“What I need is perspective. The illusion of depth, created by a frame, the arrangement of shapes on a flat surface. Perspective is necessary. Otherwise there are only two dimensions. Otherwise you live with your face squashed up against a wall, everything a huge foreground, of details, close-ups, hairs, the weave of the bed sheet, the molecules of the face. Your own skin like a map, a diagram of futility, crisscrossed with tiny roads that lead nowhere. Otherwise you live in the moment. Which is not where I want to be.”
― Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale
Like it or not (Most likely not), you’ve been turned on your head, and this new perspective is completely new to you. The Hanged Man is bound at the feet by chains, which symbolize the chains of society or the mundane; he is bound at the hands by vines, which symbolize the influence of nature on his predicament. This feels like a forced perspective, from the self, from nature or both.
There is an element of sacrifice here, which one may fleetingly associate with Christ on the Cross or Odin who offered himself to gain wisdom. Other tarot decks may feature an injured man with one or more wounds and may name him the Traitor, wherein some parts of the world centuries ago, traitors and criminals were strung up by the feet. Here is represented sacrifice of what we have known to be reborn into a new reality or wisdom.
The planet Neptune rules this card, and so it is very spiritual, arcane, and even down right creative and off beat at times. A new road is emerging for you this week, and you need to lay down your resistance and go with the flow. Your path is not like everyone else’s, and this coming wisdom is a bit startling to the psyche. There may even be shaking of personal values or spiritual beliefs, and you will definitely be feeling suspending, sensitive, and vulnerable. The best way to deal in this “predicament” is to let all that you have known pass and fall away from you: Those bindings represent a balance between realms, holding you up and holding you together even while relating this strange, new perspective to you.
Put aside the constructs and safety zones in your head, in your life. Go with a new perspective. You will feel the one that is right for you. Be open to new possibilities: Be it a date, a change of career, or as simple as eating at a new diner. One thing is certain: You will not look at life through the same old lens, anymore. So don’t live with your face squashed up against a wall. Perspective is necessary.
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Image: Steampunk Tarot by Barbara Moore and Aly Fell.
Tiffany Chaney is a poet, a witchy woman that still swings on the swing set and wishes on stars. She suggests you try it sometime. Her poetry collection Between Blue and Grey won the 2013 Mother Vine Award for Best in Poetry. Take a creative e-course, snag a tarot reading, or map your inner mythos over at Three Path Thinking, and discover more about her writing at tiffanychaneycom. Now, crank up the volume to the tune playing in your head and dance to a Mad Girl’s Love Song.