Posts Tagged ‘Hermit’

At the Threshold of Jupiter Conjunct Saturn

I keep having dreams of doors, latches that cannot and should not be locked, and thresholds. I also keep having bizarre experiences at the threshold of my office. These feel orchestrated, “impossible,” and then, upon further investigation link to a spiderweb of dreams going back decades.

I shared some of these threshold experiences in other posts:

Aftermath, New Moon in Taurus: Starting Over from Zero

The Hermit is Active!

The Lion Dream

Last night as I crossed the threshold of my office, my left knee bent and my leg involuntarily lifted itself up high, then smashed my heel right on the raised wooden threshold. It hurt, but not too bad — more like a dramatic way of getting my attention. This linked to the experience I described on October 25, 2020, where — after a potent dream — the glass of water I was holding as I approached this same threshold spontaneously sprinkled water over the wooden threshold, like a sacred offering.

Because of the connection between the experiences, I looked up my reblog of Aftermath, New Moon in Taurus: Starting Over from Zero … only to discover another web of dream, astrology and “real” life synchronicities. It’s like a fractal of synchronicities. Because of so many recent dreams about doors and thresholds, I’ve been asking, “Which threshold?”

This article from AstroButterfly came through as I sat down at my desk. It confirmed a persistent sense I’ve had about the upcoming Jupiter Saturn Conjunction at 0° Aquarius on Winter Solstice. (11:11 a.m. right this moment as I type!)

In addition to powerful collective implications, this Great Conjunction occurs within 1° of my natal Aquarius Moon, so I’ve been tracking it for awhile. I also had potent initiatory experiences last Winter Solstice Eve, and David and I got married on Winter Solstice 2016. Is this the threshold my dreams say I’m approaching? Time will tell.

Certainly we, as a collective, are in a doorway of some sort. Where does it lead? Despite all the chaos and uncertainty of our times, my dreams continue to show me a beautiful future. Yes, it involves a death and rebirth in order to get there, but from what I’ve seen, it’s worth the Plutonian journey. I encourage everyone to check out the post Jupiter Conjunct Saturn — A New Order, as it gives an easy to understand overview of the coming energies.

I’ll leave you with two recent photos of the threshold to my office, both recent activations. The first I shared in the Hermit is Active post:

The Hermit Portal by Laura Bruno

After a powerful, spiritual and expansive vision, I came home to find light hitting the portal so that the lantern lit up the image, as though real. The second photo is from a couple days later, same threshold but with the door open.

I later noticed that I emailed it to myself at 5:55 p.m. As I shared in my repeating numbers post:

Repeating 5’s indicate big changes on the way. Even good changes can feel stressful, so prepare yourself for shifts. When you see 555’s, get focused on what you do want instead of repeating all the things you don’t want. If you feel frustrated at the slowness of changes, know that they are coming. If you’ve wanted out of something, put whatever things in place you’ll need for when that something falls away. Affirmation: (The Serenity Prayer) “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”

11:22 now as I type. On the outside of this same threshold is The Messenger owl from Orgonia — a Winter Solstice 2017 gift from my friend/Soul Bro Mitch:

The Messengers plaque by Orgonia

This plaque, in turn, was inspired by a series of synchronicities that Bo shares in the product description:

“Synchronicity is an ever present reality for those who have eyes to see.”
Carl Jung

This much larger owl plaque was inspired by an uncanny spate of “owl synchronicities” that happened to me this last (2015) Thanksgiving. As the synchronicities began to pile up over the space of a week I began to reconstruct where the whole affair had probably begun.
A synopsis – my family was on a jaunt to Houston, TX (where much of my extended family lives,) and one of our excursions took us to the Menil Museum which houses an extensive collection of African masks and ritual objects. Particularly arresting were the owl effigies and in particular this one at which I lingered for some time:

The next day we were treated to a private showing of a wonderful little documentary (Rara Avis) about John Audubon in which his owl prints figured prominently.

Then upon returning home on Monday Orgonia started getting orders for owl plaques one after another – four in a row – one order being for 5 plaques – with the final tally being 8 owl plaques ordered consecutively. The first owl plaque had been ordered by someone who lived a few miles from the Austin, TX airport from which we had flown home. The last order in the “run” came in from Australia.

As this pattern was unfolding I emailed my friend Laura Bruno, whose “alternative” blog is one of my favorites, to get her reaction and feedback. Owl synchronicities are a much rumored if still obscure phenomenon, but I figured if anyone had some interesting chatter about this it would be Laura. The very next day she sent me an exclamatory email linking to that mornings’s debut on Amazon of a 400 page collection of owl synchronicity stories which book I highly recommend (“E. Long” is my Amazon reviewer name.)

Make of this what you will it certainly grabbed my attention and set me on the road to coming up with a bigger owl statement in my orgonite plaque line up. This Great Horned Owl has the gravitas and refinement I was looking for. It’s a big hunk of orgonite energy beaming out through the eyes of potent being.

All of this comes full spiral to ongoing owl synchronicities shared on my blog, as well as me sharing my experiences in Mike Clelland’s book, Stories from the Messengers and in an interview on The Unseen Podcast. Here’s my review of The Messengers, mentioned in Bo’s product writeup.

What does it all mean? I don’t know, but these synchronicities, owls, doors and threshold activations seem very precise and ongoing. If you enjoy rabbit holes, I recommend all the links in this post. If you only read one, though, do check out AstroButterfly’s post about Jupiter Conjunct Saturn on Winter Solstice 2020. That’s a collective transit, but as with SO many collective transits this past year plus, it hits my chart in a very personal way. It doesn’t get much more personal than something conjuncting one’s natal Moon.

Blessings, courage, love and magic to all, as we approach the threshold.

Door Number 21: The Hermit Portal

I finished painting this portal on May 14, 2020, right around the time Jupiter went retrograde. I needed to wait for paint and glue to dry, but mostly, I needed better light for photographing it. Michigan rivals the Pacific Northwest sometimes! I love the gloomy days, but they don’t make for good indoor photographs. This “door” has been knocking on my subconscious for months. I thought I’d begin the weekend of March 29th, tapping into the world’s pandemic “hermit” mode; however, when the world goes crazy, I get busy. I’ve had so many sessions that I didn’t even start working on it until the week of May 4th.

As usual with these portals, astrological timing superseded my own plans. May 4, 2020 marked the actual crossquarter day of Beltane, when the Sun crosses 15 degrees Taurus. Beltane is a fire and purification festival, and also one of two key times the trooping faeries change residence — the other being Samhain, on or near Halloween. Even before I knew much about astrology, the doors — literal then, now sometimes canvas with painted doors — either featured astrological signatures or began or finished on key dates like Easter Sunday or Pentecost. This Hermit portal is Door Number 21:

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The bottom isn’t crooked like it looks. I just can’t get it to photograph or crop right on my phone. The bottom and right edges are gray and the darker blue. The lighter blue is the wall behind it in my office. For some reason, whenever I try to photograph doors or canvases, something weird happens with the angles. By now, I’m used to it, but just to clarify, the portal itself ends with the gray rock and dark blue sky. Continue reading

The Hermit Archetype in a Time of Social Distance

As large swaths of humanity practice “social distancing” and “voluntary quarantine,” it becomes clear why The Hermit keeps knocking on me to become the next portal painting. This has been going on for months, but I always let paintings announce themselves in their own timing. Today, I got out nine (for Hermit’s #9) Tarot decks and pulled the Hermit card from each, so I could explore the archetype itself.

I laid them out on the mandala rug in my office and found this image so emblematic of society right now:

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All the individual Hermits doing their own thing, shine light outward, but they also blend into a larger, connecting mandala. These larger, magical connections become more apparent (in focus) the more we each “blur” our usual perspectives and go deeper inside ourselves.

I felt led to post a lot during the early stages of the US crisis, and yes, I’m still doing sessions and March Specials still apply. If it seems like I’ve pulled back from blogging, though, you’re right. When I create a portal painting, I dive into the energies of that project. The Hermit will be Divine Doorway Number 21 in this series. A canvas awaits this painting, so I’ll need to create my own “door” on it. We’ll see what kind of light comes out of the solitary darkness. It feels like pondering and painting The Hermit now may somehow assist collective energies in pulling the deepest wisdom from this time apart.

Meanwhile, here are a few favorite links about the Hermit:

Tarot Teachings

Powerful Full Moon in Pisces (with discussion of the IS Rune and the Hermit)

The Hermit: Integration and Introspection

Enjoy this sacred time and milk it for all it’s worth. This is a golden opportunity for the collective to receive wisdom and blessings before harsher circumstances force even more isolation. I pray enough people embrace the not-so-gentle nudge to go deep inside and see what they find.

 

Garden Update: Misty Morn, Faery Godmother, Cat Familiar, and Osage Orange

I’ve been in hermit mode here — doing intuitive sessions, taking walks, exercising, cooking myself on the BioMat and completing an astonishing breadth and depth of studies before I shift my focus to fiction writing on November 1. With Samhain on October 31st traditionally celebrated as the Celtic New Year, it somehow feels appropriate to return to fiction after what became an 8-year hiatus. Synchronously, it’s also the start of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), which I might do again this year — not to finish a novel in that time, but to tap into the collective discipline of word counts and new writing habits.

Today’s misty morning captures my overall mood the past couple months:

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With David still Continue reading

The Strange & Curious Tale of the Last True Hermit

This is a fascinating read! Thanks, Bo!

The only thing that I would say is, “What makes anyone so sure this is the last true hermit? A true hermit, for sure, but the only reason we know about him is that he got caught stealing. Who’s to say there aren’t many more such hermits?”

Click here to read “The Strange & Curious Tale of the Last True Hermit.”