Anyhow, as I was standing in tree pose and this image entered my mind, I began to ponder both. Firstly, I normally associate the Hanged Man more with headstand - really turning things on their head, or rather turning myself upside down so that I see things from a completely different perspective. Why did Joanna choose tree pose for this card? Well, there are the traditional associations of Odin hanging from the World Tree (Yggdrasil), and also the fact that the Hanged Man is generally shown with one leg crossed over the other, similar to tree pose.
|Winter: focus is down towards roots|
|Spring: energy drawn up in readiness|
|Summer: branches reach for the sun|
|Autumn: buffeted by wind|
All this to say that perhaps any pose is a portal to a Hanged Man- type change in perspective. For me, musing on tree pose got me thinking about the nature of balance, about what being grounded means at different levels and on different scales, and about how it would feel to be a tree.
Thanks to my Dear One for his photographic and PhotoShop skills!