A key aspect of reading your own tarot is interpreting cards. For a beginner interpreting a single card can be fine, as there are plenty of resources to help you out, however interpreting two or more can be very tricky.
However, if you have been practising single card readings for a while a 2 card spread will be a great introduction into reading multiple cards.
As you’ve found this page, you’re probably wondering how to interpret the The Fool card and The Hermit card together in particular.
The The Fool card and The Hermit have unique qualities and will interact with each other in different ways depending on what kind of reading you are doing.
What does The Fool and The Hermit mean together?
The Fool and The Hermit means I should take chances, new paths and adventures, and go within for clarity. I should also begin my quest for personal truth and spiritual illumination. These two cards together suggest that I should be open to new possibilities and take risks. I should also trust my intuition and listen to my inner voice. These two cards suggest that I need to be patient and take my time in order to find the answers I seek.
The meaning of the cards will depend on what kind of reading you are doing and the question you asked the deck. This is a guide covering the general meanings of the cards and how they relate to each other.
Common 2-card spreads
Whilst it’s great to know who these two cards interact with each other, it’s important to note that the meaning will depend on the context of your spread
The most common 2 card spreads I recommend to newer readers are:
- The 2 card cross (otherwise known as “The Fool’s Journey”)
- The 2 card “Yes or No”
“The Fool’s Journey”
Setup: The two card cross is where you place two cards face up, one placed vertically and with one laying horizontally over
Interpretation: The 2 cards represent a “situation” and a “challenge”. The first card will describe the situation you are in with the second horizontal card being the “challenge” crossing you (literally crossing you in this case!)
Reading: Using the overviews in this guide is a great way to start. First, look at the meanings of the 2 cards, and see how they might relate either as your “situation” or “challenge”. Once you have that you can look at the general overview for how the two cards interact with each other.
The benefit of this spread is that it can give clarity when you’re feeling uncertain or anxious. Once you have clarity of thought, and a strong idea of what your challenge is you can find solutions to help your situation
The 2 card “Yes or No”
Setup: The 2 card “Yes or No” is where you place two cards face up side by side, whilst asking your deck a “yes or no” question.
Interpretation: Each card in a tarot deck has a “yes” or a “no” meaning. Look at the meanings of each card, and you will have your answer.
The benefit of this is you get a stronger yes or no compared to a single card draw. You may find you often get a mix of “yes or no”, and this is fine. It simply means there is doubt, or things are not yet clear.
Yes or No meaning
Things are a bit tricky for this combination, as The Fool and The Hermit mean different things. The cards are unsure about your question, or the answer to the question has not yet been decided.
The “Yes” and “No” meanings can differ from reader to reader. The meanings here are based on what I believe are the generally accepted definitions.
What does The Fool mean?
The Fool Tarot card is a reminder that we should live life to the fullest and take chances. It is a positive card that suggests new beginnings, hope, and adventure. The Fool also warns against being too reckless, however, and suggests that we take care not to take unnecessary risks.
In terms of health, The Fool suggests that we take care of our bodies and minds, and live a healthy lifestyle. This can include eating well, exercising, and getting enough rest. It also means being proactive about our health, and not taking unnecessary risks.
In terms of finances, The Fool suggests that we take care with our money, and not take unnecessary risks. It also suggests that we be open to new opportunities, and not be afraid to take chances.
In terms of relationships, The Fool suggests that we take care with our hearts, and not take unnecessary risks. It also suggests that we be open to new people and new experiences.
What does The Hermit mean?
The Hermit Tarot card suggests that it is time to go within and find our personal truth. This can be a time of spiritual illumination, when we are able to see things more clearly. We may need to take some time for introspection, in order to gain a deeper understanding of ourselves. This is a good time to reflect on our health, finances and relationships. We may need to make some changes in order to bring ourselves into alignment with our true values. The Hermit Tarot card reminds us that we have all the answers we need within ourselves, and that we should trust our intuition.
Understanding how the meaning of a reading changes once you start involving more than one card can be tricky. This will come with time and practice, however I hope this guide on what your cards might be telling you when you draw The Fool and The Hermit has helped you.