What does the hermit tarot card mean?

Main image for The Hermit

The hermit is part of the Major Arcana deck of tarot cards.

Card IX

True to his name, the Hermit stands alone, isolated from the world and everybody else. He is usually high on a mountaintop, signalling his accomplishments and connection to the spiritual world. He holds a lantern with a six-pointed star, the sign of wisdom. He is on a journey of self-discovery and the lantern leads him through the darkness to enlightenment.


Drawing the Hermit suggests that you are currently taking some time out of your busy schedule, or you definitely need to soon. Now is a time for practicing some self-care and give your mind, body, and spirit time to rest and recuperate. The outside world is noisy with the opinions of others and at this time, you simply need quiet so that you can look within and reflect on your deepest hopes and dreams. You possibly have a big decision to make and to do this you need to allow yourself to consider all of the information and the consequences of the different choices you could make, and what these would mean for your life.

Reverse Meaning

In reverse, the Hermit has two different meanings, and it depends on the other cards in the deck which one is relevant to you. The first is that you are in dire need of some alone time. You are caught up in the noise of the world around you and are busy with endless responsibilities of daily life and these things are keeping you from time to simply sit down and think. You need to find some time to shut yourself off and simply enjoy reflecting on yourself and your life. On the flipside, this may be a warning that you are spending too much time alone and are at risk of cutting yourself off from your loved ones if you carry on. Too much reflection and not enough action is not good. It’s time to get back out there and put all of those ideas and plans to good use.

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