Friday, August 20, 2010

Great Expectations...

Sometimes waiting is the hardest part in life, and so we showed you many of the aspects that are involved in the music, art and even poetry of Marilyn Manson.

What´s for the near future? Well, for sure it ain´t written in stone, however there is one particular card in the Tarot that reminds of the concept of waiting for better things to come and that is Number 12, The Hanged Man.

The Hanged Man, in an upside down position is tied to a tree shaped like a "T", the man in question crosses his legs in the form of the number 4 or Tau Cross and has a halo around his head.

The first that one could possibly get is that it suggests a burden, a sacrifice or a death sentence. However one must understand that the tree has sprouts or leaves and the face of the individual is calm and serene and awaits for life, not death.

Some keywords while reading this card are:

  • Sacrifice ----- Letting go ----- Surrendering ----- Passivity
  • Suspension ----- Acceptance ----- Renunciation ----- Patience
  • New point of view ----- Contemplation ----- Inner harmony
  • Conformism ----- Nonaction ----- Waiting ----- Giving up

The Hanged Man in The Egyptian Deck

The Hanged Man in the Marseilles Deck

The Hanged Man in the Rider-Waite Deck

Other Names for The Hanged Man: 

Hanging Man, Lo impichato (hanging man), L'impiccato, Traditore (traitor), Pendu (hanged man), Le Pendu, Le Pendut, Lependu, La prudence (prudence), l'Appeso

In Literature:

An excerpt from a poem by T.S. Eliot, "The Wasteland":

Madame Sosostris, famous clairvoyante,

Had a bad cold, nevertheless

Is known to be the wisest woman in Europe,
With a wicked pack of cards. Here, said she,

Is your card, the drowned Phoenician Sailor,

(Those are pearls that were his eyes. Look!)

Here is Belladonna, the Lady of the Rocks,

The lady of situations.
Here is the man with three staves, and here the Wheel,

And here is the one-eyed merchant, and this card,

Which is blank, is something he carries on his back,

Which I am forbidden to see. I do not find

The Hanged Man. Fear death by water.
I see crowds of people, walking round in a ring.

Thank you. If you see dear Mrs. Equitone,

Tell her I bring the horoscope myself:

One must be so careful these days.

The Hanged Man,  reinvented by
MM, it bears more resemblance with
Christ in the Cross, this one hangs in

Another "hanged man",
Christ of Saint John of the Cross by
Salvador Dali.

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