THE HANGED MAN
XII THE HANGED MAN
The knots in the soft red rope hold tightly, each formed with such care by knowing hands. To be suspended in such a way is to give up power, to relinquish control, and to embrace vulnerability. Bound to the tree, the person’s movement is restricted. They are choosing to be vulnerable. Their actions are suspended. Upright, this card reflects the benefit of such intentional inaction. Perhaps postponing a decision or action will allow you to evaluate a situation more clearly. Maybe it is better to wait, and see what comes next. The nervous opossum is too experiencing things outside its control. It is trapped by its indecision. Does it cross the ropes and continue down the branch? Does it stay? Like the opossum, you may be feeling stuck in your position, unable to act because of fear or indecisiveness. It may benefit the opossum to just let go, and allow itself to be vulnerable as it crosses the branch. This card may be telling you the same.
Reversed: Eventually everyone wants to get out of the tree, but it’s not always easy. Reversed, this card suggests you have been expending a lot of emotional energy, and not getting much back. The stressors in your life may be forcing you to put your own goals and dreams on the back burner while others enjoy the results of your labor. Alternatively, you may feel stagnated, unable to make a decision or challenge your talents. It may be time to make a change that will get you out of this rut.