This is a complex and fascinating card. The Hanged Man is suspended from the gallows by one foot, while his other leg is cocked at a jaunty angle. Actually, I would say his whole pose is rather jaunty. And… is he smiling? At any rate he does not seem unhappy with his present situation. From his upside-down vantage point he sees the world from an entirely different perspective.
I love the paradoxical nature of this card. The Hanged Man tells us to surrender, to let go, to sacrifice yourself. To take one step back in order to take two steps forward. To stop struggling. To adopt a new perspective.
I enjoy the message of this card because I look on change with optimism, I like gaining new perspectives and I like being surprised.