IX. The Hermit


Key words

Upright: introspection, searching, guidance

Reversed: loneliness, isolation, ignorance


An old, bearded figure wearing a tattered gray robe carries a yellow staff in one hand and a shining lantern in the other. They look down as they traverse snowy peaks, as their lantern only illuminates the next few steps on their path. The sky is gray, and the scene is overall dreary.  


9: Fruition, fulfillment, attainment, growth

The Hermit Upright

You know what your immediate next steps are, but you can’t see far into the future (yet). Don’t be afraid of that uncertainty. This is a chance to cultivate your inner wisdom through self-reflection. Take some time to learn to enjoy your own company. Evaluate your goals, values, and beliefs as you decide where you’re headed next. Share what you’ve learned with others so you can be the lantern that lights their paths in times of uncertainty. 

The Hermit Reversed

The Hermit in reverse can indicate a struggle to connect with your inner self. Perhaps you are dissatisfied in life without knowing why. Maybe you find yourself isolated from your friends and loved ones. Take time for some quiet contemplation, whether it comes in the form of mediation, journaling, or a solitary walk through nature. Know that you have inner wisdom while remaining open to advice from others. Seek out a mentor, someone you look up to, or a therapist if that is available to you. To address feelings of isolation, consider that you may need to hold out your lantern so others can find their way to you.