The Hermit (Tarot card)

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The Hermit (IX)

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.

Description[edit]

The Waite version of the card shows an old man carrying a staff in one hand and a lit lantern containing a six-pointed star in the other. In the background is a wasteland. Just beyond the wasteland 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]

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.[2][3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gray, Eden. "Complete Guide to the Tarot." 1970. Crown Publishers, New York, NY.
  2. ^ Untitled (Media notes). Atlantic Records. 1972. K50008.
  3. ^ Lewis, Dave (1990). Led Zeppelin : A Celebration. Omnibus Press. ISBN 978-0-7119-2416-1.