The Hermeneutical Card Definition Repertoire: The Hermit (IX) as Follower of Nature

 

Emblem 42 from Michael Myers Atalanta Fugiens, 1617

Emblema XLII from the alchemical text Atalanta Fugiens (1617) by German physician and alchemist Michael Myers (1568-1622). In this depiction, the Alchemist follows Nature, with his lamp (knowledge by reading) and cane (experience).

 

Translated from the Latin:

(top)

“The Secret of Nature: In Chemistry, Nature, Reason, Experience and reading are Duke, staff, spectacles and lamp.”

 

(bottom)

“Let Nature be with thee, and [if] thou art [to] follow him, willingly, you [will be] mistaken, if you [think he/she will permit you to] accompanying him on earth. Let reason be your staff, proof of collateral security be lights, a place of which the man can not see afar off. Reading be your lamp, dispelling dark, and well provided in order to guard a pile of things and words.”

 

Detail from Michael Myers Emblem 42 from his Atalanta Fugiens, 1617

 

Read more about the Atalanta Fugiens:     https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atalanta_Fugiens

 

Read more about the German physician and alchemist Michael Myers:   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Maier

 

Copper plate engraving of Michael Myers from the Symbola avreae mensae dvodecim nationvm, by Matthäus Merian, 1617

Copper plate engraving of Michael Myers from the Symbola avreae mensae dvodecim nationvm, by Matthäus Merian (1617).

 

More hermits who are reading:

 

The Hermit (1643) by Salomon Koninck (1609-1656), Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister, Dresden, Germany

The Hermit (1643) by Salomon Koninck (1609-1656), Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister, Dresden, Germany

 

The Hermit card (IX) from Nicolas Bodet's 18th-century Marseille tarot

The Hermit card (IX) from Nicolas Bodet’s 18th-century Marseille tarot

 

 

 

 

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