What Does The Hermit Tarot Card Mean?

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The Hermit Tarot Card Meanings: Upright, Reversed & In Love

Tarot cards are a very helpful tool for looking ahead and gaining insight into your future. And when you need guidance, inner strength, or direction in your relationships, you might reach for the cards and pull the Hermit Tarot card.

Hermit Tarot Card Meaning

Upright meaning keywords: Introspection, guidance from within, spiritual enlightenment, 

Reversed meaning keywords: Loneliness, isolation, solitude, withdrawal

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The Hermit Tarot card means it's time for you to take a step back while doing work and connect to yourself. You're preparing to do something that will need inner strength and higher wisdom.

You can't do a task without the Universe helping you. Your work has a spiritual purpose and you're traveling along a path that is a light to others, where your experiences are shared and people admire them.

The Hermit Tarot Card Description

The symbolism of the Hermit Tarot card takes time to understand.

On the face of the Hermit Tarot card, there is an old man wrapped in a dark cloak that was often worn by Monks. A Monk dedicated his life work to service, but he also understood the spiritual aspect of duty. They would spend extended amounts of time in meditation and served others.

He's ready to share his knowledge and skill with others. The man is in motion and committed to reaching his goals. His lantern is turned on; he not only works night and day, but he's an example to follow. He recognizes the journey he's on and you can see his work.​

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These are evident by the lantern in the Hermit's right hand, and the staff in his left, as he stands on the top of a mountain. The lantern symbolizes wisdom, with the lantern lighting the way forward. The staff symbolizes power, using it to guide himself and provide balance.

The card depicts someone who is spiritually accomplished. He has achieved sacred and otherworldly knowledge. He has inner strength and courage. His source of energy comes from the Universe, not just his human body.

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Upright Hermit Meaning

If the Hermit Tarot card is drawn upright, it means you're looking for knowledge that comes from inside of you. It also means that you're considering indulging in more alone time.

However, don't restrict yourself from taking the necessary time you need to reflect on the world around you. If you actually take the time to think and process things, it will help your mind become free of clutter.

The Hermit card upright also alludes to your attempt in working towards your goals in a way that is real and reflects your true self.

When you get this card, it could mean that you're working on self-reflection in order to figure out what is right and what the next step on your journey should be. It could also mean that someone is about to emerge into your life, and they will provide you with guidance and mentorship.

Reversed Hermit Meaning

If you get the reversed Hermit Tarot card, it means you're working too hard on things that drain your spiritual life.

You're in a place in your life where you want to be alone and are looking for more alone time. However, if you get alone time, it could negatively impact yourself and those around you.

Although you're on a journey towards finding your inner truth, going to a lonely place with introspection might drive you mad at this time. Right now, your mind is packed full of thoughts and images you might not be able to figure out.

A reversed Hermit Tarot card means it's not the right time to go inward, because it may lead you to a lonely and confusing place that you will have trouble coming back from. You should try to find your truth while still connecting with those around you.

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Ruling Zodiac Sign of Hermit

Each zodiac sign has a corresponding Tarot card, and the Hermit equates to the Virgo zodiac sign.

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The Hermit Tarot card, like the Virgo zodiac sign, is heavily associated with work. The Hermit means accomplishment, wisdom, achieving your goals and discovering the truth.

Virgo, in astrology, is service-oriented and is the organizer of the zodiac. Virgo rules the 6th House of the astrology wheel, and 6th house is about vitality and how well you can perform as a worker. It shows how strong and reliable you are during the act of performing service to others.

The Virgo zodiac sign and the planet Mercury are also directly ruled by the Hermit Tarot card. Virgo is the embodiment of someone who is most satisfied and content when they are by themselves and alone. Virgos are also known for striving towards perfection.

The Hermit Tarot Card's Meaning in Love and Relationships

There's a difference between drawing the Hermit card upright, and drawing it reversed. It also depends on your relationship status.

Love and Relationships: Upright Hermit Meaning

If you're single and draw the Hermit upright, it means you're ready for a fresh start following a slump of loneliness; chastity or celibacy; slowly recovering from a past breakup that broke your heart.

If you're in a relationship, it mean: you aren't connecting well with your partner and need to make changes; you and your partner live separate lives and should spend more time together.

Love and Relationships: Upright Hermit Meaning

When you draw a reversed Hermit card, it has negative connotations.

If you're single and draw this card, it means you have a fear of missing chances and finding love; you have a desire to get back together with your ex; you need to take the opportunity and put yourself out there for love.

If you're in a relationship and draw the Hermit Tarot card, it means you feel rejected by your partner; you feel lonely in your relationship; either you or your partner is becoming distant.

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Jaycee Levin is a writer who covers astrology, pop culture, and relationship topics.

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