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Many tasks and career paths such as those involving photoshop tend to involve letting go and actually being honest with oneself.

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Many tasks and career paths such as those involving photoshop tend to involve letting go and actually being honest with oneself. Unfortunately, this path is actually the one less travelled, as it involves considerably greater courage to actually allow oneself to let go.

Nowhere is this entrapment more obvious than in the Hanged Man card. Though illustrious in its own right, it has earned its place in Tarot decks partly due to its poignant imagery of a key aspect of human suffering. A lot of us tend to feel trapped by things we have no control of, or even worse, things that we have some agency over.

Similarly, those who might wish to take up courses or careers relating to graphic design and photoshop may feel overwhelmed or intimidated by the amount of training one might require. They may have an appreciation for the arts, but not so much the patience and time to commit to the heavy workload. There is also the worry of being underpaid or not having enough self-esteem to value oneself properly.

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In this regard, the reading itself tells you that you should try and overcome your weaknesses anyway. Here, whether or not you succeed isn’t what ultimately matters. You may indeed be caged by the very circumstance you are in, but if it is indeed what brings you happiness, then you will stay happy precisely because you have allowed yourself to stay true.

Obviously, however, this begs more questions than answers. To begin with, what is the reason behind a Hanged Man reading? And what could Photoshop possibly have anything to do with one’s personal fulfillment? Matters like these will be answered in due course, once the Hanged Man’s weight and meaning is fully comprehended.

The Hanged Man in a Nutshell

The Hanged Man seems to mirror the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. However, there are a few caveats. Unlike the latter, who was nailed on the cross, the Hanged Man is suspended by a rope on top of the tree. He hides his hands behind his back, but one’s inability to see the actual hands hints at an ambiguity. For all we know, he could be suspending himself willingly as an act of meditation.

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And indeed, this theory is reinforced by the sun directly behind his head. It is as though he has found serenity in this meditative form. Combined with the crossed legs, it hints at salvation and spiritual fulfillment rather than torture as Christ would have endured.

Awakening the Inner Photoshop Artist: The Hanged Man’s Truth

The ambiguity that one finds in the Hanged Man highlights exactly how mental traps work within people. In a way, they are indeed impediments, but sometimes, people don’t understand that they are traps they can do something about. It is easy, for example, to think of the frustrated artist who refuses to engage in painting simply because the world makes it too hard for them to harness their talents.

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Of course, they are wrong. But because they have fed themselves the narrative of the world being too much of a nuisance, they firmly avert their gaze from their passions. The Hanged Man naturally tells you to go past this and notice that your dreams are more achievable than you think. You just have to free yourself and find your inner peace.

If this inner peace means that you want to go out and paint or sing, then by all means go for it. You will suffer setbacks in the process, of course, as learning and getting your stride is honestly difficult enough as it is. However, as soon as you get the hang of it, you will certainly feel your results.

Of course, this is likewise true if you want to pursue a career in creative design and let yourself go on Photoshop. It doesn’t matter how old you are or how far it is from your actual career path. If you want to pursue it either to simply learn photoshop, or even a full-time career, you are well within your rights.

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Indeed, this is so, for the awakening of one’s artistic prowess is ultimately held back only by one’s own perspective of themselves.