The 78 Cards: The Hermit

The Hermit, Rider Waite Tarot

Upright: inner honesty, wisdom, productive solitude, reflection, need to detach
Reversed: unproductive solitude, loneliness, unnecessary isolation, overthinking

Like The Fool, I think we can have a bit of a tendency to see The Hermit as our decks roasting us to oblivion, this time for being anti-social (or, at least, that’s how I usually feel, and let’s be honest — sometimes that’s what it means). For the most part, though, The Hermit is, at its best, the exact opposite of being anti-social for the sake of being anti-social.

The Hermit represents introspection at its best, profoundly noting that we often have so many of the answers within ourselves. This figure is unafraid to take the necessary alone time that it might take to properly reflect upon something, and yes, sometimes this means secluding themselves from others.

At the 9th card of the Major Arcana, I can’t help but draw connections between The Hermit and the sign Sagittarius, who is also the 9th of the zodiac. While the boldness of the sign can seem like bit of a mismatch to The Hermit who is much calmer and perceptibly reserved, if you’re a Sagittarius or have ever met one, you know how truly introspective and philosophical those archers can be. However, there’s also that tendency to become too much of a lone wolf if not managed properly, as the independence of Sagittarius can easily cross the line.

In a reading, The Hermit can signal that you’re in a period of introspection and reflection yourself, or could use one. But it also reminds you that you need to strike a balance, and be wary that you don’t cross that line.

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