Between the dates of April 17 and May 5, I chose three cards per day most days. Some of those cards were Major Arcana cards, including the Hanged Man. Interestingly, I picked him twice during those two weeks.
So let’s have a closer look at the Hanged Man:
My initial reaction to a person hanging upside down is omg why is he being punished? But if you look closer, you can see the Hanged Man is not looking distressed or uncomfortable. He has a relaxed expression and the body language tells us he is not suffering.
The words associated with this card are surrender, new perspective, circumspection. It also implies a pause, or suspending action to experience emotional release.
Several sources I consulted suggest the Hanged Man is hanging upside down by choice. He put himself there. The question is, why? It appears he felt stuck in his life circumstances and wanted to look at his world from a different perspective. So he turned himself upside down and voilà, he’s looking at the world with a fresh view.
There is a halo present around the Hanged Man’s head. This suggests because of his position, he has gained new insights or awareness.
It’s almost like he took a pause from whatever was troubling him, turned himself upside down to look at his situation from a different perspective, and as a result has learned that there is more than one way to approach his circumstances.
My writing feels like I’m blocked. I am lacking fresh ideas, and I don’t know where to look for inspiration. I feel like I’m hanging in suspension.
The Hanged Man card tells me to look at my current situation with fresh eyes. Inspiration is everywhere, I just have to look at the circumstances differently. (Note to self: is there a tree I can hang myself upside down in nearby?)
Perhaps it’s time to put some of my projects on hold for a while, and allow an infusion of new ideas to form by doing something unrelated to writing. My old methods aren’t serving me well anymore, it’s time to let them go (emotional release) and embrace new opportunities.
What if something new is just beyond the horizon but I can’t see it coming because I’m stuck in a rut and holding on to too many old mental models of behaviour?
I can do that, surrender and open myself up to new experiences. Now that the sunny and warmer weather has finally arrived after a cold, miserable spring here in Toronto, I plan on unplugging more and spending some time in the garden. Perhaps, as I dig in dirt and tend to flowers and vegetables, my brain will be able to come up with fresh ideas to propel my writing forward again.
But there is one thing that’s nagging at me. How come this card appeared twice? What does it mean when you keep picking the same card from your deck of 78 cards?
Picking the same tarot card repeatedly
One source I consulted suggests the universe is trying to tell me to listen to my own intuition better, to allow myself to feel a deeper level of consciousness.
If this happens to you, ask yourself what you saw when you picked this card before, and why you might not have received the message then. Is something blocking us from allowing the message to penetrate our minds? (source: biddytarot.com)
Most people who do tarot readings ask the tarot a specific question before they pull their cards. The cards that appear address their questions by guiding them to tune into their subconscious.
So with repeating, or stalker cards, the universe is saying “stop and listen, didn’t you get the message before?”
There is an interesting approach on how to deal with stalker cards outlined by labyrinthos.co. Click here to learn how.
I have a couple of personal situations going on which alerted me to pay closer attention to the Hanged Man when he started stalking me, both in life and in writing. So this was a good alert for me to pay attention to my situation, take a pause, and look beyond my immediate circumstances. Perhaps new opportunities are on their way – my job it to allow them to surface so I can embrace them, which I can only do if allow myself to see them coming. So, fresh perspective, surrender, and embrace the new is what I took from the Hanged Man tarot card.
Did you ever have stalker cards follow you around? What did you do about it? And did you follow the advice of the Hanged Man when he appeared in your reading?
Thank you for following along. For more about my tarot card journey, click here.