Artist: Shelby Nichols
Sacrifice, suspension, pause for reflection, contemplation
Artist’s Interpretation & Card Meaning
“I became excited to work on The Hanged Man card when I found, in my research, that it was one of the most enigmatic cards in the deck. The card generally speaks of martyrdom or making a sacrifice now for future good. The Hanged Man himself is normally featured as serene, even as he is suspended, and in my piece, even as he is surrounded by chaos.
I’ve often had to make important and sometimes heart-wrenching sacrifices to reach goals. This card speaks to me in that if you trust in yourself and your creative power, the ghosts will clear and the rewards will come.”
Ghostly, skeletal pirates fight at the bottom of the sea, while a flesh-and-blood sailor hangs from the bowsprit of a sunken ship. At first glimpse this card appears to be one of despair, but the sailor’s face is serene. He is unaffected by the chaos and conflict around him. His arms are behind him, but do not appear to be tied, and light shines through the sea to illuminate both him and the skeletal angel masthead. His surrender is not to the scene around him, but a voluntary suspension of his self, to gain enlightenment.
This card suggests that inaction, reflection, even self-sacrifice, are needed, in order to see things from a different perspective and follow a path that is right for you, even if it’s not right for others.
Astrological Association & Element
Water / Neptune
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