The Hanged Man represents sacrifice and letting go. Glancing at the card, one might come to the conclusion that he represents an uncomfortable state of suspension – seeing the bat hanging upside down with his wings tucked tightly around him. But when we deconstruct it, The Hanged Man offers a new perspective. He hangs upside down all day and is active at night – he flips everything that is ‘typical’ or considered ‘normal’ on its head. After all, normal is a relative term, isn’t it?
We often talk about letting go but what does that really mean? How do we achieve it? In this case, we’re reminded that we need to remain non-attached. This card implies that there’s a sacrifice or difficult situation coming up that we’ll have to deal with. While we may want to resist it and struggle through, we can take a hint from The Hanged Man and instead, find stillness and a new way of looking at things.
Where can you find stillness in the craziness of the week ahead? Looks like you’ll be stuck in a situation either way – how can you open your eyes to see something differently? The Hanged Man knows now is not the time to fly – but when the time comes, he’ll be ready.
The Hanged Man also seems to know something we don’t. The protection of his wrapped wings and the strong red glow in his eyes suggests he has a secret. He has let go of the ‘normal’ filters of awareness and finds comfort in what may otherwise be uncomfortable.