For The Hermit card in the new Bohemian Cats’ Theatre Tarot, we wanted quite a spectacular look. Sometimes this card can be, in visual terms, a bit predictable so we wanted to add richness and also enhance the meaning for our rather distinctive cat tarot.
A figure cloaked and holding a lantern. How could we set about making that as beautiful – and beautifully meaningful – as possible?
We decided that we would design an embroidery for the cloak that would not only add visually, but also help to convey the significance of this card, which is about spiritual introspection, contemplation and a search for deeper meaning in life.
Rerum Sapientia custos means “Wisdom is the guardian of all things” – very appropriate for The Hermit.
Rerum Sapientia Custos
Optima gestarum rerum sapientia custos,
Aeternis condens fortia facta libris.
“By Wisedome, things which passe away
Are best preserved from decay.”
Gabriel Rollenhagen (1583-1619)
You can see another image using this saying and motif here.