The Hanged Man Tarot Card Meanings

Tarot card - The Hanged ManThe Hanged Man Says: “Get a New Perspective on Your Situation.”


By hanging upside down, The Hanged Man can see the whole world from an entirely new perspective. He is suspended from one foot, but he’s relaxed and at ease. He is definitely there by choice!

When a challenging situation arises The Hanged Man teaches us to pause and look at our situation in a different way. You may be surprised by the solutions you find! This Major Arcana card will show up in your reading when you’re stuck in one way of thinking and would benefit from a shift in perspective!

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    The Hanged Man Tarot Card Explained

    Are you trying to control things, but you’re not getting the results you want? It’s time to take the advice of The Hanged Man. This tarot card tells you to take a pause so you can gain a new perspective on your situation. This card is all about choosing to surrender to the flow of the universe. You received this card in your tarot card reading because there is some situation in your life that you need to respond to in a new way.

    The Hanged Man Tarot Card in Your Past

    You just went through a period of time where you released something major. Whether it was in romance, your career, or your spiritual path, you went through a period of pause and self-reflection because you knew that you were fighting an uphill battle. Sometimes the universe brings us obstacles to force us to look at something we might have been avoiding. You successfully left something behind that wasn’t serving you anymore, which has brought you to where you are today.

    The Hanged Man in Reverse in the Past

    Did you make an impulsive decision in the recent past that led you into a difficult situation? This tarot card in reverse can indicate that you didn’t take the time to pause and reflect before rushing into something and you’re suffering the consequences today.

    The Hanged Man Tarot Card in Your Present

    Take a breath and walk away from conflict! The Hanged Man in the present position is telling you not to fall into the trap of engaging in conflicts with other people. If you are in a toxic relationship, try to just recognize it for what it is, and take the steps to remove yourself from it.

    When we say surrender, we don’t mean give up and give in, it means surrendering to the notion that the situation is what it is. We cannot control other people’s behavior, only our own choices, so rather than trying to fix the situation, you should take steps to protect yourself.

    The Hanged Man in Reverse in the Present

    Are you keeping yourself super busy in order to avoid addressing a difficult situation? Or conversely, you might be procrastinating! Try to find equilibrium when it comes to any challenges you might be facing at this time. Look at your choices and actions honestly and try to remain open-minded. If you have been stuck for quite some time, this card in the reverse might indicate that the waiting period is finally coming to an end.

    The Hanged Man Tarot Card in the Future

    There’s a storm brewing in your future, so be sure not to become wrapped up in it. Take care to make sure you don’t get painted as the aggressor. Choose the path of least resistance and walk away from conflict. When people really want to fight with you, sometimes the best thing we can do is withhold the conflict itself by refusing to engage in it.

    The Hanged Man in Reverse in the Future 

    If you’re feeling trapped by circumstances outside of your control, The Hanged Man in the reverse in your future can be a good omen. Depending on the surrounding cards, things may finally start moving again. However, if you find yourself embroiled in conflict, take this as a warning and do not engage.

    The Hanged Man Tarot Card in Love and Romance

    It might seem like your relationship is stuck or things aren’t moving forward the way that you want right now. Receiving this tarot card in your love reading means you need to embrace this pause to find the good in it.

    It’s natural for us to want things when we want them, but we need to recognize that the universe has a bigger plan. Trust that this slow down is for the best, and try to learn as much as you can about yourself during this time. Use this time to work on yourself. We attract and reflect our inner shadows in our relationships. Are there other areas of your life where you might be causing a block?

    The Reversed Hanged Man in Love and Romance

    It’s time to take action in your love life because the waiting period is finally over! You already know what you need to do. If there is a decision or action you’ve been stalling on, it’s time to move forward.

    The Hanged Man Tarot Card and Your Career

    Things are on hold in your career right now, but that’s okay! Don’t try to force forward motion or action. Take the time to observe the situation and try to see it from different perspectives. There might be unexpected benefits from this pause that you don’t realize yet. Allow yourself to surrender to the universe and all will unfold as it should.

    The Reversed Hanged Man and Your Career

    The reversed Hanged Man is pointing out that you’ve been resisting hitting that pause button. Are you keeping yourself overly busy just to fill the time? Take the advice and do the work by slowing down to look at the real issues. If you’ve been stuck for a while now, the reversed Hanged Man might be indicating that this period of waiting is finally coming to an end.

    The Hanged Man Tarot Card and Your Friends

    Are you still hanging out with people who bring you down? The Hanged Man is a card of sacrifice and might be telling you it’s time to avoid high conflict relationships and situations by letting them go. Don’t try to change people or force things that just don’t fit.

    The Reversed Hanged Man and Your Friends

    In the reverse, this tarot card is telling you that you’ve probably been procrastinating on dealing with this situation! Well, it’s time to take action toward what you know you need to do. You probably already know exactly what that is.

    The Hanged Man Tarot Card and Your Money

    You need a change in perspective where money is concerned. If you’ve been dealing with a difficult or frustrating financial situation, try taking a moment to pause and re-evaluate. Look at the situation from another perspective. Is there a way you can turn this challenge into an opportunity?

    The Reversed Hanged Man and Your Money

    You might have made some financial sacrifices recently that just aren’t paying off as you had hoped. Did you lend money to someone never to get it back? Or maybe you paid for something that you aren’t able to take advantage of? Use this time to learn how you can avoid such situations in the future.

    The Hanged Man Tarot Card and Your Health 

    You’ve been burning the candles at two ends and it’s time to give yourself a break. The Hanged Man asks you to pause and not let difficult situations keep overly busy or stressed out. For your physical and mental health, a period of rest and calm is indicated. And if there are any destructive habits you are hanging onto, it’s time to let them go.

    The Reversed Hanged Man and Your Health

    If you’ve been laying low because of illness or bad health, the reversed Hanged Man can indicate an end to your confinement. This period of waiting and suspension is finally ending.

    The Hanged Man Tarot Card and Your Spiritual Journey

    It’s time for you to surrender to the universe on matters of spirituality. Spend time in meditation, reflection, or prayer and ask for guidance. One of the greatest challenges we face in our spiritual evolution is learning to accept the fact that we cannot control our environment. When we embody the lessons of the Hanged Man, we surrender to the wisdom of the universe and put our trust in the divine timing of things.

    The Hanged Man in Reverse and Your Spirituality 

    Are you resisting the lessons that the universe is trying to bring you? Or are you afraid to take action on something that you know you must do? Put your trust in the universe and surrender.

    The Symbology of The Hanged Man Tarot Card

    The Hanged Man is happy and content to hang suspended by one foot. In fact, there is a glowing golden halo around his head, symbolizing his enlightened state. When we are attuned to our intuition, we know when to pause and step back, and let the universe do its work.

    Keywords for The Hanged Man

    • Pause
    • Surrender
    • New Perspectives
    • Letting Go


    The Hanged Man Tarot Card Associations

    Element: Water

    Astrology: Neptune

    As a Yes or No question: It depends wholly on the question, likely No.

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    Article Info

    Date: Mar 02, 2015
    Amelie Rose Estrela is a gifted psychic and lead author for tarot-explained. She has written many articles on a variety of topics within the spirituality niche, including Psychics & Mediums, Tarot & Angel Readings, Love & Relationships, Spells & Magic and Astrology & Horoscopes (the topic of her e-book).