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XII - the Hanged Man

A man hangs upside-down from a crossbeam. One leg is crossed over the other, and despite his predicament he looks quite calm and impassive. The cross-beam from which he hangs is sprouting leaves, signifying that perhaps this is Attis, or the pagan Green Man.

My Interpretation: Trust that all will get what they deserve.

Sacrifices may be necessary, and not all battles will be won. Some are not worth fighting, and are better off foregone. Self-control may be necessary in times ahead - you may need to bite your tongue and accept that others will get what they have coming to them, without need for you to intervene.

(Reversed: A tendancy toward masochism and playing the martyr needlessly)

Edit notes: Changed from v1.0 pic to a more appropriately serene looking Hanged Man (my old one didn't look too happy about being hung, drawn & quartered). This card is similar to the Rider-Waite card, although I've been more direct about the older traditions of this card - the legend of Attis, and the later Christian version of Saint Sebastian. The cross on which the man hangs sprouts leaves, and he has an indifferent look on his face. I love this guy's underwear! Although I've only used three paintings to produce this picture, they were heavily manipulated and rearranged to produce the final work.

Copyright US Games Systems 2004

Apologies for small size of image, must avoid piracy.

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