Earlier I wrote:
> Someone is bound to correct me because I haven't studied the tarot but
> the hanged man in the tarot is often shown as a **YOUNG** man hanging
> by one leg.
I've been able to free up a bit more time and found the following on a
web page that shows pictures from the Rider Waite Tarot deck. This
says that maybe I was wrong (or maybe it means that I was right?)
THE HANGED MAN: When discussing this card, most authorities cite the
legend of Odin, the lord of the Norse Gods, who hung upside down from
the Ash tree for nine days and nine nights in order to gain the wisdom
of the dead. To these authorities this cards represents attainment
through sacrifice. Often overlooked by most commentators is the fact
that in Northern Italy, from whence the Tarot as we know it
originates, traitors were punished by hanging them by one leg from a
tree. In this sense it is thought to be the card of Judas Iscariot,
and the client should beware of the betrayal of confidences. The
safest mainstream interpretation of this card would be to advise
patience and caution in all affairs to the client. In many ways this
card suggests bondage to Fate and Destiny.
Searching out information on the Tarot deck! What would Eliot say?