The Hermit, from the Phantasmagoric Theater Tarot by Graham Cameron, sits in a meditative pose upon a floating disk surrounded by flying question marks. The yellow and orange hues of The Hermit’s robes and his seat are reflections of his close ally, The Strength card. I always get the feeling that The Hermit has flown to this location from his home, which is high on the mountain behind him. Beneath him is some sort of landing pad and he will descend as soon as The Fool arrives to seek his guidance and wisdom. Not only does he have the right answers, but he also knows the correct questions to ask.
The number of The Hermit is Nine, his direction is North, and his element is Earth. His sun sign is Virgo and he is ruled by the planet Mercury. The solitude and peace of this card offers our hero, The Fool, a chance to relax and meditate upon everything he/she has learned from the first eight guides along their adventure through life. This is The Fool’s opportunity to gain strength through silence to prepare for the next phase.
Graham Cameron says:
“Ahead of us lies an open stage, a landscape of uncharted territory. This unknown open land is inhabited by The Hermit, who is here to seek enlightenment. It is important for each of us to experience silence and listen to our inner voices. The Phantasmagoric Theater has closed and we must learn to make use of this valuable time to grow. The Hermit transports us to a new landmark, allowing us to look more deeply within ourselves. A time of meditation is upon us. The Hermit represents a time for self-inquiry.”
In her book The Secret Tarot, Jany Lyle says this about The Hermit:
“The Hermit, who symbolizes withdrawal from the world, is the last care before the first turning point of the tarot, signified by the Wheel of Fortune, Nine is also the last whole number, representing the culmination of a cycle. Ruled by Virgo, sign of service and solitude, The Hermit is a wise guide who beckons The Fool – leading him or her towards the inner worlds to come.”
In the upright position, The Hermit signifies a need for: introspection solitude, withdrawal that brings about inner change, discretion (this is not the time to share your thoughts, plans, or decisions with others), intuition, and a wise guide (friend, teacher, therapist, psychic, or inspirational friend) who is supportive and positive.
In the reversed position, The Hermit represents a need to slow down and take stock, a period of stagnation, difficulty in connecting with others, lack of communication, stubbornness, ignoring wise advice, and/or taking poor advice. The Hermit can be lonely when it is reversed, but this is only a temporary state of affairs.
When I draw this card for myself, I understand that there is a need to slow down and give myself a break from furious activity. The answers will come if I let them. In a relationship reading, The Hermit indicates a temporary withdrawal to seek clarification and personal understanding.
Wishing you clarity and peace of mind,
About the Author:
Having grown up in a family that appreciated and encouraged psychic abilities, I have read the cards most of my life. My readings are non-judgemental & delivered with compassion & caring. I have 21 years experience as a professional crisis counselor & have offered readings on Keen.com since early 2001.