Our next Tarot Tuesday card is card XII of the Major Arcana, The Hanged Man.

The Hanged Man: “A period of transition, Gaining for a sacrifice, Suspending, Restricting, Discontinued

Our highlighted site this week came into prominence in the media during the mid-1980’s, due to a find made on the site.

The site in question is not scheduled, it is not even a monument in the true sense of the world. It’s a bog.

Lindow Moss in Wilmslow, Cheshire is where the “body in the bog”, Lindow Man ‘Pete Marsh’ was found in 1984.

Photograph by Mike Peel via Wikipedia

All change is a small kind of death, as the old must die to create the new, and it may simply indicate upheaval or change in your future (…) The other interpretation is one of sacrifice, although whether this sacrifice is small or great may not be easily interpreted. 1

As many readers will know, Lindow Man (or more properly ‘Lindow II’2, as a woman’s body was retrieved from the same area in the previous year) was found to have been killed in a particularly grotesque way. His head and neck both displayed heavy blunt instrument trauma, either of which may have killed him, and a possible (Restricting) garotte was found around his neck. It is possible that the killing was ritualistic in nature (Gaining for a sacrifice) which fits neatly with the card interpretation.

1: See Trusted Tarot

2: An article describing the discovery of the bog body can be viewed on JSTOR

Which heritage site would you associate with this card?

Previous articles in this series can be found here.