Upright: Sacrifice, uncertainty, surrender
The Hanged Man is hanging upside down on a T shaped tree. He does not appear to be in any distress, indicating that he may even be on this tree by his own choice. You can see the yellow tendrils of the halos around his head, indicating intelligence and new ideas. His red pants signify his human emotion and physicality, while his blue tunic is a symbol of knowledge. The Hanged Man is a symbol of martyrdom and ultimate sacrifice. What does this mean for your reading?
The Hanged Man, urges you to start seeing the world from a new perspective, much like the Hanged Man does when hanging upside down. This may mean that your current projects may be coming to an abrupt halt. You need to let go of what the universe is trying to tell you is no longer for you. This may come in the form of illness, breakdowns or other obstacles. There is a new path opening for you and it will take a lot of self reflection to reveal what that will be. The Hanged Man may sometimes indicate that you are feeling stagnant in your day to day life and it is time for a change.
Reversed: Negative patterns, fear of sacrifice, indecision
The Hanged Man in reverse, takes on a similar meaning. This indicates that you know it’s time to step back and take a break from the goals you are pushing so hard to accomplish. Instead of taking this advice, you continue pushing harder and harder towards a goal that is forever eluding you. The Universe will only become more harsh in creating obstacles for you until you let go and pursue a new path. If you’ve already completed these steps and you’ve been taking a step back for some time, the Hanged Man may also reappear to let you know that it is okay to continue moving forward.
**In a yes/no reading, the Hanged Man is a maybe.