12 The Hanged Man
XII The Hanged Man
Reverse of the good things of the Hierophant.
Troubles which have come because Aumakua not recognized or its help
asked. Suffering. The Hanged Man is upside down, his legs crossed,
his hands behind him. This reflects the alchemical symbol of sulfur on the
physical level, and Will on the mental level. The Hanged Man has chosen
to be there.
In readings, the Hanged Man
reminds us that the best approach to a problem is not always the most obvious.
When we most want to force our will on someone, that is when we should release.
When we most want to have our own way, that is when we should sacrifice. When
we most want to act, that is when we should wait. The irony is that by making
these contradictory moves, we find what we are looking for.