The Hanged Man
The Hanged Man usually indicates a lack of ability to help oneself through independent action. The energy is arrested and awaiting judgment. With this card, there is no avenue for the will to regain control until the situation has passed.
Number: 12 – the perfect number, symbol of the zodiac, 3 x 4
XII – The Hanged Man
The Hanged Man is a symbol for the turning points in life, showing up a need to stop and assess a situation. We’re hanging in the air until we find a new view of the things around us, a proper way to rearrange or restart.
But the Hanged Man is a ‘silent’ card, there’s no pressing need for change. No big change is waltzing towards us. We can be peacefully keep on hanging and complaining. The Hanged Man just shows that we’re just ‘hanging’, he requires a new viewpoint, and sometimes a lot of patience.
In its positive aspect, the card shows the need for a time of consideration, the forced relaxation gives the opportunity to relax and reflect, to sort thoughts and ideas and find a new way to cope with a situation.
When The Hanged Man appears in a Tarot reading, your projects and activities may be coming to an unexpected and abrupt halt. Don’t keep pushing forward, hoping that more force will drive you to where you want to go. Instead, surrender to the opportunity to pause and view it as your chance to reassess and re-evaluate where you are on your path. Something new is emerging, and you won’t be able to see it unless you allow the time and space for it to come through.
Drive: Devotion, acceptance of fate, maturity, surrender, letting go, pause
Light: Overcoming the ego, changing life, a new sight of the world or new perspectives
Shadow: Standstill, rejection, loss of perspective
Reversed: The reversal of The Hanged Man can indicate a time when you’re getting blocked, stuck or restricted because other people or other circumstances have left you on hold. While you feel resistant, it’s important that you surrender to ‘what is’ and let go of your attachment to how things should be. Be in flow with life, even if it’s not as you expected it (seriously, when does it ever go exactly as you expected!?), and loosen your grip.
Keywords: congealment, ending a stuck situation or relationship, releasing, giving up, giving up, learning to see from a new perspective, the need to break old patterns of behavior
Advice: Now it is possible for you to recognize where you are stuck and which areas of your life are frozen. Nothing needs to be done. The mere fact that you have a clear sense of the reality around you will bring about a possible transformation.
Questions: In what areas is your life stuck? Are you ready to recognize and give up your petrified thoughts and behaviors?
Suggestion: Pull another card to see what awaits you after your surrender.
Revelation: I let go and understand, follow and accept in my life the divine will that is revealed to me step by step.