Metaphors for the Month: April 2008

Now we get to lighten up and have some fun!
by Suzanne Wagner
Arthurian Tarot: Six of Spears, Four of Spears
Mayan Oracle: Akbal, Universal Movement
Aleister Crowley: Luxury, Knight of Disks, Victory
Medicine Cards: Buffalo, Antelope
Osho Zen Tarot: Traveling, Ripeness, Playfulness
Healing Earth Tarot: Wise Old Woman, The Moon, The Sun
Ancient Egyptian Tarot: Prince of Disks, Princess of Cups
Words of Truth: Release, Sacrifice, Pain, Gratitude

As spring comes in we can reflect on the past winter months and breathe a sigh of relief. The harsh energy of the past months is warming into a much more prosperous and happy time. A more secure foundation is being laid for the future. All your diligence pays off; prosperity starts coming through in April.

In a way, this time feels like a milestone. Worrisome situations are stabilizing and resolving. Others around you will respond with more warmth and enthusiasm.

The cards reflect the vitality of the spring but also the sweetness that usually shows up in the fall. The joy this month is the release from all the seriousness that has been plaguing your mind and heart. You have an opportunity to see life less seriously. When you begin to see life as playful, the burden on your heart disappears.

Serious thinkers created all religions. In our society, serious men and women attempting to find structure in a chaotic world also created most of our laws and moral codes. This is not bad in itself. But what has it done to to the playful spirit within each of us?

This month, reclaim that playful spirit that still dwells within. Let go of the fear of death, of life, of everything that has been weighing you down. A lighthearted spirit teaches you to let go and fly. Even great teachers, prophets, and saints have childlike moments where joy and laughter radiates out from them unfettered and free.

We can become so attached to our personality and behavior that we begin to believe that our personality is who we really are. This allows the ego to control our environment and life. Unfortunately, that never feels completely fulfilling.

When you believe that your personality is you, you can get caught in its trap. Often taking yourself too seriously is the result. But if you look at your personality as a character through which you are playing out a game, this character that is merely one aspect of you, not your full and radiant self.

In playng out this character, you will begin to find freedom, movement and humor in your life.

Look at how you can share your inner riches with others. We tell ourselves that we are not yet ready, but what if we are always ready?

All we need to do is to relax into who we really are. When we relax, then the light and consciousness bursts forth from our innermost self like the sweet juice from ripe fruit. When we embrace ourselves, we embrace the new also. From an attitude of openness and acceptance, we uncover the readiness that we all hold inside. In truth, we are always ready. We are always ripe. 

Suzanne Wagner is the author of numerous books and CDs on the tarot. She lives in Salt Lake City.