The hermit is the initiate, who begins to leave the purely physical identified state of consciousness,
Realising that he has been dwelling in darkness and illusion he sets out on a journey of truth with his lamp of knowledge,
With the 6 point blazing star known as the seal of Solomon he sets about his affairs,
Representing the balance between the left and right brain hemispheres,
This is what the hermit seeks, he know he is in a state of spiritual darkness and wants light,
That’s why he wears darker robes, which are grey, not pure or not white,
A bit like Gandolf the grey wizard in the lord of the rings,
Who does battle with the Balrock symbolizing his internal demons,
Representing the darker aspects of the self, the internal demon of smoke and firey blizzards,
Which once Gandolf conquers he then re-emerges in the form of a white wizard.
The hermit realises he has a lot to learn, he is in darkness but wants to receive,
Associated with the desire centre and the sacrum chakra with endless possibilities to be achieved,
He is establishing a foundation through his desire for learning, experience and knowledge accumulation,
He is beginning to root himself in higher levels of awareness, the first step in the realm of formation.