The Hanged Man is one of the most important cards of the Major Arcana.
Below you will learn everything about its meaning both in the upright and reversed position.
In addition to the general interpretation, the topics of love, health, career, finances and destiny are also explained in detail.
The Hanged Man Keywords
Upright: Pause, Let go, Abandonment, Reversal
Reversed: Delayed, Resistance, Stalling, Crisis
The Hanged Man Tarot Card Description
The Hanged Man Tarot card shows a man hanging upside down from a tree. The tree has the shape of the letter T appears vital and steadfast, yet it must bear the weight of a whole man.
Neither the trunk nor the branches bend under the man’s weight but maintain their shape, giving the tree an aura of serenity. Normally, the tree would invite you to linger, as you can lean on its strong trunk to take a break from life’s long journey.
It is not apparent how high The Hanged Man is attached to the tree, as we cannot see the ground. While he could free himself, he would probably fall from a great height and die, leaving him in a hopeless situation.
Instead, he pauses in his posture and views the world from a reversed perspective, which gives him new insights.
The man’s right foot is tied to a branch. His left foot is free and crossed behind his right one. His arms are folded behind his back and thus not visible.
The man’s posture looks very relaxed despite his predicament at first glance. The Hanged Man has resigned himself to his fate of being tied to the tree and therefore offers no resistance but soberly contemplates his situation and lets go of all tension.
In a sense, he has come to terms with his destiny and avoids greater efforts to end his hopeless situation. He wears red trousers as a sign of his existing vitality and joy.
The blue shirt symbolizes his mental powers, especially his inner calm and composure. Around the man’s head shines a bright light, which stands for his mental achievements.
The Hanged Man Tarot Card Meaning
The Hanged Man Tarot card indicates that we need a break in our lives at the moment. We may be involved in a big project, which is currently stagnating.
Instead of investing even more energy and time, we should take a moment to step back and pause. Because only in moments of rest and pauses we can find new strength and new ideas for the solution of a problem again.
Your mind unconsciously continues to work on a challenge, especially when you distract yourself with other things and then give you the obvious solution all by itself.
Especially in today’s performance-oriented society, breaks or interruptions are usually viewed very negatively. But just like in sports, rest and downtime allow you to unfold your full potential.
Sometimes your plans are slowed down by external forces or strokes of fate that you can hardly influence. Being at the mercy or powerlessness are normal parts of your life and show you that you cannot control everything around you, just like the card of The Hanged Man.
What you can influence are your thought patterns and perspectives on such situations. For example, a serious chronic illness is a daily struggle that you cannot avoid.
You will only have the inner strength to endure such illness if you learn how valuable your time of life is and use it accordingly. If you bury yourself in self-pity, you will only waste the energy needed for your recovery.
The Hanged Man Tarot card encourages us to change our perspective to look at things in a new way. Often we approach challenges or problems with old strategies of thought and action, as these have led to success in the past.
However, the world and the challenges that come with it are not rigid but in a constant state of change. Therefore, if you are currently stuck in a problem, try to write down all the possible ideas you can think of for the solution.
Such brainstorming works best if you are not afraid to include many initially irrational or “silly” ideas. That is the only way to open up new perspectives and generate a solution from them.
The Hanged Man Reversed Tarot card shows a present deep crisis. Sometimes you get so stuck in a problem that your whole life revolves only around this one thing and you simply forget everything else around you.
Such an inevitable challenge in life teaches you to be patient. It reminds you of how little you can take for granted regarding your current everyday life or standard of living.
Use such crises to discover which things and relationships in life really count and give you strength and support. The Hanged Man Reversed can also announce an upcoming life crisis. In this case, prepare yourself well because the crisis will last for a long time before normality returns.
The Hanged Man Reversed reveals a great resistance that hinders your progress. Such a blockage can occur in your professional and private life and force you to take a break.
If you try to remove the resistance, by all means, there is a danger that you will sacrifice too much strength and energy to it and eventually break.
See the corresponding blockade as a sign of the universe that you take the time and reflect again exactly about your intention. Maybe you have to redefine your goal completely or recognize completely new ways to reach it.
The Hanged Man Reversed further reveals procrastination. Fixed schedules will be thrown over and you will have to postpone several projects. Prioritize your tasks and work through them step by step.
By delaying, new options can arise, which you should consider in any case. In a negative sense, delaying your plans can lead to you having to cancel them in the end because they were only available for a limited period of time.
Weigh well whether a delay is useful or whether you should rather go into action.
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The Hanged Man Tarot Love Meaning
In a love context, The Hanged Man shows that you have to learn to let go of short love affairs. If you have been single for a long time, you may be still clinging to ex-partners and are preventing yourself from getting to know someone new.
The new partner in your mind should be just like the previous one. Leave such old connections and longings behind and be curious how a new relationship can surprise you.
The Hanged Man Tarot card advises you to take a break in your partner search. Do not try to force or accelerate love. Instead, go into yourself, use the time out and gather new strength and energy for your next relationship.
As a single, The Hanged Man Reversed Tarot card reveals that you are currently going through a difficult crisis regarding finding a partner. Such a crisis may have its origin in a high level of self-doubt.
Perhaps you have experienced a lot of rejection lately, which has caused your self-worth to suffer. Think about the moments in your life when you met nice people who later became your friends.
This way, you will discover that other people like you and that you can build a relationship with other people. Sometimes The Hanged Man Reversed shows that other life events currently block you. Therefore, you cannot engage in the search for a partner.
You should take such blockages as a sign of fate, encouraging you to take a break in your love life. Only by removing inner and outer resistances, you get involved in a new relationship again.
Until then, try to enjoy the positive sides of being alone and develop anticipation for the next relationship.
In a relationship, The Hanged Man Tarot card reminds you to look at your partnership from a new perspective. Especially if you have the feeling that the relationship is stagnating, try to discover new sides of yourself or your partner and live them out.
Qualities in your partner that bother you can be very useful for you as a couple, depending on the situation. We should not completely delete all the attributes that bother us in our partner. Instead, learn to love and appreciate the small and larger quirks.
The Hanged Man is also a sign that the partnership would benefit from a break from each other. In a narrower sense, a break means more time for oneself to date friends or practice a hobby without your partner.
In a broader sense, it can mean a break from your relationship, allowing both of you to reflect on the partnership in peace.
The Hanged Man Reversed Tarot card indicates procrastination of important decisions in your relationship. Important events such as marriage or child planning are delayed by unforeseen occurrences, which can put a relationship to a severe test.
Instead of getting lost in grief over the delay, use the time to do something together and strengthen your partnership. The delayed event is not out of the world and you will have the opportunity to repeat it soon.
Furthermore, The Hanged Man Reversed may indicate a deep relationship crisis. Such a crisis should not be ignored in any case but actively addressed.
Depending on the severity, a temporary break in your partnership can also help both partners to once again go into themselves to reflect on the meaning and value of your relationship.
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The Hanged Man Tarot Health Meaning
In health matters, The Hanged Man represents a necessary break in your daily routine. Work, household, and family can quickly become a great burden if you have no opportunities for regeneration.
Allow yourself now and then small timeouts in everyday life, in which you can consciously relax body and mind and thus do something good for your health. In case of an illness, The Hanged Man reminds you not to concentrate so much on its symptoms.
Instead, let go of all thoughts and worries and accept your current situation. That will allow you to direct your energy to other things that bring you joy and distraction, thus indirectly contributing to faster healing.
The Hanged Man Reversed indicates that you are delaying necessary actions to maintain your health for too long. That can be, for example, a visit to the doctor, which can clarify why you have been feeling unwell lately.
The fear of a negative diagnosis is understandable. However, certainty is the first step to treatment and healing. Another meaning of The Hanged Man Reversed is that you are currently plagued by inner resistance that prevents you from fully recovering.
Such resistance usually arises in your mind and you can easily solve it by starting to change your thoughts step by step and thus remove your blockage.
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The Hanged Man Tarot Career Meaning
Regarding your career, the card of The Hanged Man reveals a dead end in which you currently find yourself. On the one hand, you don’t see any more chances for advancement in your job and on the other hand, you can’t give it up so easily.
Accept your current situation and consciously look for everyday aspects in your work that fulfill you. Whether it is a nice chat with colleagues or the beautiful view from the office, such small pleasures help you stay motivated and accept your current state.
The Hanged Man reminds you to take a break from work. You don’t have to be available all the time. Take time for yourself and your needs. Work won’t run away from you.
The Hanged Man Reversed Tarot card symbolizes a serious professional crisis in which you are currently trapped. You wonder if this job still fits your interests and strengths.
Now is the perfect time to think about a professional change through further education or retraining. Furthermore, The Hanged Man Reversed means that your superior has been holding you back for a long time concerning your promotion opportunities or salary demands.
Talk to colleagues about how they managed to get more pay and make a concrete plan for how you will go into the next performance review. Always remember that you are not tied to one job and can apply elsewhere if necessary.
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The Hanged Man Tarot Finances/Money Meaning
In a financial context, The Hanged Man means that you should not constantly focus on money and material things. The constant preoccupation with your wealth can also lead to a burden that causes great stress in you.
Rather, focus on the things in life that money can’t buy, like friendships and love. These will give you the most satisfaction in life in the long run.
Maybe you have already invested a lot of money in a project that just doesn’t want to unfold. Consider carefully whether it is now time to back out of it and accept a manageable loss than to get into a debt trap later from which you can no longer get out so easily.
When The Hanged Man Reversed appears in a career Reading, it reveals a great resistance to take care of urgent financial matters. But ignoring problems usually leads to them becoming even bigger increasing the inner resistance.
Spend some time each day taking care of your finances so that bit by bit you can reduce the mountain in front of you. Another aspect of The Hanged Man Reversed is that you are held back and someone does not want to pay his debts to you.
React to such behavior firmly and consistently by continuing to demand your money and not holding out the prospect of any further financial help until it is repaid.
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The Hanged Man Tarot Destiny Meaning
The Hanged Man encourages you to remain calm even in difficult times of life and accept your fate. You can’t change certain circumstances in life.
You can only influence your view of things. That also determines whether you can grow in the challenges of life or let them paralyze you.
For your destiny, The Hanged Man Reversed reveals the delaying of some of your life’s dreams. Instead of getting angry about it, you should use such phases to come to a rest.
If you practice patience in this way and replenish your energy reserves, you will suddenly come closer to your dreams so that they can come true.
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