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Card Meanings: Discontentment, Useless Sacrifice, False Prophecy, Unwillingness, Impulsiveness, Apathy, Disinterest, Stagnation, Negative Patterns
The Hanged Man is one of those Major Arcana cards which tend to have a rather poor reputation – undeservedly, in my opinion. He represents the necessary process of surrender and sacrifice, which is probably why he is not greeted with open arms. Yet both actions are a part of everyday life. We just fail to understand that, every time we make a choice between two equally desirable options, we sacrifice one in order to have the other. We surrender one state to achieve another. In fact, the Hanged Man can often indicate a period of apparent inertia, where new concepts and tenets are being absorbed. Once we have digested this new material, we can emerge from our period of inactivity with a fresh approach to things. So sometimes the Hanged Man presents us with an important method of self-development. In most Tarot decks, there’s an important visual link between the Emperor and the Hanged Man – both these figures are depicted with their legs forming the figure 4. 4 is a number connected to ideas about material stability. The Emperor often represents a man who has achieved much in the material sphere. He is usually a dynamic and energetic person who forcefully directs his will toward the attainment of his desires.
In a sense, we can see the Hanged Man as an outgrowth of the Emperor – though now it is not the material world which is the object of his aspiration – it is the spiritual realm in which he is interested. So, on a day ruled by the Hanged Man, take a little time out to consider what your current spiritual aspirations are. Write them down and think them over. Think back to the last time you attempted to assess your current journey and see whether you feel you have achieved some of the things you aimed for. And above all, recognise something. This journey of the spirit is like any other – we achieve it step by step, moment by moment. We will always be surrendering things along the way – and we need always to be open to new input, new concepts, new pages to be written in the book of life.
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Elements of the Psychic World: Female ghost who is believed to wear rustling silk clothing and according to lore performs domestic chores in the house after the family have gone to bed. Although silkies can be helpful they are also said to be perverse at times and a house that is left tidy by the owners may be disarrayed. Silkies are particularly found in the borderland between Scotland and England and are said to terrify lazy servants and people who do not do their work. The most famous of these ghosts was the Silky of Black Heddon, who is referred to in William Hendersons Folk-Lore of the Northern Counties (1879).
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Reversed Cards: If the upside-down man is no longer upside down, then is he still the Hanged Man? Regardless of his orientation, the deliberate surrender to a new sense of awareness is the same. Whether the Hanged Man is working on obtaining enlightenment or if he is ready to embrace his awakened state in the real world of daily tasks, the Hanged Man will always have his powers of manifestation thanks to the number that commands him, the three.
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Tarot Card Meanings: This card has been subject to differing interpretations but is often equated with sacrifice or self-sacrifice. However, it is also said to represent a period of reflection, of poise and of meditation. Many readers interpret this card as representing a period of suspension in life and of a passive nature. The Hanged Man does not, in most representations, appear to struggle but is accepting or choosing his sacrifice. Generally, this can be a positive card but can indicate a need to consider your next moves.