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The Hanged Man – Tarot (#12)

Updated: Feb 19

What do you see in the image of the Hanged Man – a person suspended, and one leg folded. He is hanging upside down on a single leg with his hands behind his back. What is he thinking and why does he have to be upside down to think?

The Hanged Man Tarot

The Hanged Man Tarot Meaning - General

Many cards in tarot advise on how to act. In that sense, the Hanged Man is slightly paradoxical that speaks of surrender and letting go.

The Hanged Man represents a state of suspension. It is a card that screams ‘WAIT’. If you are feeling unhappy about a situation in life or are feeling like you are stuck in a rut, this card tells you to hang on there. But that’s not all.

The upside side down position denotes needing a 180° change in perspective. Maybe you need to step back and reassess your life or situation. Can you do something different, or think from another person’s shoes? In any case, this is a card that tells you to wait a while, and let clarity come through at its time.

This is the time to let go and stop controlling people, things, or situations. This could also be about letting go of attachments and feeling liberated.

Let us look at The Hanged Man in specific contexts of a love tarot reading and career tarot reading. Remember to apply all the above general readings to the below readings as well.

The Hanged Man - Love

Love Reading for Relationships

In a relationship, the Hanged Man indicates the need to step back for a while. You need to give time to yourself or your partner to think things through.

There is a need to inculcate patience and shift perspectives to allow the relationship to grow.  Try not micro-managing the situation but surrender and let go for things to start evolving naturally.

You might also need to think about making certain sacrifices for a better cause of reconnecting with your partner.

Love Reading for Singles

For singles, the Hanged Man suggests releasing from ideas or situations that do not make you happy. This might also be about letting go of prejudices or rigid preconceptions about love to be able to find meaningful connections. Be open to forgiveness and finding new approaches in relationships.

Like the Hermit, this is a time for self-reflection. The difference being, the Hermit card advises internal introspection, the Hanged Man suggests a shift in your perspectives about the external world.

The Hanged Man - Career & Finance

You might be feeling uncertain about your career or are feeling stagnant. There is a need to reassess priorities and gain new perspectives on existing situations professionally.

If you have been thinking of taking a break or a sabbatical, this card supports the approach. This will help you reevaluate your direction and career goals.

This is also the time to reinvent yourself at work. Shed old habits and approaches and find new ways to deal with old problems. Innovation is the key to growth.

The Hanged Man could also be an indication that you are focusing too much on money and in the absence of soul satisfaction, are missing positive things around you.

Financially, the Hanged Man suggests a need to reevaluate your financial plan. For the time being, do nothing. But look for ways to bring in long-term financial stability. Be patient and avoid impulsive decisions.


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