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The Hanged Man

The Hanged Man

Today’s card is the Hanged Man, number twelve of the Major Arcana. The Hanged Man usually indicates a lack of ability to help oneself through independent action. In other words, you can’t get out of your own way! You have imprisoned your energy by making bad decisions or deluding yourself with ‘Pie in the Sky’ thinking. When this card appears, there is no way for the will to regain control until your current situation has passed. This represents a good time to be philosophical, to study and meditate upon the position you find yourself in, and to form resolutions for the moment you become free again. Only those who possess wisdom, patience, and optimism will be able to see through their current limitations, including possible humiliation, to grasp the inspiring lesson one can gain from such an experience.

Have you made unnecessary sacrifices as a self imposed martyr? Who do you suppose will benefit from your sacrifice? You need to accept the consequences of your decisions. Go through it, get it over with, and free yourself up for new pursuits. The Hanged Man advises you to surrender illusions of control and accept that you have been deceived by your own devices. Having made your bed, you now need to lie in it. This is not a negative judgment. It’s just that sometimes there are consequences for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Bad things can happen to good people. These consequences are not fatal, even if they are inconvenient — or perhaps even embarrassing. You will ultimately feel refreshed and grateful that you were derailed from your former track when you take the time to reflect on it later.

Today, may you take the time you need to reassess your thinking and adjust your course!