The Hermit Tarot Card Meaning Keywords

UPRIGHT: Solitude, guidance, soul-searching, introspection, being alone, inner guidance, wisdom

REVERSED: Anti-social, restrictive, isolation, loneliness, withdrawal

  • Name of the Card: The Hermit
  • Number: 9
  • Other Names: L’hermite
  • Element: Earth
  • Kabbalistic Letter: Yod
  • Meaning of the Kabbalistic Letter: Hand
  • Sign: Virgo
  • Yes/No key interpretations: Maybe
  • Stone: Peridot
The Hermit Tarot Card Meaning

The Imagery and Symbolism of the Hermit Tarot Card

An old man wearing a grey hooded cloak is standing at the top of the mountain. The cloak is a symbol of invisibility as they grey of the cloak just merges in the neutral grey background. He doesn’t want to get noticed. His beard is white that shows his wisdom. He is holding a staff of authority in his left hand and a lantern of truth in his right hand. There is a six-pointed star inside his lantern which is a sign of hope and inspiration. The six-pointed star is formed by joining the fire and the water triangles. It represents the masculine and feminine principles in perfect union. The white peaks of the mountains represent the past achievements and accomplishments of the hermit. He is at the top. He is alone but not lonely. Others can seek their path in the light of the truth that he shares.

Astrology and the Hermit Tarot Card

The hermit corresponds to the sign of Virgo (the virgin) in astrology. Virgo is a feminine and mutable earth sign. It reflects the qualities of precision, logic, intellect, and reliability. Virgos are helpful, persistent, organized, modest, devoted, analytical and helpful people. They are reliable like our wise old hermit. You can depend on both. Virgo rules the sixth house of the zodiac which is related to work and service to others. Virgo is ruled by Mercury which is the ruler of the Magician card. You may say that the hermit is the magician at his old age. He is now old and more matured.

The Hermit and Kabbalah

In Kabbalah, the path of The Hermit is the path of Yod. It connects Chesed (Mercy) to Tiphareth (Splendor, beauty). It is the point where our manifested universe begins. The meaning of the word Yod is Hand.

The Hermit Tarot Card as a Person

If the Hermit tarot card takes the form of a person, he or she should be someone who is really wise, maybe wise beyond his or her years. These people know the real meaning of life. These are very stable and grounded people who like to spend time in their studies or dens to read books and ponder upon different things. They like to share their wisdom with those who seek it. They are open to help others but they do not like to spend time among people and spend their energies on unworthy, instead, they like to spend time aloof so they can introspect. They have achieved a lot in their lives but they have a quest for more knowledge. These people are the torch bearers in real sense. They create their own path but they are welcoming to others if they want to follow. The hermit card is a symbol of prudence, illumination, reflection, and wisdom.

The Hermit Card in General Reading

When the Hermit card appears in a general reading, it shows that you are seeking guidance or seeking the truth. You should seek help from some old and wise people around you. You should take the help offered by someone.  Another interpretation could be that you need to spend some time alone. You should reflect and reevaluate things until you find the truth.

The Hermit Tarot Card in a Daily reading

If you get this card in a daily reading, then today is a day to spend by yourself. Just trust your own point of view and opinion. It is a day to not try hard to mingle with the people who do not understand you. It is a good day to sit back, relax and reflect. It is also a day to see some wise matured adult around you, who knows and understands your truth.

The Hermit Tarot Card in a Love Reading

The Hermit is a card of solitude. If it appears in a love reading that may mean that you or your partner are spending time with them and not giving enough time to the relationship. It can also indicate seeing a relationship counselor. If you are single then it might mean that you will be spending some more time alone and get connected to yourself before you find that someone special. It may also indicate your own desire to stay alone for some time before you are ready to mingle again.

The Hermit Tarot Card in a Career Reading

In a Career reading, it may indicate that you are not satisfied with your current job or career and looking for options. It can also show some mentor or wise person at your workplace who can show you the path to follow.

The Hermit Tarot Card in a Health Reading

In a health reading, the Hermit card may indicate depression as grey is the color of sadness and gloom. It may show that you are spending too much time alone that may take a toll on your health. You need to focus on your physical and mental health to get happy, warm and cheerful.

The Hermit Reversed Tarot Card Meaning

When the image of the Hermit card is upside down, his lantern will fall and his staff won’t be able to provide him support. The snow will fall onto him and he will be lovely and isolated in the cold.

In a reversed position, the hermit is a card of loneliness. It is isolation and not by choice. It may indicate that you are disconnected from your own truth. You need to seek the truth but you have refused to introspect. You are in darkness and unwilling to pay attention. It is time to stand up on your own two feet and start taking action.

If the hermit card appears in a reversed position in a love reading, it may indicate withdrawal and urge of being alone by a partner. It may also indicate a disconnection in communication. If you are single then you need to work on the situation that is pushing you to be alone. Fix the external elements and stand on your own two feet.

It is not a good card to get in a health reading. It may indicate mental health issues like it did in an upside position. You may have strong social anxiety and have cut yourself from people. It is a good time to see a health expert.

In a career reading, it may indicate that you feel left out and alone in the group activities at your workplace. It is time to face the challenges, face your fears and start making terms with your co-workers.

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