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The Hanged Man Tarot Card: Upright, Reversed, & Love Meanings

The Hanged Man Card Meaning

The Hanged Man card in Tarot symbolizes trial or meditation, selflessness, and sacrifice. The basic symbols of this card are a man hanging by one foot from a tau cross. His free leg is always crossed to form a "4" and his face is always peaceful. His hands may be either tied or dangling. At times, some coins may be falling from his hands or pockets.

Upright Hanged Man Card Meaning

When the Hanged Man card is upright in a Tarot reading, it symbolizes suspension, change, reversal, sacrifice, readjustment, improvement, and rebirth. The card means it is time to stop resisting and gain illumination. It is the time for reflection before moving on. No matter what's going on in your life, you can right the ship and keep moving forward.

Reversed Hanged Man Card Meaning

When the Hanged Man card is reversed in a Tarot reading, it symbolizes an unwillingness to make an effort, false prophecy, and useless sacrifice. You might be making wild and/or bad decisions to distract yourself from something you're not happy with in your life. You also might want to take a step back, take a breath, and give yourself a second (or more!) to figure out what you want your next step to be. And, sorry to say, you might need a major attitude adjustment.

The Hanged Man Card Love Meaning

The Hanged Man card in a Tarot love reading is usually not great news. If you're single, it might mean you need to let go of that which is holding you back before finding love. If you're in a relationship, it could mean that you're not exactly thrilled with how things are going. Give yourself time to assess your relationship. Don't make any rash decisions.