The Hermit Tarot Card (IX)

Key Meanings

Solitude. Wisdom. Inspiration. Introspection.

The Hermit Tarot Card—Original RWSThe Hermit Tarot Card—Original RWS.

Meaning of the Hermit Tarot Card

As the name and image suggest, the Hermit is about solitude, introspection, and inner strength. This is a card of meditating or reflecting on what is important to you.

The Hermit has spent time away from society and has had time to reflect on life. He represents wisdom, knowledge, and inspiration. The Hermit tarot card is about spending time alone, and gaining a different perspective on life. This doesn’t mean living as a recluse, but it stresses the importance of finding some time to be alone, whether it’s for a short period of time each day, or whether it’s recommending taking a break from socializing too much. Although it might be suggesting time alone in nature, it could just as well mean time alone walking the dog, or in any private space you have.

Taking a break from social media might also be indicated. It can also be about the need to find a safe place. 

As well as seeking inner counsel through contemplation or meditation, this card might show the need to seek advice from others. 

Prudence is another meaning. It can also indicate the time is right to study a subject you find interesting.

The Hermit Tarot Card (reversed)

The Hermit reversed can suggest the opposites of these: imprudence, rashness, hastiness, or that you are spending too much time away from others, and that you need to find a way to socialize more. You might be being excessively self-reliant, or avoiding intimacy. 

Feelings of being rejected, not communicating as well as you should, blaming yourself, or self-pitying behaviour is possible. Avoid unnecessarily pushing others out of your life. 

A refusal to see the truth is another interpretation. 

It can indicate that the upright qualities are present in lesser degrees, or are there but being blocked.

The Marseille Hermit—Jean DodalThe Marseille Hermit is similar to the later Rider-Waite-Smith version.

The Hermit—Images, Symbols, and More

The Hermit stands on the top of snowy mountains, showing his removal from society, and his reflect on the societies beneath him. It also shows that he’s reached a high spiritual awareness. He wears a grey cloak and carries a staff to help him on his way. 

The six pointed star inside his lantern represents wisdom.

Astrologically, the Hermit tarot card is related to Virgo. 

The Hermit tarot card is number nine in the Major Arcana, which relates to the end of a cycle of life, and the entry to a new one. It’s about completion, attainment, teaching, release, and letting go.

The Major Arcana


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