Earth Wisdom Tarot Sacred Art

The Card Formerly Known as the Hanged Man

in Art, Gaian Tarot

It’s funny, isn’t it, to fall a little bit in love with a piece of artwork you’ve created?

That’s how I feel about my newest piece, the Hanged Man, which I have renamed The Tree.

I just love her, love her, love her. Now that’s a little embarrassing to say, but I do. And I’m not even quite sure why. I think it’s partly the colors. The blue and gold remind me of that luminescent quality of September here in the Northwest — the clear, deep blue skies and the golden big leaf maples.

I also love the juxtaposition of the figure’s serenity, grace and balance with the edginess of the off-kilter horizon line and her upside down body. I love the dreaminess of her torso dissolving into clouds.

This is truly one of those pieces where I feel that something other than my own creative vision came through. It’s more than what I planned — something more, and something deeper.

Why the name change? Just adding a little bit more mystery to an already mysterious card. There is almost always a “tree of life” in every Hanged Man card. And our figure here is in the yoga posture called vriksha-asana — the Tree.

Thoughtful, sparkling comments. . .

  • Karen Brighton Tue - Jun 22nd 2004 2:20 pm

    Joanna,
    This is a truly breathtaking card. It pulls me in and won’t let me go. This is a journey card that does not wait for one to enter the scene, it reaches out and captures the viewer with its depth and mystery. It’s haunting. Surely this is one of the best Hanged One’s I have ever seen. I’d say more, but I am nearly speechless, stunned by the power of this card.

  • Silverlotus Fri - Jun 25th 2004 7:25 am

    I fall more in love with your deck every time I see a new card. It has an amazing beachy feeling, without alienating those of us who don’t live near a beach. (Or rather, in my case, don’t live near a beautiful beach.) I am eagerly awaiting the next card.