A key aspect of reading your own tarot is interpreting cards. For a beginner interpreting a single card can be fine, as there are plenty of resources to help you out, however interpreting two or more can be very tricky.
However, if you have been practising single card readings for a while a 2 card spread will be a great introduction into reading multiple cards.
As you’ve found this page, you’re probably wondering how to interpret the The Fool card and The Hanged Man card together in particular.
The The Fool card and The Hanged Man have unique qualities and will interact with each other in different ways depending on what kind of reading you are doing.
What does The Fool and The Hanged Man mean together?
The Fool tarot card means fresh hope and taking chances. It is a reminder to enjoy the journey and not to take things too seriously. The Hanged Man tarot card means wisdom and self sacrifice. It is a reminder to slow down and get a different perspective. These two tarot cards are a reminder that there is always room for change and growth.
The meaning of the cards will depend on what kind of reading you are doing and the question you asked the deck. This is a guide covering the general meanings of the cards and how they relate to each other.
Common 2-card spreads
Whilst it’s great to know who these two cards interact with each other, it’s important to note that the meaning will depend on the context of your spread
The most common 2 card spreads I recommend to newer readers are:
- The 2 card cross (otherwise known as “The Fool’s Journey”)
- The 2 card “Yes or No”
“The Fool’s Journey”
Setup: The two card cross is where you place two cards face up, one placed vertically and with one laying horizontally over
Interpretation: The 2 cards represent a “situation” and a “challenge”. The first card will describe the situation you are in with the second horizontal card being the “challenge” crossing you (literally crossing you in this case!)
Reading: Using the overviews in this guide is a great way to start. First, look at the meanings of the 2 cards, and see how they might relate either as your “situation” or “challenge”. Once you have that you can look at the general overview for how the two cards interact with each other.
The benefit of this spread is that it can give clarity when you’re feeling uncertain or anxious. Once you have clarity of thought, and a strong idea of what your challenge is you can find solutions to help your situation
The 2 card “Yes or No”
Setup: The 2 card “Yes or No” is where you place two cards face up side by side, whilst asking your deck a “yes or no” question.
Interpretation: Each card in a tarot deck has a “yes” or a “no” meaning. Look at the meanings of each card, and you will have your answer.
The benefit of this is you get a stronger yes or no compared to a single card draw. You may find you often get a mix of “yes or no”, and this is fine. It simply means there is doubt, or things are not yet clear.
Yes or No meaning
Things are a bit tricky for this combination, as The Fool and The Hanged Man mean different things. The cards are unsure about your question, or the answer to the question has not yet been decided.
The “Yes” and “No” meanings can differ from reader to reader. The meanings here are based on what I believe are the generally accepted definitions.
What does The Fool mean?
The Fool is the first card in the Tarot and represents new beginnings, hope, possibility and taking risks. In health, The Fool suggests that it is time to take a chance on a new approach or treatment. This may be something you have been considering for a while but were afraid to try. The Fool also suggests that now is the time to take care of your health and wellbeing. It is time to start that exercise regime, eat better and get more sleep. In finance, The Fool suggests that it is time to take a risk and invest in something new. This could be a new business venture or a new stock. It is also time to start saving for your future. In relationships, The Fool suggests that it is time to take a chance on love. This could be a new relationship or a new way of looking at an existing relationship. It is also time to let go of any relationships that are no longer serving you.
What does The Hanged Man mean?
The Hanged Man card usually signifies a time of waiting, contemplation and introspection. In terms of health, this may be a time to rest and recuperate, or to take stock of your current situation and consider making changes. It may also be a warning to watch out for any potential health problems that may be lurking. In terms of finances, The Hanged Man may indicate a period of financial difficulty or instability, but also a need to reassess your priorities and spending habits. Relationships wise, The Hanged Man can often signify a need for space and time apart, or a time of introspection to figure out what you really want from a relationship. It may also indicate that a relationship is going through a bit of a rough patch.
Understanding how the meaning of a reading changes once you start involving more than one card can be tricky. This will come with time and practice, however I hope this guide on what your cards might be telling you when you draw The Fool and The Hanged Man has helped you.