Here we have a definite link with RWS imagery, and probably one of the most recognisable in a deck if that makes sense.
We have a gentleman hanging upside down. He appears to be against a wall, his right leg bound by chains to a stone ledge above a stained glass window.
Either side of the window, running vertically are two pipes, and his wrists are bound to these pipes by a climing plant of sorts. They may look whispy but I am not underestimating how strong they will be. Just try and pull apart a climbing ivy stem and you will know what I mean. Makes me wonder though - has he been there so long the plants have had time to grow around his wrists, or were they there previously and used as his chains?
As with traditional imagery, his left leg is bent at the knee, so we have an inverted figure of '4'. (Symbol of security and safety). His clothing is an indication he has been hard at work, and has been perhaps in a role that works up a sweat. He is wearing victorian style shirt (sleeves rolled up), a waistcoat and trousers. His fingers are clenched over. I don't know why, but overall I get the feel that he happy with his lot, and if anything is quietly celebrating. If you turn the card around to reverse it, and wasn't aware he was actually suspended, you may understand where I am coming from.
The stained glass window does not tell us a great deal. There is a sense of a sun around his head, almost as an aura. Above the sun are 3 cogs, one of which is only just perceptable.
** If this card is associated with the issue of seeing things from a different perspective, how does he feel about what he is now perceiving? What makes you think this?
**Barbara indicates the rising of the feet over the head indicates a temporary over riding of the mind and analytical approach. How does that relate with the issue of being inverted?
**If we focus on the position of his legs in a reading, what does that tell us about a suggested approach to the issue we face?
** How much influence does the sun in the stain glass window have in our overall take on this image?
** How much longer does he have to wait there? I guess if we need the chains to grow over with the vine, it could be a while yet! He doesn't seem too bothered though so we should take heart from that if it appears in our reading.
I had never associated this card before with a traitor, but Barbara does make mention of this, particularly if it appears with associated cards (5 or 7 of swords)
I know there is often a link with sacrifice, but who is sacrificing who should this apply? Is it self sacrifice, or is it a case of someone hanging you out to dry? Either could apply, and has done on many occasion for me.