ADVENT and CHRISTMAS and EPIPHANY 2022 / 2023
The impoverishment of humanity caused by Protestantism:
Without the Mother the Word is not ensouled, and consequently humanity is deprived of the effect of the Universal Remedy. Christ becomes a Master who only teaches, not a Universal healer. (The first miracle of St. John – the Wedding in Cana – indicates this law: there the miraculous deeds of the Son are born through the Mother.)
- Valentin Tomberg, The Wandering Fool pg. 90
and Angels appear
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy;
I have come that they may have life, and have it abundantly.
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The Hermit is neither deep in meditation or study nor is he engaged in work or action. He is walking. This means to say that he manifests a third state beyond that of contemplation and action. He represents —in relation to the binary "knowledge —will" or "contemplation —action" or, lastly, "head —limbs"—the term of synthesis, (emphasis mine) namely that of heart. For it is the heart where contemplation and action are united, where knowledge becomes will and where will becomes knowledge. The heart does not need to forget all contemplation in order to act. and does not need to suppress all action in order to contemplate. It is the heart which is simultaneously active and contemplative, untiringly and unceasingly. It walks. It walks day and night, and we listen day and night to the steps of its incessant walking. This is why, if we want to represent a man who lives the law of the heart, (emphasis mine) who is centered in the heart and is a visible expression of the heart — the "wise and good father", or the Hermit —we present him as walking, steadily and without haste. The Hermit of the ninth Card is a man of heart, a solitary man who is walking. Therefore he is a man who has realized in himself the antinomy "knowledge — will" or "contemplation — action". For the heart is the solution here.
MOT The Hermit
He said to me, “You are my servant, Israel, through whom I will manifest my glory.” I formerly believed that I had labored in vain and had exhausted my strength for nothing and for no discernible purpose.. Yet now the Lord has spoken;
he formed me in the womb to be his servant so that I could bring back Jacob to him and enable Israel to be gathered to him.
For I am honored in the sight of the Lord, and my God is the source of my strength.
It is not enough for you to be my servant, he says, to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to bring back the survivors of Israel.
I will make you a light to the nations so that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.
The Adoration of the Magi
Estelle Isaacson: The Mother in Shambhalla