The Hanged Man, Decameron Tarot


Theme: Adults Only

CARD: The Hanged Man

"Accept the consequences of your decisions. Go through it, get it over with, and free yourself up for new pursuits." (
I have chosen to walk the spiritual path - I have to accept to walk alone from time to time, as (comparatively speaking) few walk it.
I walk a road than many wants to travel, but few of them have the courage to walk it - I have to accept resistance and anger from my environment, founded in jealousy and fear. 
I skippetyskip along a path (relatively few) even know of, and even fewer understand - I have to accept ignorance, nonchalance, disinterest, that others diminish me, and other actions of unconscious kind.
I've taken on a course that goes against the general course of the society and therefore my earlier training - I have to accept resistance from my Ego and neglected/repressed parts of my personality.
"Go through it, get it over with, and free yourself up for new pursuits.
I have to accept the feelings and thoughts arising from all the above. See them for what they are - things. Watch them. Thank them. Release them - detach. And freely move on!

The responsibilities of an adult in spiritual awakening - for the greater good. Because the world desperately needs it. Because the evolution demands it.

"The Hanged Man reminds you that sometimes you have to put everything on hold before you can take the next step, or the Universe will do it on your behalf (and it may not always be at the most convenient time!).
     [...] The Hanged Man calls you to release the old mental models and behavioural patterns that no longer serve you so you can see your world from a new perspective and embrace new opportunities that would have otherwise been hidden from you if you didn't hit the brakes.
      Here's the thing. These 'pauses' can be voluntary or involuntary. If you're in tune with your intuition, you'll start to have a sense for when it's time to hit the brakes and put things on hold - before things get out of hand. But if you're out of alignment and oblivious to those intuitive signs, the Universe will probably put things on hold for you, in the form of continued obstacles, ill-health, and breakdowns. When you sense the 'pause' coming, pay attention to it; otherwise the Universe will turn up the volume until you can't ignore it any longer.
" (biddytarot)
I don't get to decide what my responsibilities are - they show up.
I don't decide the right time for executing them - the flow does. 
I better not push on - and end up doing things prematurely or in vain. 
I better not forge great plans - that might blind me, and create the risk of missing signs from the universe.

There is always a larger perspective to take into account for the Spiritual Adult.

"The Hanged Man Tarot card indicates that you are in a situation that you are not happy with. You may be feeling like you are stuck in a rut or trapped in a situation or frame of mind that is not making you happy but you have the power to release yourself. This may involve walking away from the situation or simply changing your perspective on it." (thetarotguide)
Read: a situation which the Ego isn't happy about - but the Soul are (hence the smile you often see on the Hanged Man)
Changing perspective - accept the now for being what it is, mentally walking away.
Calmly walk away physically - accept that the situation is not mine to be in, there's nothing more for me give in it, or receive from it. A hard task for the Ego.

"The hanged man understands that his position is a sacrifice that he needed to make in order to progress forward - whether as repentance for past wrongdoings, or a calculated step backward to recalculate his path onward. This time he spends here will not be wasted, he does this as part of his progression forward. His upside down state can also symbolize the feeling of those that walk a spiritual path, for they see the world differently. Where there are others that do not understand the need to sacrifice, you see it differently. This is a natural course of action for you as you walk the path alone." (
Feeling stuck - not accepting the need for pause.
Waiting - being stuck in time, wanting to be in the future, instead of just being in the now, enjoying it for what it is!
Pausing is more often than not actually the fastest way forward...!

"Many things are unknown to you now, so you must make new goals and plan carefully. Acting at the right moment will get you ahead." (trustedtarot)


The Ego (the immature adult in me) wants to rush ahead, push on. The Soul (the mature adult in me) knows better.
It's all about acting in the right moment, at the right place.

As it happens, pausing (making halt - standing still) and timing are two of the absolutely most important things is horse carriage driving - a two year education I'm in the middle of, and hence practice a lot! 
Togetherness with animals in general requires these qualities, why a (natural, open, aware, present) interaction with them is so educational!

You can NEVER NEVER EVER 'THINK' your way to timing. 
It's just impossible, by nature.
Thinking is sequential (one thing at the time) - nature is parallell.

Timing requires feeling.
Timing requires a clear mind, uncluttered by thoughts (stuck in past or future). It requires openness and awareness. Presence. 
Timing requires release of any thoughts regarding 'the result'. 


"Everyone has one basic responsibility, which is to be true to their own soul. This means simply being what you are created to be. To be what you are created to be is an offer of respect to Creation. It is doing what is naturally done by trees, plants and everything else in nature...expressing the essence of your own inner being
      Anyone who is absolutely and unfailingly true to his/her own soul will also automatically always be in his/her right place within the universe at his /her right time to be there and will therefore be in perfect alignment with the natural order and harmony of creation. This means that they will be making the best contribution they could possibly make to the order, beauty and harmony of the whole. So, if we could be considered to have any responsibility to creation itself, and to everything else which is part of creation, that responsibility would also be met by exactly the same process of being unfailingly true to our own souls.
" (drhelenford)

"Our biggest responsibility of all is a spiritual one. We have many responsibilities: personal, family, civic, social, employment, spiritual, and others. Spiritual responsibility is the most important.
    We are not physical bodies with souls dwelling in them. We are soul beings dwelling temporarily with physical bodies.
    This is a very important point. It is difficult to prove it for you; only you can prove it for yourself. But it can illustrated. ...
" (omtimes)

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us." - Marianne Williamson

"I know you've seen the history of spiritual abuses (or perhaps I should say spirituality used as a means for the ego to glorify itself), and you've seen the persecution of people offering their gifts to the world. I won't say that this path doesn't involve courage. Actually, it requires quite a lot, but it is irresponsible to deny your gifts and what you're here to do. If you are denying your awareness and gifts, you'll find that much of your life continues to blow up in your face or that you're constantly feeling unfulfilled by your life. Denying your gifts for healing, foresight, speaking with spirits, leading, teaching, or whatever it is that you can do is like cutting off a limb. It's painful, and it's time to stop." (spiritualawakeningprocess)

Deck #26: Decameron Tarot