The Hermit

The Hermit is regarded as the ninth card in the Major Arcana of Tarot Cards, which comprises of twenty-two cards in total.

The Story behind The Hermit

The Fool has been very busy for a long time. He decides to live in a small home right in the middle of dense woodland. This gives him time to reflect. Instead of sleeping, he walks every night, with nothing but nature and the moon and stars to keep him company. He explores the most hidden corners of the world, with nothing but a staff and a lantern. One night he encounters a Hermit. The Hermit represents enlightenment through solitude rather than socialising. It’s as if all that has been previously learnt by The Fool is unravelling on his journeys.

Meaning of The Hermit Tarot Card

The Hermit Tarot Card demonstrates that it is sometimes important to escape reality and go into solitude. This is because it allows us to search within ourselves in the absence of distractions and other people and opinions that can bury one’s inner voice instead of bringing it to the fore. The Hermit believes that guidance will come to him if he is in solitude.

Spending a significant amount of time alone may be one of the hardest things that a person can do, but once they relax and embrace this time they can find great inner peace and discover the answers that they have been searching for. Once this person has found themselves they can help and guide others to find the same, although each person has to find it themselves.

The Hermit Tarot Card shows us that we can often struggle to find peace and answers in the outside world, and that we have to first look within and find ourselves, then the answers will come. The story shows us that we have to constantly seek to find the answers, they won’t come if we stay in one place for too long.