Soundtrack Through The Arcana - The Hanged Man


This is now the 13th installment in this series and today we're tackling the ever suspended Hanged Man. While this card often depicts themes of stasis, restriction and delay, I've selected a track that I feel captures the visual and literal feel of the card - a moment of pause where possible death looms. It is in this moment you have the choice to see a situation from another perspective. Perhaps this perspective is forced by your position (being upside down), or having to face something difficult - a transition or deep change.

Death follows the Hanged Man in tarot and so their connection is undeniable. Whether it's actual death or simply the marked end of something, The Hanged Man is a moment of stillness before we embark on that next leg of the journey. What we see, feel, or think in that space is what I see reflected in this track, which is why I've selected it for this spot.


The Hanged Man
Song: Staring At The Sun
Artist: TV On The Radio
Album: Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes

I am the conscience clear
In pain or ecstacy
And we’re all weaned my dear
Upon the same fatigue
You’re staring at the sun
You’re standing in the sea
Your mouth is open wide
You’re trying hard to breath
The water’s at your neck
There’s lightning in your teeth
Your body’s over me
We’re staring at the sun
Oh my own voice
Cannot save me now
Standing in the sea
One more breath
And then
I’ll go down

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