The Waite version of the card shows an old man carrying a staff in one hand and a lit lantern containing a six-pointed star in the other. In the background is a wasteland. Just beyond the wasteland is a mountain range.
His lantern is the Lamp of Truth, used to guide the unknowing. He holds a patriarch's staff to help him navigate narrow paths as he seeks enlightenment. His cloak is a form of discretion.
In some decks it is also called Le Moine ("The Monk") or Time or The Sage.
In the Mythic Tarot deck, the Hermit is depicted by Cronus.
In the Sacred Circle Tarot, the Hermit is the Shaman.
In the Psycards alternative Tarot deck, the Hermit is the Sage.
- Gray, Eden. "Complete Guide to the Tarot." 1970. Crown Publishers, New York, NY.