The Hanged Man card represents wisdom, circumspection, discernment, and sacrifice. It suggests that the Querent may be experiencing a period of trial or difficulty, and may need to make sacrifices in order to achieve their goals. The card can also represent intuition, divination, and prophecy, indicating that the Querent may have access to inner wisdom or a deeper understanding of their situation. The Hanged Man card may also represent a period of waiting or contemplation, reminding the Querent of the importance of patience and surrender.
When the Hanged Man card is in the reversed position, it can indicate selfishness, the crowd, or the body politic. The card suggests that the Querent may be overly focused on their own needs or desires, and may be ignoring the needs of others. The Hanged Man in this position may also represent a lack of patience or surrender, indicating that the Querent may be pushing too hard to achieve their goals without taking time to reflect or consider their actions.
The gallows from which he is suspended forms a Tau cross, while the figure--from the position of the legs--forms a fylfot cross. There is a nimbus about the head of the seeming martyr. It should be noted (1) that the tree of sacrifice is living wood, with leaves thereon; (2) that the face expresses deep entrancement, not suffering; (3) that the figure, as a whole, suggests life in suspension, but life and not death. It is a card of profound significance, but all the significance is veiled. One of his editors suggests that Éliphas Lévi did not know the meaning, which is unquestionable nor did the editor himself. It has been called falsely a card of martyrdom, a card a of prudence, a card of the Great Work, a card of duty; but we may exhaust all published interpretations and find only vanity. I will say very simply on my own part that it expresses the relation, in one of its aspects, between the Divine and the Universe.\nHe who can understand that the story of his higher nature is imbedded in this symbolism will receive intimations concerning a great awakening that is possible, and will know that after the sacred Mystery of Death there is a glorious Mystery of Resurrection.