Sacrifice, balance, patience, understanding, letting go, loss of attachment, a time of waiting, impatience, selfishness, materialism, need for consciousness
The picture of the Tarot card for the Hanged Man is usually both calm and disturbing. Hanging is an act associated with violence but in this case, The Hanged Man is peaceful as he is suspended upside-down from a tree.
In Norse mythology, the god Odin hung himself in this position for 9 nine on the World tree. For this sacrifice, he was rewarded with great knowledge. As a shape shifter and god of magic, Odin had the ability to make people forget as well remove their fears. The duality of his gifts are similar to the dual meaning of this Tarot card, which can mean either mental paralysis or freedom from fears.
What is also notable about this Hanged Man in many Tarot pictures is that he is usually crowned with a glowing halo. This indicates that spirituality is a result of his sacrifice along with greater peace and freedom.
The Hanged Man is a signal that life's movement has temporarily paused. This time can be frustrating or it can be used to gain greater contentment - the Hanged Man reminds us that our attitude influences every outcome. Logic and sense have flown out the window and you need more news and opinions before making any decisions.
If you want to move forward in any area of your life, use this time to examine what you may need to sacrifice in order to go ahead. It is a time to shake up your beliefs, abandon your conventions and throw caution to the wind. What will happen next will surprise you.
The Hanged Man may appear when you've been forced to 'sacrifice' and as a result, lost something of value. Often, when we are mourning, we need time to grieve before we go on. This is not a time to make decisions - the best course of action is to welcome this rest and accept that waiting is necessary.
When the Hanged Man Tarot card is reversed, it can indicate that you are caught up in material issues and can be too self-absorbed. It is always important to take care of yourself but you need to also see the world around you. Bad investments and financial losses can also affect you now.
When The Hanged Man is reversed, you are being reminded to remember that you need to be conscious of your actions and the price that results from them.