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Tarot Interpretations: Hanged Man Arcana (XII)

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

The Hanged Man is a very mysterious person. He is a being of absolute resiliency. No matter how hard the trials are, he always stands strong in front of danger. The Hanged always finds a chance to turn the tables and create an outstanding comeback. His interpretation of the situations is always critical that even puts his own life in danger. Even so, he always makes sure he has the last laugh. There is no such thing as a last resort for this person, because every action he decides to do always brings him down to the ground, though temporarily.

 His presence in a group may look troubling. Every action will seem to be suicidal, but when one looks it in another perspective, there is always a newly opened door for change. This person will never be random. He always locks on a dream and changes for the benefit of reaching it when needed. The way the Hanged creates his own path is very unique in such a way that growth is already a part of his system. His continued existence will never be end not until he reached that stationary aspect of his life wherein satisfaction is already achieved. A man of survival, he is able to discuss any problem with a worst case scenario way of thinking.

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The staying power to reach renewal, after experiencing hellish hardships, can be traced back to the traits of the Hanged:

  1. Self-sacrifice – The way the Hanged reaches his goal is outstanding. The self-offering made to the deity of misery may be called as martyrdom but behind that great becoming is a grand ambition for rebirth. After experiencing trials and challenges, the sacrifice of one’s self will not be put in void. The Hanged will prove to his companions that harnessing the troubles will eventually bring up his success in life. Nobody says that the Hanged is a sadistic spirit, but a mindful being who knows what to do with his life enriched with a tormenting realm.
  2. Obligatory freedom – The Hanged, represented by a man hanging upside-down from one leg, has a piece of binding that represents the shackle of limitations. Thus, by subduing his own self to conflict and trials, he turns to freedom in a very difficult way. This masochistic action of the Hanged is enough for him to suffer with, to feel that few moments of freedom before final judgment.
  3. Paradox – Achieving ambitions may not suffice the reason to sacrifice the self. It is really a poignant irony of the Hanged to do so. The strong fortitude of this being enables one to discover that aside from this superficial reason, there is a deep thought of accepting difficulties for the sake of enlightening happenings.

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