Metaphors, Regulars and Shorts

Metaphors for the Month: April 2012

By Suzanne Wagner

Dealing with drama.

Osho Zen Tarot: Moment to Moment, Ice-olation, Sorrow

Medicine Cards: Weasel, Hawk, Spider

Mayan Oracle: Cauac, Chichan, Unity

Ancient Egyptian Tarot: Seven of Cups, The Emperor, The Wheel of Fortune

Aleister Crowley Deck: The Empress, Love, Princess of Wands

Words of Truth: Intimacy, Family, Co-Dependent, Sacred Fun


April is a fiery flow of energetic shifts and emotional upheavals. The Mars retrograde of the past few months leaves on April 13, and we will feel things moving forward once again. Sometimes emotional baggage blocks us from seeing what is right in front of us. Only by releasing and experiencing our emotions can we allow our perception to focus on other things.

It takes lots of energy to hold down past emotional traumas, and this month we need all our energy for conscious, constructive forward movement.

Sometimes releasing emotion looks like a volcano erupting. When energy has been held back and denied expression, it can build up to explosive strength. It’s important to be responsible for what you express and to whom.

How you respond to others who are releasing their emotions makes the greatest difference. Sometimes people know they are lashing out at us, and other times they are so caught in their own drama and pain that they spew muck out to anyone around them. That is never pleasant to be around, but the issue is taking responsibility for our personal experience of the situation, that is, choosing how to respond rather than merely reacting. Often the wisest choice is to allow the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune pass around, rather than through, us.

Rarely is an explosive emotional reaction about the person to whom it seems directed. We might be the unknowing trigger, or we might be handing someone what we know is a piece of straw—but it is the one that breaks the camel’s back.

This month, we may feel moments of intense sorrow and in the next moment be able to see more clearly. From this newfound clarity, we can find ways to create more intimacy with those we love. We can let go of codependent neediness, and just choose to have fun in sacred and deep ways.

We can learn to create containers of energy for particular life patterns and circumstances. Containers are structures we need to address our wants, insecurities and boundaries. To move into uncharted territories, we need to know what we want and we need to feel safe to take the first step.

Of course, we do not always get what we want. But by expressing our truth, we begin to weave a safety net to catch us when we take the leap.

This article was originally published on March 30, 2012.