I’ve written before about how Tarot contains a holy book that charts the journey of a human soul through all the stages and experiences of life. I call these cards Life Lessons Tarot. But they’re better known as the Major Arcana.
These lessons are divided into three parts. We’ve already looked at the first part: Childhood. The second part covers adulthood. As follows… Continue reading →
I haven’t touched on this card for awhile. It’s an energy that comes easily to me so I don’t tend to focus on it very much. But one peep has this as her Tarot Card Of The Year so let’s take a good look at it shall we.
I spent the better part of this afternoon in a government office trying to get some paperwork sorted out. Talk about feeling like I was stuck in The Hanged Man. The last two times I visited this department I had to wait 2 hours to be seen but I was assured that on this occasion because I had an appointment I wouldn’t have to wait at all (Cue: roaring laughter). I kept going back to the door bitch who controlled proceedings with her iPad to question what was taking so long and was constantly assured I was first priority. But first priority for what, I wondered. Maybe I was first in line in a queue going nowhere. Charles Dickens had a wonderful name for government departments where you go round in circles wrapped up in red tape. He called it the Circumlocution Office.
The Hanged Man is characterised by the following qualities: Waiting (tick.) Feeling outside of time (That would be me and my fellow citizens watching the world go by while we sat in hard chairs for hours on end, tick.) Making sacrifices (That would be the afternoon I took off work, tick.) Letting go of expectations (Yep, I hit that mark after an hour and a half, tick.) Things suddenly clicking into place out of nowhere (That would be me finally seeing someone after I’d given up hope, tick.)
Have you ever been stuck in The Circumlocution Office?
The video link I’m giving you today is a YouTube parody of the Gotye song that’s been a worldwide hit. Instead of singing ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ the Gotye character in the clip sings ‘Some Study That I Used To Know.’ His point being that he learnt lots of stuff at school he’s now forgotten. As he says, ‘Why did I have to learn this stuff? It has never come in handy, never used it for nothing.’
I don’t know about you but my Christmas holiday this year has not lived up to my expectations. It’s probably normal. You’re probably nodding your head right now, thinking, I hear you sister. Some of you at least. Holidays are unreliable like that, aren’t they? No matter how much planning you put into them you never know for sure how they’re gonna turn out. Makes me think of this card…
So. I’ve been asked to consider working in another position at my workplace. It’s not a promotion or demotion more a sideways crawl. The powers that be think it’s important to improve my overall professionalism whereas I’m more of a stay-in-the-job-you-love-kinda-gal. Still, I’m torn. They say ‘it’s better the devil you know’ but I’m not 100% convinced of that. Sure I’m all comfy where I am and anything new is scary but every time I’ve been asked to move before I’ve actually ended up enjoying the change. However I’ve no way of knowing if I’ll feel the same way this time around. It’s just so tootin’ hard to know if you’ll like a job before you try it. And once I move I’m locked in for a year or two. What to do? What to do? What to do?
This classic career conundrum – should I stay or should I go now? – is very much in the realm of The Hanged Man card. We all experience this sooner or later in our jobs whether it’s a nod from the boss or ennui setting in suggesting it’s time to make a move. And when you really don’t know which way to jump there’s nothing you can do but sit on the situation and hope for a sign to show the way. Which in my case may be a tap on the shoulder, lol.
To understand Tarot it helps to compare cards with one another. We’ve met the cards below in previous posts. They both signify that it’s time to have a break in some way. Let’s explore their similarities and differences shall we?
The Hanged Man doesn’t look comfortable does he? And yet even though he is twisted up in knots he doesn’t seem too bothered by the strange position he finds himself in. There is no struggle, more like resignation. If anything, he looks like he is away with the pixies, meditating maybe. (Might be all that blood rushing to his head!)