The Hanged Man and the Equinox

The turning of the wheel at the equinoxes are times when I feel most alive. I expereince huge inner shifts, and can literally feel the old stuff falling away. With each turning I discover something new about myself…that turns out to be something very old.

In this post I share how you can embrace the energy of the Hanged Man in your life this equinox. Whether you’re in the Northern or Southern Hemisphere, you can gain something from what the Hanged Man teaches about surrender.

First, it’s important to know that it’s okay to feel turned upside down sometimes. Life is like that. Just as the earth goes through cycles of birth and death, so do we. This is part of the flow of being alive. Resisting these ebbs and flows is where all the trouble lies!

When we surrender to the cycles of birth and death, we discover truths about ourselves that have been there all along. We maybe just couldn’t see them before. That’s where the Hanged Man comes in.

The Hanged Man helps you shift your perspective and deepen into your flow and yourself. He’s associated with the element of water after all! Working with the Hanged Man is like swimming in the deep end of the pool or diving into a cool lake. It’s like that moment when you’ve waded into the water and now you have to decide if you’re going to get your head wet or not.

I find that the Hanged Man asks me to let go of the illusion of control. There are things I know I’ve been called here to do in this life and fighting against them just simply doesn’t work. I see the process as listening to my instincts.

When I get in touch with the wild and powerful woman within everything changes.

How many ways do we stop ourselves out of fear? The Hanged Man embraces fear and says it’s time to let go of ego, let go of all the ways we think things ought to be, and just start trusting. Like really trusting. Hanging from the sky trusting.

Here’s the great part: just as the seasons shift so do we. And eventually we find that we were standing all along. No longer suspended in the air but feet firm on the ground completely changed by that brief moment when we thought we couldn’t fly!


The Autumn Equinox marks the balance between light and dark and is also known as Mabon by Pagans and Wiccans. To celebrate Autumn, several of us have banded together to support YOUR Equinox Journey, offering tarot and oracle card spreads; information on how to work with the Colours of Autumn; tips on working with your Inner Cauldron; new additions for your Art Journal; creative writing tips; working with Lilith; the journey of Persephone, Demeter and Hades, and much much more. To read the next article in the Fall Tarot Blog Hop, “click here.”


Decks pictured in this post are: The Dark Goddess Tarot, Mary-El tarot, Triple Goddess tarot (trimmed), Thoth Tarot

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