Metaphors, Regulars and Shorts

Metaphors for the Month: April 2011

By Suzanne Wagner

Osho Zen Tarot: Consciousness, Mind, Harmony
Medicine Cards: Mountain Lion, Turkey
Mayan Oracle: Cauac, Rhythm, Language of Light
Ancient Egyptian Tarot: Four of Swords, Ace of Swords, Six of Disks
Aleister Crowley Deck: Oppression, Worry, Queen of Swords

Batten down the hatches and get ready for a big blow. The stellium (a cluster of stars) in Aries is upon us from mid-April till mid-May. If you thought the volatility index was challenging in March, just wait for the next month and a half. Five planets are going to be in Aries, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Uranus with the Sun also part-time in Aries. This, mixed with the Grand Cardinal Cross, is going to bump and grind us over the next two to three years.

Please note that the summer of 2012 will probably be the most intense time. So take a deep breath and know that we are going to continue to see major changes, socially, politically and economically. Corrupt situations and oppressive regimes will be broken down by the new energy of rising resistance and the deep desire for personal freedom. If you are feeling divided in your life and dissatisfied with present circumstances, this is the time for radical change. Sweeping and sometimes shocking changes occur so quickly that you will be stunned and surprised. During such times of intense shifting it is important to align with the natural laws and hold tight to any grounding cord that will allow for some minor illusion of stability in this tsunami of change. Find a place of courage, wisdom and grace. When the rip current of life strips you of all your most cherished illusions, if you are lucky you will find the stability in the courage, wisdom and grace of your deepest and most conscious self.

For the first four months of this year the aspects of Jupiter and Uranus in Aries give a youthful surge of passions, enthusiasm and eagerness to grab new ideas as they show up. It gives everyone a feeling of confidence and a belief in the fact that you are right. You may do new things in a bold, sometimes foolhardy way. The enthusiasm and energy of these aspects is inspirational and exciting. But in reality the rebellious child within has taken center stage. This is a moment when all hell can break loose if you are not careful. Life is about choices and those choices have consequences. Not from the old mindset of “You made your bed, now you can lie in it,” but from the standpoint that each action you take moves your entire life in new directions. Select your words carefully. Examine your choices as calmly as you can under these intense energies.

The heat is on and the stakes are very high. You can feel the sense of unrest in your core. You want to get rid of the sterile, safe existence you have been living and you want to have something mean something.  The tension, frustration and feeling of a stalemate will become more pronounced in early April. But with this youthful exuberance and rebellion also comes a nativity and a tendency to believe a new rhetoric, which promises salvation, new governments and the end of suffering. Just remember that those who speak may not be able to completely fulfill that promise. During times of intense shifting it is important to stay aligned with the natural laws and hold tight to any grounding cord you can find that will allow for some minor illusion of stability in this tsunami of change.

This Aries-fueled time will create the emergence of new leaders, knee-jerk reactions, and the desire for people to experience their own passions. Any con- tracts or agreements reached may be tense, uneasy and fraught with misunderstandings and miscommunications. The end of the month gives some relief. In May the energies will change and allow a new balance between action and reflection. In May we will finally feel as if we have actually learned something. Personally I feel these changes are going to be very exciting to be a part of. It is a real gift to witness and participate in a life of extraordinary times. Find the grace within the deepest place of your soul and allow this wave of change to shift your reality into a place of aliveness


Suzanne Wagner is the author of numerous books and CDs on the tarot.
Editor’s note: This article was written before the Japan earthquake, tsunami and nuclear power plant disaster.

This article was originally published on March 31, 2011.