General Interpretation and Meaning of The Hermit - Upright & Reversed

by astrology valley Sep 27 2021

The Hermit card depicts a man in his old age standing by himself at the mountaintop while carrying a lantern in one hand and a staff held in the other hand. The mountain symbolizes achievement, success, and growth.  


The Hermit card represents the proportion of spiritual wisdom that he gained, and he is ready to spread this wisdom to everyone. He is committed to his goals and is completely aware of the path on which he is going. In the interior of the lantern, a six-pointed star can be seen, it is known as the Seal of Solomon.  The lantern shines brightly but only shows a small part of the path which he is taking. It represents that everything cannot be revealed at the same time. He is wearing grey clothes and behind him, the sky looks shadowy, these two symbolizes the vast possibilities that live between white and black. The mountain represents his accomplishments which he achieved alone. The staff hold by him symbolizes power and control.  

General Interpretation and Meaning of the Upright Hermit 

In a general context, an upright Hermit Tarot card represents that you are undertaking the path of soul searching, self-awareness, and spiritual awareness. You may notice that you some time alone to obtain an extensive comprehension of yourself, to detach yourself from the daily responsibilities, in order to find your real spiritual self, examine your existence, your command in life, or your ethics. The Hermit tarot card also indicates that you are isolating yourself or retreating into your mind in order to recuperate from an undesirable situation. This card can represent that you are going through an unsociable phase where you do not want the company of others anymore. The Hermit is an intelligent, sensible, and enlightened man and he can indicate someone seeking the help of a psychiatrist or counselor. It is an indication to concentrate on yourself and fulfill your own wants and needs. 


Love & Relationships (Upright) 

Love, one of the greatest mysteries of life, can be our great teacher. It teaches us to truly identify ourselves, our wants, our insecurities, and our fears. In a love Tarot reading, the hermit can indicate that we need some alone time in order to gain cognizance of ourselves before establishing a strong and beautiful relationship with another person. This time can make you feel a bit lonely but it will help you find the right path to finding the love that you deserve. If you are in a relationship, this card can indicate that you and your partner need do this soul-searching process together.  


Both of you may need to find what you expect from this relationship and what makes you happy. The talks, in the beginning, may become uncomfortable but they will establish a strong foundation to handle the future.  

Money & Career Interpretation (Upright) 

In a career Tarot reading, the appearance of the Hermit in an upright position can indicate that you may be devoting some of your time pondering what you want from your career currently. You may be thinking that the path you are going on currently may not be giving the desired results. At this moment, you might be figuring out what kind of work will satisfy you at all levels. If you are seeking a career because of money or financial security, then these qualifications are not enough for you anymore. It can represent that you are finding your purpose or something that pulls you closer to your purpose.  

In a financial Tarot spread, this card can indicate that you have started to realize that right now money is not bringing you any kind of happiness. This might be a great time to focus less on material things and focus more on finding the things that fulfill you.  


Health Interpretation (Upright) 

In a health context, the Hermit indicates that you are knocking yourself out which may be leading to health issues. It can represent that you are not even taking a minute to pause. The Hermit recommends you to take time out for yourself and reboot else your health will suffer. Taking even a few minutes a day to practice meditation or to clear your head and listen to what your body says will hugely benefit your overall health at this time.  

Spiritual Interpretation (Upright) 

The Hermit card overall represents spiritual enlightenment so now is the best time to involve in spiritual activities. Whether it is energy work, psychic growth, connecting with your own soul, or meditation, it all guides you to a period of spiritual growth. You may notice that you are isolating yourself or seeking solitude in some way. You should utilize this time to focus on developing your spiritual side and permit yourself to take time out to listen to your inner voice as it will benefit you on a spiritual level.  


General Interpretation and Meaning of the Reversed Hermit 

The reversed Hermit indicates that you have taken yourself back from the world or living a solitary life. Solitude might have been good for you at one time but the Hermit in a reversed position is telling you that now is the time to get back to the people around you and the world. Taking time out for soul-searching and self-awareness can be a good thing for self-discipline but excess of anything is always bad. Your seclusion might be proving harmful for you as well as others. This Major Arcana card indicates that now is the time to draw a line under things and move ahead. It is time to find your inner truth. It can also represent that you may be feeling anxious or shy thinking about involving in social situations.  

Do not hesitate to get yourself out there. Spending too much time alone can lead to the abyss and madness. You can get lost in your dreams so it is time to get back to reality. On the other hand, the Hermit reversed can represent that you are ignoring self-awareness completely because you are scared of what you will find if you explore yourself. It can be an indication that you are becoming too obsessed with someone or something or too stiff and confining your views.  

Love & Relationships Interpretation (Reversed) 

In a love Tarot reading, the reversed Hermit strongly indicates loneliness. If you are in a relationship then it recommends that you may be feeling blocked out or ignored by your partner. It can also represent that you and your partner do not have time to connect because you both have been so busy. This may be making you feel lonely even after being in a relationship. It can suggest that one of the partners is trying to get away from the relationship while the other partner is trying to hold it together. If you are single, the reversed Hermit can represent that you are scared of being left out or you may feel that you have failed to grab the opportunity of meeting someone special. This card indicates that it is a great time to start finding love after living a single life for a long time. You have to put away your fears and get yourself out there back again. If you have gone through a breakup recently then this card might be an indication that you wish to get back with your ex.  


Money & Career Interpretation (Reversed) 

Sometimes the reversed Hermit can indicate that you are coming out of isolation period. You might be ready to rejoin the world but this time you have made clear what you want out of your career. You need to do a little readjustment whether looking for a job, finding a mentor, or other social aspects related to your career. Alternatively, it can represent that the isolation period is extending further, you may avoid working with others. Being on your own is good but social support is also necessary. This card can also represent that you are obligated to work alone leading to loneliness or being a pariah among coworkers.  

In a financial context, this card indicates that you are ready to take help in financial matters from outside sources. You have understood what financial security means to you and you are ready to put that understanding to use.  

Health Interpretation (Reversed) 

In a health Tarot reading, the appearance of the Hermit in a reversed position can indicate mental issues such as paranoia and agoraphobia are arising. This reversed card warns you more strongly than the upright card to pause, take time out for yourself and relax, otherwise, your health will have to suffer.  

Spiritual Interpretation (Reversed) 

In a spiritual Tarot reading, the Hermit tarot card in a reversed position can indicate that you are spending too much time being alone. Your spiritual growth will benefit if you engage in social or group activities. A reiki share, Tarot reading circle, meditation class, or a Yoga class can benefit you to a great extent at this time. Solitary social work is incredible but you also have to connect with other people.