03 July 2014

All About the Hermit Tarot

The Hermit tarot
The Ermit or Hermit tarot card is the 9th arcanum in the major lame deck. It is a card with a lot of different meanings that all relate to loneliness, thought and wisdom. It is not a negative card although it is not the most positive one either. Let's say that we can consider a mid-way card.

The Hermit relates to the inner you

The drawing is the one of an old man. He is dressed in a long cape of which the back is the one of a poor man and the inside is the one of a wealthy person. He also carries a lantern. He must get help from a cane in order to walk - this confirms that he is quite old.

If you take a closer look at the picture you will also notice that the Hermit walks with caution, he looks where his feet are and what they are doing. He makes sure he will not fall in any kind of trap.

The two different types of clothing you notice on his cape mean that the Hermit is more interested with the value of the inner wealth (the one that your soul is provided with) than to exhibition of wealth. This tarot card will thus relate more to the inner you than people around you and things that you own or want to own.

The 9th tarot card's meaning in a spread

When spread in its normal position, the card stands for contemplation, caution, protection, meditation, preservation and reflexion. However it may also relate to cynism...

When spread upside down, the card has an entirely different meaning that is quite negative! It may mean selfishness, greed, indolence and the planning of dishonest actions.

When spread during a psychic reading and in a favorable position or place, this card will let your consultant know about the importance of reflexion in the situation  the person is asking for that reading. This can also mean that the person must seriously think about any action she plans to do in the future: reflexion, patience and time are the keywords for you to read that card correctly.

If this arcanum is spread in a negative position or upside down, it just confirms that the situation will not evolve. Things may be blocked somewhere in your consultant's life. Now the consultant might also not be eager to take action in order to change things. Last but not the least, the consultant's associates/friends/boyfriend may also be lacking of passion, action and courage.

Life-like spread using the Hermit tarot card

Let's say that your client is a woman who applied for a new job and did not receive any reply yet. She knows that other applicants are men and that the world doesn't give as many chances to women than to men. Thus she wants to know as to whether she is going to get the job or not. We will use the simple cross for a quick answer.

We shuffle the cards and spread four of them:

Left: The Magician
Right: The Hermit
Top: The Temperance
Bottom: The Sun

The Magician allows us to tell our consultant that the employer knows that she has the needed skills for the job. He really knows that she IS the right person.

However, the Hermit says that the employer is a misogynist and that he does not want a woman to take the position. Because it is also a card of time, the answer may take some additional days and even weeks before being sent to the applicant.

On top we have the Temperance that symbolizes our consultant who is expecting communication from the company and the human resource department.

At the bottom, we have the Sun as the answer: despite the employer's misogyny, he is going to hire our consultant. If we add more cards we could even learn why... Chances are that it is because she is the only one qualified for the job despite the fact that the employer interviewed dozens of men.

We will cover even more meanings of the Hermit tarot card in another article so as to provide you with more in-depth information about it.