The Hanged Man

The Hanged Man

The Basic Meaning of the Card (Rider-Waite)

The Hanged Man is the twelfth card of the Tarot’s Major Arcana and symbolizes sacrifice, introspection and a shift in perspective. The card’s image shows a man hanging upside down from a tree, with his legs crossed and arms behind his back, representing voluntary sacrifice and acceptance that sometimes things must be let go to achieve spiritual growth.

Upright Meaning

When The Hanged Man appears upright in a Tarot reading, it means it is time to let go of something, make a sacrifice or shift your perspective. The card urges you to accept that you cannot always control everything and that sometimes it is necessary to give up something in order to gain something greater. It is a time for introspection and reflection on your priorities and values.

Reversed Meaning

If The Hanged Man is reversed in a reading, it could indicate that you are unwilling to make a necessary sacrifice or that you are having difficulty letting go of old habits and patterns of thought. It may also mean that you are stuck in a victim mentality and need to take responsibility for your life and choices. The card urges you to break free from the past and view things from a new perspective.

Example of an Interpretation

If The Hanged Man appears in a reading alongside Five of Pentagrams and Three of Wands, it can be interpreted as that a necessary sacrifice (The Hanged Man) will help you overcome an economic or material loss (Five of Pentagrams) and lead to new opportunities and personal growth (Three of Wands). It is important to accept change and let go of what no longer serves you.


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