What’s the difference between solitude and loneliness?
For me, the difference is solitude is something you WANT and feel
comfortable with, a peaceful, relaxing and inspirational space, and
loneliness is an UNWANTED experience of being on your own.
I believe one of the greatest fears we have is the fear of loneliness,
especially the loneliness that we feel when we are without a lover.
This fear traps many of us into unfulfilling or destructive relationships,
or leads us into pursuing the wrong person just to AVOID being on our own.
When The Hermit appears in your reading, it may represent the loneliness
you feel at the time. And remember, it is possible to feel more isolated
and lonely in an unhappy relationship or marriage than when you are
actually on your own!
If this is the case, the card is suggesting you take time out for inner
reflection. In fact, The Hermit is also known as the Contemplation card in
some Tarot decks. Why do you feel lonely? What can you do to help turn
unwanted loneliness into welcome solitude?
Do you believe you can transform your loneliness into solitude? I believe
you can. Focus on contemplating positive opportunities and outcomes. Spend
your time reflecting on past joys and accomplishments. Consider what you
can do with your life to create more satisfaction and fulfillment.
The Hermit is saying ‘take your time and chill out, don’t make any hasty
or impetuous decisions, THINK about the issues in your life carefully and
from a more open-minded perspective and with a more positive attitude’.
The card also suggests you should be patient, as it may take a little more
time before the period of unwanted loneliness you are suffering will pass.
Of course, it can also mean don’t let the fear of loneliness hold you back
from making an important decision!
When The Hermit appears in your readings, don’t rush any decisions, take
time out to think about and contemplate your options carefully, and if you
feel lonely consider how you can change the way you view your ‘loneliness’
to create a sense of solitude instead.
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