XII The Hanged Man
[The Tale of the Shifty Lad]
(Andrew Lang, The Lilac Fairy Book/Scottish Tale)
The Hanged Man is one if the most powerful and well-known images of the tarot. The mystery and fascination of this card come from the fact that the hanging figure seems to be in some sort of transcendent state, not in pain, but rather in ecstasy.
Today, this card tells us that giving up the ego is necessary in order to gain insight and enlightenment.
Sometimes we have to submit to some stress in order to allow ourselves to undergo a mental transformation.
A state of mental suspension from everyday things.
Enlightenment - perhaps by seeing things a whole new way.
“Sacrifice - usually if the ego.”