The Hanged Man card simply depicts an ancient form of torture. The person condemned to torture was in fact hung upside down from a tree or a beam.
It may seem quite a mild form of torture, but it was in fact extremely painful because it was deliberately asymmetrical, which caused great pain to anyone subjected to it.
In fact, the knee that the Hanged Man keeps bent behind the other leg in many depictions is the only way to partially relieve the enormous load that otherwise weighs on the inner thigh of the suspended leg.
It can express any form of suffering, imposed by others, or even self-imposed. An example of self-imposed suffering can be an idea, a feeling, a desire – in any case, something that causes us to suffer.
It is our daily duty, our duty to behave in a way that matches our responsibilities, and what others expect of us.
It can represent all the addictions, such as alcohol, gambling, etc.
A stalemate situation, a situation that needs to be unblocked. It is probably not easy to get on top of the situation. Perhaps a great deal of adaptation is required. Most likely to get out of it, one must realize that this stalemate is temporary and needs to be accepted. Accepting the need for patience is probably the only way to unblock the situation.
A prejudice. A belief, often about another person, that restricts us and prevent us from fully enjoying the fruits of a situation that is actually more favorable than it seems.
Lastly, it could represent a pause for reflection, or the need for a pause for reflection. In short, we probably need some internal work, and to decide more clearly what we really want and how to act.
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