Keywords: wisdom, solitude
The Hermit often suggests a need for time alone - a period of reflection when distractions are limited. In times of action and high energy, he stands for the still center that must be created for balance. He can also indicate that withdrawal or retreat is advised for the moment. In addition, the Hermit can represent seeking of all kinds, especially for deeper understanding or the truth of a situation. "Seek, and ye shall find", we have been told, and so the Hermit stands for guidance as well. We can receive help from wise teachers, and, in turn, help others as we progress.
Often this card means withdrawing from life, feeling a pressing need to be alone. Peace and quiet are important now, giving you time to think. This card can also represent the arrival of a teacher who will counsel you on some important matter. It warns against thoughtless action and indicates caution, prudence and discretion in all worldly affairs.
Caution. Discretion. Need for prudence. Counsel sought and taken. Inner calm. A need to reach into one's inner resources. Assimilation. Planning. A wise guide or spiritual mentor. A time to stand back and reflect upon circumstances.
This card as it reflects a deep thinker, someone who spends time in isolation mulling over the mysteries of life. Much time may have been spent this way, and now it is all about to change.
It shows that it is time to step back from a situation for quiet reflection and inner counsel. A period of solitude is needed, to recharge batteries.