12-The Hanged Man Rider Waite Tarot Meanings

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The Hanged Man: Upright Meanings

  • Change
  • Reversal
  • Boredom
  • Improvement
  • Rebirth
  • Suspension
  • Change

The Hanged Man: Reversed Meanings

  • False Prophecy
  • Useless Sacrifice
  • Unwillingness

It’s helpful to approach the numerology of the tarot as a cycle. Even numbers are often stable and enduring, while odd numbers generally embody various states of change and instability. The tarot is actually cyclical, so each ending also signifies a new beginning. Understanding the numerology of the tarot can provide a helpful window into the reading of the cards. Beyond learning the facts of numerology and the cards themselves, your accuracy in interpreting them will depend on your intuition and/or psychic abilities. With neither, a tarot reading will not mean much or could actually be quite harmful and a lack of empathy would suggest perhaps this is the wrong path to be on.

The Rider Waite Tarot Major Arcana

Major Arcana cards show up when things are happening that pull us towards a certain destiny or path. Many Major Arcana cards in a reading is often a sign that our Spirit Guides and Angels are working behind the scenes to set everything up for us so that we can live the lives we are destined to live. While the Minor Arcana cards focus on the everyday actions and decisions you must face, these Major Arcana cards reveal messages about the bigger picture of your life and its long-term direction. A major arcana card represents an energy that is deep, strong, decisive or long-term. When a major arcana card appears in a reading, you have tapped into a powerful energy in some area of your life. The minor arcana cards do not carry the same weight, but they are still important. They chart the ups and downs of daily life and register changes in feelings and thoughts. These dramas are gripping while they occur, but they pass with time as new concerns take their place.

The Original Rider Waite Tarot Deck is the most popular and widely used tarot card deck in the world, printed from plates that were destroyed during the bombing of London during World War II. Full of symbolism and deeper meanings, Arthur E. Waite, the intellectual father of the Rider Waite deck, commented that ‘the true Tarot is symbolism; it speaks no other language and offers no other signs.’

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Complete Book of Tarot
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Complete Book of Tarot: The Golden Dawn did not make use of the so-called modern planets: Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. Instead, they associated the three unassigned major arcana (the Fool, the Hanged Man, Judgment) with the classical four elements as follows.

Tarot Books

Complete Book of Tarot: Golden Dawn: Gain, riches, honor, glory, arrogance, display, vanity (the latter connotations apply only when the Sun is accompanied by negative cards).

Development for Beginners: I’m sure you’ve heard the expression ‘silence is golden.’ Well, for the purposes of this exercise, silence is unacceptable. We are virtually never in an environment or situation that is completely and totally silent.

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