Major Arcana - 9: The Hermit

9 - The Hermit

v Nine

9 - The HermitThis card shows a cloaked old man with a walking stick to help him walk the path he has chosen, holding a lantern to light his way.

This card represents a need for solitude within, a time for reflection and isolation, in which we can think things through properly and decide on a course of action. This card is associated with the spiritual quest, meditation and inner reflection.

This card is asking you to find sound and wise advice from within.

(1909 Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot deck images)


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Meaning - upright

What this card means

Upright, this card has the following meanings:

  • stop and reassess the situation before going any further
  • you always know what is best for you
  • good advice is coming to you
  • consider long term plans carefully
  • be patient, prudent and cautious


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Meaning - reversed

What this card means

Reversed, this card has the following meanings:

  • you may be daydreaming too much and not doing anything
  • lessons from the past have still not be learnt yet
  • warning against making hasty decisions or childishness
  • surrounded by delays or doubts in our decisions
  • good advice given has been ignore to your detriment


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Interesting Bits

What else?

  • Key Meaning - retreat, solitude and reflection
  • Astrology - Mercury and Virgo: planning and reflective nature
  • Numerology - 9, Mars: physical and material plane, force and energy (9 is an indestructible number)