Yesterday was my birthday, a.k.a. emergence day, so I picked a cute “Chick” drawing Natasha did for our book.
In the chapter in question we discuss the Hanged Man, the card with rich and controversial interpretations from Haman of Purim story (see Stav Appel’s site), to Judas, to Jesus himself. We know that this is how traitors were treated in Italy – hanged by one foot upside down.
To tarot practitioners today this card is known as a “pregnancy card” – something is afoot, one needs patience to see it born, allow it to happen, trust without pushing. In my favorite Belgian tarot tradition the man is right side up, levitating. Just untie his foot and he’ll take flight – emergence theme again.
If you draw this card as a daily card or in advice position – watch for something developing, actualizing, perhaps you may be called upon to “be the midwife”.
Astrologically the card can be linked to Pisces and Neptune, kind of underscoring the oceanic mystery of birth, the invisible depth of creation, the trust required for quantum leaps.
Astrologers are so keen to know the precise birth time of their clients in part because that allows us to calculate the “ascendent” point rising on the eastern horizon at the precise moment of our birth. It indicates how we might see the world, how we keep it together and our primary style, which is priceless. Hence the popularity of “the rising sign” – a piece of the puzzle no less important than the Sun or the Moon signs. This is how we show up to the party.