Caste in beeswax from an original carving I made, painted in oils and gold leaf, on black velvet. Framed in an antique metal, oval frame under convex glass.


The Hanged Man shows a man suspended from a T-shaped cross made of living wood (a yew tree) . He is hanging upside-down, viewing the world from a completely different perspective, and his facial expression is calm and serene, suggesting that he is in this hanging position by his own choice. He has a halo around his head, symbolising new insight, awareness and enlightenment. His right foot is bound to the tree, but his left foot remains free, bent at the knee and tucked in behind his right leg. His arms are bent, with hands held behind his back, forming an inverted triangle. The man is wearing red pants representing human passion and the physical body, and a blue vest for knowledge. The Hanged Man is the card of ultimate surrender, of being suspended in time and of martyrdom and sacrifice to the greater good.

The Hanged Man