The Hanged Man is a complicated card. It is one of the twenty two cards of the Major Arcana. The Major Arcana are the twenty two cards of the Tarot which tell the journey of the soul through life. Each represents a life stage or situation or dynamic. The way that I understand the Hanged Man is to refer to the traditions of the Ancient Greeks. The Ancient Greeks believed that each person, each human had a separate spirit that guided them and watched over them as they progressed through life. This separate spirit was called a daimon. The daimon was something of a guardian and had its own personality and character different from that of the person it protected and watched over. The daimon could put demands on the person as well as protect them. For this reason sometimes the person would rebel against the daimon and its guidance. This is the exact situation with the Hanged Man. The card represents a situation or dynamic where the person in question wants to do for themselves and refuses outside help from the daimon. This usually represents a certain determination on the part of the individual. The individual can be very independent and willful, but at the same time may be denying a part of themselves which wants the protection and guidance of the daimon. The nature of the daimon and its relationship to the individual is to always have the individual’s best interest at heart. A higher form of spirit, its motivations are more true to purpose and success.