THE HERMIT Tarot Card Meaning and Interpretation

The Hermit tarot card presents as a solitary figure often holding a lantern and staff. He stands alone on a mountain top. His journey is into the world of the unconscious and the mystical.  The Hermit reaches his goal, which is often enlightenment. Retreating away from the world into the secure, lonely place of isolation allows him to do this.


THE HERMIT Tarot Card Meaning and Interpretation
THE HERMIT Tarot Card Meaning and Interpretation

The lantern he holds contains the six pointed Star of David. This is an ancient symbol of wisdom. This is what The Hermit seeks to attain. He carries the staff in his left hand, often a symbol of initiation into the higher realms. He uses his staff to achieve higher levels of awareness. This is different from The Magician tarot card  who bestows grace, virtue and light from heaven onto the earth communicating the gifts on the spirit to mankind.

The Hermit tarot card corresponds to the astrological sign of Virgo. This can often be used to determine timings in a tarot reading. The number 9, in numerology, signifies the end of a cycle. This will indicate completion, accomplishment and attainment of goals.

When The Hermit tarot card is present it indicates someone needs to take a time out from the world. And this allows them to assess their situation. It is not a time for communication in the outer world, but the inner world.


It’s a time for retrospection, self-reflection, meditation and prayer. The Hermit tells us we need to seek wisdom and gain knowledge. It’s time to take a pause in our daily activities before forging ahead. Lose yourself, and your worldly interests, so you can find God. This helps you gain introspection into your life.

Whe he is present in a tarot reading for love and relationships, it means one of people in the relationship are taking a time-out. It can mean someone has their back toward the other for a period of time to rebalance and reassess the relationship before moving forward.

It can also indicate someone is being ignored in a relationship depending on the other cards surrounding it.  The Hermit tarot card in a relationship reading can also indicate that the time for being alone is coming to an end if the person has been single for some time.

Originally posted on 02/03/2017 @ 2:05 pm

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