You are the Hanged Man
Self-sacrifice, Sacrifice, Devotion, Bound.
With the Hanged man there is often a sense of fatalism, waiting for something to happen. Or a fear of
loss from a situation, rather than gain.
The Hanged Man is perhaps the most fascinating card in the deck. It reflects the story of Odin who offered himself as a sacrifice in order to gain knowledge. Hanging from the world tree, wounded by a spear, given no bread or mead, he hung for nine days. On the last day, he saw on the ground runes that had fallen from the tree, understood their meaning, and, coming down, scooped them up for his own. All knowledge is to be found in these runes.
The Hanged Man, in similar fashion, is a card about suspension, not life or death. It signifies selflessness, sacrifice and prophecy. You make yourself vulnerable and in doing so, gain illumination. You see the world differently, with almost mystical insights.
What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.
This post is a response to a post on the Yahoo! Groups Tarot Journaling group. The original prompt was:
Here is a simple 2-card spread to try on yourself this week. It is very
1) What is it I want?
2) What is it I need?
They are two very different things.
I’m all for very simple tarot spreads/readings (I tend to favour the old 3-card draw, for simplicity’s sake), so I pulled out my tarot deck (using the Gilded Tarot, in case you were wondering) for the first time in far too long, and did a reading. My results were:
1. Want: The Magician – To have mastery of myself and magick, to be purposeful and powerful.
2. Need: Ace of Cups – To stop viewing emotions as a weakness, and use them as a means by which to understand yourself and your world.
Well, those two work frighteningly well. And are frighteningly accurate. Unfortunately, once again, the tarot cards are telling me the truth and what I need to hear, and not what I want to hear. 😛 But this is an interesting exercise.