the Daily Tarot Card
for July 20, 2019
How to interpret the Daily Tarot
This tarot card gives insight into the forces, people, events or spiritual states that will have significance today. The relevance of this particular tarot card may reference a general trend for the entire day, or a news event or something specific which occurs at some point within a 24 hour period.
NOTE: All tarot cards selected for Tarot of the Day are always in the upright position and do not use inverted positions. Need an inverted meaning? Check our complete tarot reference.
Tarot Quick Info
Extended Tarot Interpretation
The Meaning of "The Hanged Man" Tarot Card
The Symbolism of the Tarot Card:
A man hangs upside down on a gallows, attached only by his ankle. The gallows forms a Tau cross. This cross is a very old symbol of the god Tammuz, a Sumerian solar deity whose death and rebirth was celebrated every year at a festival in his honor. It represents a symbolic death. A glowing light surrounds his head. The cord looks loose enough that he could slip out if he wished too, and his hands are behind his back so we can't see whether or not they are bound. The wood that the man is hanging himself on is living, also there is no expression of suffering, only deep entrancement.The Meaning of the Tarot Card:
Like any of the world's great spiritual figures that gave sacrifices of themselves to give back to mankind, the Hanged Man is about sacrifice. Death in life, and life in death. The man on the tree has consciously chosen to put himself in this sacrificial position - he had to commit the act of stringing himself up there alone. The calm and peace present in this card teach us that great peace is possible through sacrifice and the consequent self-awareness that it can bring. The crossed legs of the figure in the card form an upside down "4". The number symbolizes the material plane. The figure in the card has literally turned the world upside down through his actions. As with the Fool, the figure in the card has done something that society would severely warn him off of doing, and by doing so has made life better not just for himself, but arguably through the symbolism the entire world. It may also mean suffering, and the punishment of Justice. Even if the figure in the card has tried to help mankind, he must now suffer for them in order for his contribution to have any real value. It can symbolize a strong sense of independence. The need to be who they are despite what other people are barking at them to do or not do. They may have taken some unusual actions recently that make no sense to nobody but them, but these actions will ultimately bring them to the right place.
NOTE: The Tarot of the Day card is intended to be read in a general sense and is not meant to address any specific questions. You can think of this card as representing a universal or widely-shared event. A daily tarot card is not the same as a card pulled individually as part of a personal reading.
So what is a daily tarot card?
We sometimes get asked "what the point" of the Daily Tarot is. After all, with our ever popular ZodiacTarot tarotscopes which are far more specific to each individual's zodiac sign, what's the less-specific "daily tarot card" for anyway?
The short answer is: We all live in the same universe. Not 12 different universes. iFate has dozens of other oracles, divination systems, horoscopes and tools for expanding personal insight. All of these tools offer unique and specific guidance. The daily tarot card isn't one of them.
The point of the daily tarot card is to unify our experience around just one important facet of foresight. It's not an Aries, Libra or Capricorn "thing". It's a humans thing. From that perspective, the daily tarot should not be taken as 'personal' guidance per se -- but as a blunt tool for understanding (or predicting) something more general.
A daily tarot card might represent:
- A more general trend.
- A large event.
- An important announcement.
- The significance of some high profile person.
What to look for in a daily tarot card
We would never suggest a 'right way' or a 'wrong way' to interpret the daily tarot card, but we do pay attention to what the cards are telling us:
When minor arcana cards appear in the daily tarot, we look for the message in more mundane, ordinary things. When major arcana cards appear in the daily tarot, they tend to speak to large, "macro" forces at work in our lives or on the world stage.
Likewise, when court cards (Pages, Knights, Queens and Kings) appear in the daily tarot, we look for the significance of a corresponding person in our day.
Needless to say, the Tarot of the Day doesn't replace more direct, user-specific readings. But since we've been pulling daily tarot cards on iFate.com since late 2007, we've always felt they add a framework for every day -- a theme which more often than not becomes apparent as our day progresses. We hope you agree.
If you have any questions about our daily tarot cards or any other iFate feature, please don't hesitate to use the "contact us" link in the footer.
A daily tarot card for your horoscope sign
iFate also draws daily tarot cards for every horoscope sign. Select your sign from the list below to see which tarot card applies to you today.
Unlike the daily tarot card, which sets a more general theme for the day, these tarot cards meld astrology with tarot and seek a shared influence for each zodiac sun-sign.
Choose your zodiac sign: