I continue my astrological exploration of the Major Arcana with Trump 9, The Hermit. The use of astrological associations with Tarot is completely up to the reader. This is merely intended to be interesting and fun.
Thoth Tarot by Aleister Crowley
Like the Order of the Golden Dawn, Crowley's attribution for The Hermit is the zodiac sign Virgo, a mutable Earth sign known for being industrious, discriminating, logical, analytical, intellectual, and for having a tendency to be critical. Virgo is ruled by Mercury, planet of communication, intelligence, perception, and intellectual energy. Mercury is exalted in Virgo, giving it additional strength with respect to The Hermit.
One World Tarot by Crystal Love
This deck associates The Hermit with the zodiac sign Aquarius, ruled by the planet Uranus in modern astrology. Love explains that Aquarius is associated with "futuristic thinking, invention, genius, originality, science, electricity, and technology." Uranus is viewed as the planet of change, originality, upheaval, and revolution. Negative traits associated with Aquarius and Uranus include perversity, eccentricity, and fanatacism. Love's Hermit card depicts Alpha Centauri, "a hermit among the stars."
A.E. Thierens, PhD. (Astrology & the Tarot)
Thierens associates The Hermit, Trump 9, with the ninth sign of the zodiac: Sagittarius (a mutable Fire sign known for being freedom-loving, expansive, knowledge-seeking, and open to new ideas and exploration). Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter, planet of good fortune, expansion, abundance, and wisdom. Thierens writes: "The sign is that of thought-power, creative mind, idealism. . . and consequently the Sagittarian is remarkable for always seeing things in his own light and trying to throw light on things in order to instruct other people. . . And mentally he is always more or less lonely. All this is very distinctly symbolised in the card of the Hermit."
The Celestial Tarot by Brian Clark
This deck links The Hermit with the zodiac sign Virgo, The Wise Virgin. Clark writes: "Virgo is ancient and instinctual, craving sanctity and ritual in everyday life. . . It did not originally mean chaste, quite the reverse. Ironically, it implies an image of freedom and independence, a woman in relationship to her internal self, contained and autonomous, in charge of her own desires. . . When the card appears, the Hermit, represented by Virgo, suggests her wisdom of cycles needs to become consciousness."
The Mandala Astrological Tarot by A.T. Mann
Mann associates The Hermit with the zodiac sign Virgo, sign of "ripe fruit; orderly storage and collection; selection; discrimination; purity; perfectionism; health and hygiene; analytic mind; prudence; diet." Mercury, ruler of Virgo, is "Mind, reason, self-expression, communication, knowledge, intelligence, movement; friend, sibling, mediator, guide." Mann tells us that Mercury "fertilizes itself and transforms simplicity into understanding by releasing conflicting pictures to achieve harmony through the application of perceptive mind."
The Whispering Tarot by Liz Hazel
This deck links The Hermit with the zodiac sign Virgo and "sometimes Saturn." Saturn is viewed as the planet of discipline, responsibility, restriction, and limitation -- all of which can be seen in The Hermit.
The most common association seen in these examples is that between The Hermit and the zodiac sign Virgo, ruled by Mercury. Love's association of the card with Aquarius and Uranus doesn't work well for me. As a Sagittarian myself, I find the Sagittarius association presented by Thierens to be intriguing and well reasoned.
I welcome your comments!