Hermit Tarot Card Meanings

hermit tarot card meaning

Hermit Tarot Card Meanings
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The Hermit tarot card meanings in traditional tarot stem from its connection to both Astrology and Numerology. The Hermit tarot card can mean:


A wise teacher.

Having wisdom beyond your years.

Seeking solitude.

Lighting the way for others.

Being able to communicate with animals.


Being alone, but not lonely.

Needing more and seeking more.





Hermit tarot card meanings and Astrology

Hermit is ruled by Virgo. Virgo is ruled by Mercury.

Hermit as the Lone Wanderer, Odin

In Norse mythology, Odin, the Allfather and chief of the Aesir gods, is often portrayed as a lone wanderer in his pursuit of wisdom, knowledge, and understanding of the cosmos. This aspect of Odin as the seeker of wisdom emphasizes his role as a transcendent figure, willing to go to great lengths and endure hardships to attain greater insight. Online, you will find many testimonies of people who have experienced Odin. Many years ago, I met Odin in an astral projection. You can learn more about this meeting in my post about how Odin represents the Pineal Gland and union with Source here.

My meeting with Odin was an initiation that led me to seek out a much deeper spiritual understanding. He seems to encourage people to go deeper within themselves. I also love Suzanne Giesemann’s encounter with Odin and his message of Non-Duality. 

Odin helped me become a much more emotionally mature individual and this is also the meaning of the Hermit tarot card. The Hermit speaks of becoming the best version of yourself. 

Another great example of a Hermit archetype is Ben McBrady, the last druid. There is a wonderful documentary called The Last Druid – Documentary on Ben McBrady of The Old Gaelic Order.

Hermit is the wise grandfather in its purest form.

My understanding of Odin today, is that he was a Yogi who achieved union with the Divine. The Hermit speaks of seeking this journey. It often involves reading sacred text, writing sacred text, meditation, and understanding spiritual law.

The Hermit in the Vision Quest

The Hermit speaks of coming out of the vision quest. The purpose of the vision quest was achieved in the Strength card and the Seeker is now back up again, symbolised by the Hermit being on top of the Mountain. His new understanding is seen as a guiding light in his lantern.

Hermit tarot card meanings upright

Hermit tarot card meanings in a general reading

The Hermit tarot card represents spending time alone, being a lone wolf, soul-searching, seeking spiritual guidance, introspection. The Hermit lets us know that the answers we seek are already within us. The Hermit tarot card can also represent a teacher or being a teacher to others.

Hermit tarot card in a love reading

In a love reading, the Hermit tarot card denotes a deep soulful relationship that develops over time. It often shows up when someone is friends first for a while before becoming anything more.

Hermit tarot card in a career reading

In a career reading the Hermit can signify careers in teaching, writing, publishing, and mentoring. Sometimes the Hermit also speaks of an antique dealer.

The Hermit tarot card as feelings

The Hermit can speak of heartache the Seeker has a hard time letting go of. They might feel no one can really truly understand them, therefore they keep to themself. They might even choose to live in solitude. They prefer friendship to romantic relationships.

Hermit tarot card as Personality types

Hermit tarot card as personality types denotes someone who is wise beyond their years. They are often on a spiritual quest for truth and enlightenment. They connect with their inner light through reading, writing, teaching, and mentoring, and they consider life to be a big mystery. This is someone who spends a lot of time alone, however, they don’t consider themselves lonely. They thrive in their solitude as they often spend this time writing and reading. Hermit people have heightened sensitivities and need to prove their worth through service and hard work.

Hermit tarot card meanings reversed

Hermit tarot card reversed indicates isolation and paranoia. There is no insight rather there is a twisted and a vicious side to the person. Hermit tarot card reversed also denotes someone who is lonely. There might be a problem with concentration, a lack of memory, and mental ability. There is also a lack of guidance and wisdom. This card reversed can speak of nativity.

Hermit tarot card reversed as Personality types

The reversed meanings of the tarot cards often speaks of the Seeker acting out due to being under a lot of stress. This can bring out the shadow aspect of the person. 

Hermit reversed can indicate someone who is quite isolated. Hermit reversed can speak of someone who has gone down the wrong rabbit hole. They have attached themselves to a false belief and they find it hard to see the truth. Deep down they know there is another way. They are learning to find another way.

Hermit tarot card meanings summary

Hermit tarot card denotes spending time alone to find satisfying answers to life’s deeper mysteries. Sometimes the Hermit signifies a teacher, and sometimes you are the teacher. When the Hermit shows up in your reading you might feel drawn to solitude and meditation.

Hermit tarot card combinations

Some important tarot card combinations including the Hermit:

The Hermit(IX) + The Magician: Online classes. 

The Hermit(IX) + Strength: Publishing. 

The Hermit(IX) + Justice: Legal advice. 

The Hermit(IX) + The Devil: Business plans.

The Hermit(IX) + The Moon: A writer. Writing. 

The Hermit(IX) + Ace of wands: New age. 

The Hermit(IX) + Three of wands: Online shop. 

The Hermit(IX) + Seven of wands: Born to teach. 

The Hermit(IX) + Eight of wands: Electronics. Computers. Telecommunication.

The Hermit(IX) + Knight of wands: Lighting the way for others. 

The Hermit(IX) + Queen of wands: Creating your own brand. 

The Hermit(IX) + Ace of cups: Learning a new language. 

The Hermit(IX) + Eight of cups: Searching for truth. Solving a cold case. 

The Hermit(IX) + Ten of cups: Spiritual text. 

The Hermit(IX) + King of cups: A journalist. 

The Hermit(IX) + Ace of pentacles: New research. 

The Hermit(IX) + Nine of pentacles: A confident teacher. 

The Hermit(IX) + King of pentacles: A spiritual entrepreneur. 

The Hermit(IX) + Four of swords: Meditation study. 

The Hermit(IX) + Six of swords: Travel to a remote place. 

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