12 Hanging Man - The Kalo Cards of Kahuna Lani

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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.

  • having an emotional release
  • accepting what is
  • surrendering to experience
  • ending the struggle
  • being vulnerable and open
  • giving up control
  • accepting God's will
  • pausing to reflect
  • feeling outside of time
  • taking time to just be
  • giving up urgency
  • living in the moment
  • waiting for the best opportunity
  • turning the world around
  • changing your mind
  • overturning old priorities
  • seeing from a new angle
  • upending the old order
  • doing an about-face
  • being a martyr
  • renouncing a claim
  • putting self-interest aside
  • going one step back to go two steps forward
  • giving up for a higher cause
  • putting others first

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