Major Arcana - 12: Hanged Man

12 - The Hanged Man

Card Twelve

12 - The Hanged ManThis card shows a man who has been hanged upside-down, who probably does not seem to mind that he's there.

This card represents the need to adapt to changes so that we can find inner space. This is also about letting go of pre-defined ideas to get a new perspective. A new outlook will soon be apparent, either through our own choice or by the circumstances around us.

Enjoy the view and learn from it.

(1909 Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot deck images)


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Meaning - upright

What this card means

Upright, this card has the following meanings:

  • something needs to be sacrificed so that we can move forward and develop
  • a new outlook in life (or a given situation)
  • spiritual thoughts and reflections increase
  • expansion of consciousness
  • focus on the important things that give you meaning


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Meaning - reversed

What this card means

Reversed, this card has the following meanings:

  • there is a feeling of wanting to escape from a situation
  • lack of effort will prevent any moves forward
  • difficulties making a decision
  • preoccupation with the self and not enough thought on spirituality
  • stuck doing the same things and falling into a rut, not moving forward


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Interesting Bits

What else?

  • Key Meaning - New perspectives
  • Astrology - Neptune: inspiration and dreams with the conscious mind
  • Numerology - 3 sacrifice, suffering but also grace, charm and perfection