The Hanged Man

TAROT Card of the day: THE HANGED MAN

The companion book describes THE HANGED MAN as “He takes time from life. He waits patiently as he sacrifices something in the process.”

Life has come to a grinding halt when this card is drawn. Sensible decisions cannot be made, nor can you effect any changes at this juncture. The Hanged Man calls for a stasis of the mind and of the body, and to only react to the actions of others. Here patience plays a major role in deciding the final outcome, and it may come at the sacrifice of something else in order to make time.

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Whenever we try to stand on our heads, we see our surroundings in a very different way, being upside-down. We feel blood rushing to our brains and our faces turn red from the pressure. This is a very good allegorical description of what the Hanged Man wants us to do – to keep still and see things in a totally different light, even while immersed in a very uncomfortable situation.

This will happen to each of us at some point, when we face a crossroads in our lives that we are hesitant to take, not because of fear, but because we need a different kind of wisdom to show us the path.

The Hanged Man - Revelations TAROT by Zach Wong

How do we go about this?

In situations where other people are involved, we can start by looking at how they would react and feel if we were in their shoes. In saying so, we have to know them first.

We could try to see the good from the bad – like the way we positively evolve as a person coming out of a very negative experience.

We can look at our problems “upside-down” or “inside-out” by back tracking to remember how we ended up where we are and hopefully find answers in the process.

We could also look at the bigger picture to gauge if we are prepared to give the sacrifices needed to overcome the possible pitfalls along the way.

Or on rare occasions, we don’t have to do anything but just wait and see. Although this will require more faith in ourselves, as we will only be responding to what comes our way and just hope for the best. With this approach, we might be able to accomplish more by mulling things over and letting them sink in. Personally, I wouldn’t take this path unless I am well-prepared to face any of the consequences of my inaction.  But again, sometimes, things have a way of working out on their own. So this is where our faith in the Higher Power comes in.
We need to realise that when we find ourselves in this tough position just like the Hanged Man, before we continue, we are called to flex our senses (1the faculties of hearing, sight, smell, touch, taste, and equilibrium), our mind, our intuition, our faith and our spirit,

Take care and until the next time! Many blessings to you!


1. Senses – Any of the faculties by which stimuli from outside or inside the body are received and felt, as the faculties of hearing, sight, smell, touch, taste, and equilibrium…… Source: