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The Hermit: Today's Tea and Tarot Blog

--By Hyperion Night, of Beanblossom's Tea and Tarot

The Hermit Tarot Card from the Rider Waite Smith deck. A robed hermit stands on a mountain peak holding a lantern with a star inside.

The Hermit

Truth, Wisdom, Inner Guidance, Contemplation.

I've been thinking quite a bit lately about what's real. Sometimes it feels like it's getting harder and harder to tell. One expert says X, the other says the opposite. The expert I believe is the one I want to believe, the expert on "my" team. But of course, that doesn't make him--or me--right. So how do we find the truth in this age of almost too much information?

The Hermit lights the way. He doesn't rely on experts, because he knows that information alone isn't truth. It's just data, and data is prone to interpretation and misinterpretation. Consensus isn't necessarily truth either. People get to a consensus through compromise. What they agree upon could be true. But it also could be quite the opposite.

The Hermit goes his own way. He journeys through rocky terrain, lantern held high, seeking the truth in the darkness, and knowing that information is mediated through wisdom. The quest for truth requires commitment, it requires questioning, and it requires us to accept potential ostracization when we reach it. Truth is often a lonely quest down darkened paths, disconnected from the crowd. It can be lonely, but I think it's worth it.

In Tarot, the Hermit card asks us to question, well, everything. What "truths" are you going along with because that's what everyone does? Should you be? Or is it time to take the journey and dig deeper?

Beanblossom's Tea and Tarot Holiday Tea Menu: hot spiced tea, egg and cress sandwiches, roast beef and horseradish sandwiches, french onion soup, spinach and goat cheese quiche, sugar plum scones, holiday petit-fours, date-nut fruitcake


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