Urban Almanac

Metaphors for the Month

By Suzanne Wagner

Intuitive patterns for September 2016: Sometimes you just have to allow the flow of life to take you where it will.

Osho Zen Tarot: Sharing, Going with the Flow, The Dream
Medicine Cards: Whale, Coyote
Mayan Oracle: Realm Shift, Ik
Ancient Egyptian Tarot: The World, The Tower, Six of Swords
Aleister Crowley Deck: The Universe, The Empress, The Chariot
Healing Earth Tarot: Seven of Pipes, Justice, Five of Feathers
Words of Truth: Discrimination, Opportunity, Self Love

Learning to trust life more than your mind can be extremely difficult. But knowing everything is not possible and when you are in a state of change, nothing is predictable.

This month you may hear the lonely song of the whale calling you to another world, another time, another place. You long for connection. And yet you may experience deception and trickery instead.

Osho says, “We come alone into this world, we go alone. All togetherness is illusory. The very idea of togetherness arises because we are alone, and aloneness hurts.”

In every situation, learn to move on with your life. By dwelling in the place of past hurts, you become blocked and unable to see the shifts happening all around. The habit of reliving past emotional trauma is distracting and prevents you from being present and seeing the perfection in this moment.

It is through solitude that inner harmony is attained. This is because, outside, there is no “other”: There are only reflections of your inner archetypes angling for your attention.

Life can pass you by if you hold negative events of the past in greater esteem than your future. Not only will it make life very monotonous but it will also contribute to physical illness; the body can hold only so much before it begins to break down.

Take this moment to see how those lessons and upsets have made you change and question certain parameters of your life. Notice that it is through challenges that you grow. By accepting past hurts and learning from them, you allow yourself to become more compassionate and gain wisdom as you age.

Be careful of towers built on unstable foundations. Examine the stories you tell yourself. They form a fortress that may crumble to the ground if you’re unwilling to see the ego’s protection in the lies and illusions you’ve created to feel safe.

Pain is often the tool that pushes us to embark on new journeys. That does not mean that all journeys have the outcome you wish or want. September makes us have to travel through some difficult landscapes.

This is not a month to slow down and wait for a better moment that may never come. Keep going forward at all costs. Stopping is not advised. Unforeseen forces are at work in your life and a great wind is shifting you in ways that will help you integrate the polarities within yourself.

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

This article was originally published on September 1, 2016.