Wednesday FreeTarot class Hanged Man

Hi and welcome to our Wednesday Tarot class. This week we are talking about the number XII card which is the Hanged Man. That sounds scary doesn’t it? A hanged man? How can he possibly part of the plan?

Take a look at him in the Rider-Waite Deck. He looks pretty uncomfortable doesn’t he hanging there with his feet tied to a branch? The Hebrew name for the hanged one is Mem, which means water. What happens when you see your reflection in the water? It’s upside down isn’t it? By taking a 180-degree turn in your thinking and the way you look at your life, you are able to understand something that previously was incomprehensible to you. The prison is in our minds and so is our freedom.

The astrology sign for the hanged man is Pisces. It is a water sign ruled by the planet Neptune. He was the Roman God of the seas and oceans. Neptune is the higher power of Venus, representing matters psychic, or hidden spiritual insights, illusions, and flashes of insights. The hanged one gives us a chance to see life from another viewpoint. (Fortunately you don’t have to be tied to a tree to see your life from another angle.)

The hanged one follows the Justice card and the Chariot card and it helps to remind us that life doesn’t have to be a struggle that we can just hang around some times and wait. When I see the hanged one in a reading I will usually see its time to just hang out a bit, to make sure this is the road you want to travel. The Hanged man is number 12, which represents the 12 months of the year… also going back to the 1, which is the magician who has all the tools for success and the 2, which is the High Priestess, who meditates before she speaks or acts, and 3, the Empress, who nurtures her creative ideas.

Those of you who love the water, who can relax in the water and love to ride waves, you can identify with the hanged man. We can surrender ourselves and just float in the sea, giving up our struggles. Even if you don’t live near water, you can relax in your bath tub. I often counsel my clients to cleanse their auras by standing under the shower and let the water cleanse them. It is a ritual that is healing and energizing.

Another way you can look at the hanged man is, is he or she is learning from their hang-ups? Do you have any bad habits that are preventing you from realizing and living your dreams? What if you just let go and asked your Guides, Angels or Higher self to show you a new perspective about yourself to help you succeed? Are you giving too much of yourself to others and being a martyr? If so, how can you let go of that?

I read an interesting article about a woman who died and was getting a chance to look at her life review. She got to see how her actions affected others lives. She was a do-gooder. She did the homework for someone because they wanted to go out and be with their friends. But the person never learned to take responsibility, never learned how to learn. Whenever someone over slept she’d take his or her car pool. She thought she was being nice. Instead the person who overslept never learned how to be accountable. There were other examples of how, by doing too much for others, she prevented them from learning what they came into this lifetime to learn. She forgot how to honor herself. How many of us are guilty of doing this to ourselves? I am not advocating selfishness, but sometimes we do for others what they need to do for themselves.

Many times we live too much in our heads – always trying to figure things out, always worrying, wondering what to do next, asking ourselves why we aren’t happy. Maybe if we took time to take another look, make a 180 turn in our perspectives, see life from a different angle, we can begin to let go and look at our lives from the eyes of our authentic self, instead of what we think everyone else wants us to be. Think about taking a little time off and just hang out with yourself. Take the phone off the hook, put a do not disturb sign on the door and be alone with yourself. Put some music on and dance alone. Yes it might make you feel silly, but isn’t changing the whole point? Maybe sit down with paper and pen, or at your computer and ask yourself where your life seems to be heading and what you can do to change it. Brainstorm! Write down everything you can think of even if it doesn’t sound rational.

The Hanged Man’s advice:

Do the opposite of what you normally do; be unconventional.
Patiently work through your hang-ups.
Suspend your beliefs for awhile.
Go with the flow.
Talk with your angels, guides and higher power.
Let go and Let God (or the universe or what works for you)
Look for your strengths instead of your faults.

Next week we will explore a card that scares a lot of people – Death – and how we all have to die mini deaths in order to grow.

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