Tarot Enlightenment

in-depth readings by Heather-Rose Ryan

Today's card for you, Thursday, September 12

The Hanged Man

This card is from the Morgan-Greer deck, published in 1979.

This card is from the Morgan-Greer deck, published in 1979.

Remember Monday’s card, which was The Chariot, reversed? The Hanged Man conveys a similar message: It’s time to pause and reflect. You may be hurtling along toward your goal at high speed, with everything feeling like it’s coming together, but you’d be wise to pull over and stop. There might be problems on the road ahead or you could be going in the wrong direction. This card suggests that this is a moment to observe the Taoist principle of “doing non-doing” - letting go rather than pushing. We’re brought up to believe that we can only get things done by constantly taking action and moving forward. But often, that leads to us getting in our own way, running up against obstacles. “He who butts against things does damage to his own head. The superior person avoids using his strength rashly and goes forward only when the way is open.” I Ching, hexagram #34. Today we encounter the paradox in which in order to impose our influence, we must back off; to have our views heard, we must be silent; to make progress, we must remain still.