“Slow in my darkness, I explore / the hollow gloom with my hesitant stick, / I, that used to figure Paradise / in such a library’s guise.” ~ Jorge Luis Borges Poem About Gifts
Hello and Happy Labor Day. The labor is constant, a never-ending cycle of its own. Much like the moon, the work we put in goes from virgin ideas, to maiden voyages, to crone knowledge. This coming week will continue to reflect that cycle.
We return again to Lady Luna’s Magick, to the cycles that unfold like clockwork, petal-woven into everything around us. These cycles take time and effort. Although each week these cards are picked at random, it seems there is still energy that needs to pass. For this week, these cycles will be helped by the Hanged Man.
The Hanged Man, shown here as a bat, is completely comfortable and at ease in his awkward posture. The darkness holds the wall, placing a veil over the Hanged Man’s footing. Beneath him the darkness breaks into light. The bat is comfortable in the deep darkness. He does not rely on light to help him see. Obviously, we are not bats. We have not evolved to use echolocation, but the metaphor is still powerful.
As we look at our personal cycles, our inner tendencies or tricks, it is important to remember that this focus cannot always come from a place of comfort. Sometimes, in order to fully understand the layers of both science and magic in us, we must succumb to the vision, and not the sight.
In the light, the Hanged Man and his unorthodox approach, will test us. When we are shoved into a dark corner, we must rely on other tools and knowledge. We can feel the surroundings. We can hear the echos, uninhibited by wall or structure. His ability to adapt, and thrive is what is needed to help find the strike that started the fire. These cycles, good or bad, are part of our inner tapestries. This approach does require us to surrender into the voyage. But there is one cycle that, despite the blows it can bring, can always be used as a guide: memory.
Be careful not to let this surrender diminish the faith you have in yourself. In the dark, The Hanged Man can reveal our insecurities and our flaws. The weaknesses in some of our cycles will be revealed. By itself, this knowledge is not bad. It is just a truth. The truth can become a shadow if we fixate on our flaws, and we do not put forth an action or forgiveness.
For this week, look to your cycles and your inner gravity in a new light. One of the most beautiful things about Lady Luna’s Magick is her almost unbearably strong feminine energy. She is the positive charge. Her own physical makeup is what gives us the light of the Sun again. She gives us the tides, and helps keeps this tender planet held on its axis. Look to your own inner charges. Look at them in a new way, from a new angle, in a new setting. This is how we will learn what light we are reflecting out.
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What would be the worst card to accompany the hangman Ashlie?
Hello! There are a few that I can think of.
I think one of the worst Minor Arcana cards to accompany the Hanged Man would be the 5 of Pentacles. This can be a difficult card, but next to the Hanged Man, it brings to mind those types of people who are never happy, or see the opportunity in the moment. Being aware of a dire situation is important, but that card conflicting with the Hanged Man means the perception never changes.
All of this is obviously my own personal opinion, and tarot is very individualized, but I think a hard Major Arcana card to pair with the Hanged Man would be reversed Judgement. This card speaks to the higher callings, and finding the greater purpose, but many times that greater purpose is also for the greater, communal good. I feel that the Hanged Man paired with Judgement reversed, would bring a lot of hard sacrifices.
Thanks for the response.
Thank you for the question. The Hanged Man is actually a tarot card that I love. The juxtapositions within the symbolism are fascinating.