The Hanging Man Tarot Card Meanings & Combinations
XII The Hanging Man Correspondences:
Keywords & phrases:
Suspension, lack of movement. Reevaluate. Self-sacrifice.
Hanged Man Tarot Card Meanings
Perhaps it is the title, but people often feel uncomfortable and expect the worst when confronted by this card but generally I find it creates delays, as life becomes suspended with events seemingly frozen in time, which often feels challenging. Although this is the point of The Hanging Man, so he presents something of a conundrum, yet within itself, the card also offers a message of advice on how to proceed.
The Hanging Man’s position is voluntary and provides a unique viewpoint, so when this card appears it may be time to look at things from a completely different angle. This may sound easier said than done, for however open-minded we like to think ourselves to be when we set off down a track we often become blinded by our view of it, to really see it with fresh eyes may require stepping into others’ shoes and viewing it from different perspectives. From this new viewpoint a resolution may be found but could also require a certain amount of self-sacrifice, if only to relinquish our ‘ideal.’ We may need to reconsider or reevaluate the situation, in order to find a new way forward and release those events currently suspended.
The image of the Hanging Man is often likened to the story of the Norse God, Odin, who voluntarily hung upside down from the world tree for nine days and nights without sustenance, sacrificing himself to receive enlightenment; the ritual death and rebirth a shaman undertakes, and in return perceived the mystery of the runes.
Some readers relate this card to the sign of a traitor, as in Renaissance Italy these were punished in a pose similar to an inverted crucifixion known as pittura infamante, (meaning, defaming portrait).
If reversed or badly aspected, being selfish or unwilling to sacrifice, narrow minded or a locked perspective (blinkered),
Hanging Man Tarot Card Combinations:
Nine of Wands > The Hanging Man: Suggests a prolonged situation that could become wearing.
Six of Cups > The Hanging Man: Fresh thinking needed as it can indicate being stuck in the past; old ideas, nostalgia.
The Hanging Man > Ace of Swords > Six of Swords: New ideas with decisive action can help to move things forward and matters begin to improve with a fresh start.
Three of Swords > The Hanging Man: Can indicate a protracted dispute.
Four of Pentacles > The Hanging Man: Over caution may prevent progress. If you're working hard towards material goals this may take longer than anticipated, may need to reevaluate plans.
The Hanging Man > The Magician > The Emperor: With creative thinking and putting thoughts into action you can place yourself in a stronger position, need to take a pro-active stance and be bold to move beyond the hiatus.
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