Following the theme of the last few months (of choosing the questions based on the meanings of the Major Arcana cards), the theme of this month’s question is based on The Hanged Man card.
Although Tarot myths and superstitions abound and the name of this card could sound a bit ominous, in reality there are no “bad” or negative Tarot cards. Tarot is a system designed to help us, so what would be the purpose of it having cards like that? All Tarot cards and meanings are designed to help us find more inner peace and live our best lives.
This particular card, The Hanged Man, has two potential meanings for me. It can ask us to: a) accept things just as they are and make peace with what you cannot change, or b) to try to see things in a different way, look at the situations from a different angle (as the upside down man is seeing things from a different angle)….to try to invent original and innovative solutions to the issue.
Here in this reading, I will focus on the second meaning, about breaking with old habitual ways of thinking and trying to see things through new eyes and in new, original ways. And the changes that can come to our lives if we do so.
The deck that just felt right for a reading on this topic to me was my beloved Tarot of Transformation, by J L Cori and Willow Arlenea. It just made sense that this would be the best deck here for this topic.🙂
This is well-loved deck for me, and one of my very first too (It was my 9th of my 117🙂 ). I find it has some brilliant and deep things to say. I tend to learn a lot from this deck. And the deck itself is very original and that just fits in well with the topic here.
What I asked for you this month, on the topic of the Hanged Man is:
What might it change in our lives if we tried to break out of the mold or our habitual thoughts and looked for new original ways to view things?
Here is what came up for you:
Card 1: The Earth Mother
This reading starts off with a Major Arcana card (the only one in this reading). As such it talks about important life lessons that we can learn related to the topic of the question that would improve our lives in some way to learn.
This card is the Earth Mother which is this deck’s version of The Empress. Although it is not a Court card, the title of this card IS: “Queen” of Life. Queens for me in Tarot talk about a good strong communication. Working together with others involved through good communication, teamwork and cooperation to arrive at the best place for all concerned.
Now this is not just a “Queen” here, but the Queen of Life no less. So there is a message here about working together with Life itself to arrive at the best place in our lives. This card is saying just that, …to start with. That the act of trying to think in original ways can at times help bring us closer to life, to understand more clearly some of the messages our lives send us and to help us work better with life itself to create the best life for ourselves.
For this reading, the woman in the center of the card image represents each of us here. She is facing right, towards the future so it really is about best way to face our futures in order to create the best futures for ourselves.
This image shows that things are going on behind her. Things that she cannot see or is not fully aware of. Life is like that. We don’t see all the things that are preparing to happen for us beforehand. Only the end result.
I think the image shows her (she representing each of us) here as a being of beauty inside and out. … a reminder that you are that.
And yes she is pregnant in the image. This says that there are some things going on inside her that she knows about but still cannot yet truly see and get a good hold on just yet. This seems to be true of all of us at times.
To me the child sitting before her suggests putting our inner child first and listening in to what it has to say. And to try at times to put the idea before us (at the forefront of our mind) …to just stop and imagine we were seeing everything around us for the first time as a young child does. And to see how things appear to us then.
And… a lot of swirling energy and movement in the image. A reminder that life IS movement and change. Our truths from 5-10 years ago (or longer) just may not be true to who and what we are today or to where we are in our lives right now.
If we were to stick forever to the same thoughts, at some point they may well become outdated and even inaccurate to our present moments and to who we are today. Then they would hold us back instead of letting us spread our wings and fly to where we want to go.
Card 2: 8 of Swords (reversed)
Next card is the 8 of Swords. Swords are both about our thoughts and the way(s) that we tend to think about and view certain aspects of our lives. This is of course very related to the question asked in this reading.
This card is also both an 8 and a reversed card, …a reversed 8. Reversed 8s for me are about fully seeing and experiencing the magic and beauty of life and this world before us. About letting go of all else and just feeling inspired, touched by, in awe and amazed by this thing called life and how it works. So this card is talking about these kinds of thoughts and the kinds of feelings they lead to, or more accurately the kinds of thoughts that lead us towards experiencing life in this way.
As you can see as well, the title of this card is “Equanimity”. Which the Merriam-Webster online dictionary (http://www.merriam-webster.com/) defines as: ” calm emotions when dealing with problems or pressure.”
So the message of this card is just this: It asks us if we are currently seeing the beauty in life fully and feel awed by it? And also if we feel calm when handling the issues of our lives?
The way we are experiencing our lives has a lot to do with the thoughts we choose. Certain events come to us in our lives. But how we experience them has a lot to do with the thoughts we ourselves choose. These thoughts can be changed if we so choose.
You know the old quote by Henry Ford? The one that goes: “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.”? This is part of the answer here.
That it is also true that if we always think the way you’ve always thought, we’ll always experience things the same way that we have so far. If we habitually choose worrisome thoughts we’ll feel worried a whole lot more often, for example, than if we don’t.
We don’t have to do this. Trying out new ways of thinking and viewing things can help with this.
As for the card image here, it shows a sky filled with “X’s”, with energy emanating from the center of them. Let’s say the X’s represent inaccurate thoughts ( things we tell ourselves that are inaccurate/untrue, or hurtful to us to think). The image hints that choosing these thoughts sets up a specific energy. They form almost like a grid that prevents us from seeing things outside our beliefs. Or maybe even may prevent to some extent the more positive things from coming.
Card 3: flipped 1 of Disks (reversed)
This card (and the all the remaining cards in this reading are flipped cards. What I call “flipped cards” are just cards that fall or flip out of the deck during shuffling or otherwise stand out from the rest of the deck.
Flipped cards are generally important cards in a reading. A flipped card asks that we stop and think over the message of the cards, saying that there is a depth to it and that if we think it over we may see something more there than we did at first.
This card is from the suit of Disks. And Disks, for me, talk about our goals and what we need and choose to do to make them reality. This card here is a reversed 1. And that means it’s talking about fairness, justice and what feels right and best for all concerned.
To me this image is showing something about to be born. In the center of the image I see an egg, that is almost jumping around, it is so ready to be born at any moment. The shell is just about to crack and something new and beautiful is just about to be born. Something that is fair and just, and right.
Yes, the title of this card is: “Birth into Form” and that says a lot to me. To me this is all bringing up the topic of what we need to do to treat ourselves fairly and in the best ways. This is something that could be really beneficial to think about.
IS it in fact a goal for you to treat yourself well and fairly? To give yourself every chance to be born into the best form that you can be in this world. If not, now could be a good time to stop and think of why not. IF we’re not making that a life goal, then we are likely holding ourselves back in some way.
And. back to the question, then IF instead of doing this we could instead choose the thoughts that support ourselves fully and encourage us to treat ourselves and fairly and kindly and well as we can, who knows how much more we could accomplish?
If we’re not making it a life goal to treat ourselves well and fairly, changing those habits could have enormous effects in our lives and bring out more that is dormant within us atm, to vibrant life.
Cards 4 and 5: flipped 2 of Swords (reversed) and Healer of Disks (reversed)
These last two cards came out of the deck together. That means that the two of them together form a card duo. Meaning that their meanings are closely connected. The two cards are basically working together to give a common message.
The first of course is another Swords card, about our thoughts and the ways we tend to think and view things. This one is a reversed 2. Reversed 2’s, for me, get right to the heart of the topic of this reading as they are related to the Hanged Man card and to seeing things in new ways.
The title of this card is “Creative Differences”, which brings up quite an interesting point, in my eyes. Creativity (as in paintings, novels, writing new songs, dancing…) requires by it’s very nature that the person expressing themselves be in touch with who they are inside at the moment and willing to express it. A painting of novel, for example, that touches us is one in which the creator of it is so deeply in touch with the reality of who they are inside that it touches our reality as well.
We have the ability to truly touch others if we stay in touch with who we really are deep inside. And since all humans learn and grow, if we did not adapt and change our viewpoints at time, we would grow out of touch with that.
On the other hand, a work of art can touch us exactly because it helps us see something that we had not seen before, understand something in a new way, or learn a new life lesson. To me, that is what the title here talks about: “Creative Differences”. Learning to change and adapt our ways of thinking over time is one of the things that helps touch others through what it common to all human beings, in artistic endeavors, and in all the comes from the heart and soul.
And the last card here in this reading, that connects to the previous one, is the Healer of Disks. This card came up reversed as well. Disks is again about our goals and the work we do to make them reality in our lives. This particular Disks card is the Healer (reversed). The Healer is the second card of the Courts in this deck. A reversed Healer for me is about the best of all that life has to offer. The best possible outcomes we can envision, the most positive future, the most deeply loving relationships….So really it’s about how to accomplish these goals in the best ways.
The title of this card is: “Healing the Planet”, so this is even talking about some larger goals that we need to work together on to fully accomplish.
And that is the gist of the meaning of the card. That first to accomplish goals together, that we need to be open to considering other points of views and at times adopting them. There needs to be a common grounds and agreement on the best ways to proceed or there would not be much progress.
Of course, if everyone stuck to the same points of view continually and no one could change, it would be next to impossible to work on anything together…from the smallest relationship issues, to the larger ones such as healing the planet.
For things to change in a positive way, something needs to have an original idea, communicate it to others and follow though. Positive change starts with a new original positive thought. If the though had been though of before in just that way, things would have changed earlier. All inventions and progress start with original thoughts as well.