Doctor Strange / Stephen Strange
A pivotal figure in the Major Arcana, the Hanged Man has willingly stripped and suspended himself upside down; allowing his view of the world to alter completely. In this spiritual state, he relinquishes his ego and mind and experiences a timeless glimmer of clarity and enlightenment: his true nature. He merges with the Divine and acquires peace that comes from surrender and trust. The realizations that he has achieved here will stay with him forever and cannot be unlearned.
The time is finally here. It has been building for a while, but it’s really happening: the arrival and death of something significant. A spectral being assumes form and stares directly into your eyes. A cold silence descends as you stare back at her, knowing and accepting the inevitable. Though it seems imperceptible now, there will be new life. Things will be lost, sacrificed, and exposed, but you must embrace this purification from her fully, for a new future awaits you.
We often look at options from an either/or perspective, but Temperance invites us to consider that all things are possible, even when they appear to be at odds. Life is not static, and neither are our needs—they vary across a lifetime and across each situation. Through listening and awareness, she reveals what your soul truly needs, not just what your ego wants. It’s not as complicated as you make it. If you can put aside your perceptions and impatience aside, then you can create space for alchemy.
The forces in life that genuinely move us forward are not always black and white. They are complex and powered by fearsome and sometimes dangerous energy. The Devil is not about evil, but it represents the forces of desire, indulgence, and abandon—natural qualities that flow in both directions, resulting in either growth and freedom, or bondage and addiction. The solution is extreme honesty with yourself and an assessment of what is actually needed.
This figure in the Major Arcana who thinks of himself as an impenetrable Tower shall soon find himself crumbling swiftly beneath the weight of his hubris and ostentation. The Tower has grown ugly, complicated, and beyond utility; an insult to the balanced being that he once was. The change and unexpected devastation that he shall bring, though necessary, is often painful and his influence will be felt for a very long time.