In Numerology and the Tarot this year, 2016, is a Hermit year. This can create some different energies for everyone around the word. First, there may be a natural desire to pull in, to spend some time contemplating and going over the last 9 years. The invitation, if you choose to accept it, is to take what was good and leave the rest.
Its not uncommon at this time to desire to spend a lot more time alone. There may be a natural pull away from people and relationships, especially those that have run their course. Remember the saying… ‘some people are in your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime’? During this year you may be aware of some that are completing and there may also be abrupt endings and changes that you did not see coming. However the key is to know the universe is always conspiring for you, never against you, even if you are uncomfortable with what is happening.
Second, this is not necessarily a year of new beginnings as much as a time of completion. Completing perhaps things that you have been choosing for the last cycle. Getting ready for next year which will be more of a time for new beginnings. The great news is in your willingness to let things and people go that are no longer serving you provides the space for something even Greater to come into your life. How can it get any better than that?!
Third, but definitely not last, next year there will be an invitation to take what you learned and what you gained from this cycle and even this year and offer it back to the world. To be the Hermit that emerges from the cave to share what he/she gained while spending time within. However, even knowing that is a possibility, would you be willing to allow your awareness’ to be just for you and maybe even just for fun this year?
Now the Hermit as an archetype, pretty much, just prefer to be on their own or with their immediate family as much as possible. They are solitary in nature and spend a lot of time in a cave, both physically and often mentally. Their feelings are a mystery to most everyone and while they may seem to not be interested in going to the same class you are they will still glean things from you in the way you talk and interact with others.
They often learn through life experiences, either actively or even just living life day to day. The hermit could also be the buddha seeking enlightenment by meditating in a cave on top of the mountain.
The hermits tendency is to keep everything to themselves and the invitation is to take what they have learned and come out of the cave, either literally or figuratively, to offer it back to the world. They may or may not choose this, the choice is always up to you with what you do with what you learn.
Thank you for being you!
Image from the Shadowscapes Tarot by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law