Why I love the message of the Hanged Man


I have many favourite cards, but the one that gives me chills every time is the hanged man.

There are so many layers upon layers of wisdom in that one card, when it crops up in a reading I always pause.

#1 Look at life from a different perspective.

New students are often confused by the card, turning it around so he seems "the right way up". At it's simplest the Hanged man is asking you to look at your situation from a different perspective.

In the position the hanged man is his heart is above his head. When we have a problem it is really easy to over think it, trying to find a logical solution. the hanged man is asking you to stop thinking & "feel" with your intuition, or right brain. Funny how you find your keys when you stop thinking about where they could be- and then you just know where they are, or how your best ideas come in the bath, or just as you wake up in the morning. That is exactly the sort of thing I am talking about.

#2 Surrender

Not a word that many people like to hear! Surrender to what? That is up to you, and your world view. I believe in a universal spirit, a wider energy that is bigger than me, & often the Hanged man is asking me to trust that things are happening in just the right way- even if I can't see it.

It may be that you are being asked to surrender your ego, "needs" & desires to focus on something that is worthwhile to you.

I associate this card with Odin who hung himself on the world tree to receive the gifts of the runes. It is said he surrendered himself to himself. I liken this to wh