(Card Descriptions Based On Original Rider-Waite Colors – Still Under US Games Inc. Copyright)
When The Hanged Man Reverses he suggests that you have not heeded his message. You refuse to go in and instead struggle to remain in control and on top of a situation that is not to be, or not working. You may be absorbed or obsessed with the material world of having and getting. Your inner voice cannot compete with the noise and din from the outward fight. If you do not take the time out now to reflect, you will repeat the same mistakes again and again until you learn the lesson. A word of warning from the Spirit World. Each time a lesson is not learned, it will return to you again and again, but each time it returns it will have become even more challenging. On the other hand it can suggest that there are a lot of demands on you at present which make you feel tied up and restricted. You may long to be free and have a bit of time to yourself and to think, but your obligations right now prohibit such luxuries.
The Reversed Hanged Man may indicate that you are hanging onto a relationship that is not working because you couldn’t be bothered to either sort it out or get out of it. You may be jumping from one disastrous relationship to another and laying the blame on your partner all the time. If you bothered to take the time to reflect on why this happens all the time, you might see a pattern and learn a thing or two. The Hanged Man Reversed can suggest you are fighting your inner-self in some way.
In his Reversed Aspect, he can suggest a time when you have lost faith in life and think it will never get any better. Remember, that life is constantly in motion and that this time too will pass. It is a time to strive for acceptance, resignation, and a search for inner-peace. On the other hand The Reversed Hanged Man may indicate that the difficult time is just about over and that life is beginning to pick up again.
There can be a tendency to selfishness and hidden motives as The Reversed Hanged Man appears to hide or conceal something behind his back. He can also appear to show off as he balances on the tree, tiptoed on one leg. When Reversed you may not be as quick to volunteer for a worthy cause, or may volunteer only to pull out again. You may appear to be kind and charitable on the outside yet secretly resent giving anything or making any sacrifices. Maybe you don’t give a second thought to sacrificing all those around you to get where you are going.
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