The Hanged Man
This weeks Tarot Blog Post card is The Hanged Man. It looks rather dreary and depressing at first glance. But on closer inspection, you’ll notice that the dark clouds and stormy skies are in the background. That there is now light piercing the darkness as if it is dispersing those dark clouds and stormy conditions that have been dogging you in the past. The Hanged Man is literally hanging around, waiting for things to get better. He or she has chosen to suspend all activities and stop struggling against the darkness. To just hang out in a state of suspended motion and wait for the storms in their life to pass. The Hanged Man has chosen to stay put and wait for enlightenment, a fresh perspective, new idea or state of being to shed some light on the problems and concerns they have been going through. Struggling against the darkness or storms surrounding them hasn’t helped, so now it’s time to take another approach. To just wait it out or await further instructions from the universe or source. It may seem like nothing is happening during this time of suspended motion and waiting, but on closer inspection, you will see that life, change and new growth is happening all around them even though they can’t see it. There is fresh green growth occurring all over the very post they are hanging on. Notice too that their leggings are Red, the color of Passion and their shirt is blue… the color of the intellect but also of spirit. They are waiting until their passion for life, and their intellect and spirit can merge into one creative life force. Also notice that the rope on their ankle is so loosely holding them that they can climb down whenever they feel ready. Also take notice of the halo of light encircling their head. This signifies that enlightenment has occurred and it is now safe to come back down to earth and get back to living life again. This card is telling you, if things have seemed dark, obscured and cloudy lately and struggling to break free has amounted to nothing; it may be time to take a break, surrender, suspend movement and struggling until you can ‘see the light’. Although it may appear nothing is happening and the conditions you find yourself in may be uncomfortable, they are clearing the way for the future growth you have hoped and prayed for. Everything in it’s proper season and time. All good things come to those who wait. So hang in there. Have faith that in time, when the stage of your life is properly set; the clouds will part… light will replace the darkness, a safe path will cleared and lit for you, and you will be shown The Way.
Illustration from the Tarot Illuminati deck by Erik C. Dunne c. 2013 Copyright Lo Scarabeo Publishers. Lo Scarabeo Via Cigna 110 – 10155 Torino, Italy