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Tarot Hermit with the Tarot Devil, are you Dancing with them?

Updated on July 14, 2014

The Dance

Tarot Devil

Rider Tarot Deck
Rider Tarot Deck

The Tarot Devil's Symbolic Meaning

The Tarot Devil is the programed mind. It is the negative behavior patterns, which have grown into core beliefs. Weeds can symbolically represent these cords. They do not go away, until they are completely pulled out by their roots.

Has life become a journey of disappointments for you? Do you dread waking up in the morning, because nothing actually ever changes? Are you a speaker of these words, ‘will see’? If so, you are right now living fully in the Tarot Devil card. Your ‘will see’ is the key root of your life’s future events, and has been in charge of your past and present circumstances. Will see is indicative to, I will believe it when I see it. This always leads to future disappointments. You are sitting yourself up for failure. You have bought into the Devil’s card truth. It has possession of you now.

If you are fortunate to meet the Hermit on the road, you will be drawn in by the lantern he is carrying, only because the darkness, which possesses you, has become unbearable. The Hermit will not seek you out. You will have to chase him down, just to share its light. You will beg it to rescue you from its darkness. Will you stay with the Hermit? The Hermit card is a challenging card, which many people will seek a divorce from in due time.


The Tarot Hermit Symbolic Meaning

The Tarot Hermit is the light from within. It contains the memories of the spirit/soul. It knows it is here on earth to live daily its mission. It walks in the darkness, reflecting light. This light though is only for itself. It is on the journey of discovering truth. The Hermit might still contain a few chains, but the Devil does not possess it. It only relies on belief. This belief does not need to be proved. The Hermit often seeks a loneness. It is more comfortable following the leads of its own lantern, in discoveries in the ‘realm of belief’.

The Hermit often is gracious with people, yet it will not lead them. If you choose to walk beside it, you can learn a lot. The first area of learning is about your chains and how they have grown into weeds. It is here where the Hermit is usually beckon goodbye by people.

A Metaphor on Engaging the Hermit

Engaging the Hermit is not difficult. It will speak with you. The area of jeopardy often comes up in us refusing to listen. Our mind begs the Hermit to believe in our truths. It must convince it that it is right. This is valiantly proven with statistics. Society will often back up your findings that support the chains it is enticing you to grab. Symbolically, this means you were sold a bag of goods that have been working against your inner core of light. You have been told the opposite gender only wants A, B or C from you. You cannot trust others who are members of this religion or race. Homosexuals are bad, and this list is endless.

It also will inform you that belief is a misnomer. A wise person first seeks proof. You have become very rich in these lies, and you have embrace them. If we are told we are failures, we will use this as a chain. We can find quickly information that supports our information, plus we have past our experiences. The Devil gleans with details of past experiences to prove its point. You have become the Devil. You now carrying your own chains.

The Hermit listens intently before it turns to the Devil and says it agrees about society. They are conditioned to belief in certain ways. Those conditions have turned into strong weeds, whose roots are dug deep. How else can life be with them, if they continue to believe you exist, the Hermit will point out?

A Metaphor on Engaging the Devil

The Devil is also approachable, and loves a great challenge. It decides to hear out the Hermit. It though does not seek to be challenged by the Devil. It realizes it has its place, as does it. There is no purpose in trying to change the Devil. Instead, it embraces it with love, and believes it will continue on its path. The Devil is shocked with this lack of resistance or need to prove itself. It is the first time, it has ever run into this. Intrigued he decides to walk with the Hermit, without engaging it with the usual verbiage.

He quickly realizes the Hermit seeks change in himself only. He is aware that there are many who need to blame the Devil, even if it wasn’t him who did anything to them. He has informed the symbolic Devil that it is kind act he performs- playing the scapegoat.

The Scapegoat Unveiled

The Scapegoat Unveiled

The above metaphor was done with the idea of presenting a different way of viewing the Tarot Devil and Hermit, as archetypes that can offer us a lot of insight. These archetypes can quickly become our friends. They will teach you that the need to impress others, becomes fruitless. You will learn that the symbol of the Devil has been your scapegoat, and you have been others.

The Hermit will guide you into a new world of discovery. A world of endless possibilities. In following it, you will discover those roots that are attached to your weeds, and the chains that bind you.

Who in your life has represented the Devil? Those you have mentioned are your scapegoats. This is your pass out of taking control of your life. This action prevents you from pulling out those weeds. It though is often easier to ignore these chains. The Hermit archetype understands the way of enlightenment is difficult. It beckons you to stop the blaming and making excuses. What would you do, if you could not fall back on your history as an excuse? The answer is, you could do many things. There though is a cost. You have to stop using the Devil as your scapegoat. This is hard, but it isn’t impossible. There are many who have done this. There are even more who have started, but have become discouraged, and quit.

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Why people quit

People charge in to try many new ways. They often are seeking out a book, article or blog that will offer them a new way. They desire the outcome, which was always promised, throughout the books. The end result for them though is always a road to discouragement. My belief is nobody has informed the readers life will always bring you challenges. A new lover, new job, new home, birth of a baby or anything else you are hoping for does not also usher in the end of disappointments. A peaceful mind will be insulted with trauma here and there. This will always be a part of living, and nobody is immune to this. The previous belief of troubles be gone forever is one of your weeds, which has rooted deeply in the soil of you. There though is a new factor that aids us during those times of upheaval.

The archetype of the Hermit can aid us big time, and so can the archetype of the Devil. This hub primarily is directed towards the Tarot, and I do find the cards are very beneficial in finding answers. This is the ideal time to see them. You can do this for yourself. I will suggest, later on, a book that I find very beneficial, even for the non-reader. The fact still remains, you will continue to have crises, as long as you are living. Your perspective of the crises is the key factor. Is your perspective being controlled by one of your weeds? Weeds do often crop back up, which means we need to pull them out again. An example of this is jealousy in a relationship. Let us assume you have already done the healing work, and pulled out the weeds connected to your past relationships. One day you awaken, and the green-eye-monster is sleeping next to you. You have finally found the ‘one’, and are looking forward to seeing them today, but this monster is clinging to your back. You have a problem. There is an issue here, but you can remedy it.

Hermit and Devil Tarot Cards


The Remedy

Shuffle the cards, and when done, seek out three cards in the deck; The Devil, the card prior to it and the one following it. This will give you a broad scope of what weed, from your past, (card prior to Devil) has taken root again, and how it will direct your future, (card after the Devil). Note: If either cards come out positive, seek the opposite meaning. Write it down and put it aside. Do the same with the Hermit card, but seeking out the positive attributes. This is the way to change your perspective of the rooted weed.

No more Apologies

Final Thought

I am not promising you a rose garden, without the thorns. You can’t have one without the other. I though am giving you a technique to help you during those times, when you wish to use the Devil as your scapegoat.

There is life to live, without dragging the Devil around. It is an ongoing process. I have used this, and I will never go back to scapegoating.

As I stated, I will list the Tarot book, Everyday Tarot. This book is easy and offers behavior change advice. This hub would not be complete if I didn’t also offer a couple links to those that I credit in helping me, with their work.

Honeymoon Effect

I highly recommend this to rediscover how we can create this mind-set daily.

Rewiring your Brian

Dr. Joe Dispenza is an excellent source on rewiring your brain.


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      4 years ago

      Today I dreamed that someone has pulled out those two cards for me. Only now, after reading your post I understand the meaning, thank you for such an insightful answer about it. In my dream, this someone said the devil was angry at me because I chose the path of the hermit so he could no longer control me through one of my "weeds", the one that he had long waited to harvest the results. He then appeared as a voice in my head and was totally disappointed telling me what the chain was but I failed to realize that what he was telling me was a chain after all. It was a pretty shocking but reveling dream because I often use scapegoats to justify the devil's influence. After reading your post I realize why that have chained me all this time, not that I have freed from the chains yet, but the path of the hermit I choose is a long and lonely path to follow...


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