Gryphon Tarot: Suspension
Keywords that are associated with this card are: letting go, suspension, reversal, and sacrifice. "This card signifies a time of insight so deep that, for a moment, nothing but that insight exists. All Tarot readers have such moments when we see, with absolute clarity, the whole picture, the entire message offered by a spread. The Hanged Man symbolizes such moments of suspension between physical and mystical worlds. Such moments don't last, and they usually require some kind of sacrifice. Sacrifice of a belief or perspective, a wish, dream, hope, money, time or even self-hood. In order to gain, you must give. Sometimes you need to sacrifice cherished positions, open yourself to other truths, other perspectives in order to find solutions, in order to bring about change. One thing is certain, whether the insight is great or small, spiritual or mundane, once you have been the Hanged Man you never see things quite the same." [link] This was an interesting card to paint, as the paradox that is the Hanged Man makes you realize that by letting go, you can achieve what you want. Or by stepping back, those things that seemed unreachable are attainable. The change in perspective, and enlightenment I think are the most important lessons that this card has to teach. The Hanged Man is the opposite of The World card. With the Hanged Man, you look infinitely in, The World card you are looking infinitely outward. Technical information: Watercolors and gouache on illustration board. 10x7"