Tarot Hanged Woman

redqueenself

San Antonio, United States

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The Hanged Man as a circus performer…..and as a woman. The hanged man is supposed to be on a grey misty/foggy background…that’s what the cat represents …as in " THE fog comes. on little cat feet." The Tau Cross is supposed to be a living tree with leaves but mine is Art Deco with the ribbons representing the leaves. The ambiguity of the card that can be reversed is represented by the hour glass that can be reversed. I put the halo in to represent divinity. And you all thought I just stuck the cat, ribbons and hourglass in there for the heck of it!
The Hanged Man’s symbolism points to divinity, linking it to the Passion in Christianity, especially The Crucifixion; to the narratives of Osiris in Egyptian mythology, and Mithras in Ancient Persian mythology and Roman mythology. In all of these archetypal stories, the destruction of self brings life to humanity; on the card, these are symbolized respectively by the person of the hanged man and the living tree from which he hangs bound.

The Hanged Man is also associated with Odin, the primary god in Norse mythology. Odin hung upside down from the world-tree, Yggdrasil, for nine days to attain wisdom and thereby retrieved the runes from the Well of Wyrd, which in Norse cosmology is regarded as the source and end of all sacred mystery and knowledge. The moment he glimpsed the runes, he died, but the knowledge of them was so powerful that he immediately Modern versions of the tarot deck depict a man hanging upside-down by one foot. The figure is most often suspended from a wooden beam (as in a cross or gallows) or a tree. Ambiguity results from the fact that the card itself may be viewed inverted.

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