The hermit Tarot Card Combinations and Meanings
IX The Hermit Correspondences:
Keywords & phrases:
Deep thought and contemplation.
The Hermit Tarot Card Meanings
The Hermit walks a solitary path, yet finds wisdom and solace within the silence of private thought.
In the Visconti Tarot from the 15th century, this card resembled Father Time, with the wise old man carrying an hourglass to signify maturity and wisdom gained through time. Andy Boroveshengra suggests this card may have been depicted as Chronos (Father Time) during the Renaissance period, whilst Rachel Pollack notes the significance of this interpretation when you consider the placement coming before the Wheel of Fortune turns. Over time (no pun intended) the Old Man became the sage or hermit, with the hourglass replaced by the lantern we recognise today.
When The Hermit appears in your Tarot reading it can suggest withdrawal for some soul-searching; a time of quiet thought and reflection in order to find the answer that lies within. The Hermit holds his lantern aloft to illuminate the path ahead; he shows us that we can find our way to inner truth if we follow his example with maturity and wisdom. It can suggest being prudent, taking time, and keeping your own counsel.
Studying and acquiring knowledge are also well aspected with this card and for some it represents a teacher and guide. As a solitary figure, in relationship readings it may indicate alone time or pulling back to think things through; The Hermit withdraws from the throng and travels alone.
If reversed or badly aspected, imprudence, lack of maturity, acting hastily, (although some view it as over caution), problems with elders.
The Hermit Tarot Combinations & Meanings
The Hermit > The Fool
The Hermit encourages introspection and seeking inner wisdom. Paired with the Fool, it suggests doing your homework and using gained wisdom before embarking on a bold, new journey. Embrace newfound insights as you step into the unknown. Look before you leap.
The Hermit > The Magician
The Hermit suggests deep thought and contemplation for inner guidance. Followed by The Magician, it urges you to apply knowledge and wisdom to manifest transformative changes. You possess the power to turn insights into tangible actions and shape your reality.
The Hermit > The High Priestess
The search for deeper meaning and mysteries of life; tapping into the Higher Self. Trust your inner guidance as you explore the mysteries of the subconscious and spiritual realms for deep insights. Important information will be revealed to you through gathering knowledge. Studying and gaining wisdom in spiritual fields.
The Hermit > The Empress
The Hermit leading to The Empress can indicate that taking time out to think something through, carefully and with deep contemplation, leads to bountiful results. If you’re following a course of study or seeking to gain knowledge in a particular area, The Empress shows that nurturing efforts will successfully bear fruit.
The Hermit > The Emperor
The Hermit followed by The Emperor can suggest that fact-gathering and gaining wisdom can help to bring structure and stability to the situation. Seeking and applying deeper knowledge places you in a powerful position to achieve your aims; knowledge is power.
The Hermit > The Hierophant
The Hermit followed by The Hierophant can represent a transition from introspection to seeking spiritual guidance or mentorship. Apply your inner wisdom to traditional teachings or within established structures, finding a balance between personal insight and external wisdom. Studying in a formal learning establishment.
The Hermit > The Lovers
For those who are single, The Hermit followed by The Lovers may suggest taking time to contemplate becoming involved in a relationship. For those attached, it can show looking deeply into something, a thought process that will also involve your partner as you put your heads together making plans for the future.
The Hermit > The Chariot
The Hermit followed by The Chariot moves from one extreme to the other but results in the best of both worlds. The Hermit represents taking a careful approach, ensuring you have all the knowledge required at your disposal before charging ahead with determined and focused action, which brings triumph over obstacles.
The Hermit > Strength
The Hermit followed by Strength suggests a journey of introspection and fortitude. After seeking wisdom within, use your inner strength to face challenges with compassion and resilience. Trust your inner power to overcome any obstacles on your path. Wisdom provides the tenacity to endure with quiet determination.
The Hermit > Wheel of Fortune
The Hermit followed by the Wheel of Fortune can represent taking time to gather wisdom and knowledge that then enables a positive change of fortune to enter. Background work and fact-gathering contribute to ushering in a new cycle; helping to create your own luck.
The Hermit > Justice
The Hermit leading to Justice can represent a good deal of thought and fact-gathering taking place in relation to a legal matter, or a contract, for instance. For some, it may suggest a time of deep contemplation and weighing things up, in order to arrive at a balanced decision that’s fair for everyone involved; applying careful and balanced thought toward a decision, probably well-researched.
The Hermit > The Hanged Man
The Hermit followed by The Hanged Man can suggest that after seeking knowledge and inner wisdom you decide to reassess the situation. Gaining a fresh perspective and looking at things from a different perspective allows for new insights and solutions to move matters forward.
The Hermit > Death
The Hermit leading to Death can signal a transformative journey from introspection to profound and major change. After deep thought and contemplation, Death brings something to a close, suggesting a time to embrace the cycle of life's transformations on your path. Bringing something to an end after a good deal of soul-searching.
The Hermit > Temperance
The Hermit together with Temperance suggests that taking a cautious and moderate approach can lead to harmony and balance in a situation. Carefully think things through, exercise patience and diplomacy, and be prepared to make some compromises in order to blend and harmonise any opposing forces.
The Hermit > The Devil
The Hermit followed by The Devil may suggest that you’re overthinking something or becoming bogged down and isolated within the contemplation phase. The Devil usually adds something unhealthy to the mix, so it tends to tarnish whatever it follows to bring out a negative influence. For some, it may indicate formulating secret plans.
The Hermit > The Tower
The Hermit leading to The Tower introduces a disruptive influence. Despite the careful considerations shown by The Hermit your plans meet with an upheaval and lead to a shake-up. Something could be about to disturb the quiet peace you have withdrawn into in order to find guidance and inner wisdom.
The Hermit > The Star
The Hermit followed by The Star suggests that deep thought and contemplation leads to hope and inspiration. Take a deep dive into the matter in question, to seek information and for fact-gathering, as it suggests discovering a guiding light that leads to bright prospects.
The Hermit > The Moon
Despite reflection and deep contemplation regarding a matter, The Moon leads to uncertainty and confusion. If you’re gathering facts and information it may be difficult to get to the bottom of something, so it may feel as though you don’t have the full picture at the moment. The Moon can represent concealed or veiled activity, but the facts will emerge in the fullness of time.
The Hermit > The Sun
The Hermit followed by The Sun suggests that taking time to quietly contemplate a situation and delve into your inner wisdom will bring a successful and positive outcome. It’s worth taking the time to do your research as you’ll be more than happy with the result.
The Hermit > Judgement
The Hermit suggests a time of deep thought, reflecting upon inner wisdom to find guidance. With Judgement following, it can indicate reviewing past aspects of the situation, and moving forward this can lead to the matter being revived and born anew. Study revisions.
The Hermit > The World
The Hermit followed by The World indicates that taking time for fact gathering to gain knowledge and to contemplate inner wisdom can pay dividends, as it brings triumphant achievement and the culmination of your efforts. Success achieved slowly over time. A good combination for those studying, as it highlights the pinnacle of your success.
The Hermit > Ace of Wands
The Hermit suggests a period of contemplation and fact-gathering can lead to an exciting new beginning, as indicated by the Ace. Preparation work before launching into a new project or venture.
The Hermit > Two of Wands
The Hermit encourages introspection and inner guidance. Followed by the Two of Wands, it can indicate thoughtful considerations being made with regard to a working partnership that aligns with your purpose, setting the stage for future endeavours as you take the initial steps towards your goals.
The Hermit > Three of Wands
The Hermit followed by the Three of Wands shows the transition from preparation to progress, indicating that attention to details and careful planning opens the door to expansion and new opportunities for the future.
The Hermit > Four of Wands
The Hermit leading to the Four of Wands suggests careful consideration and fact-gathering to gain wisdom on a matter can bring a sense of stability in your personal or domestic life. For some, it may show careful planning and research being applied toward a mini break or short holiday.
The Hermit > Five of Wands
The Hermit prompts introspection. Together with the Five of Wands, it may suggest challenges arising from conflicting energies. Navigate disagreements with wisdom, seeking resolution to maintain balance and harmony in your endeavours.
The Hermit > Six of Wands
The Hermit followed by the Six of Wands can indicate that your wisdom and accomplishments shine, bringing well-deserved success, recognition, and validation for your efforts.
The Hermit > Seven of Wands
The Hermit advises introspection and careful forethought regarding a matter you feel strongly about. Together with the Seven of Wands it suggests standing your ground in the face of challenges. Your inner wisdom can fortify you, enabling you to overcome opposition and maintain your position.
The Hermit > Eight of Wands
The Hermit combined with the Eight of Wands may suggest that solitary insights can propel swift progress. Embrace the momentum and dynamic energy as wisdom guides you forward with clarity, bringing news and messages in with speed. For some, it may indicate deep considerations regarding travel arrangements.
The Hermit > Nine of Wands
This combination may suggest gathering facts to gain wisdom as you set forth with perseverance and determination as you near completion of a challenging journey. It may suggest resilience after a period of solitude.
The Hermit > Ten of Wands
The Hermit can indicate a period of introspection, but the Ten of Wands may suggest you’re overthinking or overanalysing something. For some, it may suggest feeling overwhelmed by deep thought or under pressure to gain wisdom. Acknowledge a need for balance and seek support to help ease the load.
The Hermit > Page of Wands
This combination may indicate gathering information and gaining wisdom leads to news and messages regarding career matters, and this should be news you’re pleased to receive. Fact-gathering a work related situation brings good news.
The Hermit > Knight of Wands
The Hermit followed by the Knight of Wands can suggest deep thought and contemplation concerning a house move or change of residence. Travel may feature for some.
The Hermit > Ace of Cups
The Hermit leading to the Ace of Cups may represent deep consideration being given toward the start of a new love relationship (if single). For those attached, it can indicate contemplation and gaining wisdom in relation to a new beginning for love and happiness that brings happiness to all concerned.
The Hermit > Two of Cups
The Hermit followed by the Two of Cups can show that inner reflections guide you to a deep and harmonious connection with your partner or a kindred spirit, leading to emotional growth and unity within the partnership.
The Hermit > Three of Cups
The Hermit combined with the Three of Cups can suggest that an inner journey of contemplation leads to joyous celebrations and harmonious connections with others, fostering friendship and shared happiness. In a literal sense, it may indicate cause for celebration and good cheer following gaining wisdom (graduation etc).
The Hermit > Four of Cups
The Hermit together with the Four of Cups can represent feeling jaded or bored with studies. Inner reflections may lead to a period of contemplation and dissatisfaction. Seek new perspectives to overcome a sense of stagnation.
The Hermit > Five of Cups
The Hermit followed by the Five of Cups can show a period of introspection or reflection brings a sense of emotional loss or disappointment. Isolation can bring sadness but use inner wisdom to find solace.
The Hermit > Six of Cups
The Hermit leading to the Six of Cups may represent dwelling on the past. It may imply that your inner reflections lead to nostalgia and times gone by. Reflecting on memories. For some, gathering information and gaining wisdom can bring past aspects back into play.
The Hermit > Seven of Cups
The Hermit followed by the Seven of Cups can suggest a need to discern illusions from reality. Your inner wisdom can guide you to make thoughtful choices amid enticing but distracting options. Deep contemplation concerning options.
The Hermit > Eight of Cups
The Hermit leading to the Eight of Cups can show that after some soul-searching and contemplation you decide to abandon a path due to disillusionment, as it no longer fulfils you. Trust your inner guidance, as it can imply a journey of emotional detachment and self-discovery.
The Hermit > Nine of Cups
The Hermit followed by the Nine of Cups may suggest that taking time to contemplate matters leads to emotional fulfilment and contentment. Find joy within, as your wishes and desires can abundantly manifest.
The Hermit > Ten of Cups
The Hermit leading to the Ten of Cups an indicate that your inner reflections lead to lasting emotional fulfilment and harmonious connections in your family or close relationships. For some, it may represent contemplating marriage or a serious commitment.
The Hermit > Page of Cups
The Hermit followed by the Page of Cups can suggest deep thought and contemplation with regards to news or a message of an emotional nature, a love letter.
The Hermit > Knight of Cups
The Hermit combined with the Knight of Cups can represent thinking things through on a deep level for guidance and inner wisdom, in relation to an offer proposal or invitation of an emotional nature.
The Hermit > Ace of Swords: Inner reflections lead to clarity and truth with new insights and a fresh new beginning. Doing your homework leads to a breakthrough and triumph over adversity.
The Hermit > Two of Swords: Despite deeply contemplating the matter, you may be left feeling indecisive or possibly procrastinating, rather than taking action. No movement on educational or study matters.
The Hermit > Three of Swords
On a mundane level and in a literal sense, The Hermit together with the Three of Swords may suggest withdrawing from a quarrel. For some, deep thought and reflection concerning stormy emotions or family upheavals.
The Hermit > Four of Swords
The Hermit combined with the Four of Swords suggests withdrawal for a period of rest and recuperation. Inner reflections may guide you to find peace and rejuvenation after a time of solitude.
The Hermit > Five of Swords
Use inner wisdom and discernment to help guide you to choose your battles wisely, as the Five of Swords suggests underhandedness, hidden agendas, deceit, or theft, so someone does not have your best interests at heart.
The Hermit > Six of Swords
The Hermit followed by the Six of Swords can represent an inner journey towards peace and transition; some solitary time to think things through brings an improvement to matters. Inner wisdom can guide you through challenges, leading to a calmer and more stable future. May indicate a solo trip.
The Hermit > Seven of Swords
The Hermit together with the Seven of Swords an suggest the need for a good deal of caution in your actions. Use your inner wisdom to navigate through potential challenges and strategize wisely.
The Hermit > Eight of Swords
The Hermit followed by the Eight of Swords can suggest self-imposed limitations, possibly through over-analysis. For some, it can indicate withdrawing from perceived restrictions. Your inner wisdom can guide you to recognise and overcome mental barriers or limiting beliefs to seek clarity.
The Hermit > Nine of Swords
Despite deep thought and contemplation to the matter, the Nine of Swords suggests a time of worry and anxiety. Use inner wisdom to address fears and seek understanding to help overcome challenges.
The Hermit > Ten of Swords
The Hermit followed by the Ten of Swords suggests that inner wisdom can help guide you to accept closure and the end of a difficult cycle.
The Hermit > Page of Swords
The Hermit together with the Page of Swords can suggest that inner reflection leads to a fresh perspective and intellectual curiosity. News or messages concerning studies could be delayed or slightly disappointing.
The Hermit > Knight of Swords
The Hermit indicates a quiet time of introspection which may be helpful once events unfold, as they will do so at great speed and will require swift and decisive action.
The Hermit > Ace of Pentacles
The Hermit leading to the Ace of Pentacles may suggest doing research before engaging upon a new beginning with potential to build wealth and prosperity. For some, it may indicate gathering information in relation to material affairs or financial contracts.
The Hermit > Two of Pentacles
The Hermit followed by the Two of Pentacles may suggest introspection and the need for balance in your material pursuits. Your inner wisdom guides you to navigate challenges with flexibility and adaptability.
The Hermit > Three of Pentacles
The Hermit leading to the Three of Pentacles can indicate studying in relation to achieve mastery in your work or main career.
The Hermit > Four of Pentacles
The Hermit followed by the Four of Pentacles can represent deep thought being given toward material ambitions with security and stability. Guard against being overcautious.
The Hermit > Five of Pentacles
The Hermit leading to the Five of Pentacles can suggest research and deep contemplation being given to matters concerning financial or material hardship. Inner wisdom can help guide you to seek support and find resilience in adversity.
The Hermit > Six of Pentacles
Deep thought and contemplation regarding reciprocity, a generous gift or charitable act. Inner wisdom provides food for thought in relation to sharing with others.
The Hermit > Seven of Pentacles
This may be a slow path, but you’ll get there in the end through steady and methodical efforts. The Seven of Pentacles represents gathering in the harvest and brings rewards for efforts. For some, may indicate cautious investing for the longer term.
The Hermit > Eight of Pentacles
Can represent studying, a research project or paper, higher education environment or learning facilities. Contemplating a new job or fact-gathering information concerning a new employment position.
The Hermit > Nine of Pentacles
Deep thought and contemplation regarding self-reliance and financial independence. Applying inner wisdom can lead to financial improvement.
The Hermit > Ten of Pentacles
Building wealth and prosperity over a longer period of time and taking a more cautious approach. Fact-gathering and gaining wisdom regarding a property matter, particularly relating to the stability of home and family.
The Hermit > Page of Pentacles
For some, it may indicate news or messages for a study position or scholarship. Reflecting upon news of a financial nature.
The Hermit > Knight of Pentacles
This combination suggests that steady and methodical progress will finally bring results, although it may take quite some time.
The Hermit > Any King or Queen: Alongside, may indicate an older person and the suit of the King or Queen would provide the character description.
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