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The Hanged Man Reversed: What Does It Mean?

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The Hanged Man Reversed tarot represents the constant stalling and lack of progress in life. If either you or someone you know continues to show a lack of commitment, then these delays could cost them dearly in the future.

Does this mean you should just work harder? Not really. There are better ways to transcend this bump in the road.

The Hanged Man Reversed

Everyone has things that hold them back in life. It’s the very essence of our being. We can do almost anything that we desire, but many people are selling themselves far too short.

The Hanged Man Reversed meaning

This resistance towards doing the hard work is characteristically found in the yoga, meditation and spiritual advancement space. Such indecision could cost you many opportunities in the future.

The opposite to constant stalling is constant progress. Going forward isn’t easy but simply making a decision is. The question is: What are you going to decide in this moment?

Card meaning

The Hanged Man Reversed is a ‘No’ Tarot card. We see him suspended from the ceilling and despite viewing the world is an odd-sort-of-way, he is quite calm and relaxed. What we can distill is that he has chosen to find himself in this position.

Tarot card reading of The Hanged Man Reversed

With his right foot bound to the tree, and his arms in their position, we see created an inverted triangle. Such shapes are representative of untapped knowledge and personal potential.

The red pants that he is wearing are symbols of passion and strength. The man knows his power but isn’t actually making progress. Instead, he is merely pondering his present and future and will be here for a long while to come.

Did you spot the halo around his head? This symbolizes awareness, insights and enlightenment on the path ahead. There is potentially some new hope rising for the man to start taking action consistently.

Too much chaos

Perhaps the reason for your stalling right now is too much chaos. You have too many things that want to distract you including children, social media, pets and life events. It’s quite a lot to handle.

Can you hit the pause button? For just a few days, find solitude and a place where you can escape. A racing mind can indeed keep stalling. There’s too much energy but not enough focus.

The Hanged Man Reversed is resting. He has chosen to tune in and listen to his vision. The job? That can wait. The relationships? That can wait. The social media channels? That can certainly wait!

While it’s easy to say “Work harder!!” to those who are lacking commitment and are constantly stalling, there is often a solid reason behind it. They’re just doing too much, and indeed you probably are too!

Yet once we’ve taken our rest time, we shouldn’t wait around. The world is moving at an incredible pace and those who don’t developed the skills to thrive will be left behind. We are designed to evolve and to ascend to higher levels of consciousness.

The purpose of resting is to accelerate again. This time you’ll be more focused and determined to push through until completion.

Going forward

Stopping and starting projects constantly is hard work. Your higher self sees the errors of your ways, while your internal dialogue reminds you of how hard this really is. Truth is: Things aren’t that hard.

Psychic card evaluation

We recommend that you just focus on one thing at a time. Literally. If you need to – take a break. Find some downtime to rest, relax and find yourself back into alignment. That could be a vacation or merely a yoga or meditation class.

The constant stalling can be solved dynamically through a period of purposeful rest.

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