When I first discovered The Hanged Man (card 12), I was delighted immediately and enthralled with his mystery. I wanted to know him, to learn his wisdom. He’s so silent, peaceful. And he’s so strange! 

My first thought was that the card was upside down, and I wanted to turn the card around so that I was looking at him like he’s standing up instead of hanging from a tree by one foot. That was my first clue about his mystery and what it says about me. 


(Joie de Vivre Tarot by Paulina Cassidy, US Games Inc). 

It’s human nature to want to to “right” things so that they fit what we think they should be. His perspective makes me uncomfortable, maybe because it reminds me that sometimes my own perspective is wonky and that any constructs of a worldview I may have are subject to change. I don’t have all the answers, much as I like to pretend to myself that I do. 

The Hanged Man isn’t a conformist. He’s comfortable with his different perspective, with his odd position, and with allowing all things to simply be as they are. He is in complete surrender to what is, and he is ever patient. He appears to be going nowhere, but he is actually moving quite fast. He recognizes the paradox of life and all the paradoxes contained therein. He reminds me very much of these pieces of wisdom from the Tao te Ching: 

“The Sage acts without action.”

“Tao does not act, yet it is the root of all action. Tao does not move, yet is is the source of all creation.”

“The highest justice is to see without preference.”

“Surrender brings perfection” 

The Hanged Man embodies all of these teachings. I especially love “the highest justice is to see without preference,” because it adds new depth to the lessons of Justice (card 11), completing the lessons of the previous card and opening the mind and heart to new spiritual knowledge and principles. There is a transcendence indicated. 

I chose the song “Slow and Steady” by Of Monsters and Men to represent this card.  

The lights go out, I am all alone

All the trees outside are buried in the snow

I spend my night dancing with my own shadow

And it holds me, and it never lets me go


I move slow and steady

But I feel like a waterfall

Yeah, I move slow and steady

Past the ones that I used to know


My dear old friend, take me for a spin

Two wolves in the dark, running in the wind

I’m letting go, but I’ve never felt better

Passing by all the monsters in my head


And I move slow and steady

But I feel like a waterfall

Yeah, I move slow and steady

Past the ones that I used to know


And I’m never ready

‘Cause I know, I know, I know

That time won’t let me

Show what I want to show


And I move slow and steady

But I feel like a waterfall

Yeah, I move slow and steady

Past the ones that I used to know


And I’m never ready

‘Cause I know, I know, I know

That time won’t let me

Show what I want to show


See Also:

Justice
Strength
The Magician
The Fool
The Star
The Hermit

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