The Hanged Man: Tarot Card Meaning and Description



Arcana name: hanged, hanging
Category: Major Arcana
Direct position: Teaching, lesson, dead end, experience, insight
Reversed position: Materialism, preoccupation, melancholy, apathy

Hanged Man: General Meaning

Direct position

In the upright position, this card indicates a hopeless, dead-end situation. At the same time, this does not mean at all that there is no way out of the situation at all - it simply cannot (or is very difficult) be done in the usual way. It is necessary to change the perception of reality and the course of action, only then can you get out of the current situation.

The Hanged Man can also talk about the fact that a person is under strong pressure, he is forced to act in a certain way, or simply used. Sometimes the Hanged Man can indicate that a person is in isolation.

The card also has a lighter meaning - it can indicate a willingness to make a sacrifice for the sake of higher goals, or the fact that the right behavior can help even in adverse circumstances to gain a benefit. But at the same time, the sacrifice must be conscious and voluntary. Otherwise, you still have to lose something, but the choice will already be up to fate, and who knows what she will choose.

Reversed position

An inverted card most often indicates that a crisis moment has come in a person’s life, and it is imperative to find a worthy way out of it. Then it will help to “grow above yourself”, to move to a certain qualitatively new level. But this will require a rethinking of one’s life and actions, the search for a new life path, the formation of a new system of values. At the same time, we must not forget that development is not limited to career growth and improved well-being - the spiritual component cannot be neglected.

Sometimes the inverted Hanged Man is seen as an indication that a person makes unreasonably high demands on himself and his environment, and because of this he cannot get what he wants and does not know satisfaction.

Also, the appearance of such a card may indicate that the fortuneteller is inclined to resist adverse circumstances passively, consciously going to self-restraint (it turns out something like Tolstoy’s “non-resistance to evil by violence”). Another card may indicate that the goal is unattainable.

The Hanged Man: Meaning in Love and Relationships

Direct position

In such a situation, the Hanged Man is interpreted as an indication of a crisis that arose due to the inability and unwillingness of partners to take into account each other’s interests and sacrifice something for this. Also, the card may indicate that the quarrel that has occurred is final, it will not work to restore relations.

If the fortuneteller does not have a permanent partner at the moment of fortune telling, the Hanged Man portends that such loneliness will last for quite a long time. At the same time, in fortune-telling about relationships, the Hanged Man says that in the situation little depends on the person himself, you just have to put up with it and wait.

Reversed position

The inverted position of the Hanged Man when divining relationships suggests that the situation requires a radical solution. Partners need to explain themselves frankly, find out all the details and make a final decision. Otherwise, their romance may die, and this will happen either because both partners have incorrectly set priorities in the relationship (they are very interested in the material or physical side of the matter, for example), or one of them will not understand in any way that his behavior deeply offends the other.

At the same time, the inverted Hanged Man does not at all mean that a positive resolution of the situation is impossible. But it can be quite difficult and require considerable effort and sacrifice.

The Hanged Man: Meaning in Situation and Question

Direct position

In any situation, the Hanged Man suggests slowing down, temporarily doing nothing, but spending time rethinking the situation and looking for new, unusual ways to resolve it.

If a question was asked about some business, the card says that now is not the right time for this. You need to think about whether it is worth messing around at all, or is it better to give up a hopeless activity. It may also be that a fortuneteller is waiting for a certain twist of fate - the situation will not develop at all as expected. So if the fortune-telling went to a situation regarding some kind of renewal (job change, relocation), then the innovation should be accepted.

But if the hanged man fell out in a health scenario, then you should pay attention to this. The lasso portends a serious deterioration in well-being, serious illness and a high probability of injury.

Reversed position

In this case, the fortuneteller’s situation is really bad, but he drove himself into it himself. Further events may develop in different ways, but it is better to immediately begin to get rid of arrogance and self-confidence - they are the main cause of the problem.

The card also suggests that you will also have to look for a way out of the situation on your own, advice may be inappropriate. In addition, the Hanged Man in an inverted position says that they are trying to subordinate a person to someone else’s will, but this cannot be allowed, it is necessary to fight. Therefore, such a card is also considered a harbinger of conflicts.

The inverted Hanged Man in divination for health calls for a closer look at your body. It is better to go to the doctor just in case - there is a high probability of developing a serious disease that does not give symptoms for a long time. Also, a person may not notice the manifestation of the disease, because they are too busy with something else.

Hanged Man: Meaning of the card of the day

You have to be patient and just get through the day. Attempts to somehow influence events and accelerate their course will only lead to the opposite result. It is better to spend time on understanding the situation and developing action plans for the future.

Sometimes you have to think about what you can sacrifice in order to solve the problem, if you can not completely abandon the stalled case or leave everything as it is.

Hanged Man: Board card

In no case should you go ahead, try to solve the problem by force - it will be worse. It is better to try to look for workarounds, and choose the most non-standard route for this. It is worth being patient until events begin to develop on their own, if such an opportunity exists. If it is not, you need to prepare for the fact that success can be quite expensive.

Hanged Man: Combination with other cards

Major Arcana Wands cups swords Pentacles
Jester
Rupture of the shell, getting rid of the disease
Ace of Wands
Loss of hope
Ace of Cups
Receiving a profit
Ace of swords
Help from a mentor
Ace of Pentacles
false prophets
magician
You are a puppet in someone else’s hands
King of Wands
Conservatism
King of Cups
Passion for esotericism and the occult
King of swords
Your conscience will hurt you
King of Pentacles
The gift of foresight
Priestess
Wait for something new
Queen of Wands
creative energy
Queen of Cups
Power, love
queen of swords
old rich widow
Queen of Pentacles
Fertility
empress
Try to make the most of the most unpleasant business
Knight of Wands
Get out of trouble
Knight of Cups
selfishness
Knight of Swords
callous leader
Knight of Pentacles
Major changes
Emperor
Stay in a stupor
Page of Wands
Assess what is happening to you
Page of Cups
Spiritual development
Page of swords
Religiosity, fanaticism
Page of Pentacles
disgust
Priest
Changing the value system
Two of Wands
The quieter you go, the further you’ll get
Two of Cups
Inheritance
Two of Swords
Compliance with the rules
Two of Pentacles
Listen to your feelings
lovers
Sacrifice for love
Three of Wands
The result will not live up to expectations
Three of Cups
Confession
Three of Swords
Rich single man
Three of Pentacles
patronage
Chariot
Desire to assert itself
Four of Wands
Difficulties
Four of Cups
Passion, obsession
Four of Swords
News
Four of Pentacles
dedication
Strength
Trying to buy time
Five of Wands
Trying to get out of the situation
Five of Cups
Desire to get rid of loneliness
Five of Swords
Encounter with enemies
Five of Pentacles
Lack of will
Hermit
It’s time to repent of your sins
Six of Wands
Wasted sacrifices
Six of Cups
rebirth
Six of Swords
Lust
Six of Pentacles
Trial
Fortune
Will have to wait
Seven of Wands
Trying to get rid of the load
Seven of Cups
Losses, collapse
Seven of Swords
collapse
Seven of Pentacles
The loss
Justice
Sentencing
Eight of Wands
sacrifice
Eight of Cups
Chastity
Eight of Swords
Changing the value system
Eight of Pentacles
The presence of an imperious admirer
Hanged
Nine of Wands
Useless turmoil
Nine of Cups
Gaining experience
Nine of Swords
Sacrifice
Nine of Pentacles
suicide
Death
Ten of Wands
Get caught up in problems
Ten of Cups
Wedding
Ten of Swords
Danger, collapse, poverty
Ten of Pentacles
getting rich
Moderation
Your misfortunes will end
Devil
Retribution for misdeeds
Tower
Punishment
Star
Trying to get out of a predicament
Moon
Lie
Sun
Reward
Court
Struggle
World
Changing the value system