The Hermit card shows an old man (at least on the card i'm looking at right now), with a humble posture. he's wearing a hooded cloak, his face cast downward. standing in the dark, he holds a lantern. he is alone..secluded, and content with it. the image on this card embodies introspection and detachment. we all have moments that require distancing...going within to regain our sense of balance. to learn...to experience an epiphony. when we introspect, situations can be thought about more clearly and objectively. The Hermit encourages us to be cautious and to use prudence. becoming unseen will bring about advantages that were hidden before. a time of solitude is necessary when The Hermit makes an appearance. sometimes we need time and space to retreat from the world, to come back with higher knowledge. we need introspection also to figure out what our own motives are. turning his back on the world, for a period of time, allows us to recharge our batteries. this is a time to care for ourselves...our own needs. doing this allows us to do higher work. ignoring this call can lead to deterioration, as we are unable to move forward without taking the time to introspect when necessary, to gain wisdom.