Whenever I throw the Hanged Man-key 12 of the Thoth Deck Tarot during a reading, I get the explanations of Self sacrifice and Altruism from both beginning students and more experienced readers who should know better!
First of all Altruism, is not "its better to teach a man to fish than give him one." . It is the reverse, Altruism believes that its better to give a person your fish dinner than eat it yourself! "Oh look at my goodness, as I starve to feed others!"There is a trench word for this , BULL- HOCKEY!
No one person on this earth is better than YOU! This means that if you can learn to feed, cloth, shelter, yourself and meet all your needs.....so can they! To rob a person of their power to learn......is a total horror of believing in superiority!
Most of us know that wisdom comes from correcting your own errors! No Wisdom comes from having someone-else correct them-----for then you wouldn't have the experience that is the mechanism of Wisdom!
My great Wise Master of Tibetan Tantra taught me what True Love is all about and He did it to a crying, blubbering twelve year old who couldn't seem to comprehend his studies. I cried and begged for answers because I seemed unable to achieve the understanding necessary for comprehension and when I finally exhausted myself into soft sniffles, he said to me," If you wish to speak to me, you must stand, for I'll not kneel to your weakness." Now that is Love! He knew that I to am spirit and I come fully endowed with all the Strength and Power of The Universal Will-To= Be! We are all God Imagining Itself and as such, we have the power to change the very quanta of the Universe just by observation and I am not speaking of just Eisenstein or Nicola Tesla, but also of the beggar on the Street, and you and me!
First and foremost, You are the Life of your body; the body is alive, but not Life itself! You are both the Transmitter and the Transmitted....every Qabalist worth his studies knows this! If your body is not well fed,well sheltered, well clothed, so that its needs are met, then you who are the Breath of the Body; The Spirit, are a poor parent to the only child whose livelihood depends on you! I am not saying you should take more than you need, that is a mental illness. Rather, I am saying a happy body is a body loved by the conscious that owns it! I can only turn wealth into prosperity by spreading it around, I can only share happiness, when I am happy! I can't give love if I don't have love as a life motion called the "Alive"! Take care of your body, it is your Presence on Earth! Then, when you have fulfilled the Bodies needs, help others fulfill theirs! "Do unto another as you would have done unto you>" , means treat others as well as you treat yourself!
By no way is this Socialism or any other "ism", this is Universal Connectivity! For those who don't know physics, let me make this simple; when an electron is moved out of an atom and is any distance away---even infinitely, when you move the distant electron, the other "stay at home" in the atom electron, moves exactly the same way! The concept of separatism is a complete illusion to the Collective Unconscious of this Universe. We are all connected, we all belong to each other----------------In Oneness their is no superiority!
So the hanged man, usually means, involuntary sacrifice such as when the Soul knows that the man-made personality must be sacrificed, so the Greater Persona may operate the body. We must sacrifice our own self-definitions to the Divine Self,i.e. Inner Self. Altruism is for those who need to feel superior to others"because the poor dears are incapable......." Suggesting that you have superior capabilities. Like some have accused me of having because I can read auras, see chakras, and read the Tarot. With diligent work, unflinching desire, and motivation, anyone can have these abilities. They are just the "I" sight of other dimensions of electromagnetic energy conscious. All of us have this inheritance....but not many of us have the "balls" to claim it! For to do so you must face God (Goddess) and Stand "I" to "I", and speak to your Father as an equal, for He will not kneel to your weakness!
Thank you for your interest and comments. May you live long and prosper!