Major Arcana‘s perhaps most misunderstood card is The Hanged Man, possibly because he has an upside-down perception of the world. It symbolizes our manly fears that we are reluctant to admit.
Furthermore, the most feared subject is death; accordingly, the most feared tarot card is The Death. However, this card doesn’t always indicate physical endings, it is rather about letting go of things.
Funny enough, right after The Death card, the tarot gives us The Temperance card to demonstrate that balance and harmony still exist in this world and that we should move in the path the universe paved for us.
What Do Tarot Cards Mean?
No.12 The Hanged Man tarot card meaning
The Hanged Man tarot card is the 12th card in the Major Arcana. The number 12 represents surrounding, sacrificing, and self-awareness.
The Hanged Man card illustrates a hanging man who is refusing to submit to the order of others. He chooses to live his own truth, even when this is not the best for him.
His figure is reminiscent of a cross and combined with the light around his head, he’s probably channeling some powerful spiritual messages.
He is bound to the stick in so much serenity that he’s not at all struggling to maintain his position. He acknowledges the truth from above and surrenders.
What does The Hanged Man tarot card mean? In general, it means: Resistance is futile, surrender!
- Upright and Reversed
If The Hanged Man card is drawn in the upright position, it may happen: You need to press the pause button to put your life back in order.
Your self-limiting beliefs may have trapped you in an unwanted career path. Firstly, you need to stop nagging. Secondly, you have to clear away all the uncertainty about what’s going to happen if you ever leave, and choose to go with the flow.
Academically, you are probably refusing to see what’s in front of you. Just because you failed, doesn’t mean that you have to give up on everything. Having some patience will go a long way.
The Hanged Man is not the most pleasant card to receive in a love reading because it is embedded in uncertainty and a sense of blindness. You may be stuck on a roller coaster but could be refusing to let go of a malfunctioning relationship.
You are bound to certain beliefs that are disabling you to move forward and make bigger commitments about your life.
If you draw a reversed The Hanged Man card, you should pay attention to the following status:
You will be successfully detaching yourself from a toxic work environment. Keep moving and never look back.
Indecision and stagnation affected your academic productivity enough already. Instead of leaving it all, hang in there a little longer. Allow circumstances to unfold and trust the process.
Your partner may leave you without giving a full explanation. You may feel bamboozled and not be able to understand what actually happened. The Hanged Man can indicate that this relationship should be ended in order for both of you to pursue spiritual self-improvement.
To say the least, you are discontent with your life. But if you struggle against the circumstances, you may dig deeper into the chaos.
No.13 The Death tarot card meaning
The Death tarot card is the 13th card in the Major Arcana. The number 13 represents death, the underworld, and sorrow.
The Death card portrays a very dark scene where the grim reaper walks towards the town holding the death flag. A lady is refusing to acknowledge the mighty knight. There is also a King in the picture, he is fallen on the ground, his crown is fallen off his head, and he can’t fight at the moment.
Even the priest who has been teaching others about death and rebirth is praying for God to save him. The bravest person in the entire illustration is a child. This little boy is gazing at the grim reaper and wondering.
What does The Death tarot card mean? In general, it means: Like a caterpillar, one chapter is ending for you, but soon, your pain will transform into a beautiful butterfly.
- Upright and Reversed
If The Death card is drawn in the upright position, it may happen: You are letting go of things and people that are no longer serving your highest interests.
You may have to let go of your career path. The universe is preparing you for a better future, don’t resist it, and accept the change.
Academically, you may drop out completely. Although your parents and friends can find this decision abrasive, it will be for your highest good.
The Death card unfortunately denotes the painful ending of a relationship. You might be having a hard time trying to end things and forget about your significant other. Please note that if you don’t do it, universe will have to end this even more unpleasantly.
For singles, The Death card can point out that there is an old pattern embedded in your head, and this clump is blocking you from attracting the lover you deserve.
In a more general sense, you could be scared of dying and fear of punishment. This card can also suggest vindictive ideas such as hurting or even torturing somebody really badly.
If you draw a reversed The Death card, you should pay attention to the following status:
You are deliberately resisting changing your work environment. Sadly, being headstrong is the worst thing you can do to yourself at the moment. Before the universe forces the change upon you, be courageous and make the necessary modifications with your own hands.
You may fear being homeless and stick to a useless job for decades, but now change is imminent.
Your academic success will be affected by the internal deep transformation that you are going through. If you are a medical student or studying healing methods as a hobby, you should choose to channel this transformative energy for others’ good.
If your past is trying to come back, don’t let that person in. It will create disappointment and misery as it happened before. On another level, reversed Death card can indicate divorce or the loss of a partner.
You are torturing yourself because you feel left behind. However, if you welcome the changes, those endings can help your soul metamorphosis.
No.14 The Temperance tarot card meaning
The Temperance tarot card is the fourteenth card of the Major Arcana. The number 14 represents balance, positive direction, and being centered.
The Temperance card is a beautiful demonstration of the divine energy of angels. In the center, a wonderful angelic being floats in the air with massive wings, a bright light surrounds his head, and he continuously pours water from one cup to another.
On the left, Sun is beaming its light over the mountains which is a powerful esoteric sign of accomplishments and rewards. On the right, daffodil flowers symbolize the purity and serenity.
What does The Temperance tarot card mean? In general, it means: You are in perfect harmony with your Yin and Yang energies.
- Upright and Reversed
If The Temperance card is drawn in the upright position, it may happen: You are moving successfully towards your higher spiritual purpose.
Balance and peace describe your work environment. You have fantastic colleagues that support your progress and happiness. The Temperance card is a long-term card; therefore, you should start writing down where would you like to see yourself in 3 years.
Academically, you are blending different aspects of your personality with hobbies, and studying a multidisciplinary major.
The Temperance card indicates a faithful relationship that teaches you a lot about yourself. You enjoy the emotional satisfaction of having a soulmate.
Your life purpose serves not only your interests but also all humanity. Use your knowledge to educate the newbies and share your insights generously.
If you draw a reversed The Temperance card, you should pay attention to the following status:
You are being too hasty and choose to disregard others’ perspectives which could have been helpful at work. You are not required to do everything alone. Make a division of labor and solve the problem piece by piece. This will ease you.
Lately, you might be acting self-absorbed and out of order. Although this won’t hurt much of your private studies, when it comes to group work, it can cause a literal academic mess.
Your relationship is imbalanced, and this one-sidedness is killing the give-and-take dynamic. For singles, reversed The Temperance card means that you should continue working on yourself until you meet the Mr./Ms. Right person.
Your excessive thinking has led hatred and frustration to take control of your life. You need to stop creating conflict and correct your attitude for everybody’s happiness. Self-indulging thoughts can make you only lonelier.