The Hermit Tarot Card Meanings

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The Hermit (Reversed)

Ideas: Bigger picture, busyness, pursuit, reconnection

Traits: Active, hardworking, humble, hurried, modest, sociable

Emotions: Annoyance, disappointment, enjoyment, enthusiasm, frustration, irritation, pleasure, unhappiness

  • Actions:
    • Acknowledging things you don’t know about
    • Engaging in activities with others
    • Experiencing the busyness of life
    • Focusing on the bigger picture
    • Pursuing what you think you want
    • Recognizing something is missing
    • Reconnecting with others
    • Working harder or faster
The Hermit (Upright, Balanced)

Ideas: Analysis, solitude, stillness, withdrawal

Traits: Observant, private, quiet, reflective, serious, slow, solitary, studious

Emotions: Contentment, eagerness, gladness, hope, relief, satisfaction

  • Actions:
    • Analyzing details in a thorough way
    • Becoming or seeking out a guru
    • Going on a retreat
    • Looking for deeper meaning of a matter
    • Recharging spiritual or creative batteries
    • Lighting the way for those with less experience
    • Searching for and working on solutions alone
    • Stepping back to gain perspective
The Hermit (Upright, Excessive)

Ideas: Know-it-all, loner, overthinking, shut-in

Traits: Aloof, arrogant, cautious, critical, perfectionist, shy

Emotions: Alienation, fear, insecurity, isolation, loneliness, pride, shame, worry

  • Actions:
    • Becoming a know-it-all
    • Being a loner
    • Fearing contact with others
    • Hiding your skills and talents out of fear of unworthiness
    • Inflating claims of expertise
    • Planning every single step
    • Thinking the world is a dangerous or scary place
    • Wasting time on the details

The Hermit’s Advice

Personal Growth

To be the best you can be, you must know who you really are. Reject the definitions others project on you. Search within. What do you really value? What do you really want to achieve? Empower yourself by embracing yourself, warts and all.


Don’t be afraid of being alone. Even the closest companions need some time apart. Being involved in a partnership does not eliminate your need to be your own person. To better please others, first learn how to please yourself.


Sometimes, you have to close the door, forward calls to voice mail, and shut down your email client to get things done. Demand the space and time you need to get your assignment done. If you’re overwhelmed, consider bringing in a consultant or an experienced aid.


Learn to be still. Doing so is a challenge in today’s hurly-burly world, but the skill offers many benefits. Focus on meditation; condition yourself to slow your thoughts and lower your blood pressure with a few measured breaths. Daily practice will make a huge difference in the quality of your life.

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