THE JOURNEY OF THE FOOL THROUGH THE TAROT - DAY THIRTEEN: THE HANGED MAN
Undaunted, the Fool pushes on.
He is determined to realize his vision, but he finds life is not so easily tamed. Sooner or later, he encounters his personal cross - an experience that seems too difficult to endure. This overwhelming challenge humbles him until he has no choice but to give up and let go.
At first, the Fool feels defeated and lost.
He believes he has sacrificed everything, but from the depths he learns an amazing truth. He finds that when he relinquishes his struggle for control, everything begins to work as it should. By becoming open and vulnerable, the Fool discovers the miraculous support of his Inner Self.
He learns to surrender to his experiences, rather than fighting them. He feels a surprising joy and begins to flow with life.
The Fool feels suspended in a timeless moment, free of urgency and pressure. In truth, his world has been turned upside-down. The Fool is the Hanged Man (12), apparently martyred, but actually serene and at peace.
The Hanged Man shows a man suspended from a T-shaped cross made of living wood.
He is hanging upside-down, viewing the world from a completely different perspective, and his facial expression is calm and serene, suggesting that he is in this hanging position by his own choice.
He has a halo around his head, symbolising new insight, awareness and enlightenment. His right foot is bound to the tree, but his left foot remains free, bent at the knee and tucked in behind his right leg.
His arms are bent, with hands held behind his back, forming an inverted triangle.
The man is wearing red pants representing human passion and the physical body, and a blue vest for knowledge.
The Hanged Man is the card of ultimate surrender, of being suspended in time and of martyrdom and sacrifice to the greater good.
The Hanged Man reminds you that sometimes you have to put everything on hold before you can take the next step, or the Universe will do it on your behalf (and it may not always be at the most convenient time!).
The Hanged Man calls you to release the old mental models and behavioural patterns that no longer serve you so you can see your world from a new perspective and embrace new opportunities that would have otherwise been hidden from you if you didn’t hit the brakes.
This is a time to pause and evaluate before going back to the drawing board. A time to meditate and seek inner guidance. “Be still and know your God”!
If you’re in tune with your intuition, you’ll start to have a sense for when it’s time to hit the brakes and put things on hold – before things get out of hand. But if you’re out of alignment and oblivious to those intuitive signs, the Universe will probably put things on hold for you, in the form of continued obstacles, ill-health, and breakdowns.
When you sense the ‘pause’ coming, pay attention to it; otherwise the Universe will turn up the volume until you can’t ignore it any longer.
The Hanged Man is your invitation to welcome these ‘pauses’ with open arms and surrender to the ‘what is’ – even if it is different from what you expected.
Take time away from your routine to connect with a new way of thinking and seeing.
This is the Universe’s way of helping you see new perspectives and preparing you for the next up levelling that is happening in your life.
What is holding you in this ‘stuck’ position? What is preventing you from moving forward?
Numerology Of Card 12
The number 12 is quite magical. There are 12 astrological signs, 12 houses of the zodiac and 12 months of the year.
There are many references in spirituality and religion to the number 12.
1+2=3 Luck, progress, and success through good communication skills.
Astrology Of Card
Astrologically, this card is Neptune, a very dreamy sign with an amazing imagination. It is easy to fall asleep to our situation within the energy of Neptune, as it is also very sensitive. When it’s time to become more aware of the way we live, and to envision something new, Neptune is the perfect energy.