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Upside Down Peace

Updated: Nov 22, 2022

How The Hanged Man Can Help Us Gain Perspective and Release Fear and the Illusion of Control

We are currently in Scorpio season who's card is Death. Pulling the Death card does not mean that you are going to die tomorrow, The Death card represents transformation.

Nothing is ever born without a death and nothing can die without rebirth. When a child is born, there is a death of a pregnancy. When a marriage begins, there is a death of an engagement.

The Hanged Man precedes the Death card, and it is really in The Hanged One that we do the preparation for the liberation that comes with Death.

By the time the baby is born the mother is ready to no longer carry the child inside her. Once a wedding has been planned and the vows have been spoken, the couple has long since been ready to legalize their union. Similarly, if a marriage ends, by the time divorce papers are signed, the union has long since dissolved.

In the Hanged Man, we see someone strung upside down. A golden Halo surrounds his head. His posture is somewhat unnatural, and yet he is relaxed. If you have ever held a challenging yoga pose like tree pose or a headstand, you may be familiar with the feeling of The Hangman’s surrender to discomfort.

There is no telling how long he has been hanging or how and when he will come down. He occupies a sense of timelessness, a liminal space.

While The Hanged Man can feel like a stuck place in which nothing is happening, he is there by his own free will. He stays in this pose until he has gained the spiritual insight that comes from looking at the world with a new perspective, from upside down.

When we find ourselves in Hanged Man energy, it can feel like we are stuck and nothing is changing, but that's because the change is taking internally.

It's natural to experience resistance in the Hanged Man. How we handle that resistance is really the lesson here.

For example, while nobody enjoys it when suddenly