Suspension, waiting, letting go of urgency, sacrifice. This card, when upright, can represent a need to pause, postpone decisions and take a moment to reflect. Hold off on taking action, and you may find new possibilities and outcomes present themselves. Consider your priorities, recognize that you may need to sacrifice and let go of one thing for the greater good of another.
However, when presented upside-down, The Hanged Man can bring to attention your feeling trapped, stalled, incapable of making a decision. You may feel that you are sacrificing for very little in return. You have put your needs on hold, or alternatively have only considered your needs and rushed ahead, without consideration or patience for those who may have been trying to collaborate with you.