Tom Bombadil, ancient earth spirit is careful not to get involved. I've never ever looked at the Hermit card from that point of view. I've always thought of the Hermit as withdrawing for a higher purpose as opposed to simply minding his own business.
I'm reminded by this card that not getting involved can save a whole lot of grief and bother and sometimes money. But more often the heart leads when it comes to getting involved and once committed being the Hermit is out of the question. We choose to take responsibility last Sunday. It would have been super easy to ignore the situation, literally turn our head so we didn't have to see. It isn't in our very Hermit-like nature to do that though. I can only hope it all works out without heartbreak all around.
"The difference between involvement and commitment is like ham and eggs. The chicken is involved; the pig is committed." ~ Martina Navratilova 1956-
I have been really impressed with this deck. It has been around for 11 years and I didn't even bother looking at it because I assumed it was just one more bad deck based on a theme and jumping on the Lord of the Rings money-making express. Instead the 268 page book is very well researched and written, the cards, while abiding within general Tarot guidelines offer many new ways to see a situation or solution with the help of Middle Earth's viewpoint. And best of all I got to reacquaint myself with the Ents, the true Hermits of the world. Two thumbs up U.S. Games Systems, thank you.