Sacrifice and a new perspective come to mind when you see this card. Some liken it to Peter, who asked to be crucified upside down, as a sign of humility.
Getting this card suggests you are either being asked to look at things differently, or that you do it naturally. Do you feel hopeless, strung up, or trapped, or do you feel like a child, hanging from her knees on a jungle gym? You can choose to look at things with a sense of adventure and play. Doing so takes the sting out of it, and helps you claim this new perspective as your own. Yes, sacrifice is necessary, but it is only a vehicle for your new perspective.
In a spread, the Hanged Man offers a new perspective.
Justice: In the Hanged Man comes after Justice in a spread, tolerance should be shown rather than cold, hard judgement.
Death: When the Hanged Man is found in combination with Death, it suggests a major sacrifice, or ending something with regret.
Temperance: The Hanged Man in combination with Temperance means deception, false promises, and indecision.
Devil: The Hanged Man and the Devil together indicate an unbalanced relationship, in which one partner makes a large sacrifice to appease the other.
World: If the Hanged Man comes before the World, a loving sacrifice will bring triumph. If the Hanged Man comes after the World, that sacrifice could end in sadness and parting.
Five of Swords (Spades): If the Hanged Man is in the same spread as the Five of Swords (Spades in other decks), in any position, it symbolizes a traitor.
Seven of Swords (Spades): If the Hanged Man is in the same spread as the Seven of Swords (Spades in other decks), in any position, it symbolizes a traitor.
Ten of Swords (Spades): If the Hanged Man is in the same spread as the Ten of Swords (Spades in other decks), in any position, it suggests extreme sacrifice or martyrdom.
The Major Arcana
The twenty-two cards of the Major Arcana tend to hold the big lessons. These cards carry powerful messages. If you are reading a spread of cards, watch for the Major Arcana. If your spread contains more than 30% Major Arcana, you are in the midst of something big, or beyond your control. If most of the cards in the spread are from the Major Arcana, you might be trying to exert too much control. You might have trouble expressing your feelings, or you might be near your breaking point. A spread without any Major Arcana cards could indicate you are hiding from the truth of the issue, or are in some deep distress. If this is the case, it is important to find someone you can trust to guide you through this period of time. In a spread, focus most of your attention on the Major Arcana. The other cards will be useful for clarifying the situation.
Number — 12 which resolves to 3
Three is a number of creativity, cooperation, and integration.
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