The Hanged Man

The Hanged Man

Meaning

The Hanged Man is a card of suspended animation, although this man does tell us that he is being restricted by some force in his life. It could be a dead-end job, a dead-end relationship, or simply a life that is unfulfilled because there is no action. It also suggests that you are clinging to something that is not fulfilling you. Maybe you have hopes and dreams pinned on a love that is not good for you, or on a job that will get you nowhere. Whatever you are waiting for, when the Hanged Man appears, his message is, you need to let go and move on. It may take a sacrifice of some sort, and it will likely be a painful one, but once you do, you will find the sacrifice sets you free.

Symbolism

The Hanged Man is one of the most ambiguous cards in the Tarot. In this Major Arcana card, we have a man hanging on a thread, his legs are crossed and he appears to be going nowhere. This is the card of suspended animation. Are you waiting for news or waiting for a relationship to evolve to the next level? If so, this card says you may be waiting a while. The Hanged Man has his legs crossed in this card, suggesting that, he has no intention of escaping from this situation any time soon. He’s content to just let things go as they are now. Most of the time this card is not so much an action card, as it is a waiting card, however, this card does suggest if you want to get out of this waiting stage, uncrossing your legs and taking action is up to you.

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