Fool's Journey Day 13
With The Vice Versa deck the original side is called This Side and the added side is called That Side. There is no good side or bad side or right side and reverse side. It simply another aspect of the card.
The next step on our journey is 12 - The Hanged Man
This side: The Hanged Man is suspended from a simple gallows, but not one of death. Notice how calm and serene he appears. His hands are loosely tied and he has voluntarily surrendered here. He has given up control - temporarily - wanting to see things from a different perspective than his own.
In a reading: The Hanged Man has the alchemical symbol for sulfer (the soul) on his shirt BUT the symbol is only right side up when he is upside down! This symbol is for you. The Hanged Man is demonstrating how important soul work is and is showing you that you are ready to start.
That side: Now it is night but not the dark night of the soul. There is a vast cosmic awareness here. Two men, the acolytes of The Hierophant, standing before him and this is the next stage of their spiritual development. The Hanged Man is their teacher, showing how to give up what they know (Dogma of Church?) and to surrender to the unknowable.
In a reading: You could look at the two sides of this card as exhalation and inhalation. On the other side, ego and preconceptions are released. This side, symbols enter the consciousness to be seen more clearly, by a mind with no expectations. Notice, the snake from the Hierophant's cross has come down to earth in this card. Wisdom no longer linked to doctrine. The Hierophant's mask is broken, illusions shattered. What are you now ready to see?
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