The Hermit: Predictive Tarot Card Meaning

Loneliness is the main meaning of The Hermit Tarot card. If you have received this card, it usually means that you will go through a period where you need to spend time alone. Whether you're reading Tarot about your love life, family, or friendships, The Hermit is obviously not a good outcome. 

The Hermit Tarot card meaning for love, romance and relationships.

During times of The Hermit, you will find yourself spend a lot of time alone. There are many reasons as to why this might be the case. Perhaps you will separate from a partner? Maybe you will be out of town? Whatever the reason, The Hermit predicts a time when you will be left alone with just your thoughts for company.

There are circumstances where loneliness is a good thing. When The Hermit manifests as a positive, alone time is needed so that you can get work done. This card meaning is especially true if you’re the type of person who becomes distracted easily.

Sometimes, The Hermit is associated with old age and experience. The solution to a problem can be found with older, wiser people. In this case, you will have an opportunity to talk out your concerns with those who have been through similar situations.

When The Hermit appears as a course of action you should take, then this means that you should walk alone. Blaze your own trail and don’t be afraid to do things differently. When you’re performing relationship readings, this can mean that you and your partner need some time apart. That’s not to say that you have to separate forever, but you do need a break from each other. 

The only place I would not want The Hermit to land is in a future or outcome position. From experience, I have found this is never a good sign as it can predict loneliness, heartache, and failed attempts. If The Hermit appears in the outcome position of your spread, you might want to reassess your goals.

The historical meaning of The Hermit follows on from the warnings of The Chariot. While in the previous card you become a tyrant, The Hermit is the aftermath. The Hermit represents treason against you and corruption. You may have an associate who is not trustworthy. You are surrounded by individuals who wish to watch your downfall.

The above interpretations warn you to be cautious of other people. Keep your thoughts, motives, and plans to yourself. Don’t let anyone uncover your next moves.

The Hermit Love & Relationship Tarot Meaning

The Hermit is not a positive card for love readings. There is no getting around the fact that this is the Tarot card of loneliness. If you’re in a relationship, this doesn’t look good for its prospects. Your romance will start to go downhill.

If you’re looking for love, the Hermit is also not desirable. The Hermit means that you will be alone for the foreseeable future. That doesn’t mean that you’re going to be by yourself indefinitely; it just means that, for now, love is not on the cards.

Are you wondering how your partner is feeling? The Hermit predicts they want to be left alone. Give them their space before you push them away.

The Hermit often appears in readings which ask whether or not your ex is going to return. In this case, the answer is no, there will be no reconciliation. The Hermit symbolizes you in the future spending time by yourself, grieving the loss of your relationship. 

The Hermit Business & Career Tarot Meaning 

When The Hermit appears in business and career readings, I read it more like a course of action you should take as opposed to a prediction.

The Hermit in career readings is a warning that your career is going to isolate you from your friends, family, and loved ones. While you’re achieving your life’s calling, be sure to make time for those you really care about before it is too late. 

For business readings, I frequently see The Hermit when business people spend too much time on maintaining their image and not enough effort or energy growing their companies. For example, you’re not creating that course you want to launch, but you’re updating Instagram three times a day. The Hermit is telling you that you need to take some time away and build things which are going to bring in money, not just social approval. 

The Hermit Friends, Family & Social Media Tarot Meaning

The Hermit in a reading about friends or family is slightly sinister. The Hermit predicts a time when you will be socially alienated from your peers for something which you feel was not your fault. 

Although these injustices do happen, they are hard to deal with, my advice to you is that you keep moving and allow the universe to sort things out in the future. 

The Hermit Health & Wellbeing Tarot Meaning

It is also very common to see The Hermit Tarot card when you’re trying for a baby but unable to get pregnant. When The Hermit appears in the outcome or future position of a pregnancy reading, this is a warning not to ‘go at it alone’. Enlist the help of a professional; otherwise, you will get nowhere. 

For all other types of health or healing related questions, however, The Hermit has a positive meaning. The Hermit can predict that you will live into old age. Therefore, it is fortunate to receive The Hermit in this type of reading. 

The Hermit Psychic & Spirituality Tarot Meaning

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The Hermit, by its very nature, is a rather spiritual card. In real life, hermits are individuals who choose to live in isolation for religious reasons. Hermitage as a spiritual practice can be found in most major religions including Christianity, Buddhism, and Hinduism. 

The Hermit can symbolize a time when you come into your own with regards to your spirituality. Through study, patience, and work you will find yourself. The path which you eventually choose will not be one which you currently expect, but none the less you will discover the beliefs which are right for you. 

Also, The Hermit can mean that you will not follow one set spiritual tradition, but one which you have ‘invented’ yourself. Your religious beliefs will be an eclectic mix of everything which calls you. There will not be a name or a label which you can put on your spirituality, and you will be perfectly okay with this fact. 

Finally, The Hermit can also predict that you will adopt a minimalist lifestyle as part of your spiritual practices. While this may set you apart from your peers, you will find more happiness than you have currently by living without more stuff. 

The Hermit as a Positive, Strength or Advantage

The Hermit will appear as a positive, strength, or advantage in a Tarot spread when you do not need other people to be happy. You have been alone for an extended period before so you know you can survive if you do it again. 

The Hermit as a Negative, Weakness or Obstacle

When The Hermit appears in a Tarot spread as a weakness, obstacle, or negative this means that you will spend time alone and you will feel lonely. In these cases, your remoteness will cause you to act needy. 

You are doing things which you know push people away, but you cannot help yourself. The Hermit appears as a negative because it is a warning of things to come. 

The Hermit as a Yes or No

Usually, the Hermit is a no or not just now. 

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The Hermit Tarot card meaning. An illustration from the Major Arcana with the Rider Waite Tarot deck. Post by divination and fortune-telling with Tarot for love, romance and relationships. Ideal for readers who are just learning the interpretations.

The Hermit Tarot card meaning. An illustration from the Major Arcana with the Rider Waite Tarot deck. Post by divination and fortune-telling with Tarot for love, romance and relationships. Ideal for readers who are just learning the interpretations.