Traditionally, the Hermit is the seeker of truth and wisdom. He often represents the seeker’s journey into the unknown. The Hermit’s path is a shadowy one. The lantern he carries is symbolic of a mirror to our own selves. This is wisdom that is within in all of us. It is the power to see ourselves as we truly are.
Another common interpretation of the Hermit is the wise old man or advisor. In this respect, he is the messenger of truth, revealing the importance of forethought and circumspection. Since the Hermit can be a carrier of light, he is there to share his knowledge and light the path for others. He guides the seeker towards self-knowledge and self-acceptance.
When The Hermit is drawn a love tarot reading, he typically represents a need to pause. This is a time for contemplation and evaluation. In terms of a relationship that has come to a standstill, the Hermit encourages you to go within and find your truth. The Hermit may indicate that your focus on your relationship will need to shift. This is not the time to make your relationship a priority. You would be better served by allowing yourself the freedom to do some soul searching.
Although there may be some loneliness, the ultimate goal would be a transformational experience. After a period of introspection, you may be willing to work things out with your partner. A new perspective and sense of purpose can add valuable information for both you and your partner.
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Carolyn Naiman is a professional Tarot reader and the Webmaster of http://tarotreadingpsychic.com She has a Masters in Psychology and has been a Tarot advisor since 1998.