Per Bastemhet

Nefertari Tarot: The Hanged Man (12)

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Visual Card Description:  A pharaoh has his left arm raised and holds what looks like a mace.  His right hand holds a man by his hair while he kneels in terror, his hands held up defensively and at once trying to flee.  Behind the man is a decorated pillar topped with the fronds of a plant.  On these fronds is seated a hawk who holds out to the pharaoh a branch with his foot. 

Free Association: Consequences, No Mercy, Hierarchy, Justice, Punishment, Falling Out Of Grace

Rider-Waite/Traditional Associations:  The Hanged Man generally shows that you are at a crossroads – one with only two options i.e. in or out, up or down, yes or no. You may find yourself very much wanting to do "something" but having no idea what it is or how to do it. If that happens, that’s a clear sign that you should stop, relax, and look at ways that you might need to let go of attempts to control life/situations/people/things.

It’s possible that there is an outdated attitude or wish that you need to let go of. Any sacrifice that you make will open up your life to something even more positive than what you "let go of." All in all this should be a thoughtful, reflective time, particularly if you are willing to look at if or how you might best serve your own interests by being willing to change.

Meaning from the lwb (little white book that came with this deck):  Disinterestedness, altruism, repentance, expiation.  Inward research, idealism, utopia, art, detachment from material goods, moment of transition, punishment. 

My interpretation:  There was a strict hierarchy in ancient Kemet, and everyone knew their place.  Those that strayed from that hierarchy were subject to the inevitable consequences.  Perhaps you may feel like the person who is about to be punished- for a misstep or even a mistake, the results may be fatal.  Tread carefully in the decisions that you make, because the action and its results are black and white. 

Or you may be in the shoes of the pharaoh; things have been done a certain way and tradition is of utmost importance.  However, with time, there comes a need for the ability to adapt to different circumstances, rather than have it be an all or nothing situation.  Now is the time to truly consider the big picture; how will your actions set the tone for the rest of what’s to come?

Written by Bastemhet

May 19, 2013 at 11:03 am

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