Your Chosen Card – The Hanged Man Upright Thoth Deck
When upright, the Hanged Man looks like an image reflected in the surface of a body of water, suggesting that what we perceive with our senses is but a reflection of a deeper reality. To understand what is really real, we may need to adopt a new perspective. If your life feels like its on hold or in a state of suspension, its time to adopt a spiritual perspective and pursue the greater good. We sometimes need to make sacrifices and let go of something we value to achieve a greater good. In any case, when the Hanged Man appears in a reading, you are likely to be viewing or doing something out of the ordinary in a way that sets you apart from the more accepted approach of those around you.
Keywords Upright: Sacrifice for the greater good, a state of suspension; waiting, surrender, devotion, altruism, serenity, faith, visionary thinking, release, going with the flow, letting go, feeling like you are on hold, redemption through sacrifice, adopting a unique perspective, doing something out of the ordinary, a spiritual viewpoint, a novel way to view a situation, loving kindness, compassion, evenly suspended attention.
Key XII: The Hanged Man (The Traitor)
Myths/Archetypes: Jesus. Buddha. Odin. Cuauhtémoc. The Martyr. The Sacrificial Lamb. Benedict Arnold. The Traitor.
Astrology: Water (Neptune in some modern decks)
Numerology: 3 (Empress) = 1 + 2 (Hanged Man) = 2 + 1 (The World)
Hebrew letter: Mem (waves of water; a Hebrew word meaning water, liquid, blood, the ocean, a large body of water, chaos, and fear of mighty forces such as the sea). Your image reflected in the surface of a lake appears to be upside down with respect to your vertical position.
When The Hanged Man is upright you can pretty much take it that life is going well but that’s when life takes us by surprise. If The Hanged Man is unclear it may help to choose a card from the Major Arcana to provide more insight into what it is The Hanged Man is trying to tell you. If you had a particular issue in mind, or want to seek clarification on something else, you can also choose again to get more guidance.
This chosen card is part of your upright card reading for The Hanged Man using cards from the Thoth Tarot Deck. You will find many more tarot pages that will be of great help if you need tarot card meanings. Use the search at the bottom of the page. We have some amazing tarot books for you to browse. Please see below.
Here are some snippets from a few of my favorite books
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.
World of Psychics: In the Thoth deck the camel at the base of the card always reminds me to hold out for what I want and the clear quartz crystals surrounding the priestess remind me to be sure about what I want! This card means divine guidance and a helping hand, but it can also warn me to make sure someone is what they say they are. If I have been overdoing things with the Tarot, this card often falls from the deck. Its one of two cards that I take to mean, Enough, put them away and get on with other things!
Complete Book of Tarot: To answer this question, I shuffled the tarot deck carefully and randomly drew four cards (four is the number of structure and organization) while focusing in a relaxed and open state of mind on the intention of receiving an answer to my question. Intention, as we shall see, plays a critical role in tarot reading. Shuffling the cards with sincere intention and expectation of receiving a helpful response is essential to the process. Insincere or frivolous questions result in a meaningless, random set of cards.
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Complete Book of Tarot: Myth(s) 9: One must follow certain rules and rituals regarding the acquisition, handling, and storage of the cards. Various myths fall under this heading, including admonitions such as: