The Hermit

Divinatory Meanings: Prudence, circumspection; also and especially treason, dissimulation, roguery, corruption. Reversed: Concealment, disguise, policy, fear, unreasoned caution.

Description: The variation from the conventional models in this card is only that the lamp is not enveloped partially in the mantle of its bearer, who blends the idea of the Ancient of Days with the Light of the World It is a star which shines in the lantern. I have said that this is a card of attainment, and to extend this conception the figure is seen holding up his beacon on an eminence. Therefore the Hermit is not, as Court de Gebelin explained, a wise man in search of truth and justice; nor is he, as a later explanation proposes, an especial example of experience. His beacon intimates that "where I am, you also may be."

It is further a card which is understood quite incorrectly when it is connected with the idea of occult isolation, as the protection of personal magnetism against admixture. This is one of the frivolous renderings which we owe to Éliphas Lévi. It has been adopted by the French Order of Martinism and some of us have heard a great deal of the Silent and Unknown Philosophy enveloped by his mantle from the knowledge of the profane. In true Martinism, the significance of the term Philosophe inconnu was of another order. It did not refer to the intended concealment of the Instituted Mysteries, much less of their substitutes, but--like the card itself--to the truth that the Divine Mysteries secure their own protection from those who are unprepared.

UPRIGHT: Prudence, circumspection; also and especially treason, dissimulation, roguery, corruption.

REVERSED: Concealment, disguise, policy, fear, unreasoned caution.


Tarot - Major Arcana Index

Please choose any arcana card below to find the meaning of each individual card.

The Fool The Magician The High Priestess The Empress The Emperor
The Hierophant The Lovers The Chariot Strength The Hermit
Wheel of Fortune Justice The Hanged Man Death Temperance
The Devil The Tower The Star The Moon The Sun
Judgement The World      

 

Tarot - Minor Arcana Index

Please choose any minor arcana card below to find the meaning.


Ace of Cups Ace of Pentacles Ace of Swords Ace of Wands
Two of Cups Two of Pentacles Two of Swords Two of Wands
Three of Cups Three of Pentacles Three of Swords Three of Wands
Four of Cups Four of Pentacles Four of Swords Four of Wands
Five of Cups Five of Pentacles Five of Swords Five of Wands
Six of Cups Six of Pentacles Six of Swords Six of Wands
Seven of Cups Seven of Pentacles Seven of Swords Seven of Wands
Eight of Cups Eight of Pentacles Eight of Swords Eight of Wands
Nine of Cups Nine of Pentacles Nine of Swords Nine of Wands
Ten of Cups Ten of Pentacles Ten of Swords Ten of Wands
Page of Cups Page of Pentacles Page of Swords Page of Wands
Knight of Cups
Knight of Pentacles Knight of Swords Knight of Wands
Queen of Cups Queen of Pentacles Queen of Swords Queen of Wands
King of Cups King of Pentacles King of Swords King of Wands

 

 

 

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