Key message: The Hanged Man in the past position indicates a time of waiting may now be over. Ready yourself to take strategic action to secure success.

There is a certain calmness about the Hanged Man. He appears to be at peace with his precarious position, relaxed and making the most of the time gained while tied to a tree.  This card suggests that you may have needed to bide your time in the past and see things from a different perspective.

In the late 1300’s Italy punished traitors by hanging them upside down by an ankle until they died and hence came the inspiration for this card. But before you take a nervous gulp, it must be said that this card is not about death. It is very much about life and living. It encourages you to face your challenges calmly and from a different perspective. You may have needed to accept that not all moments bring what you want, but with sacrifice and patience, the right opportunities will ensue.

The Hanging Man tarot card emboldens those with the courage to see things differently. It’s ok to stand out from the crowd, or even to stand up against the crowd when you believe them wrong. Have the courage to let life unfold as it is and meet it’s challenges with clarity, calmness and a strong conviction of what you stand for.

Patience and Sacrifice

Patience is the virtue the Hanged Man would bestow upon us. Being ‘in limbo’ isn’t always a bad thing. If you feel that you’ve had a long wait to reach your goals trust that your efforts will be fruitful in time. It is likely that the time for action will arrive soon enough.

The Hanged Man also reminds us that sacrifice is often necessary to progress. Perhaps you have sacrificed your time to a project or your money to a cause. You may have let go of a property to move to something new or perhaps you are a parent. Any parent could confirm that a great deal of personal sacrifice is needed to raise happy and healthy kids, but of course it’s more than worth it as healthy young adults emerge. To not make sacrifices can lead to significant regret in future years, as every choice has an opportunity cost.

So in short, put aside wants that don’t serve your ultimate goals. Seek lasting and life affirming rewards and let go of the small guilty pleasures we can do without. And if you’ve felt the need to slow down and reassess your goals, remind yourself that that’s ok. Sometimes this is exactly what we need to reevaluate our goals.

If you have felt stuck in your life, try to remain calm and let go of what it is you feel you’re unable to attain. Sometimes when we stop investing our thoughts in a specific outcome new doors open of their own accord.

Character traits: calm, composed, patient, generous, accepting, peaceful, self-disciplined, perceptive.

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