What Does the Hermit Card Mean?
introspection ~ withdrawing ~ self-exploration
Tarot Card Meanings for the Hermit
- Keywords for the Hermit
- Introspection, contemplation, wanting or finding solitude, private self-reflection, seeking enlightenment & spiritual experiences, meditation, being discreet, privacy, home study, withdrawing from society, patience, self-exploration, therapy/counseling, self-help.
- The Hermit Reversed
- Withdrawing from loved ones, turning your back on someone, being isolated, feeling out in the cold, self-absorption, a social misfit, loneliness, exile, being silenced, sadness.
- The Hermit as People
- Hermits, spiritual seekers, mountain climbers, extreme sportsmen, cave/pothole explorers, archaeologists, historians, philosophers, shaman, witch doctors, natural healers.
Correspondences for the Hermit
|Hebrew Letter||י – Yod|
|Aug 22 – Sept 23|
|Related to 18, the Moon|
The Hermit as a Daily Tarot Oracle Card
Oracle Message: All the answers you seek are within you.*
You will find yourself questioning everything today. What am I doing? Is this the right path? Where should I go from here? The Hermit is card of spiritual enlightenment, the search and achievement of it. In our mundane lives, he asks us to stop for a moment and take stock and ask those far reaching questions. The ones we don’t always want to ask because we don’t always like the answer. Often they are thing things we don’t want to face or face up to.
The Hermit’s lantern is our friend in our own darkness. Not only does it light up the dark corners we’d rather not look in, it also shines the light so we can find our way back again. He provides the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel and asks us not to be afraid. Even in the dark, the Hermit is with us to guide us. We are never alone.
Spiritually speaking, the Hermit indicates an attainment of spiritual liberation if not enlightenment itself. If you’re feeling stuck on your spiritual journey, ask the Hermit to shine his light for you so you may see the way clearly. If you feel lost in anyway, meditate with this card so you may find your way again
Simple Truths are Found in the Hermit
*Quotes like this are often attributed to Rumo, the Sufi mystic, the Buddha, the Hindu Atman and many other spiritual teachers. They all follow the same theme, summed up by the spiritual element of the Hermit.
To understand life, people, events and situations, no matter who or how many are involved, always requires us to look within for the answers to the questions we ask. To not ask about our own part, even when we feel like the victim, is to only do half the work. Don’t look for blame or what you did wrong per se, look for what you could have done differently, to have obtained a better outcome or to feel better about your part in what happened.