The hermit, major arcana, tarot cards




  • thinking things over
  • focusing inward
  • concentrating less on the senses
  • quieting yourself
  • looking for answers within
  • needing to understand
  • seeking greater understanding
  • looking for something
  • wanting the truth at all costs
  • going on a personal quest
  • needing more
  • desiring a new direction
  • going to/being a mentor
  • accepting/offering wise counsel
  • learning from/being a guru
  • turning to/being a trusted teacher
  • being helped/helping
  • needing to be alone
  • desiring stillness
  • withdrawing from the world
  • experiencing seclusion
  • giving up distractions
  • retreating into a private world

OPPOSING CARDS: Some Possibilities

  • Lovers - being in a relationship, sexuality
  • World - involvement with the world
  • Two of Cups - making connections, partnerships
  • Three of Cups - being in a group, being with others
  • Nine of Cups - sensual pleasure

REINFORCING CARDS: Some Possibilities

  • High Priestess - looking inward, withdrawing
  • Four of Cups - withdrawing, being introverted
  • Eight of Cups - searching for deeper meaning
  • Four of Swords - contemplating, being quiet
  • Seven of Swords - being alone, staying away from others


The Hermit represents the desire to turn away from the getting and spending of society to focus on the inner world. He seeks answers within and knows that they will come only with quiet and solitude.

The hermit on Card 9 reminds us of Diogenes, the Greek ascetic who is said to have gone out with a lantern in hand to search for an honest man. Diogenes is a symbol of the search for truth that the Hermit hopes to uncover by stripping away all diversions.

In readings, the Hermit often suggests a need for time alone - a period of reflection when distractions are limited. In times of action and high energy, he stands for the still center that must be created for balance. He can also indicate that withdrawal or retreat is advised for the moment. In addition, the Hermit can represent seeking of all kinds, especially for deeper understanding or the truth of a situation.

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