Card 9: The Hermit

Meaning of the Hermit Tarot Cards

This card usually depicts an older person, typically male, dressed for travelling. He has on a thick cloak and carries a walking stick in one hand and a lantern in the other.

The Hermit Upright Meaning

The Hermit is in search of wisdom that can only be found when you take a step back from the world. This can represent a person who has moved away from surface distractions to get more in tune with their inner wisdom. Or it can mean that there is a need to distance yourself from things so you can get clarity about a situation. Henry David Thoreau at Walden pond is a great example of this energy.

The Hermit Upright Keywords: wisdom, clearing your head, getting some space, silence, healthy boundaries

The Hermit Reversed Meaning

Reversed, the introspection of the Hermit can turn into navel gazing. You might have put yourself in a situation where you are in an echo chamber, stunting any possibility of growth because you won’t let new information in. This sort of mental and emotional isolation can also have the effect of concentrating any bad traits as well. Think about the bitterness of Miracle Max in The Princess Bride before his wife chided him to act.

The Hermit Reversed Keywords: overly introverted, living in a bubble, isolated,bitter loneliness, refusal to seek outside views

Learn More About What The Hermit Tarot Card Means

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