Abandon Hope All Ye Who Enter Here (But in a Good Way): The Fool Reversed and The Hermit

“The bad news is you’re falling through the air, nothing to hang on to, no parachute. The good news is there’s no ground.” –Chogyam Trungpa

“…abandoning hope is an affirmation, the beginning of the beginning. You could even put ‘Abandon hope’ on your refrigerator door….” –Pema Chodron

The Fool has really done it this time. He hasn’t just stepped trustingly off the cliff–he’s tumbling head over heels through the air with no end in sight. The Hermit is watching him by the light of a lantern, smiling. Because he knows now that the Fool will be all right.

When the Fool is reversed, we tend to be not trusting our own inner knowledge and not acting on our own instincts. We may be making foolish choices. The energy that would help us to start fresh and trustingly take that first step (which is a risk) is blocked.

But that’s when the universe comes to our rescue and matter-of-factly deals with the situation by cutting the ground out from under our feet, like the nervous paratrooper’s friend who reaches out and gives her a friendly nudge out of the plane.

It doesn’t feel so good when the ground cuts out from under your feet. It is startling at the very least. But it gets your attention, doesn’t it? And it wakes you up — better than a cup of coffee, I’d say! So be grateful to the universe for this opportunity to reconnect with your true self — the Hermit who is watching and smiling. Having the ground pulled out from under you is an accelerated way to connect with your inner wisdom, your inner Hermit. Yeah, yeah, you could sit in a cave and meditate for years, but we don’t have that kind of time right now. Besides, meditation is even more helpful when  you are falling through the air.

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