The Hanged Man Tarot Card, favorable or not?


It is clear that the name of this Tarot card plays an important part in the creation of the feeling of rejection caused by The Hanged Man. But we have to go beyond this negative feeling, to confront it, so as to accept ourselves as we are and accept the direction we want to go. This card causes a reaction of surprise, of bewilderment; it forces us to react to know what obstacle that is blocking us lies in our way.

How is the Hanged Man in the Tarot of Marseille represented?

First of all, the position of the character is quite intriguing. The man pictured on this card is hanging upside-down by one foot. Does his foot seem to be tied? Nothing could be less certain. We are tempted to think that he could easily free himself. The Hanged Man’s face seems rather serene for someone condemned to such a torture.

His hands are behind his back. Is it because of fear? His right leg is bent behind his left leg, which does not clearly point to the fact that he is immobilized by his suffering.

Is the Hanged Man the card of hardships in the Tarot of Marseille?

This tarot arcanum represents the obstacle but also reflection and the waiting. The knot around the character’s foot is very flexible. In fact,The Hanged Man could easily release his foot.

Isn’t being free getting to know what the chains that bind you are? The man is immobilized by conventions, by his past or because it is a necessary step in his evolution.

Some see this card as that of karma and previous lives, that of the burden of our mistakes. But, in my opinion, we must go beyond this interpretation because this tarot card offers many more possibilities.

Meaning of the feeling of rejection brought about by the Hanged Man

The Hanged Man arcanumis not well perceived because we are in a permanent hurry in our modern society. Hardships and obstacles are rarely considered as possibly leading to any kind of evolution.

In the Tarot of Marseille, The Hanged Man corresponds to a period during which the energies of the mind and the body reach their peak. This tarot card highlights a paradox: the character is tied but free to move and submitted to an awful trial but remains imperturbable.

The Hanged Man is the card of the trials that people impose on themselves, either willingly or simply through ignorance. In many cases, we are the ones who make our lives difficult. We are fully responsible for it but this responsibility does not have to affect us.

Learning to say no, daring to assert ourselves are necessary to bring about events we consider as cataclysms in the heat of the moment. But some trials are sometimes necessary for us to evolve.
If you are interested in the meaning of other major arcana of the Tarot of Marseille, I suggest that you consult this article. And if you are intrigued by the Tarot of Marseille in general, I advise you to browse the tarology section on my website where you will find a lot of information.

And, to delve even more into this divinatory art, you can discover why some tarot arcana seem unfavorable at first sight by reading this file.