Hermit card does seem to fit me. There is a certain need for alone time, a tendency to search for “truths” without having them handed to me by another person, and a desire to share what I have learned with other people (usually one-on-one), all while being aware they must follow their own path. Meanwhile, the Moon seems to fit with my personality in this life. I’ve always had a fascination with the mysteries of life, with the Moon itself, with dreams and daydreams, with psychic activity, and with the unconscious. The combination of interests illustrated by these two cards are a part of what has led me to pursue a career in the mental health field.
So, Hermit by Moonlight seemed a good way to express the lens through which I tend to view life. I hope the things I share here spark your thoughts and imagination, whether you agree with me or not. 🙂