The Hermit Tarot Card – 9 – Everything I need is within me

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The Hermit Tarot Card DESCRIPTION: illustration, colors, and symbolism

  • The Hermit Tarot Card shows an old man holding a lantern in one hand and a staff in the other. A lantern is with a six-pointed star inside; it is the Seal of Solomon, a symbol of wisdom. A long staff is a sign of his power and authority, which he uses to guide and balance him. The Hermit stands at the very top of a snow-covered mountain. The mountain top represents his accomplishment, development, mastery, and success. He has chosen this path of self-discovery and, as a result, has reached a heightened state of awareness. The sky looks gloomy behind him. His grey garments represent the great possibilities that exist between black and white. The lantern only illuminates a small part of the path in front of him, instead of the full journey. The hermit must continue his journey step by step and accept that not everything will be revealed all at once.


  • The Hermit Tarot Card is numbered nine, the number that symbolizes sanctuary, contemplation, and self-awareness. The number reminds us that by allowing our own divine light to shine, we can change the world. Relates to: The South Node of the Moon (Karma, the residue of past lives)
  • Wikipedia: According to Eden Gray, his lantern is the Lamp of Truth, used to guide the unknowing, his patriarch’s staff helps him navigate narrow paths as he seeks enlightenment and his cloak is a form of discretion.

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A statement that represents The Hermit Tarot Card: Everything I need is within me.  I don’t need to look outside myself for answers

The Hermit Tarot Card meaning – in general

  • The Hermit Tarot Card indicates a period of personal growth and exploration. The Hermit represents wisdom earned by seeking the highest truth. Human connections are one of the most important parts of living. But, there are times when you must take a step back from others, rather than toward them. Most assume that this card has a negative connotation and represents uncomfortable feelings like loneliness. This can be true in reversed position. But, the Hermit truly represents taking back your power and living authentically. The Hermit Tarot Card reminds you of the value of time away from the hubbub of civic life, to relax the ego in communion with nature.

Is the Hermit tarot card good and what does it represent?

The  Hermit card meaning depends on is the card upright or reversed and what is its position towards other cards.

What does The Fool card mean – upright?

  • The Hermit Tarot Card indicates that looking for answers requires time alone. It requires introspection. It will require a lot of patience with self and letting go. This can seem a little scary at first. But, committing to a personal search for truth can be one of the most rewarding experiences. The Hermit is a seeker of the knowledge that comes from within. He searches for that which can only be gained with periods of solitude – the inner voice. To hear it, he must disconnect from the crowds. So, you need to be alone. Never be afraid to take this chance to reflect, as it could help you clear your mind. The hermit’s appearance in a reading can also indicate the appearance of someone who will come into your life and who will be your mentor. The beauty of this mentor is that, while he may be an expert in his own right, he will teach you how to find your answers within you. The Hermit can also indicate isolating yourself or withdrawing into yourself to recover from a difficult situation. This is a time to focus on yourself and meeting your own needs.

 The Hermit card meaning – reversed?

  • “Reversed tarot card” is a card that appears to be upside down from your angle of vision. When The Hermit Tarot Card is reversed, it represents all of the problematic sides of disconnecting from others. You may be feeling isolated or lonely. Or, you may have suffered a great loss and be struggling with sadness. There are a million other circumstances that can leave us feeling ‘out of touch. The Reversed Hermit wants you to know that you shouldn’t run from your problems or emotions. The advice you to avoid letting fear guide your steps. As difficult as it might seem, accepting reality and embracing your feelings will help you move forward. Also, when reversed, you are perhaps in a situation where you’d like to be alone; there is nothing wrong with that. like a man who gets lost in his dreams, the hermit may find himself stuck in a world of his own, alone, trapped, unreal. You must learn to balance your need for truth with connection to your fellow human. The Hermit reversed is telling you that it is time to come back to the world and the people around you. Taking time for soul-searching and self-reflection can be a great thing in moderation but too much can be damaging.

Questions and wishes for tarot cards

What does The Hermit card mean – LOVE?


  • If you have a question or a wish for Tarot cards about love: the Hermit isn’t a positive romance card. This doesn’t mean that it always means the ending of a relationship or singleness, although it can. Love requires all of us to truly know ourselves, our needs, our fears, and our insecurities. If you are single, make sure that you’re ready for a relationship. The Hermit tarot love meaning can signal that we may need some time alone to develop some insight about ourselves before forming a strong romantic relationship. Ask yourself: Do you struggle with seeking validation from others? Or do you have codependency or security issues? If you do, spend time correcting those. If you are in a relationship make sure that you are pouring just as much energy into yourself as you are your partner and family. Don’t get so lost in your marriage that you neglect the relationship with yourself. The Hermit upright can represent an older wiser partner. It can also suggest that you may need to make more of an effort to connect with your partner. It can indicate that you and your partner are too focused on doing your own thing rather than spending quality time together.


  • The reversed Hermit tarot love meaning can indicate a period of loneliness, one that is being forced on you. If you are single, the card reversed can indicate that you fear being left on the side. Or you feel you may have missed your opportunity to meet someone special. The Hermit in reverse can indicate that now is the time to start looking for love after being single for a long time. You need to put aside your fears and put yourself out there again.  If you have recently broken up with your partner the card can be a sign that you want to get back together. If you are in a relationship the card suggests that you may be feeling rejected by your partner. Or, It can indicate that you and your partner are so busy that you have no time to connect. This may lead you to feel lonely even though you are in a relationship. It can also suggest one person withdrawing from a relationship while the other is still trying to hold on to it. Someone may feel alone in the partnership, despite each person’s efforts. Now is the time to examine these dynamics and see whether you can extend a hand. Attention, care, and a strong dose of self-awareness may be needed to feel connected again.

The Hermit Tarot Card   and Money


  • If you have a question or a wish for tarot cards about money and Career: When The Hermit Tarot Card appears in money and career reading, it can suggest that you are too focused on working than you should be. Instead of being committed to material pursuits, you should search for balance. Take some time to decide if you are really happy with what you are doing. Right now, you are trying to understand what kind of work would give you joy on all levels. It can also indicate that you are wondering if you are in the right career. Financially, now is a time to be mature in your approach to money and investments.


  • Financially, now is a good time to seek the advice of a wiser person on investments or money. Don’t jump into things you don’t understand where the money is concerned.   Also,  you have come out of a period of contemplation on what material security and money mean to you, and you may be putting those insights to use. On the other hand, it can also be that your period of solitude can be extended further; you may choose to avoid working with others altogether. Being on your own may feel much less limiting at first, but make sure you continue to receive social support.

The Hermit Tarot Card  and Health

  • If you have a question or a wish for tarot cards about Health: the Hermit is a card focused on spirituality. the Hermit’s central message is to focus on spiritual enlightenment and connecting to your higher self by focusing inward. So, just focus on spiritual work through activities like meditation, connecting to spirit guides, and learning to work with crystals. This process will probably require isolating yourself a bit. This isn’t a bad thing. Once you raise your spiritual vibration, everything in your life will improve. This includes health, relationships, and finances.
  • Reversed: In a health context, The Hermit Tarot card reversed can be an indication of mental health issues such as all sorts of fears including agoraphobia and paranoia. It can also be a stronger warning than the upright card that you need to take time out to relax or your health may suffer.

​​Tarot Yoga

If you pulled The Hermit Tarot Card during your tarot reading, you should practice Paschimottanasan ; paschima meaning west, and uttana meaning stretch.  Other names: pinch, fold, and the forward band pose.

Yoga is an expression of body movement, breathing, meditation, and philosophy. Yoga and tarot heal the body by intersecting in multiple realms. They both create a bridge between your subconscious and conscious mind, use archetypes to reveal life lessons, work with the elements, serve as a guide for the appropriate practice, and help us cultivate our intuition and accomplish our life’s true self. Tarot cards comprise 78 images and qualities, dividing into 22 major arcana cards representing karmic lessons and 56 minor arcana cards representing day-to-day choices. Read more about TAROT YOGA.

About Tarot

Tarot cards are a form of divination, which means working with the divine, or your higher self, which is the ultimate purpose of tarot cards, just like yoga. The tarot is in essence a soul map, a deep psychological guide to self-empowerment. Playing with Tarot cards is a conversation with your higher self. The cards always work. It’s not magic—tarot cards are a sacred mirror. There are now thousands of types of tarot decks. A traditional deck has 22 Major Arcana (or trumps) which are archetypal images. There are 56 Minor Arcana cards, and sixteen Court or Personality cards; the Kings, Queens, Princes, and Pages. There are four elements or suits: Fire, Earth, Air, and Water, with 10 cards in each. Above all, there are no inherently negative cards. Below is The World Tarot Card Meaning: love, health, money, and Yoga. See also our Free Online Tarot Readings , like popular Yes or No tarot, and 3 cards tarot.

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