Our Prime Minister has announced a lockdown for three weeks. While necessary, this lock-down has created panic amongst people. Humans are social animals and we are meant to live our lives in social harmony. This lockdown changes a lot of things and changes sometimes can be scary. Social Isolation is new to us.
However, Social Isolation is not loneliness. Loneliness seems to have a negative connotation where something is being taken away from you. Social Isolation could be analogous to Solitude. It is an active state that one chooses in order to calm the external stimuli and focus on the richness of one’s inner self.
Tarot can be an infinite source of wisdom and guidance. At this time of Social Isolation, Tarot provides guidance via the Hermit card. The Hermit is shown standing alone on the top of a mountain. He has chosen this road to self-discovery and, thus is experiencing the next level of being: Enlightenment and Awakening. Social isolation and lockdown provide you an opportunity to call upon the energy of the Hermit. It is a call to learn more about yourself and the nature of your existence, and everyone experiences this call at some point in their lives. Take this as a sign that your worldly problems and affairs can be put on hold; there is higher, inner work to be done now. Use this time to find a pause from your busy life and spend time in contemplation. This lockdown is a great opportunity to take a break from everyday life and allow your heart to guide you the highest point of inner guidance and find the answers you seek, deep within your soul.
My dear readers, I wish that you practice social isolation with a positive mindset. You will realize that your most profound sense of truth and knowledge is within yourself and not in the frenzy of the external world. Now is the perfect time to tune in to your inner, guiding light, you will hear the answers you need and grow wise beyond your years. Find your inner light, shine it on your soul and create your own unique path for your highest good.
The sole cause of man’s unhappiness is that he does not know how to stay quietly in his room.
–Pascal, Blaise, Pensées, 136 (1660)