Metaphors for the month

By Suzanne Wagner

All indications point to a year that will feel like Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, So buckle up, Buttercups, and hang on.

Osho Zen Tarot: Friendli­ness, Awareness, The Creator

Medicine Cards: Dog, Rabbit, Buffalo

Mayan Oracle: Complex Stability, Shadow, Greater Cycles

Ancient Egyptian Tarot: 10 of Swords, Death, Strength

Aleister Crowley Deck: Peace, Knight of Disks, The Priestess

Healing Earth Tarot: Shaman, Grandmother of Pipes, Grandfather of Shields

Words of Truth: Intention, Core Movement, Individuation, Safety, Incompletion

Numerologically speaking (2019 is a “3”), the intensity of this year is obvious. It also comes with a dose of deep insecurity and self-doubt. Look to what is happening in your life to get a closer understanding of what you’ve been dealing with (or avoiding). You may not be able to shut yourself off from difficult moments. But don’t fixate on that. This is a year where shadowy circumstances are fully illuminated. When you can see what’s lurking where you didn’t want to look, you can entertain a new way to view situations and solutions.

This is a bold year and things are changing rapidly. Know that regardless of how prepared you think you are, you aren’t. Rather than beat yourself up for not seeing something coming, be willing to respond, spontaneously and authentically, in the moment.

In Chinese astrology, we are entering the year of the Female Earth Pig—a sign connected to farmland and flooding. With all the weather changes, one might expect flooding, storms and tornados. And hurricanes—big ones. Bigger than anything we have ever seen. The weather is definitely going to be telling us how Mother Earth feels about our choices and past patterns. Doing some kind of ritual or ceremony for the Earth this month is a very good idea. It’s also time to pay attention to our farmland: Besides being a source of nutrition, it is also capable of playing a major role in reversing climate change through carbon sequestration.

Western astrology continues to dig us deeper  into a hole on many levels. The consequences may feel uncomfortable. Keep a calm head and know who you are. That sounds easy, but it is difficult when things start breaking down. The old world is no longer applicable to this time in which we find ourselves and those who resist change will find they are on the wrong side of history and consciousness.

Saturn in Capricorn (it moved there in December 2018 and will remain there for three years) forces us to take full responsibility for our actions. Become familiar with contrition and acceptance.

Pluto in Capricorn (2008-2024) reveals to us our karmic debt. Take a good look at your life. What’s happening is because of your karmic journey to awakening. Even bad things show you the truth if you are willing to surrender up your old ways and beliefs. Change is hard for everyone and this year perhaps more so than others. But when you know deep down that you decided to come to this planet at this time to help co-create a new world, then all the choices seem to be perfect.

From loss, you can find compassion. On your knees in failure, you can find your magic. The opportunity to make mistakes allows us to discover the great depth of emotional expression that this life offers.

The cards indicate that the veil of illusion is burning away—at times peacefully and at other times aggressively.

The main concern I have with the cards for this upcoming year is the 10 of Swords, which indicates that there are robbers in the treasury and that there will be huge financial losses this year for many. Protect what you have and work hard at your jobs; you want to be indispensable. There is also the Death card, predicting that many things will have to be released. That is why you must source from your own center.

Connecting to those you love regardless of another’s choices, words, and actions will be tested. You may feel like a dog that loves its human even when the human’s actions are unworthy of love. But nature shows us again and again it’s about acceptance and forgiveness. Animals teach us that.

The forces being unleashed may try to take your confidence completely down. Don’t let it.

The Rabbit shows that some of you might freeze in fear, while others want to run for their life and hide in a hole. Do not let fear control your actions. In fact, you can harness the energy of fear and become highly productive if you want.

The Buffalo reminds us that something sacred is happening in the world. Great change demands greatness within your heart. It requires you to put fear aside and move into the sacredness of the moment.

My suggestion for this month is to offer many prayers, blessings, and meditations to set your core center to the highest vibration possible.

Set your intention for this year. Choose to stay awake and support the safety and security of others. Give where you can. Others will need your smile and heart.

Visit here for Suzanne’s Astrological Predictions for 2019. Gird your loins; it looks like a challenging year!

This article was originally published on December 31, 2018.