My thoughts- The guy on the card looks happy. His arms are crossed in simple defiance/ smugness. Look at all those cups!!! The two main colors are blue and yellow. I feel as if he is saying “That’s right, I have all the cups! What are you going to do about it?”
The book- In the days when playing cards were used for divination, the Nine of Hearts was called “the wish card”. It meant that your wish would come true. The Nine of Cups has that same promise, although there is a fine line between having what you want and wanting what you have. Both sides of that coin are in this card. It represents feeling satisfied and happy with what you have.
The Universal Waite card – shows a very contented man sitting proudly before his fine collection of chalices. Some interpret him as smug and focused too much on his possessions. But we must consider the symbolism. The cups are on a blue-draped table, representing a spiritual and healthy aspect. The man is facing us in a sociable manner, as if welcoming us, rather than obsessing about his possessions.
Core Meaning – Material, emotional, and physical well-being.
I still feel like he is smug about what he has. I don’t know why but this man makes me feel a little angry. What about you? What do you think of this card?
My thoughts– This man is old and shining a light. He is alone. He is wise. There is a lot of blue in this picture, which means the subconscious mind. He has a lot of wisdom that he wants to give. He is careful who he shares his wisdom with because information in the wrong hands can be dangerous, which is why he doesn’t like being around people. But is he a hermit by choice or circumstances?
The book– Most Hermit cards are in shades of blue, featuring a mysterious cloaked figure. The most predominant visual aspect is the light from the lantern. That light is the focus of this card; it represents our own spark of divinity. This card represents no longer listening to others; even, in this situation, removing others from their influence. It is our own truth that should lead us. In reality, this card is about an act of self-discovery. Having a clear, bright light- that knowing that guides our steps- can attract others who want to follow or learn. The Hermit, by definition, is solitary his life is an example, but his journey is not a public classroom.
The Universal Waite Hermit– Is so archetypal in appearance that he is almost a caricature. He is a wise old man using his truth to light his path. His staff, which is a very large wanted, represents his will, which has grown strong over the years and supports him on his journey.
Core Meaning: Retreating from distractions to determine your own truth.
So, how did you do? I didn’t do to well, but it wasn’t horrible right. After The Wheel of Fortune we will do another reading or maybe two. OOOOOh fun.