The Hermit is a card of introspection and solitude. The imagery is often one of an old man, cloaked, with a lantern lighting his path ahead. The lantern is symbolic of enlightenment in the darkness. This is a card of searching. Alone and searching in the dark for his way in life, carrying nothing but a walking stick and lantern, he serves to remind us that in life we are often alone in our quest for direction. Solitude is often required to remove other distractions around us so we may think clearly, contemplate, rest and plan ahead. The ground below his feet is often depicted as white with snow. Timing is a difficult art to master with Tarot and the appearance of the Hermit can sometimes point to the season of winter.
Numerology: The Hermit is card number 9 of the major arcana. This is the final number of the numerological sequence. All Tarot card's that have the number 9 have a theme of isolation or loneliness. This theme of an end of a cycle is seen in the winter landscape through which the Hermit walks.
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