The Story of Prometheus
In Mystic Tarot, and Greek Mythology, you meet Prometheus, a Titan that was blessed with the gift of prophecy, and his name represents “Foresight!” Prometheus was also known as the trickster and the thief to Zeus (the god of the sky, weather patterns, and unexpected thunder bolts).
Prometheus was very intelligent, and he was known as the champion of humanity, but also the champion of learning humility because he took the holy fires from the gods, and gave it to humanity without the god’s permission!
Zeus was so enraged that he became bitter and relentless, and went after Prometheus, and had him hung from a cliff! During Prometheus’s punishment of hanging in suspension, upside down, from a cliff, Zeus decided to add more punishment to Prometheus’s dinner plate and changed himself into an eagle, because he could swoop down and visit Prometheus every day and peck and devour Prometheus’s liver! But thankfully, each night, Prometheus’s liver was renewed and healed.
Zeus tortured him for thirty years, teaching him a big lesson about humility! After thirty years of being bitter and relentless, pecking at Prometheus, Zeus allowed Heracles to rescue him, and Prometheus was made immortal.
Have you ever cheated someone or took something without asking their permission, and hung yourself, suffering in the consequences for what you did? Did you also wait in the darkness, for the punishment that you were going to receive? Did you find yourself, stuck at the cross roads, wondering how everything was going to turn out, and if you were ever going to be forgiven, or continually incur the wrath from the person that you cheated? Did you find yourself in a personal trial about your morals, asking yourself why your views and perceptions are so different from others?
Or did you get hurt by someone that you really trusted, that cheated you, and left you hanging? Did you find yourself hanging in suspension, at the cross roads, unable to let go of what happened to you, stuck in the darkness, and unable to see your future? Did you find yourself feeling numb, hoping to be reborn again, so that you could let go of what happened to you? Did you find yourself in a personal trial, confused about the morals of other’s, asking yourself why their views and perceptions are so different from yours?
My Interpretation Of The Hanged: The Hanged Man depicts a man hanging upside-down, suspended by his leg rather than by his neck. Neither pain or remorse, nor anger troubles him as he simply hangs in place. The Hanged Man is a card of self-sacrifice, a relinquishment that is necessary to achieve what is truly desired. When the Hanged Man is not ready to let go, he stays in self-sacrifice and enters a period of stagnation where nothing is gained or lost.
Change and reevaluation are required to exit the state of limbo and uncertainty. You all know how very difficult this can be, especially when it concerns the affairs of the heart. Your mixed emotions may plague you with the fear of making the wrong choice. Yet the Hanged Man is about letting go and giving up. As painful as this may seem, it is necessary to overcome your restrictions.
This card can also imply a time when everything just stands still – a time of rest and reflection before progress. The Hanged Man also signifies a time of insight so deep that, for a moment, nothing but that insight exists as you seek clarity – to see the real solution. The Hanged Man symbolizes such moments of suspension and requires some kind of sacrifice of a belief or perspective. You cannot gain by staying in the past. If you do not let go, you live in sacrifice.
For example, in the Bible, Lot’s wife was told not to look back: “Escape for thy life, look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain – escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed.” Lot’s wife disobeyed God, turning back to watch Sodom burn, and for this she turned into a pillar of salt. The main lesson of the Hanged Man is that you “control” by letting go, and you need to let go of the past without looking back.
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The Reverse Meaning Of The Hanged Man: The reverse meaning of the Hanged Man is letting go and not caring about the situation anymore. This can be a negative aspect or a positive one, depending on the situation. After all, sometimes you need to let go of something that is not working for you or is hurting you.
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I hope you have enjoyed your card for today! Please let me know your experience with the Hanged Man, and your feelings of being stuck at the cross roads, or the time when you experienced the darkness, unable to see your future?
With Love and Joy,
© Safina 2013
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