30 September 2014

The Hanged Man Tarot - 12th Major Arcanum

The Hanged Man

The Hanged Man Tarot 

The Hanged Man is the twelveth arcanum in a Tarot card deck. The figure on this arcanum is the one of a men hanging from on of his foot and has the right leg crossed behind the left If you take a closer look at his face, you'll quickly realize that he doesn't suffer at all but instead, he's intensely thinking.

The Hanged Man lame stands for events that you have no control over. This doesn't mean that he is apathetic or passive. Instead the man that is hanging upside down on the card is elaborating plans to overcome those events. 

The card is the one of high level mysticism. It is one of those few cards that carries a high level of spirituality. Many think that is is a negative card as they don't see the bright side of it: the spiritual temper of the character.

Although the character on the card might have lost his energy, his inner himself is still active and in full mode as, as illustrated on the card, the colors of the intellect, passion, action and nature are dominant. Because he is hanged upside down and sees the world this weird way, the see things that the average human being doesn't see at all.

This Tarot card represents introspection and questioning. It is also synonymous with expectation. But in no way does it represent the end of something.

The Hanged Man meaning in a spread

Right position:

When placed on the table in its normal position, the arcanum relates lack of action, loss of control, punishment and time.

Upside down:

When in the reversed position, the lame relates to sacrifice (often useless), egotism, anxiety.

Indeed these meaning look negative but remember that the Hanged Man turns all those downtimes into something productive by thinking, elaborating strategies and also highly respects the notion of time.

See you next time for some more details about this arcanum.

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