Have you been making progress in an important area of your life recently? If so, there’s going to be a change of pace that could slow things down for a while.
I know it doesn’t sound like a good thing, but this transition will actually be an important period for you. The pause in progress you are entering is exactly what you need to see through any unnecessary drama getting in your way in.
The Hanged Man, your first card, is a sign of an all around halt, but the gift of this card is a new perspective, which will only help you in the long run.
If you can relax, and accept this period of slowing down, you’ll be able to navigate the conflict indicated by your second card, the Five of Wands.
It’s likely the slow down you’ll be experiencing has to do with some conflict happening around you. In fact, right now you have the chops to transform the tumult in your life into something productive!
Your third card, the Queen of Wands, is a fantastic and charismatic leader. Her passion and commitment will help guide you towards getting your energy moving and grooving again.
Let’s begin your reading, and take a look at your first card, the pesky, but oh so important, Hanged Man.
#1: The Hanged Man | Hitting The Pause Button
Have you been feeling stuck or trapped? Do you feel like there’s an invisible wall you can’t seem to get beyond? If you’re feeling this way, it’s because your life is on pause right now.
The Hanged Man has many negative associations surrounding it, like death and punishment. However, The Hanged Man has nothing to do with these darker things at all. Instead, this card is about a period of reflection. As a result, when you do start to move forward again, you’ll have a new perspective informing your actions.
At times, you may be aware of moments when you need to take a time out and assess your situation. Unfortunately, there are other instances when you don’t notice the need for these slow-down periods.
It’s possible you’ve been trying to push through obstacles recently, ignoring the signals telling you to take a break.
Remember, you don’t always get to choose the timing of how life unfolds. As much as you might want things to go a certain way, or feel like you need something to occur ASAP, often it’s simply out your hands.
These cycles when we are stopped can be particularly uncomfortable if you’re feeling charged up and ready to go, or if your current situation feels unbearable. Unfortunately, progress likely won’t resume until you surrender to life’s ebbs and flows.
Taking a time-out can actually be a welcome respite. If you allow yourself to trust in life’s natural timing, you might find yourself relaxing more into the process.
The Hanged Man is a little bit like a Yoga class. You can either surrender and breathe into pretzel-like shapes, or you resist and hold your breath, causing even more strain and suffering.
As referenced above, the Hanged Man tends to bring about a sense of dread. On the card however, the man is shown hanging from a living, vibrant tree. In fact, it is the World Tree.
This sacred tree bridges heaven and earth. It is deeply rooted in the unconscious realm, while simultaneously connected to heavenly superconsciousness.
The World Tree represents coming into alignment with your center, where you are neither reaching out for what is next, nor stuck churning in the past. This pause in your life is offering an opportunity to return to the present moment. Doing so can alter how you perceive your life, relationships, and current projects.
You are learning a new way of seeing yourself and your life. If you continue to struggle, fight with, and blame your suffering on your circumstances, you will continue to feel trapped.
Alternatively, if you choose to accept the moment of pause, and consider how you engage the world around you, something new will have the chance to emerge.
A different perspective is crucial right now. As you’ll see in your next card, you might be experiencing a stalemate. It’s possible you are fighting with yourself, and fighting with those around you, which is a big part of your current phase of being stuck.
#2: The Five of Wands | Seeing The Big Picture
Does it feel like everyone is against you right now? Are you struggling with family drama, or workplace relationships? Part of the reason you may be feeling trapped is the conflict in you, and surrounding you.
The Five of Wands depicts five people from different kingdoms competing with one another. None of them are getting what they want because they are focused on competing with one another. They are in a gridlock, and believe nothing can be achieved until this conflict is resolved.
You may be experiencing family drama right now, making it impossible to focus on anything else. Or, you and your partner could be arguing a lot right now, making your living situation particularly uncomfortable.
These conflicts you’re in could also be at your workplace. The people you work with are either competing with one another, or caught up in drama to the point nothing is getting done.
While these examples of external conflicts are a possibility, the Five of Wands can also be a sign you are fighting with yourself. You don’t know how to take the next step because you’re feeling pulled in different directions at the same time.
Alternatively, the Five of Wands can be a very positive card. If the competition is goodhearted, constructive, and moving you towards a solution, the Five of Wands can represent dynamic teamwork. However, considering The Hanged Man as your first card, it’s more likely this is the debilitating kind of conflict.
You are likely losing sight of the forest for the trees. Meaning, conflict is getting in the way of seeing the big picture. You become distracted by the tension and toxicity to the point you forget where you are going, or even why you’re arguing in the first place.
If you find yourself only wanting to be right, without taking consideration of the important goals you’ve set, it’s all the more important to take a step back, as recommended by The Hanged Man card.
You might ask yourself:
“What’s most important here? To be right, or to build a healthy relationship?”
“Do I need to be the winner in this situation? Or is there a way to support someone else who might have a better idea?”
In other words, the way to resolve this gridlock is to see the forest again – the big picture.
Your next card represents your confidence, social skills, and a powerful magnetism that can help you get back on track.
#3: The Queen of Wands | Rising Above The Drama
Are you ready to step into your courageous, confident, self? Are you willing to walk away from the drama, and help guide those around you in the right direction? Part of the reason you’re feeling stuck right now is your uncertainty, or unwillingness to commit to the next step.
The Queen of Wands is fiery, self assured, committed, and passionate. She has nothing to hide, and because of this, she radiates charisma and the courage to be herself.
This queen knows at her core she can take on whatever comes her way. It’s time for you to step into this energy.
However, you might be experiencing an addiction to drama. Rather than moving to higher ground, and taking on greater responsibility, you distract yourself with the conflicts in your life.
In order to bring more of The Queen of Wands energy into your life, it’s important for you to understand where this powerful queen gets her natural leadership skills.
The small black cat sitting at her feet symbolizes her shadow side – the parts of herself that have been either denied or undernourished by life circumstances.
The cat sits happily with the queen, which is a sign she has made peace with what she was once ashamed of, or frightened of, in the past.
No longer in denial of her shadows, or overcompensating for them, The Queen Of Wands becomes mysteriously magnetic, attractive, and influential.
As you begin owning your power, living as your fuller self, and aligning with your truth, the “shadow orphans” in your psyche will rise to the surface. It can’t be helped. The more you embody your true nature, and fill out your purpose, the less room there is for hiding.
Often these shadow parts are directly connected to the drama and conflict you experience in life. Just when things seem to be flowing smoothly, you might start to stir up, and distract yourself with drama.
But you’re ready to move on from these unnecessary distractions! Utilize The Hanged Man’s wisdom, and allow yourself to surrender to the time out you are experiencing.
Step back and witness the drama for what it is. Lay down your weapons for a little while, and perhaps you’ll begin to see the root of the obstacles in your life. At which point, a new way of moving forward will become available.
Who Are You Becoming?
When you find yourself in a Hanged Man situation, where nothing seems to be working, it’s a great time to question the motives and the stories you believe in.
Is it possible what you think you’re meant to do, or where you’re meant to be, or who you want to be with, isn’t entirely accurate? This isn’t to say you’re wrong, but is it possible these stories get in the way of a new way of experiencing life?
The Hanged Man is a potent, and sometimes uncomfortable, reminder that life moves at its own pace. You could be stifling your progress by not questioning your beliefs and actions. Use this pause to look at things from a different perspective.
Taking a breath, like in a yoga class, and surrendering to the moment, may give you insight into the conflict indicated by the Five of Wands. Relax, and take a look at what’s really going on around you.
Ultimately, you have a leader, peacemaker, and courageous heart, waiting to take the stage. The Queen of Wands emanates a magnetism and skillfulness available to you in this very moment.
Her advice is to stay away from the drama. Not by avoiding it, or blocking it out, but by noticing how silly drama can be, and choosing to engage in a different way.
Trust the process, remember to breathe, and I look forward to our next interaction.
And in service,
P.S. What drama do you find yourself getting sucked into? Are there conflicts in your life that get in the way of you making progress? Let me know in the comments below.
As a doctoral student in Somatic Studies, Jonathan Lionheart has always has a fascination with things that are beyond this world. This led Jonathan to the Tarot, which he quickly absorbed as his go-to method for getting direct insights from the Universe.