The drawing on The Hanged Man is a young man hanged by one foot on a cross fashioned of living wood. The “living wood” is seen in the green leaves still growing on it. His other foot is held behind the leg he hangs on symbolizing another cross. His arms are behind him we don’t know whether held voluntarily or tied. Even though we’d expect him to be very uncomfortable in this position, he shows no discomfort at all. His face is serene and a bright golden halo surrounds his head. Clearly, this card has something important to tell us. As a matter of fact, it carries two important spiritual lessons.
To begin with, he is obviously going through this voluntarily; is this wasn’t the case, he’d be more upset about it. So, what should this mean to us? On the bottom level, it symbolizes his allowing of this discomfort, and the halo tells us it has a spiritual purpose. So, what is this purpose? Among other things, we are here on this planet to learn to love one another more and more. One thing we really need to learn is, very often our Soul growth is intensified when we are willing to put our own wants and desires on hold for the good of others. So – one thing the Hanged Man symbolizes is self-Submission for a greater good.
Secondly, The Hanged Man has turned everything upside down in his life-experience. Everything is just the opposite of what it was. Everything is different. This tells us that we need to reverse our thinking about what we actually are. We assume we are our physical body; we need to reverse our thinking. We believe we are a body who has a soul; we need to reverse our thinking. We are a Soul which happens to be using this body to learn material lessons. To grow spiritually (I’ve got to say it again…) we need to reverse our thinking.
When you meditate upon The Hanged Man, let it remind you, reality is often not as it seems. In fact, it never is – talk to a physicist sometime. When you change your thinking and remember who and what you really are, your spiritual growth happens almost automatically. And, when you sometimes put your desires aside to “do unto others,” your Soul growth takes leaps and bounds.
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