Letting go, reversal, suspension, sacrifice, isolation, spiritual independence, initiation, higher wisdom, crossroads, decisions, potential growth, change, transition, meditation, inspired spiritual enlightenment, circumspection, discernment, trials, intuition, divination, prophecy, voluntary sacrifice is needed to achieve your goal and/or purpose, perseverance, acceptance, reflection, observant, calm.







A sacrifice must be made to gain something of greater value.

The cross


(Spiritual Animal Symbology) 


The Ruling Master of The Hanged Man is the Venetian Master, Paul the Venetian. The vibration of the Venetian Master is one of intellect and the powers of emotion and he readily bestows these vibrations to those who are interested in the study of the arts and music and the practical sciences.

The Venetian Master gives the energy of self-expression.

Paul the Venetian operates from within the Golden Ray and radiates knowingness as well as knowledge to all who attune to and seek these qualities. The Venetian Master also offers his assistance to those who feel the need to control their emotional selves, in which the ego has unknowingly gained dominance.

The Venetian Master is one of two members of the ‘Masters Lodge’ who currently combine their efforts to bring about a new point of focus in the related fields of sound and colour, especially in their creative undertakings. He also works with and sends his energies to those born in December and March.

Paul the Venetian is the Master of the 3rd Ray.

Within the Tree of Life on pathway 12, it connects GEBURAH (5) keyword: severity to HOD (8) keyword: splendour

The energy of the Hanged Man combines severity and splendour to provide spiritual awareness. This cosmic knowledge usually comes at a price, and a sacrifice may be necessary to achieve it.

HERB:  Kelp
Kelp is a demulcent and a dissolvent of tumours. It can stimulate the thyroid, remove goitres and stimulate the metabolism (related to Neptune) and is often used for one who has a lack of compassion.

Symbolically, Kelp is used for hardening towards life, a lack of compassion and harshness and callousness when dealing with others. Kelp symbolizes the returning to the source and tells of initiation, of inner commitment and spiritual breakthroughs.

The Divinatory meaning is ‘finding one’s own’.

The Hanged Man is sometimes known as the ‘Suspended Person’. It reflects the story of Odin who offered himself as a sacrifice in order to gain knowledge. Hanging from Yggdrassil, The World Tree or The Tree Of Life wounded by a spear, given no bread or mead, he hung for nine days. On the last day, he saw on the ground runes that had fallen from the tree, understood their meaning, and, coming down, scooped them up for his own. All knowledge is to be found in these runes.

The Hanged Man, in similar fashion, is a card about suspension, rather than life or death. This card signifies a time of insight so deep that, for a moment, nothing but that insight exists.

The Hanged Man symbolizes such moments of suspension between physical and mystical worlds. Such moments don't last, and they usually require some kind of sacrifice … sacrifice of a belief or perspective, a wish, dream, hope, money, time or even selfhood. In order to gain, you must give. Sometimes you need to sacrifice cherished positions, open yourself to other truths or other perspectives in order to find solutions to bring about change. One thing is certain, whether the insight is great or small, spiritual or mundane, once you have seen the Hanged Man you never see things quite the same.

The Hanged Man is an unsettling, mysterious card because it symbolizes the reversal of our life situations, all the contradictions we face in ourselves and in life in general, and is ‘paradox in action’. 

The Hanged Man is one of the most mysterious cards in the tarot deck. It is simple, but complex. It attracts, but also disturbs. It contradicts itself in countless ways. The Hanged Man is unsettling because it symbolizes the action of paradox in our lives. A paradox is something that appears contradictory, and yet is true.

The Hanged Man presents to us certain truths, but they are hidden in their opposites.

The Message of The Hanged Man is ‘when life seems at a standstill, review the past and look to the future’.

The lesson of The Hanged Man is to let go and surrender to experience. Sacrifices can be made for one’s own wishes, for the sake of community or for mankind at large; but whatever the sacrifice may be, it will consist of voluntarily giving something up for something which is of greater value to the person, cause or country. The Hanged Man represents self-sacrifice and dedication to a cause, and often these virtues are ridiculed and criticized by others who cannot see the end purpose.

On an inner level, The Hanged Man represents the journey to the underworld of the unconscious mind in order to gain greater knowledge of the unknown. Any sacrifice requires a risk or an act of faith because there are no guarantees of success.

The main lesson of the Hanged Man is that we "control" by letting go - we "win" by surrendering.

The figure on The Hanged Man tarot card has made the ultimate surrender - to die on the cross of his own travails - yet he shines with the glory of Divine understanding. He has sacrificed himself, but he emerges the victor.

The Hanged Man also tells us that we can "move forward" by standing still. By suspending time, we can have all the time in the world.

The Hanged Man tells of a time for decision-making, and asks that you don’t standstill, but make a positive choice/decision.

The Hanged Man tells of sacrifice and a willingness to face long-term losses for long-term gains. It also tells of letting go, which is often a decision to make a better life by giving up an immediate advantage.

The Hanged Man depicts a person who needs to ‘let go’ to allow manifestation to take place. It tells of a person who is given an opportunity to change direction and to grow from their experiences.

The Hanged Man represents the urge to escape into your spiritual aspect. The Hanged Man tells us that only when we are ready to submit to the higher vibratory forces can we be released from the turmoil resulting from your own actions.

The legs of The Hanged Man form a cross (hanging on the living wood) and tells of a person who is earthbound, by the foot attached to the cross.  The cross being 4, multiplied by the 3 of the triangle formed by The Hanged Man’s arms and shoulders equals 12  -  being the symbol of the zodiac. The cross and triangle are signs of accomplishments of great worth.

The red legs symbolize energy and action.

The blue jacket indicates intuition and seeing things in a different way.

The Hanged Man has a nimbus around his head.

The Hanged Man represents a complete cycle of manifestations, and can suggest adaptability or a desire to learn knowledge of the future, and understanding of the past.

In relation to Pisces, The Hanged Man is associated with emotions and bonding. It symbolizes the ‘collective conscious’ and is a sign of purification and cleansing.

The Hanged Man, in relation to Pisces and Neptune, tells of the need to have one’s feet firmly planted on the ground and it is a sign of compassion for others.

Ruled by Neptune, The Hanged Man relates to refinement, purification and cleansing on all levels. It is associated with sacrifice. The energy of Neptune of subtle, graded and sometimes insidious. Neptune relates to spirituality, dreams, psychic abilities, and the Hanged Man is afloat in these aspects. The Hanged Man serves as a reminder of the importance of intuition and psychic powers that defy scientific explanation.

In relation to the number 12 which represents the completed cycle of experience, The Hanged Man tells of versatility, energy and great inner-strength. It tells of lessons learned through the experiences of many lifetimes of experiences. The number 12 represents the completed cycle of experiences. When reduced, it becomes the number 3  – the number of creativity.

By letting go and giving up, as painful as it may be, The Hanged Man tarot card suggests that we can overcome restrictions, find what we have been looking for, and ultimately become free, self-determined beings.

Although the Hanged Man seems restricted and helpless, he looks calm, relaxed and at ease. In this position the card represents the rational mind being turned off, acceptance of a new situation, a unique point of view, reflection and serenity. Deeply thoughtful, he seems to have reached a higher consciousness.

The Hanged Man in a reading is telling you that this is a time of trial or meditation, selflessness, sacrifice and/or prophecy.

You are asked to stop resisting; instead make yourself vulnerable, sacrifice your position or opposition, and in doing so, gain illumination.

Answers that may have eluded you become clear, and solutions to problems are found. The Hanged Man implies the ability to view things from a higher perspective.

The Hanged Man in a reading tells of flowing with life with a strong belief in successful outcomes based on faith rather than knowledge. The unseen workings of a higher cosmic nature will bring you pleasure and luck.

With The Hanged Man in a reading, there is a focus on reflecting on what is happening here and now. It implies that you should think of ways in which you can make compromises in order to avoid failure.

The Hanged Man can also imply a time when everything just stands still, a time of rest and reflection before moving on. Things will continue on in a moment, but for now, they float, timeless.

In readings, the Hanged Man reminds us that the best approach to a problem is not always the most obvious. When we most want to force our will on someone, that is when we should release. When we most want to have our own way, that is when we should sacrifice. When we most want to act, that is when we should wait. The irony is that by making these contradictory moves we find what we are looking for.

When the Hanged Man appears in a reading it is telling you to be aware of other’s motives. Do not allow yourself to be misled. Be prepared to exercise your personal strength and will.

The Hanged Man asks you to be prepared for big changes within your home and family life and/or your career sector. The Hanged Man tells you to be prepared for new and innovative ideas that will bring about positive change.

The Hanged Man in a reading represents a period of rest before activity, and shows the bringing of things to a halt, or to place something in suspension. You may feel as though you are engulfed or powerless in current situations and are unable to do anything constructive, but go with the flow and submit. You may even feel compelled to sacrifice a goal or desire.

The Hanged Man in a tarot spread may be telling you that it is not the right time to try to force movement or change, as to do so may bring more obstacles and frustrations. Patience is called for as you may have to wait until the timing is more auspicious and for things to change externally,before you are able to proceed and succeed.

Appearing in a reading, The Hanged Man asks you to learn to relax both physically and mentally, allowing the higher forces to renew your existence. Be tolerant of all things and know that you are an essential part of the life-force around you.

When The Hanged Man appears in a reading it implies that things may temporarily be suspended, which may cause considerable frustration. Faith and trust is required and patience is needed to wait for the tides to turn and the desired changes to take effect or come to fruition.

The Hanged Man can indicate a reversal of thought, much like putting the cart before the horse.

The Hanged Man in a reading tells of a person at the crossroads of life, but asks you not to fear this, as you will be on your way again shortly.

The Hanged Man appearing in a spread tells of a need to recognise your own abilities and build your plans accordingly.

The Hanged Man indicates a great potential for growth, and tells of the need to move away from things of an emotional nature.

The Hanged Man can mean a change in attitude or direction that is personally rewarding, but misunderstood by others.


Apathy, dissatisfaction, delusions, trials, selfishness, lack of effort, lack of compromise.

When The Hanged Man appears reversed in a reading it may be implying that you are pre-occupied with material concerns, to the detriment of your spiritual side or higher-self.

The Hanged Man appearing reversed in a spread tells that you may find it difficult to progress at this time as you may be acting stubbornly and not compromising. This behaviour could result in losses, perhaps even loss of friendship.

The Hanged Man reversed may be implying that you are currently surrounded by false securities. Dispel these to enable you to step forward on your path.

Reversed, The Hanged Man suggest an unwillingness to ‘let go’ and a refusal to see the long-term benefits to be had from a recently presented opportunity.

Reversed, The Hanged Man tells of a reversal of current situations  -  either positive or negative. 

The Hanged Man in reverse may be indicating that you are holding onto money due to a fear of loss.

Appearing in a reading reversed, The Hanged Man may be indicating that material temptation needs to be conquered and also indicates the over-coming of the ego-personality and the transmutation of the lower passions.

The reversed Hanged Man tells of self-sacrifice that brings little or no reward and thereby feelings of being (or even playing) the ‘victim’. Fear and anxiety caused by your own stubbornness is also indicated.

The Hanged Man reversed signifies a lack of purpose and apathy, often coming about through the misguided pursuit of illusory goals and the neglect of one’s spiritual well-being. It asks that you re-order your priorities and pursue the most rewarding path.

Reversed, The Hanged Man may be indicating that you are fantasising about the unobtainable. It tells of the inability to forgive feelings of hatred and self-pity and holding onto negative attitudes and mindsets.

The reversed Hanged Man can represent a person who thinks they are intellectually superior. It may also tell of self-sacrifice and martyrdom.

When The Hanged Man appears reversed, it may be telling of arrogance and a preoccupation with the ego, and material matters.

In a negative setting the symbolism suggests manipulation, passivity, useless sacrifice, and apathy.

Joanne Walmsley
Sacred Scribes

NUMEROLOGY - The Vibration and Energy of Numbers


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