August 23

08/24/13: Snail Shells & Slime Trails / Hermit



There are people who would assert that nit-picky Virgos have NO shell, what with the propensity for unsolicited advice. But if Virgo has a shell, they’d hope for ‘em to crawl right back into it!

I ignore those people.

The Virgo who dishes out criticism—er, excuse me, “clarifications” and “assistance”—well, the Virgo doesn’t suffer well being recipient of the same. And you know why? It’s because we are intimately, completely and utterly familiar with our own failings. We have them categorized, outlined and ranked by descending order of magnitude. We have them cross-referenced with childhood trauma and footnoted with DSM-IV differential diagnoses.

In short, we already are pretty damn familiar with our own shit. Or at least, we THINK we are. But therein lies the rub, my friends.

Today we’ve got the Hermit from Tarot Nova, economically illustrated with a snail’s shell on his back. He’s dressed simply and modestly, probably for utility and comfort. Because Hermity-Virgo thinks of things like that.

It’s a time for self-evaluation, pulling back from the stimulus of the crowd to find the voice within. This is necessary even if you feel you have it all figured out; Hell, you need it especially if you think you have it all figured out! The Hermit challenges you to go deeper than before, trudging through the darkness (and maybe slime) that lies within your own shell to get to the heart, the inner truth that cannot be altered or hidden.

If you have problems with this yourself, you can seek a role model to emulate; that’s an acceptable expression of Hermit energy. But just remember whomever you teacher may be, the teacher cannot provide your own answers. Your answers belong completely to you and you alone. And picking apart other people? Well, that’s just avoidance, and it ain’t even in a pretty dress. Start at home, y’all. The work you do on yourself ripples outward, not the other way around.

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Tarot Nova, The Hermit, Virgo

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  1. 6th house Aries Sun here, and yes, I already know my own failings and am working on them. When people nitpick, it makes it worse. I don’t do it to them, I usually just take people as they are – I can’t tell someone what they should do, or how long it should take them to do it, it’s none of my business.

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