31mar22 || the hanged man/

©2022 Michael Raven

withdraw
& surrender
to blossomfall
s w a y
in brisk breeze
& remain

trueblood
below
sustains
sacrifices made

The gallows from which he is suspended forms a Tau cross, while the figure—from the position of the legs—forms a fylfot cross. There is a nimbus about the head of the seeming martyr. It should be noted (1) that the tree of sacrifice is living wood, with leaves thereon; (2) that the face expresses deep entrancement, not suffering; (3) that the figure, as a whole, suggests life in suspension, but life and not death. […] I will say very simply on my own part that it expresses the relation, in one of its aspects, between the Divine and the Universe.

The Pictorial Key to the Tarot, A. E. Waite

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