|©Bayliss & Battersby|
There is such a happy-go-lucky feel to this Hanged Man, such playful colours. Our Hanged Man dangles by his knees from a swing, arms tucked behind his back and hair dangling down as he sways. As for the swing, it is held aloft by a blue, six-petaled flower that seems to spin and create lift. The swing is held to the flower by a couple of vines. Yet despite this weird position, the man looks perfectly calm, at peace with where he is.
With the airborn flower holding him up, there is less of a sense of total lack of movement than I normally associate with this card. However, the feeling of having sacrificed control is still there - he is along for the ride, but has no say in where the winds take him.
I hope I can find some of his calm today, at least inner calm, as we make our way home again. This card might suggest unexpected delays, or simply the lack of control when you step on a train - there's no getting off when you're under the channel!
I am grateful for a sense of equanimity.