The Hanged Man: Predictive Tarot Card Meanings

The main meaning of The Hanged Man Tarot card is that it represents sacrifice. The cards predict that something in your life - whether that is your love life, relationships, or business - will need to be given up for you to gain something you desire.

Hanged Man Tarot card meaning for love, romance and relationships.

The Hanged Man makes an appearance when you must play the martyr. You have to let go of something you are close to so that you can get something else in return. You may have to give up your time, money, or something you love. Whatever that resource is, you must go through the sadness of giving it up so that you can have something else.

Generally, The Hanged Man also predicts that you will be on edge for the period which the card represents. The outcome of a particular situation looks uncertain. Are you desperate to take action? Your Tarot cards are advising you that you must wait until more information is available.

Sometimes, The Hanged Man can predict sickness and illnesses. Treatment is a long and challenging road, but it is necessary for you to get better. The future of your health remains unclear at this time, but you must continue exploring every avenue possible.

Another meaning of The Hanged Man is that it represents divination and prophecy. This interpretation comes from Norse mythology. The God Odin hung himself so that he could learn the wisdom of the runes. Therefore, in fortune telling the symbol of someone hanging can represent an increase in psychic ability.

Waiting for an outcome can be positive or negative, depending on the feel of the reading. If the reading looks positive, then The Hanged Man says that all is going well for now and you have to have patience. If the reading seems negative, The Hanged Man advises that the results of a situation will reveal themselves in their own time.

On a more sinister note, I have seen The Hanged man make an appearance after a seeker has lost a family member to suicide.

The Hanged Man Love & Relationship Tarot Meaning

In general, I would argue that The Hanged Man is not a very good card to see if you’re performing a love reading. This is especially true if your reading is about the future of the relationship because The Hanged Man’s primary meaning is one of uncertainty.

In my experience, I have found that The Hanged Man represents a troubling end for a partnership. It means that a relationship will end and you will not be sure why. You will not be able to pinpoint exactly what went wrong. Your lover will leave you hanging. The Hanged Man is the precursor for a complex relationship and even more baffling ending.

The Hanged Man means that your lover/potential lover is not sure what they want or how they are feeling about you. They question if they would actually like to be in the relationship. You can sense their uncertainty. You have begun to wonder where you stand with your lover. You find it difficult to ‘read’ your partner and don’t know where the relationship is heading (and if you are not in this position now, the chances are you will be in the future).

With regards to readings which involve reconciliations, The Hanged Man is not a good omen. It predicts that you will get very close to a reunion with your ex, only for them to pull back at the very last second.

The Hanged Man Business & Career Tarot Meaning

Just like in love readings, The Hanged Man is rarely all unicorns and kittens when it lands in your career reading. It predicts a time of uncertainty. I would say that The Hanged Man can serve as a warning. If you’re planning on launching a new project, I will avoid doing so for now.

The Hanged Man in a career/business Tarot reading represents a time when you will not have your footing. You will not be able to work out where you’re going wrong. Because you can not see why your career is not progressing, you won’t know what you have to do to improve. Everything will be a big confusing mess. You will even consider giving up.

Because The Hanged Man is a card of patience, this can mean that your company will grow very slowly. Your business will take a lot longer to turn a profit than what you are anticipating. For now, I would put off your plans or, before you jump in head first blindly, research the market a bit more.

If you have received The Hanged Man in a business reading, I would be wary of doing anything which involves borrowing money or make promises to your audience. For example, do not crowdfund your projects - there are too many variables which have not been revealed to you.

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The Hanged Man Friends, Family & Social Media Tarot Meaning

There will be times when your friends and family make you feel as though you have to walk around eggshells in their presence. There are things which you have done/will do to cause this. You’re not 100% blameless. However, if you genuinely are unsure what has caused this conflict, you must ask them so that you can resolve any issue.

Sometimes The Hanged Man can reveal that you are the black sheep, always have and always will be. There isn’t anything you can do about this. You must find support in other places and stop trying to appease people who will never click with you.

Also, The Hanged Man can serve as a warning NOT to get political on social media. People will take the things you say the wrong way, and you will be persecuted.

The Hanged Man Health & Wellbeing Tarot Meaning

The Hanged Man is undoubtedly a Tarot card of sickness and ill health. While it is not always an overall outcome, The Hanged Man does predict that you will be in bad health for the foreseeable future.

The Hanged Man can also symbolize extreme nausea in pregnancy and other health problems (such as breached births, high blood pressure and issues related to umbilical cords). However, although these conditions can be severe, they can be managed with proper professional medical treatment and observation.

The Hanged Man Psychic & Spirituality Tarot Meaning

As stated earlier, The Hanged Man is rather good for psychic development readings. As it is often associated with the Norse God Odin, so it can predict that your talents will lie in using Runes or other casting forms of divination.

The Hanged Man is also a card of prophecy. Therefore, if you’re planning on using your Tarot cards for predictive purposes, you’re lucky to have The Hanged Man in your readings!

The Hanged Man as a Positive, Strength or Advantage

The Hanged Man will appear in a positive, strength or advantage position of a Tarot spread when you are willing to make sacrifices so that you can achieve your bigger goals.

The Hanged Man as a positive also means that you have the power of prophecy on your side. Your Tarot cards will help you to navigate any situation.

The Hanged Man as a Negative, Weakness or Obstacle

The Hanged Man will pop up on a negative, weakness, or obstacle spread position when the sacrifices you make are going to be very difficult. It is also possible that ill health will prevent you from working as hard in a matter as you would usually.

The Hanged Man as a Yes or No

The Hanged Man can be a no, but I would read it as an uncertainty, so neither a yes or a no just yet. For a definite answer, you must wait a little longer.

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