Divinatory Meanings of The HermitWisdom sought for and obtained from above. Divine inspiration (but active as opposed to the Lovers).
MacGregor MathersPrudence, Caution, Deliberation.
Reversed meaningsOver-Prudence, Timorousness, Fear.
Attributions of the Hermit
Golden Dawn Title of The Hermit
The Magus of the Voice of Light
Correct design of The Hermit
Wrapped in a cloke and a cowl, an Ancient walketh, bearing a lamp and staff
Before him goeth upright the Royal Uraeus Serpent
Hebrew Letter Yod – Y
The Virgin Man. Secret Seed of All. Secret of the Gate of Initiation
Y = Virgin Man
V = Secret Seed of All
D = Secret of the Gate of Initiation
Yod, a Hand, indicates the means of action. The doctrine is that the Universe is set in motion by the action of indivisible points (Hadit). The Hand being the symbol of creative and directive energy, is the polite equivalent of Spermatozoon, the true glyph.
The value of Yod is 10, and the astrological attribution is Virgo. The Hermit is the card associated.
Virgo is the 6th Sign of the Zodiac ruled by Mercury. It is Mutable Earth. Predictions: August 23 – September 22 and all Wednesdays.
Path of WisdomThe Twentieth Path is the Intelligence of Will, and is so called because it is the means of preparation of all and each created being, and by this intelligence the existence of the Primordial Wisdom becomes known.
Deities associated with The Hermit
He is of course a dying God but is attributed here because of his mutilation which corresponds to Virgo.
Connection with Spring
Connection with spring (yellowish-green colour in the Prince Scale)
The Virgin Goddess
Flora and Fauna of The Hermit
The Narcissus refers to the solitary tradition, The Hermit
The Peridot is of the colour of Virgo in the Knight Scale.
The Rhinoceros – the single horn suggests Mercury. In the Dhammapada he is taken as the emblem of the Hermit.
All animals which go solitary are attributed here, as also those which refuse to unite with others. This is connected not only with ATU IX but with the cold-bloodedness of Mercury.
The solitary and Hermetic nature.
The solitary nature of Virgo and The Hermit
The Snowdrop suggest the modest purity of Virgo
Lily suggest the modest purity of Virgo.
Mistletoe is indicated to The Hermit by the macroscopic appearance of semen.
Magical Attributions of The Hermit
Invisibility, Parthenogenesis, Initiation
The Lamp and Wand (Virile Force reserved), the Bread
The Lamp and Wand appear in ATU IX as the weapons of the Hermit. This Wand is concealed: it is the virile energy reserved. This Lamp has the same significance and is not to be confused with other lamps. The Bread is the natural product, the fertile earth; it conveys sacramentally, “every word that cometh out of the mouth of God.”
Colour Scales of The Hermit
Knight Colour Scale
Queen Colour Scale
Prince Colour Scale
Princess Colour Scale
The perfection of virginity is fruitfulness.