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THE PRINCIPLE OF FREEDOM, SURRENDER &
BREAKING OLD LIMITING STAGNANT PATTERNS

 


"The world would have you agree with its dismal dream
of limitation, but the light would have you soar like
the eagle of your sacred visions.
"

- Alan Cohen
 

 

Conan - Tree of Woe

 


The Hanged Man represents the Worldly Principle and Universal Archetype of Recognizing and Awakening to Repetitive Patterns that bind, limit and restrict our growth and evolution. It is about living a life of adventure, mystery and excitement, allowing your Life to be happily interrupted by positive change which will steer you to realize your true and Beautiful potential!



 

The inner search for Truth has always been a worthy journey to undertake and The Hanged Man reminds us to grasp our own unique wisdom in Occult matters, and sacrifice the ego for a phenomenal change in our point of view, recognizing the Divine sage within.

The Hanged Man is known as ‘the pattern breaker’. In order to break limiting patterns that we carry, it is necessary to take a distinctly different posture or stance, such as turning ourselves up-side down to get another view of a restrictive pattern or stuck in a web of our own consciousness that is being experienced.



 


"The Hanged Man represents that state of consciousness which requires that we move beyond ego and trust the deeper aspects of who we are. This is the state of surrender and acceptance which is the preliminary step required before we can free ourselves from destructive and limiting patterns that we experience in our lives. Often this symbol might be viewed as the crucifixion of the ego or of egoic patterns which are no longer constructive. The universal symbol associated with repetitive patterns is the labyrinth, represented by the squares within the squares within the background of this card. To use modern-day terms, the Hanged Man reminds us that our ‘hang-ups’ can either prevent our growth and evolution or they can serve to teach us where we need to free ourselves from undue self-imposed limitations. This symbol ultimately teaches us that there are always many more options, solutions, and perspectives to consider than those in which we are currently invested."

- Angeles Arrien (The Tarot Handbook)
 


When we experience ourselves being bound, limited and blocked, there is a sense of being numb, asleep, depressed and blind. The sleeping snake is a reminder symbol for us to take note that nothing is renewed or regenerated when we are fixated or stuck.



 

The Egyptian Ankh is the Universal symbol of unlimited life force, always accessible for creative use. Self-imposed limitations or repetitive patterns will make us feel bound and nailed within impossible situations, the feeling of having no options, no way out.

The solution is found in our willingness to surrender to a greater sense of faith and trust within our Beautiful Divine Nature’s.

Within the marvellous Shadowscapes Companion Tarot by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law and Barbara Moore, the beautiful imagery of the card reminds us to let go and surrender to experience and emotional release. As the saying goes ‘Accept what is and willingly give up control’. Through suspending action and ‘sacrificing’ ourselves we learn the truth of our hidden wisdoms.



 


"In the foggy depths of the woods, he dips his fingers into the red clay, and with a careful hand he trails the patterns across his skin, across chest and arms and face. The spirals of red draw his mind into that place of deep meditation where thought becomes action and where the stillness speaks with the voices of the gods.

When the silence in his soul is absolute, he rises to his feet. The spirits of the forest watch as he passes, in mute witness and respect. They reach out tentatively to touch his hallowed flesh and fall into his footsteps. With solemn dignity, the procession arrives at the great oak.

The Hanged Man makes his choice of self-sacrifice. He goes willingly to his fate, unhinges his grip on control, and endures for the sake of the rewards such knowing sacrifice may bring. Ivy creeps along his body, binding and entwining him physically to the tree, until they are as one. Ivy, symbol of determination and the unbreakable strength and will of the human spirit.

In an echo of his action of faith and sacrifice, the fey fold back their wings and free-fall from their perches in the tree, entrusting themselves to the winds."

- Stephanie Pui-Mun Law & Barbara Moore (Shadowscapes Companion)
 



 

As the Great Norse god Odin hung upon the world tree, Yggdrasil in his quest for knowledge, his sacrifice taught him the secret of the 'runes'. In the same order, to attain the greatest rewards, we must be willing to give up the Self.

This idea is explored in the excellent movie Conan the Barbarian, with Arnold Schwarzenegger, directed by John Milius. Conan is hung on the 'Tree of Woe' by the Sorcerer Thulsa Doom, played by the magnificent James Earl Jones. After Conan survives the ordeal, he is ever wiser and learns the secret of steel.



 

With this in heart and mind, The Hanged Man urges to reverse your view of the world and see things with a new light. During these sacred times, a change in one’s perception of the world is required, a subtle inner shift!

In the sparkling Animals Divine Tarot by Lisa Hunt, The Hanged Man shares the same rhythm as that of the Native AmericanSpider Woman’. The facets that are taught are letting go of stagnation, moving gracefully with inertia, being aware of the repetitive cycle of our own Nature, the blessed need to grow on our path of excellence. At times when a crisis affects us then we are forced to make changes. If we do not heed the call of change then great disaster may befall. Sacrificing our ego is called for.



 


"The web is a matrix of all life. Our actions have a karmic effect and can affect other lives in far-reaching ways. The stars help to illuminate our progress as we contribute our own unique threads to the ever-changing design. The spider is the Great Mother, our teacher, guide and the weaver of destiny. A feather signifies her ability to expose truth despite our possible resistance to acknowledging it. The circular motif reminds us that life is continuous and ever-evolving. Changes are inevitable."

- Lisa Hunt (Animals Divine)
 


The learned and wise Spider Woman’s influence expanded throughout native tribes; Navaho, Pueblo and Hopi.

In an Anasazi-Pueblo myth, Spider Woman is the creator and goddess of the people. Her threads were spun in four directions: north, south, east and west. She created direction out of a primordial void. The sun and moon were created using elements of earth, and placed in the vast sky. The darkness surrounding the moon was illuminated by scattering stars in the night sky.

Living beings were then created, including man and woman. They were blessed with power to consider her web of wisdom. From the first humans grew an entire race of people, each one inheriting the web of wisdom. Over time, the people became disillusioned and forgot about the gift of insight, so Spider Woman transferred them to the second world. In this second world, evil overwhelmed the sensibilities of the people and they were forced to make an exodus into the third world.



 

With Spider Woman as their divine teacher, they learned how to plant, make fire and weave. Over time they yet again ignored the web of wisdom, so Spider Woman intervened and instructed the wise members of the people to make the journey into the fourth world. They learnt to start over.

With the help of a squirrel, a reed was planted so that those willing to leave evil behind could make the journey to the fourth world using the growing plant as a ladder.

The people who transferred to the fourth world learned language and prayer and finally remembered to reflect upon the web of wisdom. Somehow evil also ascended to the fourth world, so the Spirit of Death flourished, making the people mortal and human. The web of life may need to be repaired if neglect and imbalance begin to permeate its delicate threads.

Spider Woman reminds us to take a detailed look at our current situations and make sure that we do not lose sight of our sacred and divine journey, otherwise we may become lost, entangled in an uninspired state of being. The Hanged Man asks us to keep true to our own secret of Nature.



 

Written in the gorgeous Fantastical Creatures Tarot, written by Lisa Hunt and illustrated by D.J. Conway, The Hanged Man is personified by Medusa from the ancient tome of Greek Legend!

As a beautiful princess in the temple of Athena, Medusa was seduced by Poseidon, thus profaning her religious position and the temple itself. As punishment, Athena changed Medusa into a terrible monster with snake-scales, hair of writhing venomous serpents, a protruding tongue, and a deadly gaze that turned humans into stone.



 


"In this card, Medusa sits along a path bordered with large rocks, the spiral at her feet anchors any forward movement. The spirals on the rocks are half-formed, presenting no clear patterns to follow, but many possibilities. Medusa’s stare has frozen all ability to see what needs to be done to break the impasse. One must wait, endure, and learn patience."

- Lisa Hunt (Fantastical Creatures)
 


Everything is frozen. A barrier in your life keeps you from moving forward. Living through tremendously stressful conditions, but managing to survive by waiting for the right time. In order to thrive you must sacrifice the ego and connect deep into your spiritual Self, hence the blocks and obstacles will make themselves clear and can be released!

You can also use this card as a defensive spell to freeze someone else’s actions if they are doing you harm. Always remember Karma will come back if you use this technique maliciously!



 

In the wholesome text, Learning the Tarot by Joan Bunning, the deck which is referenced is the excellent Rider-Waite. The author reminds us that The Hanged Man is one of the most mysterious cards in the sacred pack, simple yet infinitely curious. It has the subtle edge to attract, yet also disturb, lending itself to contradiction in countless ways.

The action of paradox is phenomenally healthy and this is infinitely true for The Hanged Man, as it presents certain truths, hidden in opposites.

 


"The main lesson of the Hanged Man is that we ‘control’ by letting go – we ‘win’ by surrendering. The figure on Card Twelve has made the ultimate surrender – to die on the cross of his own travails – yet he shines with the glory of divine understanding. He has sacrificed himself, but he emerges the victor. The Hanged Man also tells us that we can ‘move forward’ by standing still. By suspending time, we can have all the time in the world."

- Joan Bunning (Learning the Tarot)
 



The best approach is not always the most obvious one. When we most want to force our will on someone or something, that is when we should release. When we most want to have our own way, then we should sacrifice. When we most want to act, that is when to wait. The irony is that by making these contradictory moves, we find what we are looking for.

Be warned that there is a danger to be shallowly content with your present environment and circumstances, to give yourself over to pre-occupation with material matters, which steer you away from the secrets within!

The keyword of RELEASE is highlighted in the Fabulous Connolly Tarot, created by Eileen Connolly and illustrated by Peter Paul Connolly. It is possible to pierce the barrier of limited consciousness and avail yourself of higher wisdom.

 


"A young man with a halo of gold and a look of contentment on his face hangs from a living tree. Clothed in various shades of blue, the Hanged Man obviously has a deep sense of his own spirituality. His shoes, tunic and belt are the vivid red of individuality. He draws energies from the living wood. An air of self-satisfaction surrounds him. The cherub brings to his attention that the ropes are not tied. He brings wisdom to the Hanged Man and advises him that the time to act is now."

- Eileen Connolly (Connolly Tarot)
 



This powerful symbolic concept is explored in Star Wars: A New Hope when Ben ‘Obi-Wan’ Kenobi advises Luke to “let go your conscious self and act on instinct” while Luke (the Sun) is lightsabre training on board the Falcon.

The delightful Haindl Tarot by Hermann Haindl personifies The Hanged Man with a host of ancient gods from sacred mythology, most notably Tyr and Tewaz who are gods of War and Law, Neptune the god of the Sea and Odin , the Allfather from Norse myth.



 

On the Haindl representation, the rainbow implies water; colours correspond on The Hanged Man’s body to chakras, yogic points of energy in the human physique. The Hanged Man’s hair merges into the ground like the roots of a tree. On one side shines a crescent moon, symbol of The High Priestess, goddess of Mystery. On the other appear Odin’s twin ravens Huginn (thought) and Muninn (memory). Ravens signify the realm of the Dead and thus bring information from the ‘other side’. These manifestations reveal an attachment to deep spiritual awareness and independence.

As with all learned truths and mysteries, be careful that you do not fold to conformity by influencing pressure from others and not conform to outside ideas and demands. This negativity can lead to lack of purpose and make the card moot in point. In order to get past hang-ups a sacrifice must be made, just as Odin hung from the tree of Life to reveal secrets from his sanctum, known only to the Beholder.



 

Looking at The Hanged Man from an astrological perspective as shown by the learned and excellent researcher Michael Tsarion, the number of the card is twelve, its element is water and modality is fixed. The house of Scorpio has great affluence and the planet rulers are Neptune and Pluto. The season when The Hanged Man is most prevalent is Winter. In alchemy the term closely associated is Dissolutio. From a Kabalistic perspective the path walked is Kethertwenty three. The mythical forms associated are Odin, Balder, Buddha, Jesus, Horus, Prometheus and Dionysus.



 

From an Occult perspective, Aleister Crowley’s splendid Thoth Tarot deck is invaluable, having been painted by the remarkable Lady Frieda Harris. The Master Therion himself states;



 


"This card, attributed to the letter Mem, represents the element of Water. It would perhaps be better to say that it represents the spiritual function of water in the economy of initiation; it is a baptism which is also a death. In the Aeon of Osiris, this card represented the supreme formula of adeptship; for the figure of the drowned or hanged man has its own special meaning. The legs are crossed so that the right leg forms a right angle with the left leg, and the arms are stretched out at an angle of 60°, so as to form an equilateral triangle; this gives the symbol of the Triangle surmounted by the Cross, which represents the descent of the light into the darkness in order to redeem it. For this reason there are green disks – green, the colour of Venus, signifies Grace – at the terminations of the limbs and of the head. The air above the surface of the water is also green, infiltrated by rays of the white light of Kether. The whole figure is suspended from the Ankh, another way of figuring the formula of the Rose and Cross, while around the left foot is the Serpent, creator and destroyer, who operates all change.

It is notable that there is an apparent increase in darkness and solidity in proportion as the redeeming element manifests itself; but the colour of green is the colour of Venus, of the hope that lies in love. That depends upon the formulation of the Rose and Cross, of the annihilation of the self in the Belovèd, the condition of progress. In this inferior darkness of death, the serpent of new life begins to stir.

In the former Aeon, that of Osiris, the element of Air, which is the nature of that Aeon, is not unsympathetic either to Water or to Fire; compromise was a mark of that period. But now, under a Fiery lord of the Aeon, the watery element, so far as water is below the Abyss, is definitely hostile, unless the opposition is the right opposition implied in marriage. But in this card the only question is the 'submerged' element, and therefore everything is reversed. This idea of sacrifice is, in the final analysis, a wrong idea."

- Aleister Crowley (The Book of Thoth)
 


I give unimaginable joys on earth: certainty, not faith, while in life, upon death; peace unutterable, rest, ecstacy; nor do I demand aught in sacrifice.

The idea presented is that every man and woman is a star unto themselves, having been exemplified in the texture, shape and colour of The Hanged Man.



 


"This card is beautiful in a strange, immemorial, moribund manner. It is the card of the Dying God; its importance in the present pack is merely that of the Cenotaph. It says: ‘If ever things get bad like that again, in the new Dark Ages which appear to threaten, this is the way to put things right.’ But if things have to be put right, it shows that they are very wrong. It should be the chiefest aim of the wise to rid mankind of the insolence of self-sacrifice, of the calamity of chastity; faith must be slain by certainty, and chastity by ecstacy."

- Aleister Crowley (The Book of Thoth)
 


The card is especially sacred to the Mystic, and the attitude of the figure is a ritual posture in the Practice called ‘The Sleep of Shiloam’.



 


"The Atu represents the sacrifice of ‘a male child of perfect innocence and high intelligence’ – these words were chosen with the utmost care. The meaning of his attitude has already been described, and of the fact that he is hanged from an Ankh, an equivalent of the Rosy Cross; in some early cards the gallows is a Pylon, or the branch of a Tree, by shape suggesting the letter Daleth, Venus, Love.

His background is an unbounded grill of small squares; these are the Elemental Tablets which exhibit the names and sigilla of all the energies of Nature. Through his Work a Child is begotten, as shewn by the Serpent stirring in the Darkness of the Abyss below him.

Yet the card in itself is essentially a glyph of Water; Mem is one of the three great Mother Letters, and its value is 40, the might of Tetragrammaton fully developed by Malkuth, the symbol of the Universe under the Demiourgos. Moreover, Water is peculiarly the Mother Letter, for both Shin and Alpeh (the other two) represent masculine ideas; and, in Nature, Homo Sapiens is a marine mammal, and our intra-uterine existence is passed in the Amniotic Fluid. The legend of Noah, the Ark and the Flood, is no more than a hieratic presentation of the facts of life. It is then to Water that the Adepts have always looked for the continuation (in some sense or other) and to the prolongation and perhaps renovation of life.

The legend of the Gospels, dealing with the Greater Mysteries of the Lance and the Cup (those of the god Iacchus = Iao) as superior to the Lesser Mysteries (those of the God Ion = Noah, and the N-gods in general) in which the Sword slays the god that his head may be offered on a Plate, or Disk, says: And a soldier with a spear pierced his side, and therefore there came out blood and water. This Wine, collected by the Beloved Disciple and the Virgin-Mother, waiting beneath the Cross or Tree for that purpose, in a Cup or Chalice; this is the Holy Grail or Sangrél (Sangraal) of Monsalvat, the Mountain of Salvation. [Grail (gréal) actually means a dish: O.F. grail, greal, grasal, probably corrupted from the late Latin gradale, itself a corrupt form of crater, a bowl.] This Sacrament is exalted in the Zenith in Cancer; see Atu VII."

- Aleister Crowley (The Book of Thoth)
 


Crowley further states; “It is most necessary for the Student to go round and round this Wheel of symbolism until the figures melt imperceptibly the one into the other in an intoxicating dance of ecstacy; not until he has attained that is he able to partake of the Sacrament, and accomplish for himselfand for all men! – The Great Work.

But let him also remember the practical secret cloistered in all these wind-swept corridors of music, the actual preparation of The Stone of the Wise, the Medicine of Metals, and the Elixir of Life!”



 

The dedicated scholar Lon Milo DuQuette in his thesis ‘Understanding Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarotsheds more light on the Magician’s work. He refers to The Hanged Man as ‘The Spirit of the Mighty Waters’ and ‘Elemental Trump of Water’, and further states; “Let not the water whereon thou journeyest wet thee! And, being come to shore, plant thou the Vine and rejoice without shame.”

An interesting note from Harris to Crowley in the Fall of 1939 states - “We will finish like Alice through the Looking Glass by having the whole pack on our heads. Goodnight.” A few months later on December 19th 1939, Crowley replied with - “I have long foreseen the “Alice in Wonderland” conclusion of our labours, but that if you remember was the signal for the awakening to the beauty of life.” This enlightening exchange between writer and painter gives tremendous insight into the sacred pact which both made to bring understanding to Light.



 


"Crowley identifies the Aeon of Isis with the element water. This was an age when it was universally perceived that human life came from woman alone. The sacrifice was made by the woman on the altar of her own body, and the Hanged Man was the unborn baby who floated upside down in the water of the womb just prior to birth."

- Lon Milo DuQuette (Understanding Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarot)
 


The author continues; The Aeon of Osiris is identified with the element air, which is sympathetic to both water and fire. Therefore, in the Aeon of Osiris, the sacrifice was one of compromise. This was the age of the dying god, when an individual just couldn’t be a real savior unless they first came out of the water (baptized) and then compromised their own body by allowing themselves to be tortured, murdered, then hung or nailed to a tree to redeem the lives of the people. A couple of thousand years ago, this selfless gesture was a big step forward in spiritual politeness. As a matter of fact, for The Aeon of Osiris, it became the supreme formula of adeptship expressed by INRI/IAO.

 


"The Hanged Man of the Thoth Tarot still symbolizes the descent of light into the darkness in order to redeem it, but the word “redeem” no longer implies an existing debt that needs to be paid. Instead, redemption in the Aeon of Horus is the noble duty of the enlightened to bring enlightenment to the unenlightened."

- Lon Milo DuQuette (Understanding Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarot)
 



Please note how Lady Harris ingeniously uses projective geometry to link this card with other water-related cards. Place The Hanged Man top-to-top with The High Priestess and The Queen of Cups. Other items of interest include her stylized Enochian tablets in the background, and her use of the color green to inject a Venusian influence.

When The Hanged Man shows its serene and secret face, then it is time to connect deep into your eternal reservoir and explore the mysteries which only you can scribe and decode. In order to learn the hidden truths, one must take a unique perspective to view the world. Those nail-biting blocks and obstacles will be made clear and washed away with the waters of purity. Be as the Great Odin and hang from the tree of Knowledge and Life!



 

GW2 - The Arid Sands



 

POSITIVE PATH
 


-
Letting Go
-

having an emotional release
accepting what is
surrendering to experience
ending the struggle
being vulnerable and open
giving up control

 


- Reversing -

turning the world around
changing your mind
overturning old priorities
seeing from a new angle
upending the old order
doing an about-face

 


- Suspending Action -

pausing to reflect
feeling outside of time
taking time to just be
giving up urgency
living in the moment
waiting for the best opportunity

 


- Sacrificing -

being a martyr
renouncing a claim
putting self-interest aside
one step back - two steps forward
giving up for a higher cause
putting others first

 



 

WORLD AND OCCUPATION
 


- Fantasy & Fertile Imagination -

independence, maturation, willpower, courage, sacrifice
contemplation, meditation, new perspectives, strength
unmoved by upsets and vagaries, deeper understanding
overcoming tests with quiet resolve, willing abstinence
confronting the dark side, introspection, resistance
identification with the suffering of others, endurance
stamina, individuality, discipleship, seeing the unseen
overcoming limitation and difficulty, uncovering secrets

psychological analysis, quantum development, idealism
conquering fears and habits, constancy, renunciation
patience, doing things our own way, search, trials
individuals of talent and genius, austerity, surrender
defending idiosyncrasies, advancement, wisdom, yoga
turning away from shallow pursuits, circumspection
inclined to abstain from material difficulties, prophecy
empathy, discernment, intuition, divination, altruism

magicians , artists , jesters, eccentrics, playboys, mimics
visionaries, performers, acrobats, thieves, gymnasts
hermaphrodites, criminals, transsexuals, androgyny

 



 

NEGATIVE PATH
 


- Unwilling to Connect -

confusion , sacrifice, inversion, entanglement
impotency, powerlessness, loss of possessions
suffering, disruption, bizarre occurrences, stasis
penance, limbo, low self-esteem, disorientation
dissolution, incompetence, reversals, delay
despondency, nebulousness, hypochondria

self-flagellation, mood swings, impersonation
suspension, loss of security, misrepresentation
loss of privilege, unpredictability, betrayal
rare disease , let down, self-sabotage, abstraction
compulsive behaviour, depression, pretence
paranoia, immorality, malpractice, iconoclasm
falsehood, disobedience, fraud, toxicity, infection

obsession, fanaticism, clandestine activity, worry
physical or mental incapacity, insanity, secrets
depravity, perversion, mind altering substances
crime, invalidism, remedialism, poison, allergies
regression, substance abuse, primitivism, alcoholism
negative habits, unwilling to connect into self

 



 

REVERSED
 


- Exiting from the Underworld -

conventionality , improving times, reprieve
lack of individuality, ending of self-delusion
end of an uncomfortable period, release
end of an ordeal, refusing to better oneself

lack of self-control and discipline, shallowness
a wasteful search, return of sanity, mundanity
impatience, violation of the natural order

lack of psychological insight, a useless gesture
spiritual vacuity, moral leprosy, selfishness
lack of effort needed to achieve a goal
the crowd, body politic, self-abuse

 

- The reversal asks to strengthen the positive and release the negative -
(Any path will always lead to both being fulfilled)



 

BIO-ENERGETIC
 


- Identifying Symptoms -

hypochondria , medication problems
poisoning , immune system deficiency
problems with lymphatics, schizophrenia
hormonal imbalance, physical handicap
emotional instability, sexual disease

 



 

 

 

The Hanged Man as a Life-Time Personality Symbol

 

For those individuals whose birthday adds up to twelve, The Hanged Man is your life-time personality symbol. You will always be committed to looking at situations and people from many different postures and perspectives. You will be the kind of person who does not limit or restrict themselves in any way. You are a natural pattern-breaker. It is your gift to be able to assist others to look at life and their problems from different angles.

Comedians are natural pattern-breakers. Through humour, you will assist others to take a different view and perspective of their current fixations and stuck situations. Also, just as a psychologist does, you can 'reframe' a problem and issue in such a way that solutions can be found. You have the ability to constantly free yourself from self-imposed limitations and because of this, be able to help others.

 

 



 

 

 

The Hanged Man as a Growth Symbol

 

The Hanged Man is your Growth symbol during the year that your birthday and the current year add up to twelve. During this year, people from the past will make contact with you. These individuals will function as important mirrors to show you those patterns from the past that you need to release.

Hanged Man years are the best years to actively break destructive patterns that bind, limit or restrict growth and development. It is a year where you will experience greater compassion and acceptance of self by releasing limiting egoic needs and surrendering to the deeper love and wisdom that wants to be expressed within your spiritual nature.

 

 



 

 

 

The Hanged Man as an Outer Mirror

 

When you pull this wonderful card and find yourself drawn to it, this means that you have awakened to and have recognized limiting patterns that need to be broken.

Since this is a Major Arcana card, you are determined to triumph in being unstuck and in releasing yourself from self-imposed limitations, fixed perspectives and unresolved 'hang-ups'.

Within the next twelve weeks, twelve months, you will see clearly restrictive patterns in yourself that you will be resolved to act upon and break. You will have the need to free yourself from destructive personal patterns and relationships. The Hanged Man represents a time to surrender and move beyond egoic needs in order to trust the deeper spiritual wisdom within your nature that desires to be expressed.

 

 



 

 

 

The Hanged Man as a
Visual Affirmation & Meditative Symbol

 

The Hanged Man reinforces the personal intention to break old patterns that bind, limit or restrict nature in any way. This is the best symbol to use in meditation and creative visualization processes to assist your ability to take a different posture and stance on old and outdated issues and trains of thought.

The Hanged Man, when consciously used, is an archetype that allows you to see who you are beyond ego. It is the symbol that facilitates freedom from limiting and unconstructive patterns.

 

Sample Affirmations

 

I enjoy looking at the same situation
from as many different perspectives as possible.

I value breaking ineffective old patterns.

I trust and have faith in the deep essence of who I am.

I surrender to the higher design and to God’s will.

 

 



 

 

 

Symbols that are facets of The Hanged Man

 

The Hanged Man is The Empress archetype (love with wisdom) that is expressed externally towards ourselves and applied to the world without limitation or restriction.


       
 

The Hanged Man reveals that part of our being that is willing to love ourselves enough to break limiting or destructive patterns within our personality. The Hanged Man is willing to sacrifice 'make sacred', egoic needs in order to surrender to the divine love and wisdom within us that wants to be expressed in the world in unlimited and undistorted ways.


                 
 

The Hanged Man (number twelve adds up to three) is the outer expression of the internal Empress (number three) that is within us. By releasing the wounded parts of the past that we still hold in our minds (Three of Swords), we are able to express our feelings abundantly (Three of Cups) from a place of knowing our priorities and commitments (Three of Disks). Loving with wisdom (The Empress) comes from a place of integrity, which is the alignment of mind, heart and action in all that we do (Three of Wands). When we release our limiting and destructive patterns (The Hanged Man) we are free to openly express our inherent love with wisdom (The Empress) into the world (The Universe).

 

 



 


- Gifts & Challenges of The Hanged Man -

Gifts

The Empress (Love with Wisdom)
The Three of Cups (Abundance)
The Three of Wands (Integrity, Virtue)
The Three of Disks ('Works', Priorities)
The Universe (The Expression of Love in the World)

Challenges

The Three of Swords (Past Sorrow)
The Hanged Man (Breaking Patterns)

 

 


 


- Opposing Cards: Some Possibilities -
 

The Magician
The Chariot
The Seven of Wands
The Ten of Wands
The Four of Pentacles

 

 

acting, doing
self assertion
defiance
, struggling against
struggle
holding on
, control

 


 


- Reinforcing Cards: Some Possibilities -
 

The Fool
The High Priestess
Strength
The Four of Swords
The Ten of Swords

 

 

faith in what is, going with the flow
suspending activity
, waiting

patience, taking time
rest
, suspended activity
sacrifice
, martyrdom

 




 

- Research sources -

Taroscopes by Michael Tsarion

Röhrig Tarot by Carl-W. Röhrig
Arcus Arcanum Tarot
by Hager Gunter
The Tarot Handbook
by Angeles Arrien
The Book of Thoth
by Aleister Crowley
Animals Divine Companion
by Lisa Hunt
Fantastical Creatures
by Lisa Hunt & D.J. Conway
Thoth Tarot by Aleister Crowley & Lady Frieda Harris
Radiant Rider-Waite Tarot by Pamela Colman Smith
Shadowscapes Companion
by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law & Barbara Moore
Understanding Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarot by Lon Milo DuQuette
Robin Wood Tarot
by Robin Wood & Michael Short
Kleopatra Tarot by Etta Stoico & Silvana Alasia
Connolly Tarot
by Eileen & Peter Paul Connolly
Learning the Tarot
by Joan Bunning
Haindl Tarot by
Hermann Haindl


 

 

 

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