The next person The Fool encounters is The Hermit. Card 9 of the Major Arcana depicts an elderly, cloaked man carrying a staff and holding a lantern. This is a portrayal of the man who has abandoned traditional society in favor of a life spent wandering and searching in solitude, looking for the answers within in a deeply personal journey of introspection. We all face a phase of questioning everything at some point in our lives. We look beyond the base reality and search for the deeper meaning to our lives. This can be a lonely journey because the meaning of our lives and the answers to the questions we seek always lie within ourselves, and do not come from outside people or environments. Card 8 shows a bearded man holding a staff; and in his lantern in a six-pointed star. The Hermit is a wise guide and mentor who teaches The Fool to quiet his mind, so he can tap into its power and find the inner peace and understanding that only comes from spending time alone with yourself. Sometimes a retreat from the company of others proves to be very helpful in finding a sense of stillness. These are the moments when the clarity of one’s mind offers insight into a wide variety of deep matters. These are also moments when you are called to be a silent pioneer in life, lighting the way for others who will follow you.