The Hanged Man
The Hanged Man tells that there is a situation that you are not satisfied with. You may feel like you’re stuck in a corner or trapped in a situation or frame of mind that doesn’t make you happy, but you have the power to free yourself. This may involve walking away from the situation or simply changing your perspective on it.
The card is an invitation to go outside yourself and look at your situation from a different angle. Give yourself time to just relax, stop trying to control things. Just let them be, and the right course of action, the right decisions will come to you. The unsatisfactory situation that The Hanged Man alludes to can, for example, be your attitude towards yourself, a course of illness, or a problem related to love or money.
The Hanged Man shows a man hanging upside down by one foot. He does not look battered, rather his face is calm, contented and exalted. The Hanged Man hangs with his head down so that the blood (and thoughts) can rush to his head. His hands are tied behind his back and his legs form a cross. It looks as if he has taken a most uncomfortable and powerless position.
The whole awkward pose The Hanged Man takes symbolizes that in order to break limiting patterns it is necessary to assume a markedly different attitude or position, such as turning ourselves upside down to see the inhibiting pattern or stuck point in consciousness from a other point of view. It also refers to society’s traditional values being turned upside down and the truth being the opposite of what it appears to be.
The card symbolizes a sacrifice of something to achieve something else. Here it is about sacrificing something to achieve inner understanding or awareness of something. The man thus hangs himself in order to obtain special knowledge and power. It’s time to go into the thinking box.
Everything seems to be at a standstill, and new thinking is really needed to move forward. This Symbol is a reminder that there are always many more choices, solutions and perspectives to take into account than those we currently have.
The man chooses to change his posture to find insight and understanding in a new way. It shows that you have to make sacrifices to achieve something of value. It may also be that you have to distance yourself more from the ego and trust deeper aspects of yourself.
It is important to remember that what you sacrifice, you sacrifice voluntarily. The choice is made by asking yourself what is really important in your life and what you can do without.
The symbol also contains the idea of prioritizing the spiritual over the worldly. In short, you have to look at your problems and your life from a completely different perspective and set yourself up to accept completely different conditions!
Other words that characterize The Hanged Man are: inner process, enlightenment, letting go, giving up, devotion, personal sacrifice, enlightenment, breaking old behavior patterns, learning to see things in a new way. A break in one’s life. Postponement of decisions. Trials. An adaptation to changing circumstances. Sacrifice.
The tarot card is associated with number 12 – which in numerology is often reduced to 3 (the sum of 1+2) which means that you must pay attention to these two numbers in relation to the challenge you are asking the tarot cards about.
The card could be linked to the sign Pisces, since the man hangs on his foot, and Pisces is the sign in astrology that rules over the feet. Pisces is often associated with sacrifice and with dissolution and death, as it is the last sign of the zodiac.
I break ineffective old patterns. I let go and accept my new path.
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