Le Pendu – The Hanged Man
Le Pendu — The Hanged Man — indicates immobility, pause and suspension while awaiting change. But his most important attribute is seeing the world upside-down. Le Pendu invites us to stop and re-access the situation.
The time of suspension that this week seems to bring is an excellent opportunity to work on refining our goals and perfecting our strategies. It is also an opportunity to try and see the world upside-down, to look for a new angle, a solution to the problem that may not have appeared before, when we looked at things in a very linear fashion. Ask yourself — how may I turn this around? Is there a way to see this differently?
When was the last time you saw the world upside-down? Literally? Have you tried a headstand, or a bridge pose, or merely tilting your head backwards as you lie on the edge of the bed? The world looks very different doesn’t it?
This is part of the message of Le Pendu for us. Sometimes we become so comfortable with one way of seeing the world, or approaching the problem, we fail to find the obvious solutions. I remember how my apartment always looked very different to me when I would come back from a long vacation. Suddenly, I’d start noticing how inconvenient this furniture placement was, or how my curtains didn’t match the interior, or that we needed a mirror on this wall. Things that I needed to change, things I grew to accustomed to before the holiday were suddenly right in my face. One fresh look is all it takes sometimes. And I would start re-arranging the apartment before I grew to accustomed to it again.
This may be one way of approaching a persistent problem that we’ve been struggling with for a long time. Perhaps just leave it for a week, or a few days, and do something else entirely. Who knows, when you come back — maybe you will be seeing things in a different light?
Le Pendu is not yet ready to choose, and his moment to act has not come. His state is that of being, not doing. The sacred numbers — the 12 freshly cut branches and the 10 buttons on his shirt — indicate fullness and completion, and yet this is not an active moment. This is, again, the time of gestation. A time to contemplate and wait. Perhaps, even to sacrifice and to seek power through asking the high beings for help.
The message of Le Pendu for us this week is — leave the old ways and try looking at the world upside-down…