The Hanged Man is ruled by Neptune, the planet of dreams, prophecy, fantasy, illusions, and the beauty by the sea. The Tarot card's element is water and is connected to the Zodiac sign, Pisces. The key words are sacrifice and reversal.
The crossbar denotes earthbound and completion. The green leaves on either end of the living wood, the situation is not dead, just inactive before growth. The Hanged Man is inverted upon the Tree of Life to which she is tied by a robe. The legs are crossed as an upside down number four to represent involvement in the material world.
Her hands behind the back which indicates involvement in the material world, and indicates a time to do nothing. The head is pointed toward the ground to show concern with Earth on a spiritual level.
The yellow glow that surrounds the head symbolizes knowledge, communication, and reasoning. The face is one of deep enchantment, not suffering. The blue shirt worn symbolizes one's intuition, peace, life, understanding and attainment. The red pants, one's desire, passion, action and vitality. The gray background says there's harmony in the balance of opposites.
The Hanged Man signifies that one needs to prepare to make some sort of sacrifice in their life to achieve something that is of great value.
Change comes in it's own time and cannot be rushed by personal ego or time lines. It is a moment of limbo which will presage, reverse or change. This is when one should not worry or try to shape the future to their liking by interfering in the present situation. Live for the moment and view the situation exactly as it is, let it be and allow events to develop.
The chief message of this card is to pause and release the struggle for instant gratification. This is not the time of action but contemplation is called for. The patterns of thought and the dissolution of former thoughts leads to growth. One's thoughts are to be the well-being of others. They are likely turned upside down as the spiritual descends on one's emotional level and allows a thought to incubate before acting on it. By doing so, one sacrifices their negative thought patterns. The pause in one's life, the suspended decisions, the surrender would lead to transformation of one's personality.
The voluntary sacrifice is for the greater good. There is gradual change in the direction of one's life. To evolve, the process of withdrawal is necessary. The sacrifice is everything. It leads one to their heart and soothes out difficulties for a better life. Humans are very adaptable and need a break to regenerate themselves.