The Hermit

Do you need some alone time? As the name of the card suggests, The Hermit is about solitude and introspection, and spending time by oneself.


A robed figure is holding a lantern and carrying a staff in his hand. He is by himself, isolated on a blue-gray background, standing in the snow. He has a long white beard, which barely peeks out beneath his hood. It’s clear this elderly man is wise and enjoys the solitude.

Meaning: The Hermit

You might be craving alone time at the moment, a chance to retreat from the rest of the world and collect your thoughts. This might be an excellent time to take up meditation or mindfulness, to center yourself.

We often think “me time” must be a large chunk of hours carved out for that purpose, but even giving yourself as little as five minutes a day can connect you with your inner voice.

If you are contemplating a decision or a burning question, you already have the answers, all you need to do is consult your intuition. The Hermit is about self-knowledge, looking within, rather than asking the world around us for clues.

Conversely, this card might be encouraging you to seek the wisdom of a trusted mentor, someone who is wise and offers unbiased counsel. He or she has a great deal of knowledge and can give you the answer you seek.

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There is a difference between being alone and lonely. Have you been intentionally avoiding people? Maybe you have social anxiety and aren’t comfortable with others.

Or you’re shy and haven’t come out of your shell. Sometimes, we can be lonely, even in a crowd.

Have you been holding back? Keeping your thoughts and feelings to yourself? This card is telling you it’s time to put yourself out there. Start in small ways.


When it comes to love, this card can mean loneliness, even within a relationship. Perhaps you feel that your partner doesn’t understand you or connect with you.

Or perhaps you’ve withdrawn from relationships altogether to focus on your education or career. If The Hierophant also appears in the tarot spread, this is especially true.

You also might have gotten involved with someone who is emotionally distant, who deals with thoughts, rather than feelings. True intimacy will be difficult with this person. His or her natural inclination will be to hold you at arm’s length.

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