To start the week off. I asked what do we need to guide us through the tumult in the world?
THE HANGED MAN TAROT TRUMP # Xll
The Mary El Tarot Deck
The Hanged MAn is one of the most powerful cards in the 22 Trumps. It is one of 3 Initiatory cards.
What’s Hanging you up these days? This card shows the metamorphoses of SURRENDER.
The Hanged Man is usually shown hanging from a tree, or in more modern illustrations, he is part of the Tree, which is the Tree of Life Itself.Traditional symbolism shows him with his hands bound behind his back and his left leg is bent at the knee behind his front leg. His hair flows down and touches the earth, and he often is shown with a powerful AURA of golden light around his head.
Yes Most people always want to turn the card upright when they see it. It is the only naturally reversed card there is.
In a Tarot immersion weekend I attended years ago. The participants got to act as the TAROT Trumps. I got to be the Hanged Man. Yes, I was strung up by my ankle hanging upside down on a big branch held off the ground about 6 inches. Yes there were pillows below me in case i slipped, but it was very scary and painful to be hung upside down even as the sacrifice which the Hanged Man symbolizes even for a short time.
The Hanged Man was traditionally scene as a thief, or a scapegoat. But the origin is that of Odin from Nordic mythology. The God is hung suspended on the World Tree. With his usual point of view inverted, Odin’s consciousness is tuned to the instinctual earth and that is how he receives the images of the Runes. It is not punishment but a voluntary letting go and allowing in order to receive. As in the A.A. prayer it is about letting go of the ego’s stranglehold and letting G*d or a Higher Power do the work for you.
When you really let go and surrender then you are well hung.
Looking at your situation form a different perspective allows you to gain new insights.
If you feel like you are beating your head against the wall, stop. Let go. ALLOW, whatever it is that needs to happen.
This situation is also like a caterpillar in the chrysalis waiting to be transformed into a butterfly. To the caterpillar it is a death, but the same caterpillar by dying to its former nature becomes transformed into something much more than it was with incredible new gifts, wings to fly.
Resistance is futile. Trust that the Universe knows more. You do not know everything, surrender and keep surrendering. It is a moment to moment practice. No one really knows much about anything.
The more I know the less I know. and I know nothing, I am empty, show me the way.
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