A reversed Hermit card can represent an opposite … a mean old man, isolated, misanthropic, paranoid … Isolation does not bring insights and epiphanies, but rather turns the person sour and against the world. Another opposite of the Hermit is the Fool, such as a teacher who uses her position to do foolish or childish things, rather than to impart wisdom and insight. Either way, this is not a trustworthy teacher or sage.
A reversed Hermit can also mean Blocks … the power of the Hermit (his energy) is in his lantern. The Hermit has keen insight and an ability to see what is hidden to others; he knows how to look beneath the surface. If this is blocked, then we might well say that the Hermit’s lantern has been shattered. It offers no light and the Hermit is left in darkness. Thus, if you are viewing this sign as a representation of a block, then perhaps you are having trouble shedding light on a problem, or that you are alone in the dark in this situation. To get out, you must find a way to rekindle you lantern. The lantern is emblematic of your keen mind, sharp eye and analytical abilities. Though currently in darkness, the Hermit has the means to shed light on things if he rekindles his lantern.