Tarot Card Interpretation & Meaning - (9) The Hermit Reversed

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.


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.

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.

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.


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