The Meaning of 7 11

For years I have been seeing the numbers 7:11 on my digital clock, computer, on buildings: everywhere. Apparently others are seeing this too because this article, which was first published in 2012 has been getting more and more hits.

Search terms related to this number combination have become very popular as well, I can see by my stats:

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In 2012 I published this article for the first time as a repost of an angel number combination, but I thought I would rewrite this post with what I have determined 7:11 might mean.

BTW, to me, the numbers can be reversed and mean the same thing. And since in numerology, zeros are always dropped, 7:11 can appear many times on your clock during the day. Here are some number combinations for 7:11:





Multiply these four occurrences by two (for AM and PM) and you have eight times during the day that you can spot 7:11 on your clock.


First, what I found online is very interesting:

The design of the Great Pyramid is based on the ratio 11:7.  This ratio (equal 1.571) is perfect approximation of the “squaring the circle” principle.

The Great Pyramid encodes enormous amount of numerical coincidences ( pi, Phi, dimensions and movement of our planet, axial tilt, precession,  speed of light, and more…)

We can only wonder if the ancient architects were fully aware of these special numbers encoded in their design — or are these numbers simply the  result of  selecting 2 numbers (7 and 11) for proportions for the Great Pyramid???



Since numerology is one of my interests, we can look at the individual numbers. As a Tarot student, I always look to how any number translates in the cards. One of the foundations of the Tarot is numerology. Here are some keywords for each number.

1 – Initiating action, pioneering, leading, independent, leadership, self, aggressor, individuation, attaining, individual.

2 – Cooperation, relationship, tact, diplomacy, balance, union, receptive, adaptability, consideration of others, partnership, mediating.

3 – Expression, verbalization, socialization, the arts, creativity, innovation, interaction, communication, the joy of living.

4 – A foundation, order, system, limitation, creation, service, struggle against limits, steady growth, stability, dependability, discipline, dedication, over-cautious, stubborn.

5 – Expansiveness, visionary, adventure, pioneering, restlessness, innovation, rebellion, opportunistic, the constructive use of freedom.

6 – Responsibility, protection, nurturing, community, balance, sympathy, family.

7 – Wisdom, spirituality, thought/consciousness, spirit, observer, solitary, secretive, analysis, understanding, knowledge, awareness, studious, meditating, HIDDEN.

8 – Money, finance, materialism, power/sacrifice, ambition, organization, practicality, success, status oriented, power-seeking, high-material goals.

9 – Humanitarian, giving nature, selflessness, obligations, creative expression, highest level of changes.

11 – Higher spiritual plane, intuitive, illumination, idealist, a dreamer.

22 – The Master Builder, large endeavors, powerful force, leadership.

I have highlighted #7 and #11. When I first started seeing the 7:11 combination a few years ago, I had already studied numerology, but had not yet written my first Tarot book. So I thought it meant:

Spiritual Illumination

I still think it does, but I now have the added insight of the Tarot cards. First, let’s look at the SEVEN in the Tarot. The Major Arcana suit has the highest spiritual meaning or mystery (the meaning of the word “Arcana”), so we will just use this card. Here is an excerpt from my book, The Tarot Key, which explores both my deck, The Tarot of Creativity and the Rider Waite Smith Tarot:



Rider Waite Smith Tarot
This image presents a paradox; it seems to be about travel, yet nothing is moving. The analysis of the picture’s composition reveals a hidden triangle. The triangle is one of the ancient symbols for the Higher Self or God. It is a very stable shape, and although the title of the card, The Chariot, suggests motion, the image imparts a very calm, centered feeling. Even the sphinxes have their paws folded. This means that the movement suggested by the card is inner movement.

The number of this card, seven, is often called “the first spiritual number” and it correlates (as all the first eight cards do) with a chakra, in this case, the crown chakra. In the RWS Tarot one often sees crowns in the images on the cards; the crown signifies intelligence. This card presents an image of the right use of your intelligence; it shows you how to use your intelligence to govern your thoughts and your emotions.

Seven is the divine marriage of the Three and the Four, the marriage of the number of nature/imagination with the number of Earth or matter. The Seven is the number of divinity; the recognition and partnership with the divine triad: the mind/ego, the emotions/body, and the Higher Self.

This card could be called the first “conscious” card of the individual, as the preceding cards represent the principles of consciousness and the laws of the universe that the initiate has to master. The Chariot is the culmination of the first tier of cards in the Tarot Tableau representing the laws of consciousness/the universe. By mastering the principles in the preceding cards you attain the spiritual mastery represented by this card.

This image pictures the Higher Self as the Charioteer whose goal is to descend more fully into material form, represented by the chariot — the physical body. The Chariot on this card is the personal “Merkaba,” the body which you have prepared to use as the vehicle for your Soul on Earth.

In Ancient Egypt, the word “Merkaba” was actually constructed from three smaller words: MER meant a “rotating light,” KA signified “Spirit,” and BA signified the human body. The Merkaba is the vehicle of ascension; esoterically, it is the process wherein the physical body is transformed into a vehicle for Spirit. Alternatively, the Merkaba can be seen as the “energy body” — or Spiritual body that resides in all forms. In the human being, it can be “remembered” and thus activated, or rather reactivated. The Star Tetrahedron, also known as “The Star of David” is the sacred geometrical form that is the Merkaba. It is comprised of two opposing tetrahedrons that are spinning in opposite directions.

As the body “ascends” in frequency, the Spirit can “descend” into physical form; thus the two meet in the middle, at the level of the (high) heart. The key to the ascension process is not the mind, or the beliefs, or even the emotions of the aspirant, but the heart. The “high heart” is the fourth chakra. The fourth chakra stands in the middle of the body chakras; on the physical body, this chakra is the thymus gland. Its function is to bridge the higher chakras with the lower chakras.

The Merkaba, as the “vehicle” of ascension is a way for the timeless, formless, limitless Spirit to enter the experience of limitation, otherwise known as 3D or physical existence. When Spirit first came into human form on Earth, it experienced amnesia, and became crucified on the cross of Space-Time (Key #12, The Hanged Man/REVERSAL). The act of ascension restores the original MEMORY of divinity (Key #2) and INTUITION (Key #5); the combination of these two principles of consciousness returns the number Seven — the Chariot. The process of the transmutation of energy to matter — the reciprocal movement of implicate to explicate and back again — is constantly at play in the created universe, but the challenge is to awaken Spirit in Matter, to awaken consciousness inside the dream of material existence.

I once spent a couple of hours with Credo Mutwa, the spiritual leader of the Zulu tribe in Africa. He explained to me that Merkaba (one word) was a Zulu word meaning a space/time/dimension vehicle. He told me that according to Zulu legend his entire tribe had come from another dimension here to Earth using the Merkaba. ~Drunvalo Melchizedek

By understanding the wisdom in the preceding cards, you are now capable of refining your thoughts and emotions to the point of “rising” in consciousness. This rise prepares the body to allow your Soul to “descend” more into your physical body; ascension of your physical/mental/emotional form to meet your Higher Self as it descends into the physical. The integration of more light into the physical causes the lightening of the physical form, and thus you “ascend.”

The only way the Higher Self can do this is when you have purified your mind and emotions of the heavier thoughts and emotions. We have to make ourselves receptive to the Higher Self, and so the real meaning of this card is learning to surrender limitations to a higher purpose — the intent or Will of the Higher Self.

The word “chariot” is found 44 times in the Masonic Bible; 44 is a Master number. The vision of Ezekiel in the Bible spoke of a chariot of FOUR wheels drawn by FOUR living creatures, each with FOUR wings and the FOUR faces of a lion, man, eagle, and ox. These creatures represent the fixed astrological signs, the elements, and the suits in the Tarot. The “wheel” of the chariot is shown in the Major Arcana card, #10, the Wheel of Fortune.

The letter associated with this card is “Cheth,” which means “fence” or “limitation” in Hebrew. The card is also assigned to the sign of Cancer, who, with his protective shell and defensive claws, resists change. In order to ascend, you have to transcend the limitations of your beliefs (mental body) and unconscious emotions (the subconscious). This card, with its triangular composition, hints at the rewards of ascension while in the body, and this is what the “ascended masters” did: they ascended past the barriers of old, denser consciousness. They achieved what the shamans did when they traveled in their Merkaba, by assembling all of their energetic totality in their energy body. They traveled not in the physical world, but through dimensions.

The Fool has gained wisdom from the archetypes in the first six cards: from The Magician he has learned how to focus his ATTENTION, from The High Priestess, he knows that all he needs for his journey is residing in his own MEMORY — the universal Akashic records of the implicate order. The Empress showed him the richness and the creative potential of his IMAGINATION, while The Emperor demonstrated how to master his mind and control his emotional impulses with reason. This new rationality gave the Fool emotional detachment and mental INSIGHT. The Hierophant taught him how to access the wisdom of his Higher Self through his INTUITION, and finally, The Lovers showed him the powers of discrimination and choice that come with unconditional LOVE.

The Chariot represents the FOOL’s body/mind/emotional self that has been purified by the discipline of the preceding cards; he has rid himself of most of his heaviest emotions and limiting beliefs, but most importantly, he has surrendered to the wisdom of his Higher Self. His hold on this realization is mostly mental, so it is tenuous at best, but he realizes that he has to practice surrender on a constant basis. His main opponent is his ego, which wants to take over the reins and drive the chariot of the Self. This, however, can never be.

The charioteer steers the chariot of his Soul through conscious choice; he directs all his energy — physical, emotional, mental — along the road laid out by the intent of his Higher Self. Like a good parent, he treats the children of his self-conscious and subconscious (his beliefs, thoughts, and emotions) with gentle firmness, compassion, and kindness.

When You get This Card in a Reading
You are going forward, but you don’t seem to be moving yet. Everything is underneath the surface.

“Circumstances don’t matter, only state of being matters.” ~ Bashar


Tarot of Creativity
Up until Key #7, The Chariot/ADVENTURE, we experienced a separate existence, with very little interference from the Higher Self. When we make the bid for the freedom of higher awareness represented by this card, we let the Higher Self know that we are ready for a more aligned partnership with it; meaning that at this stage, we are open to the voice of the Higher Self.

When you pull this card in a reading, it often means victory, freedom, travel, or success, but a deeper study of the card reveals much information for the conscious creative. In the Chariot/ADVENTURE card, you are learning dominion over duality by disciplining your mind and emotions. This card is the card of choice and intent: the choice represented by your personal free will, and intent of your Higher Self.

You can choose not to do this and remain unconscious, victimized by fate, or you can take the reins of the Chariot of your body/mind complex and choose the higher road of personal enlightenment. Once you make this choice, you can never go back; you can never forget what you know. If we want to go forward on our path, there is really only one choice we can make, and that is to blend with the higher Will of Spirit.

Dominion is not to be confused with domination, nor is self-discipline ever to become punishment or chastisement. The Charioteer is the master of his fate, and controls the duality of his nature: his self-conscious and subconscious with the Love and respect that he has learned from the preceding card #6, The Lovers/LOVE.

This card represents the reconciliation of opposites: the balance of limitation with freedom, the balance of personal responsibility with the spirit of adventure. Only someone who has learned to choose their thoughts and emotions can achieve this supreme balance and personal mastery.

In numerology, we use reductionism to derive the meanings from any set of numbers. The Seven can come from three different combinations, and thus we can see three paths that show how the adept can arrive at this mastery:

1 + 6: The Magician/ATTENTION plus The Lovers/LOVE: Be ATTENTIVE to your unconscious thoughts/emotions and apply DISCRIMINATION/LOVE: keep the ones you want and discard whatever is unnecessary.

2 + 5: The High Priestess/MEMORY plus The Hierophant/INTUITION: Use your EGOIC MEMORY to discover all your unconscious thoughts and emotions, and your SOUL MEMORY to remember your original self. Your INTUITION will guide you which ones you should keep and which you should discard.

3 + 4: The Empress/IMAGINATION plus The Emperor/INSIGHT: Use your REASON to help you keep your IMAGINATION from running amok and creating a reality that you don’t want. This combination of root numbers is the balance of polarities: male/female, left/right brain, nature/mind, reason/heart, Heaven/Earth.

The task of the number Seven is to “learn to remember.” When the adept achieves the aim of this card in the Major Arcana, he has prepared his body to receive more light. The preparation is the “learning” while the task of “remembering” is achieved by the cooperation of the cells of your body and your Higher Soul in bringing in this higher Light into your consciousness. Running the lighter consciousness of the Higher Self through the physical form activates the Merkaba, the counter-rotating tetrahedrons of male and female polarity, achieving the act known as “ascension.”

In The Tarot of Creativity, the figure is speeding towards an almost invisible line on the left, representing another plane of existence. He is committed to taking the leap of faith even though he is not sure where or how he is going to land. As he flies through space in the last moment on this side of consciousness, numbers fall to the ground below him, like moments in time. He has transcended all old descriptions, thoughts and unconscious emotions, and is heading full-tilt into a new way of being: a way that integrates his three selves — the subconscious/body, self-conscious/mind, and the super-conscious/Higher Self — into one fully-aligned being.

The new level of awareness that the charioteer has achieved is a true ADVENTURE; like any adventure, it carries with it a feeling of excitement and insecurity at the same time. When we walk, we must first experience the uncertainty of imbalance so we can step forward. The Seven is the first divine number, and it is not in balance, it is not static; it moves forward in a grand leap, the leap of faith that we all must take when we truly want to go forward. Just like a child taking his first steps, you must be brave in the face of the unknown.

This grand adventure called life is not an armchair excursion; it takes courage, self-discipline, and perseverance. In The Chariot/ADVENTURE card, The Higher Self has descended more into the physical world, into your life, into the physical vehicle — the Merkaba of your body. This movement in stillness requires a determined and persistent effort from us as we learn to exercise our personal will and inner focus, as we learn lessons of vibrational maintenance and ultimately, of creative manifestation. Since the movement is an inner advance, the adept has to wait for evidence to appear on the outer reality.

The aspirant has to wait in faith, and learn to discern the frequency of what she desires, then take inner action to consistently transmit this frequency as a way to beckon the lines of the universe that match that frequency. This is spiritual movement, inner movement. To the casual observer, the adept isn’t moving or doing anything, but she is following the lines of her intent, walking an inner path. Just as an individual bird follows the general intent of the flock, she stays in the channel of her desired frequency: she becomes the frequency, and thus the world changes around her, turning like a wheel around the axis of her focused attention.

The ancient, universal symbol for the Creator, or Cosmic Consciousness, is a circle (or wheel) with a dot at the center. The perimeter of the circle conceptually defines the void at the heart of the implicate. The point at the center of the symbol is the abstract representation of the attention of the creator being. When the spiritual seeker remembers her innate power, it automatically puts her at the center of this circle, right at the Zero Point of creation. Thus, her attention is her point of power.

As the adept steps into her own power, she knows that she must center herself with her attention, which she learned at the beginning of her journey from The Magician. At this card, The Chariot/ADVENTURE, she is putting into practice what she has learned from all the previous cards. When she focuses her attention (The Magician) to align with the intent of Spirit is sober (The Emperor) and focused on unconditional love (The Lovers), she can use her intuition (The Hierophant) to access the intent of her Higher Self. This ignites the power of the infinite creative potential that surrounds her (The High Priestess), allowing her to create in material form — in cooperation with nature (The Empress).

Unconscious behavior and thinking will be shed from your mind and body and fall to the ground as you take the courageous leap of faith into the adventure that lies before you. And, while it may seem to the casual observer that you have not even moved a muscle or traveled an inch, you have traversed miles over the desert of belief, and cleared a vast ocean of emotion in your flight.

When You get This Card in a Reading
If you get this card in a reading, know that you can achieve personal mastery only when you are choosing your thoughts and emotions. Success is not defined by the achievement of any material goals; success is the ability to be happy, no matter the circumstances.

“For me there is only the traveling on paths that have heart, on any path that may have heart, and the only worthwhile challenge is to traverse its full length—and there I travel looking, looking breathlessly.” ~ Don Juan, Carlos Castaneda, The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge



Related to
The Tower/AWAKENING (Key #16)

~ Excerpt from The Tarot Key, Unlock the Secrets to Your Soul © Aliyah Marr


Note that The Chariot is related (through numerology) to The Tower/AWAKENING card. This is highly significant. The Tower, which represents the ego, must crumble before The Star can appear. The Star is the next card in the Tarot, #17.

The Tarot is a map for ascension. Note that the Chariot represents the Merkaba, the body vehicle for ascension.

Now, let’s examine the 11th card in the Major Arcana, Justice/ILLUMINATION.




Rider Waite Smith Tarot
The Eleven is the first Master number; it means “illumination.” It also means “the teacher,” or “the messenger,” which relates it to the angels. The title of this card refers to the Greek Goddess, Astraea, who later became the Roman goddess Justice:

Astraea or Astrea (English translation: “star-maiden”) was the virgin goddess of innocence and purity and is always associated with the Greek goddess of justice.

Astraea, the celestial virgin, was the last of the immortals to live with humans during the Golden Age, one of the old Greek religion’s five deteriorating Ages of Man. According to Ovid, Astraea abandoned the earth during the Iron Age. Fleeing from the new wickedness of humanity, she ascended to heaven to become the constellation Virgo. In the Tarot… Justice can thus be considered related to the figure of Astraea on historical iconographic grounds.

According to legend, Astraea will one day come back to Earth, bringing with her the return of the utopian Golden Age of which she was the ambassador.

Notice that the image of the Goddess Justice is not wearing a blindfold; the blindfold was added in the 15th century to denote objectivity. The earliest Roman coins depicted Justitia with the sword in one hand and the scale in the other, but with her eyes uncovered. In the original Greek version, it was the innocence and purity of her virginal state that allowed her to judge fairly.

The principle or concept behind this card is best represented by the ancient Egyptian Goddess Maat, who weighed the heart of the recently deceased against a feather. If the heart was heavier than the feather, the Soul would have to return to physical life, and not pass on. This is a test of emotions and beliefs. The Soul cannot not pass if it is weighed down by heavy negative beliefs, petty thoughts, and unconscious emotions; it has to be “light-hearted,” not burdened with unresolved emotions.

Maat represents the ethical and moral principle that every Egyptian citizen was expected to follow throughout their daily lives. They were expected to act with honor and truth in manners that involve family, the community, the nation, the environment, and god.

To pass by the PILLARS of JUSTICE, you have to become NEUTRAL to all unconscious thought forms and emotional baggage. Otherwise, you are in for another round of karmic lessons. The figure of JUSTICE looks severe because she is the representative for the LAWS of the universe, which are the same as the laws of Nature.

If you see her sword of truth and are dismayed by her severity, it may be because you do not want to experience the austerity of personal discipline that is required to ascend to the next level of consciousness. The sword that Justice carries represents the “ruthlessness” you have to have toward unconscious behavior; you have to be able to persistently chop off limiting thoughts and eliminate emotional debris if you are to succeed. This process requires discipline, consistency, awareness, and persistence. If you cannot pass the TEST of inner discipline represented by JUSTICE, you are still attached to something that binds you to the lower state of consciousness, which acts like gravity on the heart of your Soul.

When You get This Card in a Reading
The message of this card is not about vengeance or redress, it is about releasing illusions. Your reality is based upon the thoughts and emotions that you are projecting; if you are projecting these unconsciously, you cannot pass by the pillars of Justice.

Justice seeks to balance the scales of duality.


Tarot of Creativity
Your reality is based upon the thoughts and emotions that you are projecting. If you cannot pass the test of inner discipline, you are still emotionally attached to something. The Goddess Justice will not let you pass.

This card stands for Nature and the way she works. Justice/Illumination tells us that what we experience is the result of what we are imagining (as outlined in Key #8/Strength/I-MAGE); this is a law of nature: the Law of Cause and Effect, which is one of the ways that duality achieves Equilibrium. If you ignore the laws of the universe, you are ignorant of your own power to imagine new realities and incapable of manifesting your desires.

Nature in the system of duality works through the principle of equilibrium. The ignorant man chooses to ignore this law and attempts to control Nature, to impose his desires upon it. The wise man learns to work with the laws of Nature by learning to work with his own nature first.

The power to choose is the essence of mastery. The master knows how to express the Law of Equilibrium: he demonstrates ease, poise, and emotional balance in his daily life. This card shows how once the man decides to be fully conscious, the subconscious responds by changing his body and outer reality to vibrationally match the positive images that he projects.

In the TOC, this card shows darkness where there should be light, but there is a balance contained inside the paradoxical nature of the image. The inner Spirit understands what seems to the mind to be a paradox. Just as a Buddhist master would present a koan to help his student, the resolution of the apparent paradox cannot be solved from the logical left brain.

Koan: a paradoxical anecdote or riddle, used in Zen Buddhism to demonstrate the inadequacy of logical reasoning and to provoke enlightenment.

The left brain tends to get stuck when it tries to make sense out of a paradox, like a computer in a loop of logic. Without the benefit of intuition, the logical left brain stands outside the realm of magic and possibility. When the student uses his intuition to “understand” the koan, he can resolve the paradox from a higher level of understanding; this is the meaning of spiritual illumination. To pass the test of this card, you are capable of understanding not just the way that Nature works, but how the workings of duality express a variable truth that hints at a greater truth underneath: namely that everything is good and perfect even in its imperfection.

The TOC title of the Justice card is ILLUMINATION — the meaning of the number of this card. The Master number Eleven is a gateway or a portal to the next level of consciousness. To deal justice, one must see clearly, and without bias, which is why Justice is not blindfolded in the RWS card.

There is nothing more fair than Nature; Nature is not sentimental, she is not swayed by beliefs, wishes, or prayers, no matter how heart-felt or well-intentioned. Only those who seek to dominate and control others have anything to fear from Mother Nature, as they are at war with her and with themselves. Nature is at your command only if you have mastered your four bodies: mental, emotional, physical, and creative. When you have reached this state of mastery, the illumination of your being heals all that was formerly hidden in the shadows of your subconscious.

The enlightened master is aligned with his true nature and with Nature herself. The shadow and darkness that seemed to plague your life were just clever disguises, as old beliefs and limitations suddenly open up like flowers to reveal themselves as true gifts of Spirit.

When You get This Card in a Reading
In order to experience the illumination of higher awareness, you have to fearlessly face everything, and stop judging it as good or bad.

A shadow defines the light, just as light defines a shadow.



Related to
The High Priestess/MEMORY (Key #2)

Judgment/THE EPIPHANY (Key #20)

~ Excerpt from The Tarot Key, Unlock the Secrets to Your Soul © Aliyah Marr


But the mystery deepens when we examine the words SEVEN and ELEVEN. In numerology, a word has a numerological equivalent, achieved by adding up the numbers assigned to each of the letters. Then the sum of the number is reduced to a single digit from one to nine, and the meaning is ascertained. Master numbers, such as the 11, are not reduced further.

SEVEN = 20/2 (1+5+4+5+5=20 which reduces to a 2). Note the preponderance of the number 5, which, as the number of man, also signifies freedom.

ELEVEN = 27/9 (5+3+5+4+5+5=27 which reduces to a 9). Again, a LOT of 5s.

If you add the 2 to the 9, you get 11. If you subtract the 2 from the 9, you get 7. Pretty wild, huh?

The SEVEN as a 20 is related to both the Judgement/EPIPHANY card and the High Priestess/MEMORY card (2) in the Tarot. Both of these cards are related to the Justice/ILLUMINATION card (11/2). And Justice is the 11th card in the major arcana (7:11).

Finally, you can use numerology to add the numbers in the combination: 7+11=18/9. NINE is the last spiritual number in the number sequence 1-9. From above:

9 – Humanitarian, giving nature, selflessness, obligations, creative expression, highest level of changes.

NINE is the number of completion. It is the completion of a cycle: 1-9. We are in a 9 year (2+0+1+6=9), which to me means that we can pop out of the Matrix now.

In the Tarot #9  is The Hermit.



Rider Waite Smith Tarot
The DIAGONAL LINE of The Hermit’s staff directs the viewer’s attention to the Hermit’s forehead, the position of the third eye, or pineal gland — the spiritual vision of the Hermit. He gazes with affection towards the light in his lantern. The YELLOW of the light is echoed in the color of the STAFF which brings the attention back down in an oblique circle to the bottom of the staff resting on the mountain.

Key #9 THE HERMIT shows an old man who has attained spiritual enlightenment. In his youth, he climbed the mountain, and spent many years alone in a cave on the heights. He was determined to gain spiritual wisdom, so he persevered though all the challenges and loneliness of his solitary path, but he didn’t realize at the beginning of his journey that it would take him his entire life, or that he would have to sacrifice everything that he valued to achieve his goal.

The Hermit as an archetype brings to mind the ancient techniques practiced by all spiritual aspirants: meditation, silence, solitude. He has taken a lifelong vision quest on the MOUNTAIN and now comes back down into the valley — back into the world — to teach what he knows. He is the Magician at a higher level; he combines the Strength/I-MAGE of the Eight with the ATTENTION of the Magician.

The Hermit enjoys a long tradition in mythology. One example in Western tradition is the legend of the mage Merlin. Merlin was the wise advisor of King Arthur, the ruler who desired to recreate a heaven on Earth, which Arthur called “Avalon.” The numerology of the name, Avalon is: 1+4+1+3+6+5 = 20 = 2 — the number of balance and harmony. The mythical Eden of all spiritual seekers may come under other names, but it always represents the same principle of balance and wholeness: the goal of the spiritual seeker is not to escape duality for oneness, but to be aware of oneness while experiencing duality.

The Hermit has learned that the point of spiritual awareness is not to deny the flesh and leave the earth for heaven, but to bring a higher consciousness back down into the collective. As an enlightened man, he wants to bring Heaven to Earth. The Hermit descends the mountain of his ATTAINMENT and seeks to share his LIGHT with others in the Valley of Darkness that is below.

He started out as a young FOOL fresh and new to life, and now he is an old man. He has long forgotten what it is to live among people, but he desires now to share his light with others. So he journeys down the mountain. His STAFF, which is a longer version of the WAND he wielded as a young man in The Magician, helps him maintain his footing on the slopes, signifying that his MAGIC sustains him now.

The Hermit has attained personal power, but knows that power is only attained after a lifetime of personal discipline. Power is never used against another, since the nature of true power is solely a personal affair.

He carries the light of his wisdom in a LANTERN in his right hand, holding it aloft to share his LIGHT with others, and light their path. This light is a six-pointed STAR symbolizing Christ consciousness — unity consciousness. The six-pointed STAR is the perfect divine balance and unification of the male and female principles of duality. The knowledge of the unity that underlies all appearances is the gift of wisdom that he wants to share with the people of the valley — those that he left behind in his youth when he started up the mountain in search of truth.

Will the people in the valley listen? Probably not. The Hermit doesn’t preach, and after years of solitude he has either lost his power of speech, or more likely, lost his desire to speak. Talking cannot convey what he knows. But all The Hermit has to do is shine the light of higher awareness, and it will change all those who see it.

When You get This Card in a Reading
It is time to come down from the mountain and share your knowledge.

Learning cannot lead to wisdom: wisdom is not learned, it can only be remembered or discovered, since it is always within you.


Tarot of Creativity
The title of Key #9 is EMERGENCE. The Hermit represents the perfected man, a man who has realized his spiritual nature while in physical form; the disciple of consciousness is transformed into the teacher. The Seeker’s life as an ordinary man and a seeker is over. Like a butterfly, he was completely changed by his long incubation period in the chrysalis (his cave on the mountain); now he emerges into a new life, which has transformed to meet him.

The number Nine is the number of individual attainment: the seeker that started out his descent into matter as The Fool is now on the other side of his life as an old man; he has journeyed through the previous numbers to reach the number Nine, and now his search is done. His long spiritual apprenticeship is over; no longer does he seek anything outside of himself, as he knows that all that he ever sought has always been buried inside of him, buried under the conditioning of the holographic projection of daily life. While on the mountain in the isolation of hermitage, his life became a vision quest. Finally, the wisdom of wholeness settled upon him, comforted him, and revealed its secrets to him. He carries this vision with him as he emerges from the cave — the womb of incubation — on the mountaintop and descends back down to join the human collective.

Most mystics seek the same thing: the release from the limitations of our social condition and to be able to see beyond the illusion of duality. They seek to become “clairvoyant” — a word that simply means “clear-seeing.” The ability to “see clearly” is gained by those who purify and activate what is referred to as the “third eye” — the activation of the pineal gland. The mystics and spiritual adepts who have been able to do this are called “seers” in Native American traditions. The Hermit has become a seer who now returns down the mountain to help his fellow man.

What did The Hermit find on the mountain? He sought the snow-covered heights in search of the truth behind appearances. He instinctively knew that what others took for truth was just the illusion of duality—the lie of separation. It took him much time — his whole earthly existence, in fact—but he attained the wisdom he sought when he finally merges completely with his Higher Self: this is what the ancients call “faith.”

When You get This Card in a Reading
Time to emerge from the cocoon.

The butterfly emerges from the cocoon fully formed, but few suspect what the lowly caterpillar had to experience first before it could fly.


solitude/spiritual path
inner search/deep understanding

Related to
The Moon/DREAMING (Key #18)

~ Excerpt from The Tarot Key, Unlock the Secrets to Your Soul


For those of us who are ready—7:11 means that we can now break free from our cocoon, come down from the mountain, end our self-imposed exile, and EMERGE into the light of our souls.

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Aliyah Marr

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