Ah, the things we learn going down the rabbit hole of internet research. According to Wikipedia, in the Vikings Tarot, the Hermit is Heimdallr living at the edge of Asgard, watching for signs Ragnarok. Why would I go down this particular rabbit hole, you ask? Today’s prompt on NaHaiWriMo was to select one of the Major Arcana from the tarot deck.
Opening up allows you to be caught by wind or wave, to be held so you don’t plummet or sink so quickly. Our immediate startle response in times of crisis is to tighten up, to shrink in on ourselves as adrenaline surges through our body. But, what happens when we live in a constant state of fear and we never open up? How do we learn to relax? Where do we turn? Where can we find living examples of opening in slow, graceful, trusting motion? Some study yoga, some tai chi. And where did these teachers find their inspiration?
lone ursine fear took
eight-thousand-plus days to quell —
sentry duty done