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Hermit Tarot Card Meanings
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Hermit Tarot Card Meanings

The Hermit tarot card meaning

Card Number: IX the Hermit Arcana (9)

The Hermit upright

annulment, tendency to withhold emotion, fear of discovery. Counsel, knowledge, solicitude, prudence, discretion, caution, vigilance, circumspection, self denial, withdrawal, regression,

The Hermit Reversed

advice, failure caused by dullness, over prudence resulting in Imprudence, hastiness, rashness, prematurity, incorrect unnecessary delay.

The Hermit. It basically suggests that Querent may need some time off to himself/herself, which is what i really need now. Sometimes, when the world gets too insane, one just need some time off to clear thoughts. It sounds intiuitive but pretty hard to achieve in today’s fast-paced society.

Tarot Symbol

There is a robed man or a monk who is carrying a lantern. The background is a barren landscape.

Tarot Story

Hermit tarotThe Fool had been busy with his life and has built, created, fought and compromised. He feels very tired and need to retreat.He started living in a small and rustic home in the woods where he reads and hides. Every night, he set out and travel across the bare landscape and carries only a staff and a lantern.

The walks may have seen restless and without purposes. However, the Fool can see and realize things he had missed out in his life. He begins to discover things he never knew existed. In this manner, he becomes the Fool again as he was in the beginning

Tarot meaning

This tarot card basically indicates that this is not a time for mixing around with people and instead there is a desire for peace and solitude. It is also the time to think and organize thoughts. The Hermit represents a wise person who can be a friend or teacher of the Querent. These people may help the Querent find what he or she has been seeking.

The Hermit is depicted as a person who’s moving along. The Hermit is never locked away in a confined space or cell but rather is left to wander. The tarot card encourages the Querent to go ahead and have his or her own time off to himself or herself. This period of self-reflection will be time well-spent.

What is your interpretation of this card? Let us know below even if its the same card but is in a different tarot deck.


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Heidi Post

An old man in a grey robe stands facing left in this card. His robe has
a hood and long baggy sleeves. He wears grey shoes. The man’s hair,
mostly hidden under his hood, is white, as is his long beard.

In his right hand he holds up a lamp. In it is a Star of David that
glows to illuminate the Hermit’s path. In his left hand he holds a large
staff. The Hermit’s head is bent down, looking at the ground in front of
his feet.

He is standing on a snow covered flat mountain peak. We see some more
peaks in the distance. They do not rise above the Hermit, so it can be
assumed that he is on the highest peak.

LBW:- Counsel, knowledge, solicitude, prudence, discretion, caution,
vigilance, circumspection, self denial, withdrawal, regression,
annulment, tendency to withhold emotion, fear of discovery.

Reversed:- Imprudence, hastiness, rashness, prematurity, incorrect
advice, failure caused by dullness, over prudence resulting in
unnecessary delay.

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Lori Launier

As has been noted in other discussions of trump number 9, the antique decks oft times depict an elderly man with an hourglass, the symbology of which is hard to miss.

With the advent of the occult tarot and the fashion of using the tarot as an initiatory tool both the symbology and the meaning of the card were altered.

The Rider-Waite Hermit set the standard for modern and even the majority of postmodern decks.

Incised into one of the archways at Delphi was the admonition “Know Thyself”. That is a succinct key phrase for this Hermit.

Personal will can be described philosophically as the faculty of mind that is alleged to stimulate motivation of purposeful activity. The Hermit is the concentration of personal will, his motivation and his purpose is to fully and completely know who he is, how he fits into the order of the universe, and where he is going as well as where he has been.

In the occult decks the Hermit is placed at number nine, the end of a numerical sequence, thus the Hermit is the culmination of everything that has come before: he is the Fool, and all the experiences of the Fool are brought together in this moment. Jason Lotterhand(2) said that the Fool is the youthful eagerness that reaches out and grasps at life and the Hermit is the aspect of that life that is old and wise.

The eager youth and the wise elder are not mutually exclusive. When we exert our personal will and come to fully know who we are, the aspects of eagerness and wisdom act hand in hand with us and for us, one never outweighing or outdistancing the other.

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