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Metaphors for the Month

Overcome unproductive patterns.
by Suzanne Wagner

Osho Zen Tarot: New Vision, Totality, Letting Go
Medicine Cards: Blank Shield, Snake
Mayan Oracle: Harmonic Resonance, Eb
Ancient Egyptian Tarot: Ten of Swords, The Fool
Aleister Crowley Deck: The Hanged Man, Victory, Knight of Swords
Healing Earth Tarot: Seven of Shields, Grandmother of Shields, Woman of Wands
Words of Truth: Responsibility, Compe­tition, Psychological Assessment

We’ve made it through March, the month of the eclipses. Whew! Aren’t we glad that is over for a moment? However, as Yogi Berra famously said, “It’s not over till it’s over.”

The last half of April will probably move at a slower pace due to Mars going retrograde on the 17th. You will feel yourself growing more comfortable with a pace that allows for a real life rather than all that stress and rushing that is pressing you forward earlier in the month.

We are dealing with the second Mer­cury Retrograde in an earth sign (out of four) this year, running April 28 through May 22. This one attempts to ground us into daily routines that improve sleep and overall health. Don’t stress if you need more sleep than normal. Pay special attention to your dreams; they might be giving you some great insights, ideas and new ways to address your world.

The cards this month reflect the conflict and strong opinions that are waving around in your life and clearly will be reflected in the political drama still unfolding. There’s a strong sense of competition and a grappling with the perceptions and psychological understandings that are prompting a great sense of duty and responsibility. Sorting out truth from fiction and our illusions from the manipulations of the media, to finally come to a place of certainty, is a difficult challenge.

The patterns this month reflect that the majority of people are becoming aware and concerned that abundance has been only for the few and that the many are still suffering and struggling after years of penny-pinching and trying to pay the piper. That, in and of itself, is a real win. We have to be fed up with the present to change the future. I wish movement did not have to always follow discomfort but that is how this planet seems to work.

The question is whether, in our rush for change, we let snakes into that basket of fruit or if we are finally willing to look and deal with our own dark tendencies and allow the wisdom of those shadow parts to give us greater insight and awareness.

Just remember that when you don’t own your own dysfunctional parts, you will be attracted to people who will externally become those for you. It’s always better to deal with your internal selves before choosing short cuts and others whom we think can do the job for us. Life and karma are about taking responsibility for your choices and learning from them.

Keep an overview on all things and try to see how your choices have longterm consequences. You may or may not like the end result, regardless of how good it looks on the surface right now. You are going to feel fired up and passionate this month so let that express itself in the highest ways that serve others, not just yourself.

Suzanne Wagner is the author of numerous books and CDs on the tarot and creator of the Wild Women app. She now lives in California, but visits Utah for classes and readings frequently. SuzWagner.com