The Hanged Man: general, standing and reversed meaning

The Hanged Man, general description

The Hanged Man is the 13th card of the Major Arcana. It is part of Fatecaster’s Tarot card list that summarizes the Rider Waite Tarot cards’ meaning.

The card’s smattering meaning is that we got stuck, we are up the pole. However, the deeper meaning is different: the outer movelessness of this enforced poise shows necessity. It’s an opportunity to change our world view and our whole life with elaborate analysis. This stage of life urging for passivity can manifest with the presence of illness and this card often means that.

C.G. Jung writes the following about the experience expressed by the Hanged Man: “stoppage…the hanging can have a positive message as well which, although at first means a seemingly insuperable obstacle, in the end it depicts a situation that requires maximal effort and thus a whole person.


The Hanged Man, standing

Take a break to consideration. Indulge in an experience. Adaptation to new thoughts that need sacrifice. Opening up ourselves to intiuition and expanded senses. Letting go past events and moving on. Inner peace, faith, brightness.


The Hanged Man, reversed

Life without goals. Selfishness, materialism and unreliable behavior. Reluctance to make necessary sacrifices. Mass consciousness, rejection of the inner voice. Achievements and reconciliation that backfire.