The Hermit Tarot Card Meanings

The Hermit

The Hermit tarot is the ninth Major Arcana card. It’s one of the more well-known cards and has been used frequently in popular culture. The Hermit has an easily identifiable meaning; loneliness, introspection, wisdom, but also further meanings can be drawn; hermeticism, mysticism, and realisation.

Below, you will find details of the meanings of The Hermit. But first…

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The Hermit in a sentence

The Hermit represents Introspection, Solitude, and Retreat.

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The Hermit in a time-based position

Past – This tarot card card in the Past position represents prior solitude and rest after a long journey. You might have learned a big life lesson recently and you need time alone now to reflect. Spending time to ourselves is good, even if this isn’t what we want. Sometimes we desire friendship, companionship, and relationships. Surviving through times of loneliness makes us stronger and more interesting as people. You have time to become yourself, and not be influenced by others.

Present – The Hermit tarot in the present position means you’ve got to look within for answers. You know all you need, you just need to contemplate for a short amount of time. Like an ancient astronomer trying to work out the fabric of the universe; you have all the tools you need, you just need to work on your own thoughts and perception. Many great discoveries were made by people on their own, through the lack of distraction in their lives, they were able to concentrate fully on their tasks.

Future – The Hermit in the future position means one of two things. You could have thought about what is troubling you for long enough to make a realisation and go on with your life, or you might be reaching this point very soon.

The Hermit in regards to life issues

Work / Education – The Hermit card in regards to work or education means you need to hunker down and get on with it. You’ve learned the theory, now is time to put it into practice. Look to work on your own in the near future, if the option allows.

Romance – This tarot card is not a good card to draw from the major arcana in regards to romance . It might not be the right time to pursue any romantic relationships right now. If you are in a relationship, consider spending a bit more time apart than usual. The Hermit is not a great sign when it comes to love, so try not to pursue anything, but remember that this time will pass.

Friends – The Hermit tarot card in regards to friendship means much the same as romance. Working with like-minded people on a similar wavelength will always be good. Remind yourself not to push yourself to socialise if you do not feel the need to.

Money – The Hermit tarot card in regards to wealth means that things will be much the same now as the near future. You have bigger things to worry about than finances.

Health – The Hermit could mean a few things in regards to health. If something is worrying you, and has for ages, be careful not to act like a hermit and not mention it to anybody. This could be a physical or mental problem you’re having. Talk about it and get a second opinion from somebody you trust.

Spirituality and Mentality – The Hermit card shows it is a good time to think about spirituality. Soul searching and self-reflecting are things to consider doing. Alone, The Hermit exists to focus on his desires.

The Hermit in Reverse – Major Arcana

In reverse, this tarot card asks you to consider your actions. You may feel you wish to be alone, but think if this might hurt somebody else. Sometimes we desire solitude when it is not needed. Do not run away from your problems. Too much solitude can be a problem too. We exist as social creatures, and to spend too much time alone can be very damaging.

Keywords for The Hermit

Solitude, wisdom, introspection, contemplating, review

Other associations of The Hermit

Element: Earth

Astrology: Virgo

As a Yes or No question:  Yes

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Article Info

Date: Feb 24, 2015
Amelie Rose Estrela is a gifted psychic and lead author for tarot-explained. She has written many articles on a variety of topics within the spirituality niche, including Psychics & Mediums, Tarot & Angel Readings, Love & Relationships, Spells & Magic and Astrology & Horoscopes (the topic of her e-book).
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