The Hermit: general, standing and reversed meaning

The Hermit, general description

The Hermit is the first card of the Major Arcana. It is part of Fatecaster’s Tarot card list that summarizes the Rider Waite Tarot cards’ meaning.

This is the card of retreat and withdrawn. It shows an introvert life cycle during which we circumscribe from strange influences in order to rediscover peace and moreover ourselves, far away from ardent activity and from people. Thus the card refers to relevant experiences that can show us who we really are, what do we want and how can we achieve it.

It unites to precious extremities: the profoundness of an experience and the superiority of recognition. Many fear this card however that’s irrational. The fear of solitude and desolation only appear if these characteristics are misunderstood. Whoever voluntarily follows The Hermit’s call will be rewarded with brightness, power and the happy experience of being alone with him/herself.


The Hermit, standing

Retreat from a life event or a relationship for introspection and strengthening. Searching for the inner voice or the awakening of the inner vision. Understanding the problem and need for advice. A wise man’s guidance. Personal experience. Profound self-restraint.


The Hermit, reversed

Retreat and fear because of irresponsibility and naivety. Voluntarily retreat from friends and loved ones. Taking a wrong advice or ignoring the right suggestion. Disguise, misleading and foolish precaution.