The Hanged Man is the tarot card that gives us resilience. We live our lives with certain expectations, which can lead to occasional disappointments. This card tells us to surrender to the Universe, suspend all action, and calm our minds first, so that we can think clearly. It is an indication that the answers will come when the time is right, and all we can do is wait patiently. When we are stuck in a situation we can’t get out of, no amount of struggle will help us. When we want something madly, that is the time we should rein ourselves in and introspect. We need to take a deep breath, step back, and allow ourselves to give up control. Withholding action for a while will give us the space to see the roadblocks along the path, and sidestep them in time. This often gives us a better perspective on things, and allows us to break free of old binding habits on our path to progress. In a reading, this card urges us to stop complicating matters for ourselves, and sacrifice what is no longer of use to us. It represents a unique paradox – of gaining control by letting go, and of finding the path forward by stopping in our tracks for a moment.
The usage Arcana stems from the word Arcane. ‘Major Arcana’ means ‘the big secret’. The Major Arcana deck of Tarot comprises of the first 22 cards in the deck. These cards signify the major events in the journey of life of a person from birth to death, and rebirth. Each of these 22 cards has a particular meaning to convey, a definite significance. For instance, The Fool, the first of the Major Arcana cards, signifies the innocent baby embarking on the journey of life; The Lovers is the card of the heart and relationships; The Chariot signifies an ongoing journey; The Death is the card of eternal change, or rebirth; The Moon means the gaining of inner knowledge; and The World signifies the end of the cycle of birth and reincarnation.