"The mind can weave itself warmly in the cocoon of its own thoughts, and dwell a hermit anywhere" -- James Russell Lowell
The Hermit is associated with Virgo energy. It is the 9th Major Arcana card.
Nines in the tarot indicate a need to learn, to go inward. The Hermit holds a light only for himself. This is not a selfish act, it is a reminder that we must know ourselves intimately if we ever hope to intimately connect with anyone else. This is card of also going back to school, of academia, of learning. Although this is an earthy card - The Hermit represents something less tangible than the simple material preoccupations of civilization. The Hermit represents leaving behind the material to find the secrets outside of this.
If this card comes up between you and a partner, it can mean that you are both learning a lot of lessons from each other at this time. It can also indicate a relationship where you are both self sufficient, happy living apart with no desire to live together at the moment. The Hermit indicates a need for space in relationships. Of course - the Hermit can also be a lonely card and can indicate that right now it is a time to focus on yourself rather than partnerships.
This is a 9 so associated with the 9th Day and 9th Month. It is also associated with Virgo season which is from August 22nd to September 22nd.
Mountains in the background symbolize a need to understand higher knowledge and spiritual wisdom.
Lantern shining light inward is a need to find inner truth.
Old nature of the person on the card symbolizes time and experience.
Learning, going on a retreat, introspection, contemplation, withdrawal, solitude, antisocial, reclusive
Going inward to find the answers, don't seek external validation. A need to retreat and to spend time by yourself, learning, seeking higher knowledge.
Virgo energy is meticulous and can also be quite critical. Sometimes the Virgo card can indicate an astute but perhaps critical take on something.
The Hermit Reversed The Hermit can also indicate old age and can be one to watch if it comes up in relation to health questions. It can indicate troubles especially when reversed. Look to the cards coming out beside it for clarification.