IX The Hermit
Positive: Self-Discovery. Self-Sufficient. Prudence. Atonement.
Negative: Exile. Lonliness. Fear of Intimacy. Skepticism.
Qabalah: Yod (Open Hand).
Archetypes: Wise Old Man. Mentor. Guide. Hermit. Crone.
Herbs: Angelica, Chamomile, Sage.
Crystal: Bloodstone, Peridot.
Introduction: The Hermit is an extremely spiritual card, and often has to do with institutions and large organizations – everything from a bank to the entire Christian Church. This card indicates spirituality even if you are an atheist. It’s in whatever sense the word “spirit” makes sense to you, even if for you “spirit” equates to “emotion.” You may be trying hard to figure out what the “truth” is about someone (or some matter), don’t feel that you have to do it all on your own, ask for help if you need it to gain different perspectives, more information, etc.
General: Just like with the Strength card, you may even more so be in the frame of mind that you need some time alone – don’t be afraid to take it. Even if it’s just a five minute walk around the house so that you can clear your head. This is also very much a card about “trying very hard to do the right thing.” Just make sure that “doing the right thing” includes doing what is right for you personally, and not just worrying about the wants and needs of others.
Work: You are nearing the point where work success and recognition are well within your grasp. Do your best to be organized and productive. This will pay off for you in ways that aren’t clear yet. Do the “right thing” even if nobody is watching. You are always watching what you are doing.
Love: It’s possible that a romance from your past will be re-kindled. Is that really what you want? It seems that romantic relationships are not currently a priority for you right now. If your head says that you want nothing more than a romantic relationship; look at your behavior. Does it align with that analysis? In a committed relationship, you might have been moving in different directions for a while now. Make sure to make the time and effort to stay connected in order to keep the spark alive.
Health: Ritual of any sort will be helpful to you health-wise. (this could even be something like reading a book for an hour every Saturday afternoon). Any health problems could be drawing your attention to a problem that is not in your body so much as in your life; for example, a bad back could indicate that you are “carrying too much” metaphorically speaking. Take care of yourself.
Finances: This is a time to be conservative when it comes to financial transactions and decisions, not that money seems to be your highest priority when the Hermit appears anyway. If you’re investing, put your money in conservative stocks/bonds/money market with really good track records. This is not a time to gamble.
Spirituality: It’s very likely that at this time a person will come into your life who is like a mentor or teacher even if they don’t “teach” you directly. You will still learn from them on several levels. Honor the need that you may be having to withdraw to a degree from ordinary life – It won’t last forever. You will soon be feeling much more social, so don’t push yourself now to be around a lot of people unless it is absolutely necessary. You will likely emerge from this month feeling refreshed and renewed, particularly on a spiritual level.
The Hermit Reversed
Introduction: Even when reversed, the Hermit is an extremely spiritual card, and often has to do with institutions and organizations – everything from a bank to the entire Christian Church. This card indicates a link to spirituality even if you are an atheist, even when it comes up in reverse. The Hermit in reversal can mean that you are too focused on finding the “truth” about some matter when you might do better to just let it go and move forward with your life.
General: There is nothing wrong with having a need for some time alone – don’t be afraid to take it. Problems can arise, however, when one spends too much time alone or is too fearful of being around other people or being vulnerable to them. Life is about vulnerability.
Work: You are likely to finally get to the bottom of some work issues which have been troubling you and/or which have been unclear. Don’t hesitate to ask questions not only of yourself but also of other people to understand more about the way things are going at work – and the way they should be going. Remain conscious of the fact that if there are current issues at work that are troublesome, that you may in some way be contributing to them.
Love: When the Hermit shows in reverse, it still indicates that it’s possible that a romance from your past will be re-kindled. You should ask yourself whether that is really what you want? If you are thinking that you want nothing more than a romantic relationship; look at your behavior. Does it align with that analysis? Are you making a point to meet people, to reach out, to make yourself available for a relationship? When the card appears in reverse and you are already in a committed relationship, it’s important that you make a point to spend time, energy and attention on each other, no matter how busy you are.
Health: When the hermit appears in reversal, your current health practices may no longer be working for you and/or you may need to develop some healthier habits. This is an excellent time to consider even very small steps which you could be taking to improve your health. Rome wasn’t built in a day and most important health changes – lasting changes – don’t usually happen overnight either. Take one step at a time.
Finances: When the Hermit appears in reverse, it’s a particularly good time to seek good advice and good analysis on your financial endeavors. This is not a safe time to “fly blind” and just assume that everything will work out in the end. If you don’t understand where your money comes from and where it is going (or how to invest, and so on) this is an excellent and important time to educate yourself.
Spirituality: When the hermit appears in reverse, you may have been going too much “on your own” for your spiritual benefit. Yes, personal and private contemplation is important, however, fellowship with like-minded people is also important. Reach out. You will be glad that you did.