The Hermit Tarot Card Meaning

Discover what the hermit tarot card symbolizes based on its upright and reversed positions.

Learn what each tarot card means in our tarot card meanings list.


The Hermit General Meaning

The presence of the hermit card signifies the importance of contemplation, soul-searching and reflection. It gives you a great time to examine your inner self and reflect on the things that you have done on your life and how it affected others.

It encourages retreat and introspection on the many decisions and choices you have made in order to assess if it made you better or worse. The hermit is portrayed as an old man dressed in a long robe carrying a lantern on one hand and staff on the other.

This symbolizes the gift of wisdom, power and authority he possesses. The mountain where he walked represents success and development in important aspects of life.

The Hermit Upright Meaning

It means that you yearn to be alone and to use some quality time for a positive reflection and retreat. You want to momentarily live in solitude in order to be away from the hustles and bustles of life.

You believed that the answers to your questions can be found by searching it in your inner self. This will help you clear your mind and refresh yourself of the things and goals that need to be prioritized in the present time.


Love Meaning - The Hermit Upright

Acquiring the Hermit signifies a time of self-evaluation, introspection, and honest reflection. Love here is no different: with the amount of preparation it requires and the emotional toll it can take on people who aren’t ready, now is a good time for you to relax, meditate and imagine what the best arrangement will be for the near future.

The love that the Hermit emphasizes here is not so much romantic or even familial, but more of to the self. He calls on you to look within yourself and try to see the goodness within you.

But don’t mistake this card to mean negatively. After all the upright position indicates positive things, so by reflecting on yourself, you’re really just preparing for the person you’re about to meet very soon! To fully love yourself means to let go of the negative things that have occurred in your past.

This process takes time since healing doesn’t just come overnight. One way to exercise self-love means to let go of old grudges.

Another would be to forgive yourself for all the wrong things that you have done. The road to introspection and healing is never easy, but make sure that what you will be doing is good for your overall wellbeing.

As you let go of what has been, you will become ready to accept and look forward to what will be. You have a whole life ahead of you; you have to open your heart to the possibilities.


Wealth Meaning - The Hermit Upright

In all likelihood, you drawing the Hermit in its upright position means you’ve become enlightened in the realm of finance. You’ve probably devoured plenty of books on economics and financial management in your life, gaining valuable insight as to how the free market has moved throughout history as well as being able to predict when exactly to make investments.

With your vast arsenal of knowledge, you can very easily turn unsolvable crises into genuine opportunities. Your financial mind is the envy of all who tread this earth, and you should probably share your knowledge with others! But of course, before being a teacher to others, it would be best to pay attention to your financial status.

This is an excellent time to pay your outstanding debts, mortgages, among other things that need immediate attention. Once you have done these, consider venturing into a career in finance.

You can be a financial guru, a stockbroker, maybe even a banker if you feel like you can do it! But, like the introspective Hermit, take care not to fly too close to the sun. Your financial security will not assure you of your happiness.

Remember to stay grounded and humble and never make money the center of your life. Give back to the community as much as you could.

Use your brilliance to help uplift others. You don’t need to be filthy rich, and money has better places to be in aside from your own already impressive-looking bank account.

The Hermit Reverse Meaning

Although contemplation and soul searching are considered as healthy habits, too much of it may be detrimental to yourself and others. It may consume and devour you, bringing you into the realm of angst, madness and depression.

There is a big possibility that you will be trapped on your own world, making it very difficult to escape from its tormenting influence. Thus, do not allow yourself to be drowned by it.


Love Meaning - The Hermit Reversed

In any relationship, it is completely possible for you to be in a committed romance with someone and still feel utterly alone. The reversal of the Hermit card indicates this much, and this could mean many things in a practical way: it could be that you’ve fallen out of love and feel trapped because you can’t admit it to yourself, or that there’s insecurity within that your relationship is somehow making worse.

Before anything else, you need to look within yourself at what you truly feel towards your significant other. You may just be taken in by what is currently happening, and you're struggling to make sense of everything.

  Once you already addressed the root cause of your emotional struggles, it is time for you to voice these out. It may get painful, but this is your best bet to resolve conflicts between you and your partner.

If you’re having any of these problems, being honest might be the first step towards healing your personal void. There is no guarantee that your relationship will go back to how it was before all the chaos.

There is even less surety on the concept of your relationship lasting any longer. What is important is that you allowed yourself to let out whatever is eating you from the inside.

  Remember that love isn't supposed to hurt. But when it does, it may be the time for you to do some maintenance repairs or just let it go.


Wealth Meaning - The Hermit Reversed

Rather than enlightenment, you may well be at your most confused state yet financially. You’re not necessarily spending too much, but you can’t seem to find a way to distribute expenses properly, so all the money that you have is currently just sitting there waiting to be used or even worse, devalued much later with potential pitfalls in the economy.

It may be time for you to confront the question of whether you were a bit careless when it comes to your finances. Sure, you need something, but is it an immediate need? Additionally, is it within your budget for this period? To get out of your conundrum, don’t hesitate to read up on how to manage expenses, as the wisdom you end up gaining in the process could significantly help you much later in life.

Having a budget plan and a shopping list will also be of great help in these kinds of situations. These will help you ground yourself on your present financial realities.

It will also help you reassess when it feels like you can't stop yourself from purchasing. You can also gain insight from this experience as to how you can find other viable means of keeping your finances afloat.

Sure, life is so short, so you might as well enjoy it, but you also need to be aware that you also need to survive for as long as you could. The economy is constantly shifting and changing.

It pays a lot to be financially prepared for whatever comes next.

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