The Hanged Man tarot card shows a youthful male character hanging upside down from a beam by one ankle. He doesn’t appear distressed and appears to almost be relaxing with his arms folded behind his back and his other leg bent at the knee. A radiant light is shining around his head like a halo.
The Hanged Man Tarot Card Meanings- Wisdom, enlightenment, altruism, commitment, circumspection, dedication, discernment, trials, calmness, sacrifice, restraint, intuition, divination, delay or prophecy.
Often this tarot card is interpreted to show a specific person’s (usually the asker) attitude of voluntarily making a selfless sacrifice for the good of others. Certainly, a blessing to those that will be benefited but if you’re the one making sacrifices sometimes the only consolation you’ll get is personal satisfaction. The danger here is that an attitude of selflessness can merge into martyrdom very quickly, and that isn’t a positive personality trait at all. It can also be interpreted to mean taking a different view of things or thinking outside the box. Perspective can many times change how you feel about a situation.
Love & Relationships- In the view of love and relationships The Hanged Man tarot card means you’re at a point of indecision. It this speaks to you, you are probably stuck in a relationship you are no longer happy with and you’re hanging in there because you’ve been together for ages. You have the power to change the situation. Trust that when you let go it is because a better fit awaits you. Change your perspective if this seems too scary and instead take the time you’re single to focus on you and bettering yourself. And you’re feeling guilty about hurting the other person think of it this way- they will now have the chance to find the love you aren’t able to give. Think things through and be honest with yourself. If you truly are unhappy then it’s time to walk away.
Money & Career- The Hanged Man tarot card will pave the way for changes but boredom is not a justifiable reason for you to quit your job. You may feel like you are on the wrong career path. Finding the right fit career-wise is okay! Before jumping into big career changes think hard about your motivations and your rewards for making a change. There might be a lot to get excited about at work and you’re just blinded by the thought of adventure and trying something new. Learn to appreciate what skills you have now, how you use them to impact the world, and the people who benefit from them and then you’ll see whether quitting your job is a good thing or not.
Health & Wellness- Trust in the process even if it’s taking longer to see results than you would like. Some things just take time and it seems like forever with no change and then suddenly one day you wake up changed! Consider other methods if it appears to be clearly “not working.” Often, our frustrations can make our health concerns worse so give it time but do thorough research, ask for second opinions, and consider all available options. If you’re feeling anxious and unsure try changing your perspective to one of gratitude for your medical staff, for the strengths you do have, or for finally getting a treatment plan. No matter what health problems you are struggling with take time to cherish life. As they say, laughter is the best medicine- so, stay happy!
Spirituality- Avoid pessimism and engage in discussions that strengthen your spiritual consciousness. Negativity can pull you down, drain your energy ,and affect your views about life so get rid of it and find a fresh perspective that makes you feel good. Positivity doesn’t mean pretending everything is ok, it means gratitude for things you really are grateful for and the expectation that the greater powers of the universe are working to your benefit even if you can’t see the outcome right now. Put a little good energy out into space and it will come back to you twofold.
The Hanged Man Tarot Card Meanings Reversed- Selfishness, misery, delayed gratification, dissatisfaction, the fake self, hesitation, uselessness, materialism, and unprofitable investments.
While the upright card indicates being at a crossroads, so does the reversed. However, at this point the options are both less than ideal and if you wait too long to make a choice it will be made for you. Indecision is your nemesis! It also indicates a punishment is coming. This could be a physical or karmic consequence. Do not be impulsive even though you want to- your decisions now carry great weight later.
Love & Relationships- The Hanged Man tarot card appearing reversed deals with a relationship that is beyond repair, for the most part. While things can come back from the brink of destruction it’s good to question why you want to continue in this type of partnership. Consider this card a big red warning sign that tougher times lie ahead and in most cases it’s better to part ways. A single person who receives this card should stop making the same mistakes in love. You may be choosing the same types of personalities or you may be finding the same issues exist in all your relationships. Things will change when you do.
Money & Career- In its reverse, you might be at a point in your career where you don’t want to get involved in issues or problems at work. You resort to blaming your co-workers because you feel powerless to do anything under the circumstances. In reality, you actually have the power to change your circumstances and it is time for you to take control of your career path. Remember that you are not alone in this world and asking for help will always benefit you. You’re urged to share your financial struggles with a professional, who will help straighten up your finances and get you back on track. Now is a good time to look outside the box for solutions to debt management, for additional sources of income, and for non-traditional travel and retirement options.
Health & Wellness- A change of lifestyle can be very helpful if the Hanged Man tarot card appears reversed. Your health may have been compromised and it has not improved despite medication. This is a “note to self” to consider your eating habits, your exercise routine, your level of stress, anxiety or depression and all other small details which might not be a direct source of sickness but altogether aggravate health problems and hinder the healing process. You deserve to take the best care of yourself possible.
Spirituality- This one is tough because spiritual distress is even more painful than physical distress. A loss of self-confidence, feeling like a fraud, and feeling useless all contribute to this card coming up reversed. If you’re spending time and psychic energy on endeavors which don’t raise your vibrational energy or feed your soul, it could be the reason you feel these things. Basically, you’ve lost your spiritual connection. It’s time to take stock of your life and your beliefs and start making changes so the spiritual you is authentic and honored as the unique soul it is.
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