12 The Hanged Man

 

Please note that all Tarot pictures are not my own and I don't claim to have any right over them. They are taken from the Ancient Egyptian Tarot deck by Clive Barrett for educational purposes only.

Card #12 of the Tarot’s Major Arcana is The Hanged Man. This is the card of metamorphosis. It is the time when the caterpillar is cocooned up and transforming to ultimately emerge as a beautiful butterfly flying freely through the air. Sometimes, we must seek stillness and contemplation to gain a new perspective on things when the old doesn't bring the desired results.

 

To continuously do the same thing and expect different results is irrational. So we are called here to let go of our stubbornness in clinging to what does not serve us (and please note, there is no value judgement here as in good or bad, it is merely an assessment of what serves us, what do we wish to continue and what had we better let go to replace with something new).

 

It is quite possible at this time that you are feeling out of sorts. It is a bit as if gravity were suspended and you are not quite sure where up and down is any longer. Your equilibrium is unhinged, but don’t worry, it is only temporary, as you prepare yourself for another shift which is brewing just below the surface. However, you cannot quite grasp it yet and this limbo may feel difficult.

Metamorphosis

However, with patience and stillness, deep meditation can help you gain more clarity. This feeling of imbalance stems from the fact that you are still resisting change and seeing things from a different perspective. The more you can open up your mind, the easier it will be for you to eventually emerge from this stage into becoming that fully-fledged butterfly. Another thing that will help you move along is exercise. Having your lungs aired and getting oxygen into your brain can work wonders to help move this process along.

 

Often the Hanged man is equated with sacrifice, but in reality, there is no need to sacrifice anything, only to let go in a healthy manner. There is a lot of dysfunctional patterns within us and when we face a particular problem or challenge, we tend to dig in our heels and quarrel with it inwardly, stubbornly persisting on our position when, in fact, this position is the very thing that keeps us locked in the situation in the first place. When you need more me-time and someone demands attention from you during this time, explain to the person that you need space and honour your feelings and needs.

 

So if you need to, stand on your head, even literally. But gain a new perspective, so that you may grow into that which is the more authentic and happier expression of your true being, your source within expressed in human form! Aren't you just awesome? Don't be afraid of change. It can only get better!

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