All human wisdom is summed up in two words – wait and hope.
Alexandre Dumas Père
Well, well. Look who’s back again, after visiting us only week before last. The Hanged Man is not finished with us yet.
For the more traditional interpretation, I suggest you review what I wrote July 11.
But this week, I will offer a rather more current event-focused accounting (hot button warning).
Hung Up on Politics
After last week’s naked hatred, bombast, and fear-fest at the Presidential Convention for the U.S. Republican Party (which many old-time conservatives say they do not even recognize anymore), we move this week to the convention for the Democratic Presidential nominee.
And while (hopefully!) not as vicious or chaotic, it, too, promises drama and possibly bitterness. It has already triggered the long overdue (in my opinion) retirement of the party’s leader, Debbie Wasserman Schultz. She is finally being forced to step down after being caught directing a secret campaign to sabotage Hillary Clinton’s Democratic Party rival, Bernie Sanders, in the primary elections.
As head of the party, her position was supposed to be neutral, but leaked documents prove that she and her staff were rather nastily undermining the Sanders campaign at every opportunity.
Not only is this an infringement of the rules by which she was supposed to lead, it is a serious blow to the integrity of the election process itself, and reinforces the radical right’s narrative that government by the people is no longer viable, so we might as well have an all-powerful demagogue to fix things for us.
If, by “us,” you mean white men with anger problems.
Anyway, what does this all have to do with The Hanged Man?
What We Resist Persists
I see our card turning up in this pivotal week as a directive for us to make sacrifices that serve the greater good.
I believe that Hillary Clinton must candidly and whole-heartedly support the immediate exit of Wasserman Schulz, if she is to salvage her already fragile credibility in the public’s perception.
It may be a sacrifice for her friendship and her pride, but anything less smacks of collaboration. And as most martial arts practitioners could assure her, there is enormous power in strategic yielding. The Hanged Man depicts this with great clarity.
By the same token, Bernie Sanders and his supporters are going to have to sacrifice the dream of changing our country from the top down, if there is any hope at all of defeating the Trump machine.
To continue to fight only reinforces resistance and disunity. Perhaps, like The Hanged Man, if they will just turn their vision on its head, they will find more power and success by building a better future from the ground up.
If all concerned are willing to give ground, I am hopeful that new ideas and inspiration, like the golden halo of the figure in the card, will bring wisdom to the fractious divisions that could become our undoing. Profound commitment, even if it is uncomfortable, is our only hope if we are to hold back the extinction-level destruction we are drifting towards.
Meantime, In the Stars…
This week’s astrology features Uranus, planet of revolution, rebellion, and non-conformity, turning retrograde.
One of my brilliant astrologer friends, Diotima Mantineia writes:
When a planet slows down to turn retrograde or direct, we see outstanding events that encompass areas of life ruled by that planet. In the case of Uranus, this means more of the sudden and unexpected, which can mean breakthroughs or breakdowns, new discoveries, revolutions, demands for independence, happy accidents, and not-so-happy accidents.
The Democratic convention will be particularly affected by this, of course, since it occurs in the four days prior to Uranus’ station. We are already seeing sudden upsets, with the DNC chair being pulled off the speakers schedule and other upheavals due to the Wikileaks release of DNC emails. .
As Uranus turns retrograde on Friday, following Clinton’s scheduled acceptance speech Thursday night, this very Uranian (unprecedented, revolutionary) presidential campaign will break out of the gate in a big way.
The retrograde is the time of testing any insights, inspirations, and new ways of being that have cropped up in our lives in the past few months.
Where ever your life is changing, now is the time to take those new ways of doing things and test the pressure points, make adjustments, tweak Plan A or switch to Plan B.
Uranus also rules technology, so incidents involving technology (like the Wikileaks hack) will be very much in the news. We can expect more interruptions to business-as-usual in our personal lives as well as on the national stage.
Journeys into the unknown and unexplored may entice or frighten us. Dig down deep in your psyche and ask yourself what you are really scared of. If you are scared of something, first make sure it’s real, not the monsters that hid under your childhood bed.
The best way to handle a strong Uranus influence is to be flexible, willing to change, and willing to take considered risks. You may not be sure of the outcome, but if you are sure of your core values, then you can make decisions in the uncertainty of the moment that will steer change in the direction of personal and spiritual growth.
Be sure to keep up with some kind of grounding and centering practice this week!
And the ever-wise Elisabeth Grace agrees, adding even more resonance to the insights offered by this visit from The Hanged Man:
Planets at their station (that’s the technical term for a planet about to change direction) carry greater intensity.
We are sure to see a manifestation of this volatility in the headlines along any of these themes: accidents, seismic activity, aviation, rebellion, revolution or some other suddenly disruptive outburst of energy — including lightning bolts of truth. Please drive defensively.
When a planet is retrograde, the energy it represents is best expressed by turning inward, instead of outward. When direct, Uranus tends to rebel against the status quo set by others.
When retrograde, Uranus needs to set itself free from limits that are self-imposed. That is your subtle mission over the next few months — and if you have a planet or angle around 24 Aries, Cancer, Capricorn or Libra, you may feel the internal buzz more than most.
Waiting, holding steady, going within, and surrendering to the bigger truths, even if it takes us way out of our comfort zone – these are the challenging, but golden treasures of the Hanged Man.
Surrender to a Higher Power
This is a time for holding stillness, and building our inner resources for the changes ahead, because The Hanged Man is the card that prepares us for the next card in the journey of the Major Arcana – the card of endings and transformation: Death.
Do not be distracted by the increase in confusion, drama, and conflict.
Surrender what is unnecessary or unhealthful for your spirit. Breathe. Go deep within. Listen. Stay true, open, and clear.
Wait, trust, and hope, for the hand of the Divine is at work.