XII – The Hanged Man
As scary as The Hanged Man card looks, its translation is literally of a life in limbo; you may feel stuck – as if you are in between a situation or decision, but one where you have very little control. Unfortunately, when you draw this card; it signifies a need to muster a lot of patience, as all you can do is wait for the tides to turn!
Very often, the design of the card shows the legs of The Hanged Man, displayed in a figure of four. So, here, from Numerology – we can infer stability – meaning even though The Hanged Man; looks as if he is in a precarious position, he is a lot steadier than you imagine. His upside down position also gives a unique perspective on things. Maybe, you need to view your situation in a new light; a change in attitude could be all you need.
The Hanged Man is also often depicted with a halo effect around his head, which hints; that a sense of enlightenment has been achieved. The person drawing this card; has a good understanding that the past has gone and cannot be changed; the future is not yet here, and so the important time is spent in the here and now.
It is not unusual to draw this card when your life is in a lull. It can be easy to chase a sense of excitement and feel as if something should always be happening. But; The Hanged Man is a reminder to take respite in life where you can; the next busy phase will be along before you know it.
XIII – Death
Probably, one of the most feared cards in Tarot, generally due to people’s misinterpretation of its meaning. It rarely means a physical death, but instead is synonymous with the whole theme of Tarot – one of change!
When you draw the Death card, whether big or small, a fundamental change; is on the way for you. Some sort of end; and/or transformation needs to take place. Sometimes when we hold on to something tightly, and for the wrong reasons – it holds us back. For example, a relationship that you stay in – is making both parties unhappy. The Death card reminds us that we must clear old things away to make way; for new experiences, relationships and hopes and dreams to play out.
Very often, the Death card; relates more to a psychological change than a physical one. Maybe you have been stuck in the same pattern of behaviours, destined to repeat a mistake; over and over again. Or maybe, you know what needs to be done, but are railing against the need to change – why is it you; that has to do the hard work?
At the time, the change will likely be difficult, but sometime in the future – you will no doubt look back at the time you drew the Death card and feel thankful that you did – the decisions you made were likely valuable and long-lasting.
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