To dream of a hermit, denotes sadness and loneliness caused by the unfaithfulness of friends. If you are a hermit yourself, you will pursue researches into intricate subjects, and will take great interest in the discussions of the hour. To find yourself in the abode of a hermit, denotes unselfishness toward enemies and friends alike.
In a woman’s dream the hermit may represent one of her links with the divine in the same way as a priest does. In a man’s dream the hermit will often highlight his own links with his god, whatever form that takes.
To dream that you are a hermit, represents your need to be alone or that you are feeling alone. You are withdrawing from daily life and distancing yourself from others.
A holy man, or the wise old man, will often appear in dreams as the hermit, suggesting that we are discovering the dimension in ourselves which has a spiritual awareness.
There are two types of hermit: one withdraws from life in order to live an entirely spiritual existence and knows that others will care for his bodily needs, whereas the other travels throughout the world using his knowledge and expertise to help others.
There is a kind of loneliness and singularity within many people, which prevents us from making relationships on a one-to-one basis. This may manifest in dreams as the figure of the hermit.
Begging was at one time considered a valid spiritual discipline in that people were expected to share what they had. A beggar can be a hermit and, therefore, a spiritual petitioner, someone who trusts in the universe to provide.
The tourist in a dream in spiritual terms represents the hermit or wanderer.
In his devotion to the mystical life, the monk in dreams symbolizes an emotional response to a vocation, perhaps to a life of ascetism. He symbolizes holiness – and no matter what religion – that part of us that searches for the divine. He can have the same significance as the hermit or wanderer.
Wandering as a spiritual concept means going wherever life’s path takes us. It is particularly recognized in the taoist religion and signifies going with the flow. You might also like to consult the entries for hermit and tramp as well as the information on tramp in archetypes in the introduction.