The Hanged Man (12) Tarot Card Meaning

The Hanged Man Tarot Card Keywords: Sacrificing, Waiting, Letting Go, Fresh Perspectives

With one leg crossed behind the other, he dangles from a branch upside down, not appearing to be afraid or upset. For that moment, he surrenders all that he is, wants, knows, or cares about. It seems to him that his perspective of the world has changed, his inverted position allows him to see both the earthly and spiritual world.

The Hanged Man represents ‘the waiting game’ that is often part of life progression. Although we are rarely happy about being stuck, there are times when nothing else can be done, and we’re forced to be still. This often requires the sacrifice of people and things that we rather hold on to. We have to accept a loss for the greater good, and let go, as it’s the key to moving forward.

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The Hanged Man reminds us of the importance of pausing to reflect. When we are hanging around waiting, we may gain fresh ideas and perspectives on life.

You will not be waiting around for long. Soon, there will be fresh energy of change and transformation. But, in order to get there, you must pause.

The Hanged Man Reversed Tarot Card Meaning

When reversed, the Hanged Man is stagnating. He has been pausing for too long, not making any progress in life.

Are bad cycles and repetition bringing you down? Do you feel as if you are stuck in a rut? Are you focusing too much on the past and not on the present?

The reversed Hanged Man is telling you one thing – you need to act now.