Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Intuitive Tuesday -- The Hang Man

Every Tuesday I select one card and give you my interpretation of it. See how it applies to your life. What messages are here for you?

Each Thursday I choose one reader's comment from Intuitive Tuesday and pull an additional card for more clarity...so check back on Thursday to see what cards come up.

Today's card is The Hanging Man, a card of respite and gaining a new perspective -- by hanging upside down! This card comes from my brand new deck, the Legacy of the Divine Tarot by Ciro Marchetti.

The Hanging Man card encourages you to suspend activity and look at your life and various situations in your life from an entirely new perspective. Turn things upside down and see what's there for you from this new perspective.

In yoga, we practice inversions (shoulder stand, headstand, handstand, etc.) The other day the instructor said that being upside-down is very healthy and kids do it all of the time ...hanging from jungle gyms, doing cartwheels, headstands, etc.  As we grow up, we forget that it's fun to be upside down, possibly seeing the world from a completely new perspective. You don't often see an adult doing a handstand in the middle of the grocery store!

When was the last time you looked at your world from an upside-down perspective?

Selecting the Hanging Man today is a signal to gain a new perspective. If you don't want to physically go upside-down, imagine hanging upside-down (like the Hanging Man on the card above). It's easy to get stuck in a rut, trying to figure something out when you continue to look at it from the same perspective.

In my life coaching training, we learned a great exercise to help see a problem or a question from other perspectives. If you have a decision you've been pondering and are wondering what to do, you are probably pretty clear of your own perspective. This includes the description or story of your situation, the pros and cons, etc.

Now play with these perspectives:
  • What would your mother/father/brother do and/or what advice would s/he give you?
  • How would a five-year old see this situation?
  • What would your dog do in this situation?
  • What will this look like a year in the future?
  • What would it look like to jump in with both feet?
Be creative and come up with various perspectives to help you get out of your stuck-ness and explore each of these new options.  From there, you can see your situation more broadly and create solutions and action steps that will lead you away from being stuck (moving forward = growth).

When I work with clients, this usually helps them to see options and decide on Action Steps to move them forward. It's an amazing process and can unlock energy that has been stuck for a long time.

Today's Hanging Man card is an invitation to you to go upside-down, change your perspective, and see things from a completely new standpoint.

What situation in your life needs your undivided, upside-down attention?


Kim said...

This is a great card and a great reminder today. I've been holding a few perspectives working on this particular board - and each have me wanting to resign or continue and keep doing things in the way I can even though the feedback I keep getting is much less that encouraging. Bottom line is I feel like "me" on most of this board is a mismatch and for months the common perspective is my participation on feels like stress. And frankly, for me, the exchange does not warrant it.
I'm going take on the hang man perspective and see what happens.

Lori Lavender Luz said...

I love this because it's so playful as well as insightful.

It makes me want to try a headstand. I haven't done one in years!

Bonnie said...

This is a fitting card for me today. My hubby and I have been trying to figure out for months what to do about our catering business. It has been slowing over the past year, due to the economy our regular clients are cutting back. Time is running out and we are kind of in a panic (financially). I think it would be helpful to look at our situation from different perspectives to get "unstuck" and move forward somehow... I think fear sometimes freezes us in our tracks and it's hard to think outside the box.

Thank you Sheri, you given me something to work on today!