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12. Hanged Man


Sometimes displayed as XII The Hanged Man, it is one of the 78 cards in a Tarot deck that make up the Major Arcana or Trump Cards. In most traditional decks it is also the twelfth Trump of the 22 Trump cards.




 0 The Fool

 1 The Magician

 2 The High Priestess

 3 The Empress

 4 The Emperor

 5 The Hierophant

 6 The Lovers

 7 The Chariot

 8 Strength

 9 The Hermit

10 The Wheel of Fortune

11 Justice

12 The Hanged Man

13 The Death Card

14 Temperance

15 The Devil

16 The Tower

17 The Star

18 The Moon

19 The Sun

20 Judgement

21 The World

Ace of Cups

Ace of Wands

Ace  of Pentacles

Ace of Swords



The Hanged Man - Meaning of the Symbols

The Hanged Man tarot cardThe Hanged man in tarot symbolizes action in non-action, waiting and looking at things in different ways. His crossed legs form an inverted figure '4' symbolizing the 4 suits of the minor arcana cards, they tell us to seek guidance from the cards. The bright yellow halo around his head symbolizes him receiving spiritual enlightenment and the yellow shoes symbolizes his mind in motion. His hands are behind his back symbolizing inaction. The rope is not tied to the branch to tell us he can can come down whenever ho chooses, his physical inactivity is self imposed.
The Hanged man offers us enlightenment but are we prepared to accept another view.



















  The Hanged Man Correspondences and Associations.



Defining Keywords
Enlightened vision. Readjustment. Waiting.

The Hanged Mans Meaning.
You may need to sacrifice something, learn to be patient. Look at things from different angles then be guided by your intuition.

The Hanged Man Reversed.
Stubbornness will get you nowhere, it's time to make compromises. It's time to make an effort or your relationship will end.



Illusion, Imagination, Idealism, Psychic, Distortion

The spiritual searcher that sees the truth beyond structures, time and illusions. The imaginative realm of dreams, fantasy and illusions, as part of the infinite landscape of the soul (and universe). How you find a higher meaning or personal creativity through that spiritual source.



14 Perthro: (P: Lot cup, vagina.) Uncertain meaning, a secret matter, a mystery, hidden things and occult abilities. Initiation, knowledge of one's destiny, knowledge of future matters, determining the future or your path. Pertaining to things feminine, feminine mysteries including female fertility, and vagina. Good lot, fellowship and joy. Evolutionary change. Perthro Reversed or Merkstave: Addiction, stagnation, loneliness, malaise.

14. Perthro: This Rune promises joyful changes and good surprises. This is a lucky Rune to draw, since it portends joy and harmony. It portends good fellowship and happiness, akin to the “gemütlicheit” of the German beer halls. It may represent an entertainer, a musician, or a bard.

The Rune Perthro is the Rune of divination. This Rune can be used for all manner of divinations as well as for an understanding of the workings of Wyrd through the world. Perthro has also been interpreted as the grave-mound, which is closely bound in thought to the Well of Wyrd, as both contain the concealed treasures of the past.

Perthro is a Rune of memory and recollection, problem solving, and esoteric knowledge. It represents the uncertainties of life and symbolizes the interaction between personal freewill and the constants of our circumstances. Make the best of your lot.









see other artist interpretation and illustrations of the Hanged Man from different decks for comparison










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