The hermit Tarot Card Meanings and Combinations
IX The Hermit Correspondences:
Keywords & phrases:
Deep thought and contemplation. Wisdom.
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 (http://boroveshengra.com) suggests this card may have been depicted as Chronos (Father Time) during the Renaissance period, whilst Rachel Pollack (http://www.rachelpollack.com/bio) 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 deep thought and contemplation, a time of quiet introspection to reflect and meditate in order to find the answer that lies within you. 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 gathering knowledge are also well aspected with this card. For some, it represents a teacher and guide, or the slow moving element of age and time.
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, lack of maturity, acting hastily, (although some view it as over caution), problems with an older person.
Similar or supporting cards: Four of Swords (withdrawal) The High Priestess (deeper knowledge) The Hierophant (teacher or guide) Four of Pentacles (caution)
Opposing or contradictory cards: The Fool (carefree spirit of adventure) Two of Wands (partnerships and working with others) Two of Cups (close union) Three of Cups, or any cards suggesting group activity.
The Hermit Tarot Card Combinations:
The slow moving element suggested in this card can be emphasised or reinforced when others are present, such as, the Knight of Pentacles, Strength, etc.
> The High Priestess: The search for deeper meaning and mysteries of life.
> The Empress or Emperor: in a literal sense can be grandparents, (particularly if Ten of Pentacles present) or taking advice from an older relative, similarly…
> Kings or Queens: Alongside, may indicate an older person.
> Hierophant: Strengthens the association of a wise teacher. Together (in any combination) with Eight of Pentacles can indicate learning and studying; gathering wisdom in an educational setting.
> The World: Success achieved slowly, over time.
> Four of Swords: Withdrawal, time out, a retreat.
Four of Pentacles > The Hermit: being prudent with finances, careful and wise saver.
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