The Hanged Man – Tarot Card Meaning

Upright keywords: Pause, surrender, letting go, new perspectives, enlightenment, sacrifice.

Reversed keywords: Delay, resistance, stalling, indecision, unwillingness to make a necessary sacrifice.

The Hanged Man Description

The Hanged Man depicts a man suspended from a T-shaped cross made of living wood. He is hanging upside-down, viewing the world from a completely different perspective, and his facial expression is calm, suggesting that he is in this hanging position by his own choice. He has a halo around his head, symbolizing enlightenment and spiritual attainment.

His right foot is bound to the tree but his left foot remains free, bent at the knee and tucked in behind his right leg. His arms are bent, with hands held behind his back, forming an inverted triangle.

The Hanged Man represents a period of suspension, not lifeless suspension, but a time of reflection, insight, and enlightenment. This is a time when you should be open to new perspectives and ideas. It’s about surrendering, letting go, and sacrificing what does not serve you in order to move forward.

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