The Hanged Man

The Hanged Man

Keywords for The Hanged Man Tarot Card

  • Sacrifice for the greater good
  • Release and let go
  • Look at things differently
  • Wisdom, trials, intuition


The Hanged Man tarot card shows a man dangling upside-down from one ankle. A light, almost like a halo, radiates behind his head. Despite his uncomfortable position, he appears to be at peace with his situation. In this deck, a bat peacefully hangs on a branch while a colorful impressionistic sky represents all the things which are out of our control.

There is nothing struggling or sad about this card. In fact, The Hanged Man is very serene and accepting of this fate.

Along The Fool’s journey through the Major Arcana, this card represents the lessons learned when you take responsibility for your actions and then accept their consequences with grace. It represents the ultimate in letting go of what you can’t control.

You need to release the tight grip you hold on your ideas and the situation at hand. That won’t work anymore, so become the agent of change by making a sacrifice (i.e. by being the “better man”) to break the old patterns.

When you feel betrayed, like a victim, or ashamed of your own actions, look at things from a different point of view. You need a change of perspective.

This card represents the first phrase of the Serenity Prayer, “Please grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change…” We can only control ourselves. Everything else we must release and accept with grace.


Keywords for The Hanged Man Reversed

  • It’s over and there’s no going back
  • Selfishness
  • Feeling like a victim

Being framed, betrayal



  • The original was painted on 11x14 high quality 140lb watercolor paper with Turner watercolor paints.
  • Signature is hidden in the painting. 
  • Your original painting will come with a certificate of authenticity and a backing board, wrapped in plastic.
  • The painting is vertically oriented.


High quality reproductions are also available in 11x14 and 8x10 or 5x7 (with slight cropping) on an excellent quality linen paper which will retain it's true colors for many years.