In October 2020 I got a message on Instagram from a dancer I had never met who was from India. She asked me to me in her fundraising show with the go live date January 17, 2021 and the show concept was all around the 22 Major Arcanum of the tarot.
I was intrigued. I don’t know alot about the tarot and I was unsure of if I could could commit to the show but seeing as it was pre-recorded, I decided it was a good fit PLUS it gave me a reason to start working on new material & get a good video out of it in the process. So I agreed.
This show featured dancers from all over the world with a strong focus on dancers in India – none of which I had ever heard of before. We had a team meeting end of November and I felt immediately that the organizer Shruti (Samai Oriental Dance Company) had done not only her research on the dancers, but that she pulled together a show of likeminded individuals who were fiercely committed to their art.
Shruti drew The Hermit card for me – a card I knew nothing about. When she sent me the description I was absolutely shocked – it was the card that EXACTLY described where I was at currently in my life.
The Hermit card is a compelling card. Just as beacons of light often guide ships to the shore, this sage is ushering in a period of personal growth and exploration. The Hermit represents wisdom earned by seeking the highest truth.
Often, looking for answers within requires time alone with few distractions. It requires introspection and concentrating less on the senses. The Hermit implies it’s time to forget about old emotional attachments, however significant they may have been at the time. The Hermit holds his own lantern: he is lighting his own path. This is a reminder that clear and honest answers must be held to the following questions so that we can light our own path to the future.
I have made some significant changes in my life during Covid. I have let go of certain groups, friendships & associations because when removed I saw that these were not the right people for me. It has been a terribly painful growing & acceptance period and not one that has come easily. I slowly stepped into my own inner wisdom & courageously stand in my own truth. Having the space of Covid has allowed me to open my eyes, grieve, let go & accept.
Sometimes we simply just outgrow ourselves & our surroundings. Sometimes we just realize we deserve better. Sometimes we just need to accept & walk away. Drawing this card hit everything home for me.
I created my Hermit piece coming from a place of strength, inner wisdom & trust. I had a very hard time connecting to it originally and did not find suitable music that spoke to my vision. I ended up reusing a piece of music that I danced to in 2016 after my grandmother died where I essentially grieved her loss. This time round, I felt empowered and strong using this song.
I brainstormed with an old high school friend who shot & edited the piece and we filmed it over the holiday period together working tirelessly to get it done by the submission date. The end result turned out magically and was a great contribution to the show. I am very proud of our work and it truly stands out from the collection of work I have done previously.
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I invite you to go and catch the Arcanum show in its entirety – it is a stunning 1.5 hour escape from reality!
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Until next time, in movement,
Ashley Rhianne xo