The Hermit (Tarot card)

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The Hermit (IX) from the Rider-Waite tarot deck

The Hermit (IX) is the ninth trump or Major Arcana card in most traditional Tarot decks. It is used in game playing as well as in divination.


The Waite version of the card shows an old man, standing on a mountain peak, carrying a staff in one hand and a lit lantern containing a six-pointed star in the other. In the background is a mountain range.

According to Eden Gray, his lantern is the Lamp of Truth, used to guide the unknowing, his patriarch's staff helps him navigate narrow paths as he seeks enlightenment and his cloak is a form of discretion.[1]


According to A.E. Waite's Pictorial Key to the Tarot, the Hermit card carries several divinatory associations:[2]

9.THE HERMIT.--Prudence, circumspection; also and especially treason, dissimulation, roguery, corruption. Reversed: Concealment, disguise, policy fear, unreasoned caution.

The card is usually thought to connote aspects of healing/recovery, particularly the kind that happens over time. In that regard, The Hermit is sometimes considered the mature and wiser version of The Magician. As such, both cards represent the astrological sign of Virgo.

Alternative decks[edit]

In the X/1999 Tarot version made by CLAMP, The Hermit is Satsuki Yatouji.

In other media[edit]

  • A version of Waite's of The Hermit designed by Barrington Colby is depicted on the inner jacket sleeve of Led Zeppelin IV.[3][4]
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders uses Tarot cards to name character's Stands. One of these Stands is named Hermit Purple, after The Hermit card and the colour the Stand is always depicted as.


  1. ^ Gray, Eden. "Complete Guide to the Tarot." 1970. Crown Publishers, New York, NY.
  2. ^ Waite, Arthur Edward, 1857-1942. (2005). The pictorial key to the tarot. Mineola, NY: Dover Publications. ISBN 0-486-44255-1. OCLC 57549699.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  3. ^ Untitled (Media notes). Atlantic Records. 1972. K50008.
  4. ^ Lewis, Dave (1990). Led Zeppelin : A Celebration. Omnibus Press. ISBN 978-0-7119-2416-1.