The 78 Cards: The Hanged Man

“To make the right choices in life, you have to get in touch with your soul. To do this, you need to experience solitude, which most people are afraid of, because in the silence you hear the truth and know the solutions.”

Deepak Chopra
The Hanged Man, Rider Waite Smith Tarot

Upright: Pause, suspension, spiritual awareness, in tune with self and subconscious, surrender
Reversed: Procrastination, overthinking, indecision, out of touch, refusal to sit still

The Hanged Man usually finds us when it’s time to hit the brakes. You might have just finished a path, are on the brink of starting a new one, or find yourself confused with clouded judgment. It’s The Hanged Man’s time to shine.
While The Hanged Man rests upside down in suspension, he is not uncomfortable nor does he struggle. He surrenders to his circumstances, and dons a glowing gold halo of insight, understanding, and intuition around his head.

The Hanged Man, Divine Femme Tarot

This is your invitation to do the same. Even if you’re amidst the most chaotic of chaos, you are being asked to surrender and pause. Perhaps there is something that cannot be seen unless you are still, unless you trust.

Here is another version of the Hanged Man card I really enjoy. In this depiction, the Hanged Man does not struggle once more, but takes it once step further.

She is one with her suspension. She goes with the flow rather than against it. Her eyes are closed but she is obviously aware of her surroundings and her focus is right where it needs to be.