The Hanged Man

The Hanged Man


This Hanged Man Tarot card isn’t as bad as it sounds. The card has a man suspended from a tree. He shows no struggle and is often referred to as the willing martyr. He has a calm expression on his face, and his hands are folded at the back which indicates non-action. Although the man is at the gallows, the calmness in him shows he chose this path willingly. There is also the opposite card i.e. The Hanged Man Reversed which is also explained below for the benefit of our readers.

The gallows from which he is suspended symbolizes the world tree. The tree references Odin, who hung himself on the world tree to gain wisdom and knowledge. The hanging man has a halo on his head showing he is a spiritual and enlightened person. He has on red trousers indicating that he is passionate and a blue coat, a representation of knowledge. His shoes are yellow showing his idealism.

The Hanged Man in an Upright Position

The Hanged Man in the upright position signifies:

  • Sacrifice
  • Yield
  • Non-action
  • Submission
  • Crossroads
  • Surrender

This card shows that a part of your life may be temporarily on hold but for a bigger purpose. While in this position, you may gain a whole new perspective of the situation or be enlightened on how to move forward. The card also signifies in action, advising you to ease from doing or struggling and let things flow. This way, you may do away with roadblocks hindering your path. Another lesson from the upright Hanged Man card is that you may be at crossroads, and it’s time to let go of distractions and the past to gain clarity of the situation.  Be prepared to make some sacrifices to get what you desire.

When it comes to your career, the Hanged Man in this position shows that you may be at crossroads in your workplace. If you have two choices to make, consider what is truly important, and don’t make a rushed decision. Concerning romance, the hanged man in an upright position may be telling you to review your relationship. Maybe there is an aspect that you don’t like in the partnership, assess the situation, and don’t make hasty decisions. If you are looking for love, the card may be advising you to let go of things that are holding you back from finding the love of your life.

When it comes to money and investment, this card advises you to be patient with your investments. If things aren’t going as expected, don’t give up. Be patient and good things will come your way. Avoid investing more money as this may be time for slow growth instead give back to charities. Concerning health, the card may be a warning of neglect and ill-health. It advises you to take good care of your health and seek medical attention if you are feeling unwell.

The Hanged Man in the Reversed Position

The hanged man in this position is a sign of:

  • Defeat
  • Stagnation
  • False prophecy
  • Unfilled promises
  • Denial

In the reversed position, the Hanged Man may mean one of two things. First, it may mean that you have been making sacrifices that aren’t giving you expected returns. Maybe you are giving something all your attention, but it’s not giving you positive outcomes. In such a scenario, the card advises you to assess the situations and determine what is contributing to the negative cycle.

The second scenario may mean that you have been making hasty decisions leading to bad outcomes. If you don’t change, you’ll keep on jumping from one bad decision to another.

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The Hanged Man in Time Based Position        

  • Past – In this position, the card indicates that the foundation of your current situation is due to a past decision you made to let go. It advises you that the time of inaction is now over.
  • Present – In this position, the card indicates that it’s time to surrender. It may also be a warning that you may face conflict shortly that you can only overcome by staying calm.
  • Future – In this position, this card is advising you that in the future, you’ll need to make a major decision and the path of least resistance would be the best choice.

It is always good for anyone to thus have a good understanding of this card so that they can make positive changes to their life.

Other Associations

  • Element – Water
  • A yes or no question – Unclear, mostly no
  • Astrology – Neptune

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The Hanged Man Reversed
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