The Hanged Man Tarot Card

Hanged Man
Hanged Man

The twelfth card in the Major Arcana is the Hanged Man. He is a card that is simple to interpret.  It means that your life is at a crossroads. The Hanged Man represents having a sacrifice and seeing things with a new view. Being at a crossroads simply means you are at the point of decision and what you choose can affect your overall life. Depending on the position of the Hanged Man, the meaning about the crossroads can vary. Read on to gain a better understanding.


The past position of the Hanged Man shows that you have gotten rid of something.  You have sacrificed something, and it was hard at first, but you are giving things up from the past. This is a form of letting go that is typically very healthy mentally, spiritually, and often physically speaking. This may have been something big or small, physical, or metaphorical in nature.


The Hanged Man in the present position means that you have a choice to make. You will likely have to give up on something or someone to move forward on your path.  You will have to lose connections and find other things to do with your life. This may be tough to do, but in order to move forward in life, you must make a decision.


The Hanged Man means that you will face a decision in the future, and each time you wake up, you will have a new decision to make.  The first decision is when you are getting out of your bed.  Motivate yourself.


The Hanged Man means that you need to think about your future, and you will come to two paths, a crossroads. So, you have to figure out which path to take and ask people that have taken both paths what their thoughts are, but then make your own decision. You know in your heart what is right for you, so commit to a decision and get started.


With the Hanged Man, you will have to take time to think about the relationships you are in at the moment, both friendships and romantic.  You might need to get rid of someone.  It could be that you do not need to extricate someone from your life, but find something new to fill your time so certain behaviors when with that person are not always on display. Do not be afraid to take some time to figure out who you are separately before committing to someone long term.


The Hanged Man shows that you might have friends that are toxic. You might have a problem getting along with some people and not really understand why, but this is just an opportunity to explore your own needs and stick only with those people who build you up in life. Friendships may come and go in your life, but those that are meant to be around for good will outlast any doubts.


In your finances, you might find that you will want to share your money with people you know. You may also be receiving money soon, but make sure to make sound purchases with your new found windfall. There is no need to waste money on useless junk, instead buy the things you really need or have been saving for and now have the ability to retain.


You will have to give up a bad habit. For example, you will need to change if you smoke or drink. The Hanged Man in this situation is representative of your hang up and the need to be released from the grasp of your habit.


The Hanged Man suggests that you need to learn to live without possessions that are not good for you. This can be tough if you have been highly materialistic, but it is also a way to release yourself to enjoy the world and others, not just stuff.


In the reverse, the Hanged Man wants you to make a plan. If you make good choices each day, but then you make a bad choice, you have to do something to fix the wrong choice. Consider the choices you have made in your past and see if you have learned from them. If you have not learned, you will likely have to repeat the lesson until you correct it.


  • Surrendering
  • Devoted to something.
  • Sacrificial


The element of the Hanged Man is water.


The Hanged Man sign is the Neptune.

Yes or No Question?

It is most likely a no, but it depends on what you ask. Be certain of your question when you ask. The Hanged Man can seem like an overwhelmingly negative card, but it is about making decision and choices.