09/05/12: Pray | Hanged Man

hanged-man-tarot-meaning The Hanged Man (Neptune) is a bit of a paradox in and of himself. He’s stuck in a precarious position, but looks serene. He’s upside down when he’s right side up. He’s hooked onto the branch to hold on, but looks like he’s taking a nap.  Hishis energy is watery, slippery, and boundless. In short, he’s confusing!

The Hanged man pretty much always advises a wait-and-see situation. But there is one activity that’s always appropriate when you see the Hanged Man…pray!

You feeling this guy?

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07/17/12: No Know-it-Alls on the Road to Enlightenment | Hanged Man, 9 of Pentacles

When I was in my early twenties, I knew EVERYTHING. Really! I knew how to raise perfect kids, even though I hadn’t any. I knew what it took to run the perfect company, although I’d never done it. I knew what it took to have the perfect relationship, even though nobody would have assessed my own that way—including me! You didn’t always even need to ask. I was more than glad to share my genius. Har!

I had the know-it-all syndrome in spades. Since then, I’ve tried to grow a little humility. (With varying degrees of success, I might add.)

I see this tendency a lot with spiritually bent people. They KNOW the way and there is no other. Just ask them…or wait a minute, and you’ll hear it anyway. If I were to look at all the revelations I’ve had even over the last six month for God’s sakes, the danger of assuming I have it “all figured out” by now is beyond obvious. Don’t forget this when you’re out there a-preachin’ your truth, man.

Hanged Man 9 of Pentacles Meaning

Here we have the Hanged Man (Neptune) and the Nine of Pentacles (Venus in Virgo). There cards together equal a prescription for enlightenment! There’s beauty (Venus) the the details (Virgo). But you’ll never see that if you don’t transcend (Neptune) yourself.

In order to learn how the universe works, you must let GO of your convictions that you already know! If you don’t, there’s no space to fill with a more complete understanding. It’s in that void that comes in releasing your preconceptions, letting go of your time-honored (and maybe treasured) beliefs, done in the spirit of FAITH, that allows more to take root. You can’t observe what’s really happening if you’ve stopped looking at anything but confirmation of what you already think you know.

It takes discipline and more than a little trust to constantly question, always ready to have your worldview disrupted at a moment’s notice. It’s like perpetually being a child, an innocent. This is the Fool’s Journey, and some days, it’s tiresome! I miss the old days, back when I knew everything. It was easier, far less strife and adjustment than approaching my convictions as hypothesis, a life-long work in progress.

I’ve come to believe we get exactly what we need at exactly the right time. This presupposes that we may not—okay, most certainly don’t—have that full and complete understanding now. And that’s beyond okay. It’s exciting! Because I love the reaching higher, and as long as I walk this pile of Earth and rocks, I want to live basking in the glory of ongoing growth and illumination. When you life this way, another miracle is always around the corner to surprise.

Maybe I’m utterly wrong, of course. But for the moment, this is my working hypothesis. “_

Do you feel you’ve got it figured out?

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06/14/12: Wait and See! | Hanged Man

Hanged Man Tarot

“Faith is spiritualized imagination.” Henry Ward Beecher

We’ve got the Hanged Man (Neptune), just there, fully in the moment without consternation or agitation. He’s eternally patient.

Much like the High Priestess, the Hanged Man is not an superficially active guy. As advice, he says, “Do nothing.” As a forecast, he says, “It comes.”  He waits, he allows, and he integrates. He does not struggle. He accepts and therefore maintains a sense of peace as a result of transcendence.

We are not writing the script, nor are we in control, much as we may pretend otherwise. Surrender and sacrifice are the Hanged Man’s strongest plays. I realize that is sometimes challenging advice.

This isn’t as passive as it sounds, though. Neptune energy is slippery—I’ll give you that! But in accessing this ethereal vibe, you earn you TRANSCENDENCE. You get REBORN. There is a melding between DREAMS and REALITY.

The Hanged Man always gives me a bit of relief, because I know his overriding message is some variant of a reassurance.

All is as it should be. Wait and see.

Are you feeling the Hanged Man?

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04/24/12: How’s your movie? | Hanged Man

What’s your story? What movie are you starring in? Does your script need a rewrite? If you alter lines will it change the outcome?

The Zodiac Tarot has such an interesting, astro-only take on the cards. Today, we’ve got the Hanged Man, associated with Neptune. Here, it’s shown as the movie theater, where the drama is playing out on screen and all the attendees are voluntarily immersing themselves into the story.

It’s NOT about what’s going on in your life. It’s all about the story you tell yourself about what’s going on in your life. EVERYTHING is perspective!

Got that? Everything. Is. Perspective.

If you don’t like it, rewrite your own script—that’s the only one you’ve got editorial control over, y’know? And if you cannot immediately impact outer circumstances that you don’t like, fair enough. Adjust your inner dialogue, and the whole tenor of the movie will change. It’s akin to changing your life’s background score. It impacts the subjective experience more than you’d ever guess.

Yes. It is that simple. Take faith, friends, and apply it to the task at hand.

Does your movie need some rewrites?




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04/13/12: Revenge? | Rev Judgment, Hanged Man

“How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.” Wayne Dyer

I was recently asked to cast a revenge spell. I won’t say it wasn’t warranted, either, and that’s saying something.  But that’s beside the point. I said no.

Now, I’m a beginner as far as witchcraft goes (at least in this lifetime!), but I do know enough to realize that’s not an advisable way to address complaints. I believe in Karma! I did redirect with tips on channeling this emotional energy in a positive way. And that’s paying off, I’m glad to report!

Living well is beyond the best revenge—it makes revenge irrelevant. When you’ve managed your own life, when your focus has concentrated in making the best of your corner of the world, the drive to get even with unhappy, nasty people who are out to hurt you just disappears. Who has time for that when you’re busy living? That’s a much cleaner way to manage pain and abuse—one that doesn’t create more of the same!

Today, Tarot gives us reversed Judgment (Pluto) and the Hanged Man (Neptune).  There’s power (Pluto) accessible through faith (Neptune).  You don’t have to worry about karmic justice, okay? The Universe has that covered, one way or another. You learn what you can, and leave the rest.

As physical incarnations, we each have an energy “budget.” Only so many hours a day, so many days a year, only so many thoughts and feelings will fit into each lifetime. While spirit is infinite, physical is not. The limitations inherent provide many lessons and opportunities. One of those lessons is effectiveness.

When I’m hurt, angry, or otherwise tempted to direct ill-will at anyone, this is the question that arises: Is that really how I want to use my energy? I can fret and fuss over who is or is not getting what they deserve, and try to make it so. Or I can look to build what makes ME happy, what makes ME feel good, what helps other people and myself. I can add to the sum total of pain in the world, or I can add to the sum total of joy and love.

Many times, the most effective way to address challenges is to have faith—pray, accept, and wait.  You will likely get what you need in the end.

What’s your take on revenge?

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03/04/12: The Gift of Now | Hanged Man, 10 of Pentacles

“To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don’t grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax, and float.” Alan Watts

Seeing these two cards, they pretty much scream “Zen” to me—if Zen would ever be screaming, that is.

Now, there’s the religious definition of Zen, and there are working definitions. By nature, Zen is elusive. If you try to grab Zen, it disappears. It’s like trying to catch hold of infinite space. It’s defined by it’s lack of definability!


Suffering— the inner and outer being in disharmony—appears in every human life. We form attachments in a world where everything is transient. In that gulf between ideal and perception lives pain.

Not accepting what is? The Hanged Man would have us always, always let go. His contentment is other-worldly, allowing him to effectively escape the persecution of his predicament by finding contentment therein. He self-generates his peace, so it cannot ever be taken away. It’s not his experience that defines his existence. It’s how those experiences are worn. 

The Ten of Pentacles (Mercury in Virgo) brings us full circle, very much in the real world. Letting go mentally and emotionally, allow yourself to LIVE in  the present. Find your gratitude, and your experience of those blessings get turned up. In doing so, you’ll see, hear and feel the gift of NOW. No regrets or resentments from yesterday, no fears or worries over tomorrow.  Just here, now. Alive.

Do you consider “now” a gift?

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