The Card of the Day: The Hanged Man (Reversed)
“He’s right-side up again.”
The Hanged Man represents making a temporary sacrifice in order to achieve a greater goal. This could mean sacrificing time, energy, old habits, or an outdated attitude. For success to be achieved a sacrifice for a greater gain is at hand. By investing in what matters to you most, you will ensure that the new reality you are shaping thrives.
What changes would you like to see in your life? Is there a goal that you have, that might mean putting in a lot of work? Is making sacrifices scary for you, because it means that everything is going to change?
The "Hanged Man" is suspended from the branches of the Tree of Wisdom. He is seeking to improve himself. By hanging upside down, he is gaining a new perspective, and looks at the world through different eyes. All of the blood rushes to his head. All of his energy is being pooled into his mind. He is temporarily sacrificing the use of his legs and arms. "Staying busy" isn't going to help him solve his problems. He is sacrificing the need to act, and suspending his normal routines, in order to focus his energy. His face is calm. Although not "comfortable," he is not suffering. He knows that sacrificing his daily grind, will free his mind.
If you want to achieve anything in this life worth anything, you will need to make sacrifices. The currency of the Universe is "exchange." What you put in, you will get out. It is comforting to know, that if you make the sacrifices, and do the work, you can alter the course of your destiny. Any goal you have, can be achieved, but it does require that something must be given up. At first "sacrifice" may feel like you are "losing something." In actuality, sacrifice is letting go of habits and attitudes that are actually keeping you stuck.
For example, if you want to lose weight, you may have to sacrifice eating after eight at night, and cutting some calories here or there. To get a wonderful new job, you may have to sacrifice some of your leisure time, to look for a job, and meet with the people who can deliver what you want. To foster a talent, write a book, or create a masterpiece, you may have to sacrifice a few years, to hone, refine, and perfect your skills.
The Hanged Man is a good omen. He says that you are just about to experience another breakthrough that will lead to a glorious new you. All the self empowerment you have been hoping for is in your hand. You can achieve your goal, if you are willing to be courageous and make the proper sacrifice.
To free yourself from dissatisfaction, you may have to sacrifice the status quo, just like the wise Hanged Man.
When the Hanged Man appears reversed he is represented as back on his feet! After spending considerable time suspended from the Tree of Wisdom he is now ready to walk out into the world again, with valuable new insights. He has made tremendous sacrifices and has surrendered his ego's assumptions of how life should unfold. Instead, he given himself over to the greater wisdom of the tree he spent so many years suspended from. He has freed himself from attachments to particular outcomes. He has the gained the grace of acceptance.
When this card appears reversed it is as if all that felt upside-down is being corrected. This will also foretell a period of feeling grounded and surer of your path. You too have been suspended from the tree of wisdom, and now it is time to look on life with the wisdom you’ve gained. All your sacrifices up until now have indeed been worth it. This is because you are starting to perceive your experience with grace and wisdom. Be proud of the things you have worked and sacrificed for. When you look on the world with the wisdom you’ve earned, it no longer appears upside-down. Honor your rites of passage and your hard-fought achievements.