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The Hanged Man

“I would see her floating away from me, celestial and solitary, in an ethereal chairlift, up and up, to a glittering summit where laughing athletes stripped to the waist were waiting for her, for her.” - Nabokov

The 12th Card in the Major Arcana.

Element: Water

Planet: Neptune Themes and Keywords: Dissolution. Sacrifice. Renunciation. Redemption. Immersion. Baptism. Crucifixion. Listening. Change of perspective. Suspension. Time out. Cleansing. Earned or bought wisdom. Lucid dreaming. Stillness. Meditation. The power of water. Roads less traveled. Waiting. Self-abnegation. Annihilation of self in the beloved. Enlightment process.

Astrological Significations The Hanged Man is the Major Arcana card that represents the element of water, physical and astral. The energy is receptive and intuitive and going with the flow. Water is associated with consciousness itself, personified by the vastness of the sea, and the tranquilizing hush of endless waves upon the shore. Water is also the most fertile element we have but with the Hanged Man it is similar to the 12th House in Astrology, there can be an idea of loss here or letting go.


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