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?
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?