5 December 18: The Hanged Man & Queen of Cups

Grok. This pair I’ve so seldom seen I cruised a few of my many online sources for some fresh info. Tarot Verbatim (excellent site) used the fictional word ‘grok’ to describe the relationship between this psychic pair, citing legendary Sci-Fi author and major early influence (he used to roller-skate on Hollywood Boulevard when he was kid, too) Ray Bradbury as the inventor of the word, but in fact it was another genius, author Robert Heinlein.

This relationship is so rare and indescribable that Heinlein had to adopt a word from the Martian language to describe it: Grok, meaning, the assumption of a singular reality.

I am you, you are me. I see through your eyes, hear with your ears. We don’t need to talk. We meet in dreams. She gets me, says the Hanged Man, who has been hanging there for a long time in surrender, waiting for a sign.

The psychic Queen of Cups is sending and receiving telepathic signals herself. She looks up from her gold cup as if she’s hearing her name being called or whispered from the large, pale shell held up to her ear. She hears many things the rest of us don’t, but then again, we don’t often ‘tune in’ to listen. She’s standing by the vast, blue, ocean – the water behind her not still, but not choppy either – just little waves. It’s all about waves: sound, light, everything comes in waves. She knows this, and probably surfs.

The Hanged Man has found his high, quiet place in which to meditate and ‘tune in’ himself, far above the fray and madness. What sacrifices is he or she willing to make for this relationship, or any relationship? He seems to be meditating on the question. What does this mean? Is he sacrificing a romantic relationship altogether for some ‘higher calling’? This relationship is the higher calling, and worth any sacrifice.

The Hanged Man is a creative or an artist of some kind, a musician, a writer, who by nature, is forever seeking divine inspiration.  Indeed he could be sacrificing this relationship for his art or work, his ‘higher calling’, but only temporarily.  Neptune and Pisces influence this Hanged Man and all things dreamy, watery and of the subconscious, which is why this man hangs upside down. He wants to hear the Source above the white noise of the world – and his Source seems to be this Queen.

If he didn’t believe before, he does now. Here’s the Wikipedia definition:

Grokmeans to understand so thoroughly that the observer becomes a part of the observed—to merge, blend, intermarry, lose identity in group experience. It means almost everything that we mean by religion, philosophy, and science and it means as little to us as color does to a blind man.”

Obviously this relationship is worth any ‘sacrifice’.

How often do you really grok with someone?

9 October 18: The Hanged Man

Hamstrung. This is one of the weirdest cards to me, Number 12 of the Major Arcana, The Hanged Man. A human hangs upside down from a tree by a bit of rope tied to one ankle. There is a lot of mythology in the tree alone, linking heaven to the Underworld, but on the Morgan-Greer image it is not a tree but a scaffolding made from two dead trees with a pole stretched between them from which he hangs gracefully. He may have even built the structure himself. His face is serene, and he holds his hands clasped behind his back, one knee bent forming a triangle shape with his legs. Aerial yoga. He’s simply looking at the world from another point of view. Yogis assume the Sarasana pose – standing on your head – when they want to see the world from a different point of view  and stimulate the brain.

From above, he looks right side up. This is a card of surrender, no doubt, to a higher power which could be God or the Universe or the weather, but it’s as if the rope were a puppet string controlled by an unseen hand from above and we’re not in control right now. This card is unique in that when the card is right side up our human is upside down, meaning that’s exactly where he’s supposed to be at this juncture. To everyone else it looks pretty strange but this ‘suspension’ is necessary right now.

Neptune, the Patron Saint of the Hanged Man, loves all things foggy and weird and wobbly and wavy and misty and mystic, like the gray wall of fog we see behind the hanging man. Neptune also loves art and music, and this dedicated and passionate (the red pants give him away) artist is sacrificing all for his art. When he finally does come back down he will have created (1+2=3, the number of Creation) something divinely inspired, as did the Norse God Odin, who after having hung himself upside down for nine nights in the World Tree, the one that grew up from the center of the flat Earth, was granted the wisdom to create the Runes.

This is basically being ‘hamstrung’ for some reason, sometimes even literally. An accident victim in traction who came out of his coma declaring he’d had a revelation and was never the same, it changed his life. That’s obviously an extreme example, but the epiphany is the same. The Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, an invalid for much of her life, affixed a mirror to the canopy of her sickbed and created her beautiful and complicated self-portraits, considered some of the world’s greatest works of art.

This is delay, but a productive one in some way. Worth the wait, worth the ‘hangup.’ Be patient. This isn’t the time to move, that’s all. You may be having to wait on something or someone else before you can do much of anything anyway.

Or, a psychologist is giving you another perspective on your own ‘hangups’.

Which is Major.





13 March 18: The Hanged Man

You are free to go..where?  A strange card, for sure. The image of The Hanged Man is a disturbing one, origins of the image traced back to the Norse God, Odin, who hung himself for nine nights from the tree of the world,  was given the wisdom of the Runes.

We see on this card a man hanging upside down by one foot tied with a rope. On the Morgan-Greer card, it is not a tree he is hanging from, but a scaffold-like structure he seems to have built specifically for this purpose. His face is calm and serene, and one leg crosses the other from which he hangs. It’s a very self-sacrificing card. He’s almost in a yoga position, the Sirsasana, the upside-down pose the Yogis believe stimulates the mind. This Major Arcana card is ruled by Neptune, everything liquid and dreamy, artistic and musical. He’s probably writing a symphony in his head, or envisions a work of great art. He has not made his sacrifices for nothing. Odin probably cut himself down from the tree and wrote a triple-album of Heavy Metal classics…

For whatever reason, we are ‘hung up’. Can’t move forward, can’t move back. In order to move forward, we may need to sacrifice something – a way of life, a way of thought. We are in a ‘holding pattern’, but can make very good use of it. We may not be able to make a move yet, but can use the time, the stillness and solitude to dream and create wonderful and beautiful things when we decide to ‘come down’ from the tree. Or, when we are ‘cut down’ and free again to move about the cabin, as it were. Whether self- imposed or limited by external circumstances, you’ll find this ‘dead’ time will have proven to have been valuable and necessary.

This is a person who has literally removed his feet from the ground, and is not, for the time being, of this world. The number 12, which is the number of this card, is quite the celestial number: 12 houses of the Zodiac, 12 months, 12 hours. 1+2=3, creation, and from this period of withdrawal and contemplation, there will be creation, divinely inspired.

He’s tapping into the Source.

It may not be the happiest of times. The Hanging Man may be quite misunderstood, but is oblivious. Only he knows how profound his transition is and will be, and must be.

Hang in there.

This card can remind you to mind your blood circulation…definitely invert for 2 minutes a day, even legs up against a wall. The dogs will have no idea WTF you’re doing, it’s hilarious.