The Hanged Man Symbolism

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The Hanged Man is depicted upside down on a Tau-cross hanging from a noose by one foot. A golden disc is also typically shown behind the man's head. Here the Tau-cross represents the horns of the Taurus bull constellation, which was anciently located at the vernal (Sping) equinox. The noose is the ankh, symbolizing the "Ru" retrograde loop of feminine Venus lassoing the golden disc of the masculine Sun in the Spring.

In this way, Venus hangs the Sun on the cross, pulling him out of the Underworld or Sea (Mer) and across the sky in her golden chariot. As a symbol for celestial fertility, the cross or "stauros" (tau/ stake) was used along with entheogenic communion in the Vedic ascension ceremony to simulate ego death and spiritual resurrection into the afterlife. This cosmology and ritual then descended into various crucifixion stories about dying and resurrecting vegetation gods.

Another part of this story are the Two Thieves, who are crucified either side of the Hanged Man. According to Acharya Stichin in his book "Suns of God: Krishna, Buddha and Christ Unveiled," the Two Thieves are also an astrotheological symbol referring to the Zodiac constellations Sagittarius and Capricorn. Since the Hanged Man is on the cross between them, he would be born around the winter solstice of Dec. 21st.

Interestingly, the zodiacal angle between the Two Thieves is 270 degrees - a 4:3 "perfect fourth" proportion of the 360-degree zodiac. Since a perfect fourth is the inverse of a consonant perfect fifth, considered the founding principle of ancient musical scales, this may account for why the Hanged Man is depicted upside down.

The Hanged Man may also be identified with the constellation Orphiuchus, the serpent handler. Since Orphiuchus overlaps Sagittarius and Scorpio, "stepping" over the elliptic at a zodiacal angle of about 222 degrees, he represents a golden section or divine proportion in the zodiac. This "golden section" may account for why the Hanged Man is crossing his leg. He represents the Divine Proportion and Fibonacci spiral symbolized by the Orphiucus serpent (see link in comments).

So we find that the crucifixion story is not only an astrotheological reference to the resurrection of the Sun by Venus, but also descended from an ancient harmonic theory of the cosmos.