Appropriate for this liminal period between the end of one year and the beginning of the next, the subsequent Life Lesson in our journey through the major arcana is that of The Hanged Man. The Hanged Man is a part of the Empress tarot constellation, that of “Love and Creative Imagination” per Mary Greer.
That sounds great, but what does The Hanged Man have to do with love or creative imagination? Keep reading to find out!
If your pattern of destiny adds up to 12, then you are a Hanged Man Empress. 12 indicates that your life lesson is The Hanged Man, which we will discuss momentarily. When you reduce to a single digit (12 = 1+ 2= 3), you are left with 3 or the Empress as your personality card. Straight “3” or “21” Empresses may feel the effects of the Hanged Man card, but it is a “shadow” or “hidden factor” card for them.
Those whose pattern adds up to 12, or Hanged Man Empresses, are more consciously challenged to take a pause and reframe their perspective than their other Empress counterparts. The Hanged Man harkens to the Martyr imagery; and as such, there is an association with a forced time-out or even self-sacrifice. This allows the Hanged Man Empress to dig deeper to reconnect with imagination and empathy, calling on individuals with this pattern to try to walk in another’s shoes. It is a card which teaches compassion and love for all things “other.”
That’s all fine and dandy, but what does that mean in practice?
Well, if you have Hanged Man as your life lesson, you likely….
May be challenged by accidents, illnesses, injuries, surgeries or other periods of forced break
Are able to take a larger perspective and divorce yourself from your own experience in order to appreciate and understand another point of view
May find yourself dramatically altering or reframing your position, views or values during your life
Similarly, if the Hanged Man is your personal card of the year based on your tarotscope from one birthday to the next, then you may find yourself temporarily under its influence or sympathizing with the concept of "the world turned upside down." (Not surprisingly, as we will come to learn, the World card is also a part of the Empress tarot constellation!)
I hope this helps and you learned a bit more about the Hanged Man as a life lesson.
In peace & love