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Surrealist
Surrealist Tarot
Diary
Diary of a Broken Soul
     
bifrost
bifrost Tarot
Langustl
Langustl Tarot
Rider-Waite
Rider-Waite

 

 

The Hanged Man is one of the cards in the deck whose symbolism remains the same for each tarot deck on Tarotsmith. The old Hanged Man from the Rider-Waite and Thoth decks show the same basic concept. Most tarot decks have been inspired by them, so most decks don’t stray too far from the standard concept, a man hanging upside down, not crucified but a self-imposed period of meditation as the blood rushes through his head.

 

It’s amazing how Langustl managed to avoid painting a human figure even on the Hanged Man card. The man seems to be hanging in a hole which is also an eye and somehow is also the sun on the other side of the planet. But the point is the same; self-sacrifice, paused time, meditation, and enlightenment.

 


 

The most notable difference of this set is bifrost. It may not mean much (or it may), but his legs form the figure 4. All the other decks show the inverted 4 shape. bifrost references the ankh, doing so with a combination of the cross and the sun to form the symbol of eternal life. 

 

Diary of a Broken Soul has a spider man hanging from his web. Like the Norn wading in a gooey swamp, the strange substance seems to be alive itself, energized like a pool of Barbelo.

 

In the Surrealist Tarot we have to wonder if the figure with his head dunked in the pool even has a head. Like the Norn wading in a gooey swamp, the strange substance seems to be alive itself, energized like a pool of Barbelo.