The Hermit is the tarot card that slows down our stride when we are charging ahead, so that we can stop and deliberate on where we are going. It is important to listen to the voice of intuition as it has a subconscious reasoning, and gives us time to contemplate. This card advises us to take some time off from our hectic schedules and be still, so that we can be guided along our true path, rather than run along in a directionless manner. It is important to observe the entire situation before we react to it. The Hermit symbolizes isolation, but this should not be misunderstood as arrogance. Rather, the card is a sign of introspection and solitude so that we can reach a higher level of awareness, and accomplish more. In a reading, this card indicates that we need to block the distractions in our life for some time, so that we can focus on whats truly important to us. If we are faced with a situation, this could mean passivity or withdrawal, until we comprehend the situation completely and are able to react appropriately.
The usage Arcana stems from the word Arcane. ‘Major Arcana’ means ‘the big secret’. The Major Arcana deck of Tarot comprises of the first 22 cards in the deck. These cards signify the major events in the journey of life of a person from birth to death, and rebirth. Each of these 22 cards has a particular meaning to convey, a definite significance. For instance, The Fool, the first of the Major Arcana cards, signifies the innocent baby embarking on the journey of life; The Lovers is the card of the heart and relationships; The Chariot signifies an ongoing journey; The Death is the card of eternal change, or rebirth; The Moon means the gaining of inner knowledge; and The World signifies the end of the cycle of birth and reincarnation.