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This isn't one of my favourite cards in terms of artwork; I find it somewhat ugly, actually. Although I do love the symbolism of the bat-being. It seems like a completely natural representation of the Hanged Man concept.

For bats, being upside down isn't unusual. That's how they congregate in their caves, that's how they sleep. For them, the upside down perspective is normal. I think that what this card says is that being in the Hanged Man's position is normal, too. Looking at the world from his viewpoint isn't as contrary as one might think. It's natural, and therefore, nothing to be afraid of. It's not necessary to be the "upright" citizen all the time, and it's OK to look at things from a contrary point of view. And the fact that the being is half bat and half human makes it seem as though it's a natural part of being human, too.
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