The Hanged Man invites us to observe our complexes, the inhibitions that keep us frightened and in a state of servitude. We don't have to play the role of victim.
Little more happens in the company of Hanged Man. It merely remains suspended, doing nothing and therefore without producing. It represents passivity. It's kind of like a weather vane. It swings continuously between comments and opinions as the wind blows. As soon as he defends one idea as he opts for another. Your world is made of dreams. He likes to escape everything. It warns us that we should not be completely open to all influences.
The main lesson of Hanged Man is that we control letting it go, we win by giving up. The figure on Card 12 has made the greatest surrender: to die on the cross of your own tribulations, but shines with the glory of divine understanding. He has sacrificed himself, but he is victorious. The hung man also tells us that we can move forward by standing still. By suspending time, we can have all the time in the world.
In the readings, the hung man reminds us that the best approach to a problem is not always the most obvious. When we most want to impose our will on someone, it is when we have to free ourselves. When we most want to have our own way, it is when we must sacrifice ourselves. When we want to act more, it is when we have to wait. The irony is that by making these contradictory movements, we find what we are looking for.
Influenciable, predisposed, malleable, resigned, too accessible, unrealistic/idealistic, impractical, hidden feelings, too absorbed in their problems, careless, deceptive, sees the world upside down, manipulated/rejected, unnecessary abuse, stagnant situation, confused, victimist, lends ears to gossipers, elusive, lives on fantasies.
Obedient, suspended activity, delay period, visions, mysticism, vapors, fog, wait, overcoming, disinterest, haze, calm, confusion, transition, delay, sacrifices.