The Hanged Man can be seen as a time when we ask for transformation, purposefully putting ourselves into a situation where we must surrender to the circumstances so that we can gain an entirely new perspective. The Hanged Man has hung himself upside down in an attempt to break out of old ways of thinking that are no longer useful. Forced to reexamine his reality, he can choose to be stuck or to begin to see another way of being.
Key words: Capitulation/ Surrender/ Victimization or the falling away of the ego
Connie Butler Baffled: The Hanged Man
I chose the name Baffled for the Hanged Man because the image represents the old sentence meted out to traitors who were hung upside down publicly. As a child, growing up during WWII, I watched the movie newsreel of Mussolini and his mistress being hung upside down and beaten to death by the mob. That ferocity of collective rage left a deep impression on me of shame and fear, of bafflement. Later I came to understand that we risk being baffled if we ignore our dark side, our hang ups of power, ego trips and taking the easy road. We risk collective baffling if we fear the unknown, risk our hard earned security and cannot wait for guidance from within. I realized if we baffle our own individuality, we sacrifice our priceless soul’s journey.
But my baffled woman has an enigmatic smile on her face. Balanced delicately in a cosmic dance, she is listening carefully to the inner music of her soul. Hidden behind her is the glyph for the inexorable Pluto, Lord Hades. “Better to master your dance and not fear death,” whispers Pluto.
My woodblock image is colored in with ink pens. I thought it would be simple to do, silly me. I struggled to capture the image and it has still left me - Baffled.
So, here is a work in progress, as is my life.
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