I like to say that Tarot can show us a picture of where we are in our lives and provide us with a map to get us where we want to go. One way to do that is to work with your Tarot profile using the numerology of your birthdate and figuring which major arcana cards are associated with it. One or two cards are considered your birth cards and stay with you throughout your life. (More on that on a later blog.) According to this particular system you also have an annual card that changes on your birthday each year. You cycle through most of the major arcana cards, some more than once, over your lifespan. This card can be referred to as your growth card, year card, or annual card. All of the cards in your Tarot Profile represent energies and opportunities available to you to learn and grow from. My friend Carrie Paris is creating a website where you can explore this in-depth but in the meantime you can go to her demo site here and find out what your tarot profilecards are. Mary K. Greer has written an excellent and comprehensive book on this subject, “Who Are You In The Tarot” which I highly recommend if you want to explore this further.
I will always figure my client’s profile cards when I do full readings in order to give me a broader context for their reading, and if any of their birth cards come up in a reading we pay extra attention to them.
My purpose in writing this post is to give you an inside look from my own experience at how the lessons of your year card can be a positive force in your life. It’s important to resist the temptation to be fatalistic about systems like this and believe that you are at the effect of forces outside of yourself and a victim of which ever energies your cards may represent. For instance, if you happen to be in a “Death” year, what can sound ominous can actually be an opportune time to recognize and release whatever is over in your life, finally clear it out for good and make room for something new to enter in.
My birthday was in November when my Justice year passed me on to the Hanged Man, after thoroughly giving me opportunities to make things right in my life and take 100% responsibility for it.
The Hanged Man, like all cards, has many layers of meanings, all which may be applicable at any one time.
- Letting go
- Standing still unable to move forward
- Turning your world upside down
- Getting a new perspective
- Being hung up on something
- Connecting to Mother Earth
- Bringing light into the dark
Betrayal, Hang Ups: My Hanged Man’s Year started out on my birthday with a major perceived family betrayal that shook my world apart, turned it upside down, and forced me to deal with some longstanding unresolved issues in myself reflected to me by my family which involved some major letting go.
Surrender, Letting Go, : Then, my yurt, which was my studio/classroom, collapsed from a heavy snow load, which I wrote about in my last blog. Again, Hanged Man energy, collapsing down rather than blowing up and out. Talk about release!
Turning Upside Down: I’ve had lower back problems which also have intensified and one of the remedies for it is yoga inversion poses.
Standing Still/Unable To Move Forward, Getting New Perspectives I am not inspired to be putting out a whole lot in the physical world but instead I am focusing most of my attention inward, and it’s difficult having my business to be moving along. I am having to let go of all the internal dialogue that is chastising me for not working harder to move things along in my life on all levels.
So with a lot of intensity and change going on in my life right now, how is the working with Hanged Man energy helping me?
The first thing is to know that this is not the year to be putting a lot of energy into making something happen and moving forward on or creating new projects. That’s better saved for my Magician, Chariot, or Wheel of Fortune years. So right away I know that I will be best served by letting go of my “shoulds” and go with the flow of what’s right in front of me and not try to push the river.
I know that this year is the best year to heal any energy of betrayal so rather than feeling victimized by events of perceived betrayal by my family, I welcome the opportunity to take a good look at what I need to learn from it and how to navigate t0 a new understanding and elevate our relationship to a new level. This has happened and I am grateful to have integrated a lifetime of misunderstanding and welcome the healing balm of forgiveness.
My yurt collapse requires me to look at a new way of doing things, letting go of my plans to move forward, wait and trust that my new path will unfold in perfect timing, and be open to entirely new ideas or inspiration to create that new path. Rather than hanging to what my yurt represented I release it and welcome a new way.
In utilizing my Hanged Man year as a birthing process I can take the time to do my introspection and meditation on what’s been hanging me up, what I need to let go of, what am I addicted to, and ways I betray myself and others. By doing this sort of self examination I am bringing light into the dark, habitual places that continually keep me trapped in my own delusions, and I can release it all and be patient for what is of Essence to emerge.
Can you see how I have used the energy of what could be considered a challenging card to my advantage rather than fighting it and feeling at the mercy of some unfriendly unseen forces?
How might you go about doing this in your life?
- Figure out your year card
- Make a list of the different characteristics and opportunities that card represents and look at your life and see where your card may be active
- Ask yourself how you can make the most out of the opportunities offered to you through this card
- Resist the temptation to play a victim
Or, you can take advantage of my new offering to help you navigate this process. I have created a package deal consisting of three readings, the first one based on your Tarot Profile cards and the opportunities and challenges presented to you by your cards and begin identifying how to make this useful in your life and move you towards your goals. Then we will do two more readings over a period of three-six months to continue to unfold your path and make any course corrections and reexamine and refine your goals. While it’s great to do this around your birthday, you can do it at any time. Follow this link and look for the “It’s Your Birthday!” offering.
I’m easy to get a hold of right now because I’m just hanging around doing yoga!