The Hermit Tarot Card Meaning – Upright and Reversed

Next in our series of Major Arcana tarot card meanings is The Hermit. Keep reading to discover what it means when The Hermit tarot card shows up in your spread.

IX – The Hermit

Ruler: Virgo

Just like a hermit secludes himself living a life of seclusion and cloistered away from the world so is the implications of the Hermit card when it falls in a spread. We see the lone hermit with a light to guide him. This is the light of mans spiritual self shining as he walks alone.

IX - The Hermit - Major Arcana

The Hermit Tarot Card Meaning

The Hermit Upright

When we see the Hermit card either the person is living as a hermit or needs to take heed of the wisdom of the Hermit, and slow down.

When the Hermit appears in a reading he symbolizes the need for careful consideration of issues. It also implies that the person is in need of rest; including peace and quiet. If there is a health consideration the Hermit card is saying it is a time to rest and convalesce.

The Hermit card represents introspection and solitude. The person is looking for inner and spiritual answers as guidance. The person is in need of caution and prudence as well as discretion in their lives.

This card in a spread can also indicate a need to reach one’s inner resources. It is time to stand back and reflect on circumstances when this card shows up in a spread. The Hermit warns about making hasty decisions and recommends that if a decision is needed, make it only after taking some direction from a trusted source.

The Hermit Reversed

When we see the Hermit reversed it means this person is impatient and because of this impatience, has a tendency to make bad decisions. It also implies that this person is arrogant and obstinate.

The person is suspicious or creates suspicion with his behavior. They also refuses to heed advice and accept assistance.

The Hermit in reverse indicates a person who is highly suspicious of others, however this suspicion is not usually grounded with substantial reasons to doubt another’s motivates.

There is a continuation of unhealthy habits and lifestyle that is not productive. Depending on the spread and surrounding cards; the person relies on their own resources which are not adequate.

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