Tarot Card for the Day ~ September 21

The Hanged Man

Castle Perilous

Okay, really now.  Really?  Two days in a row?  Really?  So you know what that means, right?

Either a bunch of us are a LOT more stuck than we think we are —

Or a bunch of us are really doing much less well at keeping our intuitive antennas (antennae?) up than we think we are —

Or a bunch of us are a lot more in denial about either how stuck we are or how available the help and energy we need are —

Or… any other options, ya think?   

In any case, here’s what I normally say about the Hanged Man.  Let’s all take another look, and maybe even I’ll pay a little attention this time.


Here we go:

Oh.  Charming.  [Gonzo Tarot reader slowly and carefully sidles to far end of table, humming “Bells of Rhymney” or some other pleasant but innocuous tune.]

[As Sir Terry Pratchett put it in his book, The Light Fantastic, “He moved in a way that suggested he was attempting the world speed record for the nonchalant walk.”]

This is one of those cards whose visual depiction can set a client whimpering and collapsing into themselves in a repetitive rocking fugue the moment it’s seen.  I suppose I can understand that.  The name alone is enough to cause mewling in all of the heartiest guys I’ve read for −  god bless both of ’em.

Some decks picture a fellow hanging by a rope upside down by one leg from a tree, possibly with his head about to take a deep dunk in a fast flowing river. 

Even my deck, Legend by Anna-Marie Ferguson pictures a passle-o- knights left hanging in a grove, one leg and both arms tied behind their backs to show that they were rendered powerless and had failed in a quest. 

So I get why some readers interpret the card as indicating restriction, sacrifice or − at best − feeling drained.  Sort of an Eeyore before Prozac kinda energy, you see.

As the regular blog crew expects by now, I see the card differently.  When it turns up for a client, whatever area of his or her life we’re examining, I usually say something like,

“Okay.  Right away now.  Keep breathing.  Nice deep breaths.  Good!  Not too much.  Don’t hyperventilate.  Have a little brandy or a shot o’ Jack Black, maybe a little Cuervo action .  Try some flower essences.  Good.

“Now.  There are several levels of meaning to this card.

“First, what the card is saying to you is. ‘If you’ve been feeling stuck in place or like you’re so deep in a rut you can’t see over the edge, guess what?  Good news! You really have been.  You aren’t just a whining, puling little twit.  And knowing that should actually make you feel better, Spunky!

“‘Second, it’s time for you to move up and out of that stuck space.  And very soon, if not immediately!’”

And this is the how. 

So pay attention.

The Hanged Man asks that you be extra vigilant in keeping your intuitive antenna up for strong, wise, functional, interested and caring energy that can and will help pull you out of your rut. 

The help may come in small chunks, like a better-paying job that can move you forward − as opposed to winning the Mega Millions lottery. [Sorry!  Remember, I’m just the messenger here.]  [Dammit!]  But the help will be there, maybe even is already here, and be there in the ways that can really, truly benefit you.

Your mission then is to stay tuned in, be aware, notice the positive energy or helpful opportunity, reach out for it and grab onto it when it shows up, and use it to move you along to where you really want to be.

There is an additional directive from the Hanged Man. 

The card basically says that, in those moments when the new, positive, helpful energy and opportunities aren’t readily apparent – and those moments happen to all of us − your mission is to refuse to get sucked into the old It sucks to be me! I’m hopeless!  I’m helpless! whirlpool

Rather, use the time for prayer, meditation, shamanic journeying, etc. 

Go deep within, embrace your own spirituality, guidance, wisdom, and healing. 

Use the “fallow time” in practices that will help you become more fully connected to your truer, deeper, self and to the channels of spiritual power and assistance around you.


Stay aware. 

Stay much more aware than normal, in fact. 

Know that positive energy and opportunities are there and will benefit you.  Reach out and take hold of them, one by one, to get you where you intend.  

If nothin’s shakin’, use the time for prayer, meditation, magical studies and spiritual practice to increase those elements that are of and for your highest and best.

Bright blessings and beautiful positive flow upward and away!    

Quote for the day:

Blessing for the Children

O Thou, to whom to love and be are one,
hear my faith-cry for them who are more
thine than mine.
Give each of them what is best for each.
I cannot tell what it is.
But Thou knowest.
I only ask Thou love them and keep them…

~ Old Celtic Prayer

Today’s Weather:  Tintinnabulation up the ying yang.  But then it is Monday. 

On this date:  1937 – J. R. R. Tolkien‘s The Hobbit is published.  [Bilbo lives!]

 And:  1947 – Stephen King, American author is born.



2 Responses to “Tarot Card for the Day ~ September 21”

  1. Donna Allen Says:

    The Blessing for the Children ~ ~ Old Celtic Prayer is very, very beautiful. A prayer of surrender… and trust in the Almighty to know what is best for our children.

    Thank you for sharing this. Blessings, Donna

  2. shamanspath Says:


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