The Hermit Card Meaning
The Hermit Card meaning: It’s time for some careful consideration, introspection and maybe a bit of time on your own. Don’t be too hasty. The Hermit can also represent a refusal to accept advice when help would be beneficial.
Tarot card number: 9
Astrological sign: Virgo
Positive associations with this tarot card: introspection, solitude, guidance, advice, patience
Negative associations with this tarot card: obstinacy, suspiciousness, fear, impatience, folly, arrogance
When The Hermit appears in a reading he symbolises a need for careful consideration of issues and possibly a desire for peace and quiet and solitude. He warns against making hasty decisions and recommends taking advice from someone you trust before making any decisions. Concerning health, The Hermit indicates a time of convalescence and rest. Negatively The Hermit can imply arrogance and obstinacy, suspiciousness, and a refusal to accept advice when help would be beneficial. Other negative aspects of this card are impatience leading to bad decisions and loneliness.
The Hermit stands alone on a mountain top, lantern in hand, awaiting seekers of knowledge. The Hermit has attained his spiritual pinnacle and is ready to share his knowledge. The astrological correspondence for this card is Virgo, detail-oriented, strong analytical faculties, perfectionism. The number 9 signifies accomplishment, wisdom, the attainment of goals, as well as the search for truth. The rune is Perdhro. The star in the lantern is a 6-pointed star, the Seal of Solomon, a symbol of wisdom. The lantern is the Lamp of Truth containing the star of wisdom. The staff he carries is the patriarch’s staff, a symbol of the narrow path of initiation. The snow at his feet represents the heights of spiritual attainment. He wears the grey cloak of invisibility. His secrets are not for everyone, only for those earnestly seeking them, and willing to climb the heights to wisdom. Meditating on this archetype teaches you to honour the wisdom within yourself. Through meditation and visualisation, the Hermit allows you to get in touch with the inherent wise person within yourself.
The Hermit represents the need/desire to turn away from the distractions of the everyday world in order to focus on the inner world. He seeks answers within and knows they will only come with quiet and solitude. Sometimes we come to a point in life when we begin to question the obvious, sensing that there is a deeper reality, and we begin to search for it. This search is mainly a solitary quest because the answers do not lie in the external world, but within ourselves.
In readings, the Hermit often suggests a need for time alone, a period of reflection when distractions are limited, in order to search for our own inner truths. During times of high energy and action, he stands for the still centre that must be created for balance. This may also be a time of seeking of all kinds, so the Hermit can stand for guidance as well, help from wise teachers or spirit guides, a time to begin an in depth study on a subject of interest to you. Meditation, contemplation, self-examination, and re-evaluation of life’s goals may be important at this time. There are times when the Hermit can represent spending too much time alone, excessive isolation, literally becoming a hermit and cutting yourself off from too much human contact.
Being introspective; focusing inward; concentrating lesson the senses; needing to understand; searching; going on a personal quest; desiring a new direction; receiving/giving guidance; learning/teaching; seeking solitude; desiring stillness; withdrawing from the world; giving up distractions.
There is a need to withdraw within yourself for the purpose of thinking about all that is happening in your life thus far. You must ensure that you have solid plans for every possible situation which may arise. Want to change your destiny or get back together with the one who’s been estranged. You will attain that which you are seeking.
The Hermit is the wise spirit within. He, like the Fool, stands at the edge of a precipice on the peak of a barren mountain. But unlike the innocent, naive Fool who carelessly steps over the edge, the Hermit holds the staff of wisdom in one hand and a light in the other to give direction to those who do not know the way. The Hermit is the ancient spirit which lives within us through the existence of the Collective Unconscious, the universal mind which guides us through the darkness with its clear light.
Introspection. You need to develop the true power of a master. To do so, be content to be alone or with only those on your level. Do not waste time and energy on those not ready or not worthy. Introspection is required for self-mastery.
The traditional hermit is a crusty, bearded character who has withdrawn from the company of men to live a life of seclusion and hardship. Card 9 supports this understanding. 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. There comes a point in life when we begin to question the obvious. We sense that there is a deeper reality and begin to search for it. This is mainly a solitary quest because answers do not lie in the external world, but in ourselves.
The Hermit, ruled by Virgo, is the seeker reflecting on the varied experiences he has had during his long sojourn in life. His consciousness has moved inward and he realises that the truth he has sought is truly in himself and not in the distractions of the outside world. The Hermit has learned to help others with love and compassionate detachment. He has gone beyond the point of being critical and is able to see that the varied paths people choose for themselves all lead to the Great Spirit. He no longer needs to convince others of what they should do; for that matter, he does not have to speak very much. He is at a point of needing to be silent and allowing his light to shine. Through his example, those who come in his vicinity may realise that they, too, can shine their lights without fear.
You’ve reached a point in your evolution where you should know that you don’t have to have all the answers or know the future in advance, in order to ward off failure. Reservations and distrustful thoughts are barriers that stand between you and the Source, and they must be worn down and eliminated.
You will become more aware of at least one great opportunity. It may not come in the form you expect. If you are alert, open-minded and willing to cooperate, you will get your wish. The time to meet a great play-mate, and maybe even your soul-mate, may be here.
Hastiness, imprudence, unreasoning caution or fear, emotional immaturity. Withdrawal from one’s problems with no constructive plans.
Choose a book that you feel had guided you with wisdom and insight in the past. Hold it in your lap. Place in a bowl earth or stones from a nearby path or road. upon its surface sprinkle a pinch of golden glitter dust. Light a blue candle. Now quietly open the book to any page. Read it where your eyeballs fall first. You will find the guidance you have requested.
Thanks for reading,
Psychic Madeline Rose
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