Twelfth Card Of The Tarot

The Hanged Man.

A man hanging by one foot to a gibbet, resting upon two trees, each bearing six branches, which have been cut off.

The man's hands are tied behind his back, and the fold of his arms forms the base of a reversed triangle, of which his head forms the point. His eyes are open and his fair hair floats upon the wind. His right leg crosses his left and so forms a cross.

This young man is again the Juggler whose transformations we have already followed in the 1st, 6th, and 7th arcana.

Like the sun placed in the midst of the signs of the Zodiac (six on each side, the lopped branches), our young hero is again suspended between two decisions, from which will spring, no longer his physical future, as in the 6th arcanum, but his spiritual future.

The 12th arcanum fills the centre between the 6th arcanum (Wisdom) and the 15th (Fatality). These arcana represent the two women of the 6th arcanum, regarded in the spiritual sense.

This Hanged Man serves for an example to the presumptuous, and his position indicates discipline, the absolute submission which the human owes to the Divine.

Considered alchemically, the Hanged Man shows the sign of personality.

In the hermetic grade of the Rosy-Cross (18th degree of the Freemasonry of Scotland) one of the signs of recognition consists in crossing the legs like those of the Hanged Man. It is needless to say that the origin and meaning of this sign is quite unknown to the Freemasons.

The twelfth card of the Tarot represents Equilibrist Power. It neutralizes the oppositions of the tenth and eleventh cards.

1. Equilibrium of Necessity and Liberty--

CHARITY.--Grace. (Preserving power of Love.)

2. Equilibrium of Power and Courage. Reflex of Prudence-

ACQUIRED EXPERIENCE. (Knowledge.)

3. Equilibrium of the potential Manifestation (10), and of reflected Life (11). Reflex of the astral Fluid.

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