The hermit’s lantern reminds us of the Biblical parable of the wise and the foolish maidens. (Wise maidens are on the alert and keep their light at hand.) Dali used the painting of Luca Pacioli to portray the Hermit. Pacioli was a scholar of the Renaissance, a mathematical genius and the inventor of duplicate bookkeeping, whose actual life shows some parallels to the symbolic meaning of the Hermit
This card is all about evaluating the sum of your experiences and always reorganizing your life accordingly. Every human being brings something new into the world, something that has not been before and would not be if not for him. The embryo in the lantern, the homunculus, represents this unique contribution. Above the head of the figure we see jewels, some of them in the shape of an egg. The egg is a symbol of fertility and of growth of something new. If this new thing, our unique contribution, is missing from our life, we feel lost. Once we have found and understood it, we know that we can truly rely on ourselves.
Your light expands by resolving your own contradictions. You will not get close to the magnificent power of the Hermit if you are not assuming responsibility for your life or by fleeing into incompetence or irresponsibility. The Hermit represents a person who solves his problems at the appropriate time and goes about his life without sweeping anything under the carpet or leaving anybody in the dark.
In this sense this card is all about using your own light to heal and sanctify your world and to help create a >>virgin<< earth.
This card sometimes stands for rest and withdrawal, but more often for commitment and effort and for accepting responsibility. Pay your debts – in a material as well as a moral sense. Increase your own wealth and well-being as well as that of your fellow human beings.