|Thoth, Crowley & Harris|
I drew the Hanged Man. This is a weird Hanged Man. He hangs from an ankh, his foot coiled round by a snake. His other foot and two hands are pinned down by nails. He appears to be tacked onto a grid board of some kind, that's pretty strange. The ankh is upside down, emerging from a sun. Rays of green are emitted from the crown of his head, pointing toward another coiling snake. The card is made up of watery blues and greens.
One traditional interpretation of the Hanged Man is 'self-sacrifice for a greater good'. Or even just having a martyr syndrome. I've been learning a bit about Thelema and Crowley's philosophy, and to put it simply, he saw things as being divided into three eras or 'aeons': the Aeon of Isis, Aeon of Osiris, and Aeon of Horus. Isis was the time of goddess worship, The Great Mother; Osiris was the time of the 'dying-and-rising god,' such as Dionysus, Osiris, or Jesus. The Aeon of Horus is the era when we have moved beyond these to a time of self-realisation and self-actualisation.
In this card, we see the dying god of Osiris pinned to the watery (feminine) colours of Isis. These two eras are what have been 'sacrificed' -- because no sacrifice is required any longer. Crowley suggests that this card is a memorial to those two past Aeons.
The idea totally resonates with me today. The time of being a martyr is OVER. There is no need for me to feel feelings of self-sacrifice or martyrdom -- no need for me to feel that things are my fault and I must atone for them. Even things that could not possibly be my fault or have anything to do with me, which are things that I always take especially upon myself.
So while there's not much here about 'why' I feel this way, there's a clear message of what I can do about it. Actually, there is a message about the why: it's a behaviour and way of thinking based on an old paradigm of sin and atonement, and the old 'taking up your cross' thing, where you get the idea that if you're not suffering or tormented or 'enduring' in some way, you aren't being 'good'. Maybe that's why no matter what happens, some of us find a way to make it a personal burden and 'grief to bear'. From the twisted delusion that doing so somehow purifies us and makes us better. The card says, 'Say good-bye to all that. It's dead. It's done. It's all over. We don't need it no more.'
Whoever thought the Hanged Man could be a card of comfort. (I guess...maybe Crowley did.)
Affirmation: I am perfectly fine exactly as I am.