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The Hanged Man Tarot Card

The Hanged Man tarot: interpretation and meaning of this intriguing picture.

Tarot Symbolism

The Hanged Man tarot card from the Marseille deck

The Hanged Man Tarot Card is one of the most interesting images of the card deck.

The hanged man is suspended by one foot yet he looks at the world with perfect calm.

Maybe this image finds its roots in the myth of Odin that hung from the world tree for nine days and nights, to learn the wisdom that would give him power in the form of runes.

Odin has also the ability to direct human capacities and create mental paralysis or free the mind from indecision an fear.

The deep meaning of this card is acquisition of knowledge and power through sacrifice.

Tarot Meanings

the Hanged Man from the Waite tarot deck


Suspension. Taking time. See things from a different angle. Sacrifice for a higher good. Wisdom, contemplation. Patience.

Tarot Card Interpretation

You may feel stuck, unable to progress and make changes in your life.

Don’t struggle, this is a moment of pause and suspended activity. You may have to wait for news before you make any sensible action or take a wise decision.

Time seems to move slowly but at this point you probably need a pause to reconsider your priorities.

Your patience will be tested but there is a lesson to learn in this situation.

Maybe you’ll have to sacrifice something to gain something else. Probably it is time to give up a safe job or relationship where you feel trapped to find a more fulfilling environment.

If you need to decide about an important matter, it is not time to make a decision.

Accept this delay, you’ll come out of this suspended position, with renewed energy and a clear mind.


An altruistic advocate of a cause. A spiritual person. Someone dedicated to an ascetic life. A person who dares to be different.

The Hanged Man Tarot Card Reversed

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Meaningless sacrifice. Useless deprivation. A causeless martyr. Apathy. Poor decisions. Inability to make necessary sacrifices. Refusing inevitable change.

Tarot Card Interpretation

You may be so attached to what you have that you fail to see new opportunities. You must accept that changing for the better may require some sacrifice.

The Hanged Man encourages you to stop and think about what you are doing. Are you afraid to disappoint your family? Have you assumed the role of the martyr?

Maybe you are sacrificing the best part of yourself for no good reason. This suspension in your life may help you rearrange your priorities and discover a new direction in your life.


Self designated martyrs. Passive-aggressive personalities. Those you will make everyone else responsible for their own failures.

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