Let's Talk About the Hanged Man Tarot Card

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Photo credit: Hearst Owned

In a world that encourages a go-go-go attitude—always thinking ahead, setting bigger and better goals, and being on the move—it can feel rather luxurious to step back and take a major pause. But the tarot card the Hanged Man encourages us to do exactly that…which actually means doing nothing at all!

Yes, that’s right, my darling: When this card appears in a tarot reading, it signifies that the best move may be no move at all. If you've been feeling stuck, this is an optimal time to take a break and seek out a fresh perspective. It’s only in stillness that we can truly see what’s going on and notice something we might have previously missed. Leisure and contemplation are just as important as productivity and initiative. Enjoy this moment for what it is, rather than trying to force it into something it isn't.

Sometimes everything doesn’t go according to plan, but that doesn’t mean it’s an epic failure. It could just mean the timing is off, so release those expectations of what is “good” or “bad” and just be. It’s all coming together, even if it isn’t happening quite as fast as you would like. And hey, you never know what’s around the corner…whatever is ahead of the bend could be far better than what you initially hoped for.

The Hanged Man Keywords

Pause, new perspective, the space in-between, reflection, waiting, indecision, stalling, surrendering to change, sacrifice, letting go

The Hanged Man Upright Meaning

Welcome this break! Every sign in the universe is pushing you to press pause, whether it’s the fact that your routine has been disrupted, you are waiting in agony for news that just hasn’t come through yet, or the fact nothing is seemingly connecting no matter how hard you try (and OMG are you trying to make it work!).

Enough! Listen to what everything is telling you and stop resisting. Trying to force things will only create more obstacles in your path. Instead, just surrender to this situation. This is your cosmic reminder that you simply cannot control everything, so sit back, relax, and get comfortable in the void of the unknown.

Yes, this might be uncomfortable, but it’s not excruciating. You need this break so you can gain perspective or finally see unexpected opportunities you might have previously missed.

The Hanged Man Reverse Meaning

Quit stalling! Honestly, what are you waiting for? You know exactly what to do, but for whatever reason (and trust me, you have found every excuse in the book here!), you are avoiding what must be done. Distractions are plenty when you don’t feel “ready” to make a decision or move forward, but they are needless. Trust me, there really isn’t a moment when you will feel COMPLETELY ready. You can't wait forever, so make your move now— before the choice is made for you!

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