|The Hanged Man from the Swedish Witch Tarot|
I chose the rather fantastical Hanged Man from the Swedish Witch (aka Jolanda) Tarot to illustrate today's post because I feel it perfectly captures the dreamlike state of this Major Arcana card. The focus is on the inner and subconscious realms because we are left with little choice, such as when we are dreaming or find our minds wandering during an unusually boring history lesson.
There are parallels between this archetype and Odin who hung on the World Tree 'nine long nights' in order to retrieve the wisdom of the Runes from the realms of the subconscious. The number 9 is a metaphor for spiritual enlightenment and completion.
The XII Hanged Man vibrates to the numbers 1+2=3 and is therefore related to both III The Empress and XXI The World. This triumvirate of cards applies to anyone on a Three Life Path (i.e. your day+month+year of birth adds up a number that reduces to the single digit 3). Click HERE to find out which of these are your Soul & Personality cards.
The Hanged Man corresponds astrologically to Neptune but in the Golden Dawn system of correspondences, which leaves out latecomers (Neptune, Uranus and Pluto) among the Planets, this card is assigned the Element of Water. For the sake of simplicity we will be sticking with Water when this card shows up in the Healing Key spread.
To find out what the Hanged Man means in love and relationship readings click HERE.
Chakra: Crown chakra
Colour: White, violet, purple, seagreen, blue, silver
Crystal: Amethyst, lepidolite, coral, aquamarine
Body: Hydration, sleep
Exercise: N/A deep relaxation and traction apply instead
Stance: Headstand, shoulder stand, resting with legs up against the wall
Magickal Tool/Ingredient: Trident, crystal ball, valerian (induces sleep and relaxation), a conch
Associated Major Arcana Cards (through numerology): The Empress and The World
Associated Minor Arcana Cards: N/A (though you may choose to pull one card from the suit of Cups for clarification when you do the Healing Key Spread).
Remedies - to increase the energy of the Hanged Man in your life:
- You can make a tarot essence to harness and increase the energy of the The Hanged Man, using a card from the deck of your choice, along with any of the crystals above that you feel drawn to work with. There is plenty of information on the healing properties for each of the crystals available online
- Relax with the card under your pillow at the level of your crown chakra. (Learn more about Tarot Healing meditation HERE.)
- Strive to be as receptive and 'Yin' as possible
- Keep a dream journal
- Ask yourself if action is really necessary or if the situation you are facing may resolve itself if you just relax
- Allow your intuition to guide you
- Wait patiently for an answer to surface - be OK with not knowing for now
To counteract or balance the influence of the Hanged Man, you simply need to take action - pretty much any action will do. If The Hanged Man shows up in the negative position of the Healing Key Spread, you simply need to take the action indicated by the card(s) in the positive position.
Affirmation: "I am OK with not knowing the next step of my journey. I trust my intuition to guide me with regards to timing, location and which action to take next."
☆ Lisa Frideborg Lloyd ☆
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