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The Hanged Man
Upright Meaning Guide
The Hanged Man Tarot Card Key Meanings:
General meaning and interpretation (Upright)
In a general context, The Hanged Man Tarot card indicates that you are in a situation that you are not happy with. You may be feeling like you are stuck in a rut or trapped in a situation or frame of mind that is not making you happy but you have the power to release yourself. This may involve walking away from the situation or simply changing your perspective on it. The Hanged Man may also signify that you may be facing a dilemma and are unsure of what path to take. You may feel that things are not turning out the way you planned with this Major Arcana card appearing in your Tarot spread. You need to step outside yourself and look at your situation from a different angle. Give yourself time to just relax, stop trying to control things and just let them be, the correct course of action will become clear to you in time.
Love & Relationships (Upright)
In a love Tarot context if you are in a relationship, The Hanged Man indicates that you may be unhappy with the way your relationship is going at the moment. It can also signify that either you or your partner may be feeling the need to take a step back from the relationship to assess your options or where you want the relationship to lead. The Hanged Man tells you to hold off on making any decisions and just give yourself time to think things through. You may need to rethink your perceptions of what your relationship should be like and focus on the positive aspects of the relationship as it is instead of worrying about what it isn’t. Alternatively, if you find that you are truly unhappy, The Hanged Man appearing in your Tarot reading tells you that you are the only one keeping yourself in this situation. You can walk away if you want to. If you are single, The Hanged Man can indicate that you need to release yourself from situations, ideas or people that do not make you happy. This may involve releasing old negative relationship patterns. If you have been holding on to your feelings for an ex, The Hanged Man tells you it’s time to release those feelings. It may also signify that you need to release any rigid preconceptions about your ideal partner in order to open yourself up to the options around you.
Money & Career (Upright)
In a career context The Hanged Man indicates that you are feeling uncertain about your career path or feel like your career has become stagnant. You may be unclear about what steps you need to take to move your career forward. If you are struggling to make a decision, understand that you don’t have to make a decision right now. Just relax and let things unfold. Things will become clearer in time. If you’re having financial issues, The Hanged Man indicates that you need a fresh perspective. Maybe anxiety around your finances is making them seem worse than they actually are or there may be positive things happening for you in other areas that you are not appreciating because you are focusing too much on money.
If you have been experiencing health issues, The Hanged Man encourages you to consider all of your treatment options. This does not mean you should reject the treatment you’ve been offered but it tells you to rethink your health issues and consider tackling them from multiple angles. It can also indicate that whatever the issue you are experiencing, you may need to just allow yourself time to heal rather than becoming frustrated that your health is not improving as quickly as you want it to.
In a spiritual context, The Hanged Man tells you to be mindful of your attitude to yourself. If you have been engaging negative thinking you need to stop this as it is may affect your outcome as well as how you feel about your life. Don’t allow yourself to get bogged down spiritually. If you release old beliefs or negative thoughts that don’t work for you anymore, you will find that whole new spiritual worlds will open up to you and free you up to connect to your higher consciousness.
Reversed Meaning Guide
The Hanged Man Reversed Tarot Card Key Meanings:
Discontentment, apathy, disinterest, stagnation, impulsiveness, negative patterns, detachment
General meaning and interpretation (Reversed)
The Hanged Man reversed can indicate that you are being impulsive and making rash decisions as a way to distract yourself from some sort of inner discontentment. This Major Arcana trump card generally shows that you may be jumping from one bad situation to the next without considering where this behaviour is taking you. Ask yourself if there are feelings you trying to avoid confronting or changes that you know need to be made but are reluctant to tackle. If there are, consider what you fear will happen if you do? If you genuinely don’t know what to do in terms of your direction in life, just stop, breathe and wait for things to become clearer. However, if you know your behaviour patterns are not working for you, change them. Your attitude towards your life will determine life’s attitude towards you!
Love & Relationships (Reversed)
If you are single, The Hanged Man in a reversed position can indicate that you have been repeating the same negative relationship patterns over and over without learning from your mistakes. You may be rushing from bad relationship to the next and never taking responsibility for the role you play in choosing these relationships. Try to slow down, figure out why this pattern keeps continuing and what you need to resolve within yourself to change it. If you are in a relationship, The Hanged Man can indicate that your relationship may not be working but you or your partner may be holding onto it for fear of being alone or starting over. It can also indicate that the relationship could be salvageable but you are not currently prepared to confront the issues you are experiencing.
Money & Career (Reversed)
In a work context, The Hanged Man reversed Tarot card indicates that things may not be going well but you have neither the will nor inclination to deal with the issues involved. You may be resorting to blaming others or feeling like you are powerless to change your circumstances. Now is the time to take back control of your career. Figure out what you want and go for it, don’t be a passenger in your own life especially if it’s not taking you where you want to go. Financially, this Major Arcana card can indicate that you are paralysed by your fear of financial hardship. If you are struggling to cope financially, consider seeking financial advice from a professional. A fresh perspective might be all you need to get things moving in the right direction.
If you have been having health issues, The Hanged Man in a reversed position tells you that you really need to think outside the box to resolve them. You may consider the possibility that issues in other areas of your life may be aggravating or even causing your health issues. For example, stress, grief and anxiety can physically manifest themselves in a whole host of symptoms like migraines, insomnia, poor concentration, chronic fatigue, skin conditions and the list goes on. Alternative and holistic therapies could compliment your current medical treatment, boost your healing and help resolve any issues that may be exasperating your health woes.
In a spiritual context, The Hanged Man Tarot card reversed indicates that you may have lost your way spiritually. You may be seeking gratification in shallow ways rather than connecting to your higher self. Reversed, The Hanged Man is a stronger indicator of old beliefs not working for you anymore. Now would be a good time for you to explore new spiritual paths. Engaging with a new path may lift you out of a spiritual slump and leave you with a renewed connection to your higher consciousness.
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