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Everyday Tarot Deck
Upright: Soul-searching, introspection, being alone, inner guidance
Reversed: Isolation, loneliness, withdrawal
The Hermit stands alone on the top of a mountain with a lantern in his hand. The snow-capped mountain range symbolises the Hermit’s spiritual achievement, growth and accomplishment. He has chosen this path of self-discovery and, as a result, has reached a heighted state of awareness.
In his right hand, he holds a lantern that has a six-pointed star inside; it is the Seal of Solomon, a symbol of wisdom. As the Hermit walks his path, the lantern lights the way; but it only reveals his next few steps rather than the full journey. He must continue to step forward in order to see where to go next, knowing that not everything will be revealed at once. In his left hand, the side of the subconscious mind, he holds a long staff (a sign of his power and authority) which he uses to guide and balance him.
NOTE: The Tarot card meaning description is based on the Rider Waite cards.
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The Hermit indicates that you are taking a break from everyday life so that you can bring your energy and attention inward and find the answers you seek, deep within your soul. You realise that your deepest sense of truth and knowledge is within yourself and not in the distractions of the outside world. You leave behind the mundane to set off on a journey of self-discovery, lead only by your inner wisdom and guiding light. This is the perfect time to go on weekend retreat or on a sacred pilgrimage, so that you can fully contemplate your motivations, personal values and principles and get closer to who you really are.
The Hermit invites you to enjoy this time alone so that you can retreat further into your private world and experience a deep sense of seclusion and introspection. You know that you need to take this journey alone; or at the very least, with a small, intimate group of spiritually-minded people. When you allow yourself to fully tune in to your inner, guiding light, you will hear the answers you need to hear and you will grow wise beyond your years. Find your light, shine it on your soul and create your special path. You will also start to see what lies ahead of you; not miles upon miles, but enough to know where to step next. From there, it is a matter of feeling out what comes next, taking one step at a time.
The Hermit often appears when you are at a pivotal point in your life and considering a new direction. There comes the point in life when you begin to question the status quo, and seek out deeper meaning in life. Through meditation, contemplation, and self-examination, you may begin to re-evaluate your personal goals and change your overall direction. You will look at your life with a deeper, more spiritual understanding and will begin to change some of your priorities as a result.
The Hermit represents the desire to turn away from a consumerist or materialistic society to focus on the inner world. Have you ever seen the movie or read the book, Into the Wild? After graduating from university, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandons his possessions, gives his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness alone. Whilst his story has a sad and tragic ending, his journey into the wild is similar to the Hermit’s, who seeks answers within and knows that they will come only with quiet and solitude.
Finally, the Hermit may appear in your life as a spiritual mentor who is here to raise your vibration and enhance your consciousness. 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 own answers within.
The reversed Hermit can go one of two ways. You are either not taking enough time for personal reflection, or you are taking too much. If you are struggling to connect more deeply with your spiritual self, the Hermit reversed encourages you to create more time and space so that you can meditate and reflect on your spiritual self. It is time to go deeper into your inner being and rediscover your greater meaning and purpose on this earth. You may have been so busy dealing with the day-to-day issues that you have forgotten to reflect inwardly and listen to your inner voice. The Hermit asks you to search deep within your soul to help you find your way again and to focus on rebuilding yourself on a spiritual level.
If you have already been spending a lot of time reflecting on your inner self, then the appearance of the reversed Hermit may suggest that you are spending too much time alone in excessive isolation. You are becoming a literal hermit and cutting yourself off from others. While this period is helping you on a spiritual level, you may be feeling temporarily isolated and alone. Do not underestimate the value of staying connected with others, even while you are going through your spiritual journey. Be mindful, too, of other people’s needs. You do not want to become so absorbed in yourself and your personal dilemmas that you shut out your family and friends.
In a relationship reading, the reversed Hermit can indicate unwelcome isolation. For example, one person may want to be alone or may be withdrawing from the relationship, while the other person wants to deepen the connection. You will need to respect each other’s request for space but also be there to support as appropriate. Alternatively, the idea of being alone and on your own is so daunting and unappealing at this time that you do everything in your power to stay together. Even if there are challenges in the relationship, you both do not want to be apart from each other as separation will only bring a feeling of emptiness. It is almost too soon to be apart and you still both want to work things out together. If you have separated already, then the Hermit reversed may indicate that you are ready to explore a reconnection as you have found that you have had long enough on your own.