The Hanged Man Tarot Card Meaning Keywords

UPRIGHT: New perspective, just hanging in there, sacrifice for a higher cause, confinement, spiritual growth

REVERSED: A try to fit in, part of the crowd, impulsiveness, delays

Name of the Card: The Hanged Man

  • Number: 12
  • Other Names: Le Pendu
  • Element: Water
  • Kabbalistic Letter: Mem
  • Meaning of the Kabbalistic Letter: Water
  • Planet: Neptune
  • Yes/No key interpretations: Maybe
  • Animals: Eagle, Snake, Scorpion
  • Stone: Beryl, Aquamarine

The Hanged man is the 12th major arcana card. 12 is the number of cosmic orders and also the number of completion. 1+2 make 3, which is the number of creativity, inspiration, and optimism.

The hanged man tarot card meaning

The Imagery and Symbolism of the Hanged Man Tarot Card

A man is hanging upside down by one ankle on a Tau cross-shaped tree. Tau cross has many meanings; it is the symbol of the meeting place between the earth and the sky. That meaning brings deeper spiritual attributes to this card. Tau is the final letter of the Hebrew alphabet. It is numbered 300 in Greek and 400 in the Hebrew numerical alphabet. It is also considered a phallic symbol.

The person is in a reversed position that shows a complete reversal of perspective. Even though he is in such a difficult position, his facial expressions are calm and serene. A rope is tied to the left ankle of the hanged man and to the top of the tree. The rope is a depiction of confinement and control. The person is wearing red pants which show passion, energy, vitality, and strength. His shirt is blue, which is a color of wisdom, truth, confidence, and faith. Both blue and red bring each other in neutrality and harmony. This card has a grey background; grey is also a neutral color. The hanged man has golden hairs that show his compassion and wisdom and there is a yellow halo behind his head which shows divinity and enlightenment, a deeper connection with the higher self. He has tied his arms behind his back in the form of a triangle. The right side up triangle is considered masculine, solar, and active. This triangle also symbolizes balance.

Astrology and the Hanged Man Tarot Card

Neptune is the corresponding planet of the hanged man. In Roman mythology, Neptune is the god of the seas. Neptune is linked to spirituality, magic, daydreaming, fantasy, and intuition. Neptune is associated with spiritual enlightenment. It is a planet of mercy and compassion. Neptune is considered a planet of inspiration, dreams, imagination, illusion, delusions, and confusion. Neptune rules spirituality, and all things subtle.  Neptune is the planet that brings us to a deeply spiritual place. This planet rules Pisces and the 12th house of the zodiac that is associated with secrets, spirituality, and the subconscious.

The Hanged Man and Kabbalah

The path of the Hanged man on the Tree of life is called ‘Mem’ which means water. This path connects Geburah (Severity) to Hod (Splendor) on the Pillar of Severity. It is the connecting channel between the personality and the higher self. This is the path of water, water is linked with consciousness and emotions.

The Hanged Man Tarot Card as a Person

The Hanged Man card denotes someone who has a different perspective about things. These people do not fit in because they have different approaches and unconventional ideas. These people are tied to worldly matters and dealings, they feel stuck and restricted but they have developed their peace with their boundaries. These people are spiritually enlightened and lost in themselves. They are not scared to make any sacrifice where a higher cause is involved.

The Hanged Man Card in General Reading

If this card appears in a General reading it may mean that you need to take a look at the situation from a different perspective. It might show that you are confined and restricted due to some reason but you should just hang in there and analyze the situation. This card tells you to stay neutral, calm, and keep your inner balance. You have the passion and energies to take action but you should just wait for the right time. Meanwhile, just connect with your inner wisdom, reflect, and look at things from a new angle.

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