My first impressions:
Something that brings one happiness underneath/secretly
A light (metaphorically)
From The Mystic Tarot:
Space and time away from everyday concerns can be key to self-knowledge and self-confidence
A card of guiding light – a promise of brighter times
From The Illustrated Book of Tarot:
Isolation to contemplate and join with the divine
Inner wisdom; learn to listen to the voice of your higher self
The Hermit’s lamp represents spiritual light and knowledge =The crone goddess is his counterpart
You have a pressing need to be by yourself, to think, to plan. Perhaps you feel there is a pressing decision to make.
There is always something knew to learn – study meditation, take a retreat, travel alone, take solitary walks.
A person in the guise of the hermit may enter your life – listen to their advice
This card may be a warning against thoughtless action
A message of prudence, caution, and discretion
Consider every angle and take your time to reach your conclusions
Reversed: Enforced loneliness – may feel the need for noise, distractions, and activity because they are to frightened to look inside themselves.
May represent obstinacy or refusal to listen – don’t ignore advice given to you
You could be wasting your time in some way. Examine your life and preoccupations.
From The Ananda Tarot:
Developing strength of character
Developing talents and abilities
From The Girl’s Guide to Tarot:
Sound and wise advice (from yourself or others)
You know what is best for you
Don’t rush into your next project – take time to sit and think things through
Reverse: good advice has been ignored
You haven’t learned from past experiences
You are lost in thoughts and daydreams
From The Luigi Scapini Tarot:
The roses on the hermit’s staff represent the seven stages of growth from bud to flower – how cool is that? I love my tarot deck.
Fear of discovery
Failure to face facts
Failure resulting from inactivity