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The Hanged Man

Updated: Jan 14, 2023

The Hanged Man represents Wisdom entering into your life, through the process of surrendering to the circumstances.

urban soul tarot the hanged man

The Hanged Man is a card that most people new to the tarot, take a second look at, since they feel that the card was shuffled in, upside down. We see a man hanging upside down on a T-shaped living tree. The man is in no distress, on the contrary, there is an expression of peace on his face. The key to the card lies in the man's expression. His situation may look daunting but his faith makes him okay with it. This is a time when you will realize that there is no option other than suspending any planning and control. It is almost as though life has been suspended and everything has been put on hold. The man is at peace and has come to terms with sacrificing himself and living in suspension since he is driven by a higher purpose with a bigger goal in sight. The one time, each and every one of us is agreeably contented hanging upside down is when we are in the womb nestled into the mother. This is because we have complete faith in the divine plan and know that when our time comes we shall be ready to step into a new world. In the same manner, the Hanged Man shows up when we are unable to move forward or have somehow had all our plans disrupted. Nothing is in our hands and we are in limbo. You may have to sacrifice a cherished plan, a vision, time or even your ego. However, that sacrifice will be so worth it, since the sacrifice carries with it, the possibility of a better life. Just as the fetus is pushed out of the mother's womb when the time is right, trust that the universe will make sure that you too are pushed into a newer better life for yourself, when the time is right. The Hanged man's uncomfortable position gives him the benefit of a unique perception. Hanging from the Tree gives him a perspective which is essentially one of the messages of the Hanged Man. He advises that we change our perspective, and try and see things in a manner that would not be the norm for us. The Hanged Man has his hands tied behind his back because he has withdrawn from the world and no longer actively participating in any activities. This is the time he will take to reflect on his inner life and upon what it is he wants. The Hanged Man always leads to spiritual growth.

Meditations on The Hanged Man

It sounds cliched, but superheroes can be lonely, vain, arrogant and proud. Often they overcome these human frailties for the greater good. Tom Hiddleston

  1. What do you need to release control over and just be?

  2. If you weren't suspended and left alone with your own thoughts, what would you miss?

  3. Where do you need to apply a new perspective?

  4. What should it be?


Images Used on The Site. Illustrations from the Rider-Waite Tarot Deck, known also as the Rider Tarot and the Waite Tarot, reproduced by permission of U.S. Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT 06902. c. 1971 by U.S. Games Systems, Inc. All rights reserved. The Rider-Waite Tarot deck is a registered trademark of U.S. Games Systems, Inc


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