The Hermit is one of the Major Arcana cards, so it is talking about overarching themes or lessons in your life. The Hermit is the 9th card in the Fool’s Journey through the tarot.
As the name suggests, the Hermit card is often about spending some time alone, away from the influence of others. It can also signify a time of introspection, searching for something (usually answers).
I often find it means something of a “dark night of the soul”, and taking the time to deal with your own sh!t – all the skeletons in the closet and the shadows, the things that you’ve hidden away in the dark. The positive aspect to this card is that once you’ve done that, and come through the other side, you will have more light to shine.
Depending on where it falls and what your intuition tells you, this card could also mean that it’s time to leave your cave of isolation and get out in the world. Perhaps it’s time to share what you’ve learned through your trials and tribulations – there are people out there waiting to hear the message that you have to share with the world!
This card depicts an older man, dressed in grey and well-worn clothes. He’s been out of the world for quite some time. He’s wearing a red scarf. Red is the color of courage, as well as the root chakra. It takes a certain amount of courage to walk your own path and take your own advice. As the root chakra color, it signifies that he’s not as concerned about the material world – he trusts that his needs will be taken care of, and he can take care of himself.
The Hermit is walking out of a cave. A cave is a symbol of the unconscious, and also the womb. Emerging from a cave can symbolize a rebirth, the beginning of something new.
A cave can also be a hiding place for buried treasure or a dragon’s hoard. There can be amazing rewards for delving into the depths. It is not without risks, however. To get the dragon’s hoard you have to defeat (or outsmart!) the dragon.
The other thing that comes to mind with the cave is Plato’s allegory of the cave. True enlightenment comes from breaking free of the limitations of your own perceptions, expanding your mind and your awareness.
The Hermit has a walking stick that is illuminated at the tip. This shows that he is able to be his own light in dark times.
In the background of the card is a pyramid, a symbol of ascension and manifestation. They are strong and stable, able to withstand the tests of time.
The cat that accompanies the Hermit is a protector. Cats were thought to be guardians of the Underworld, with a knowledge and wisdom far beyond all appearances. They were considered sacred in Egypt.
Cats are curious and patient. It will take a genuine sense of curiosity to dive into your shadows, and patience to stick with the process until you come through the other side.
What do you see in the Hermit tarot card?
Mary and Katana