Basic Meaning of The Hermit (Rider-Waite)
The Hermit is the ninth card in the Major Arcana of the Tarot and symbolizes introspection, wisdom, and the search for truth. The card’s image shows an older man dressed in a cloak, with a lantern lighting his way, which represents his inner light and knowledge.
When The Hermit appears upright in a Tarot reading, it means it is time for introspection and to look within yourself for answers. It is a time to withdraw from the world, reflect on life’s experiences, and find your inner wisdom and truth.
If The Hermit is reversed in a reading, it can mean that you have isolated yourself too much or that you are ignoring your inner light. It can also indicate that you are unwilling to take advice from others or that you are stuck in old patterns and need to break free to find new perspectives.
If The Hermit appears in a reading alongside The Tower and The Star, it could be interpreted as a major upheaval or transformation (The Tower) leading to a period of introspection and self-reflection (The Hermit), which in turn will lead to recovery, renewal, and new hope (The Star).