Metaphors for the Month: August 2008

By Suzanne Wagner

Let go of the past and open to new beginnings.
by Suzanne Wagner
Arthurian Tarot: In Ector’s Keeping
Mayan Oracle: Mystical Power, Hologram
Aleister Crowley: Strength, Princess of Disks, Science
Medicine Cards: Spider, Mouse
Osho Zen Tarot: Harmony, Flowering, Clinging to the Past
Healing Earth Tarot: Justice, Seven Of Wands
Ancient Egyptian Tarot: Wheel of Fortune, The High Priestess
Words of Truth: Commitment, Reclamation, Core Movement, Freedom

Webs of political intrigue surface in the heat of August, but there is a way through if you hold true to what is most dear and precious to you. We will all feel as if we are standing between the past and the future. The personal and economic decisions made at this moment affect the coming months in huge ways. Change is coming. So clarity and specificity about what you want to manifest are important.

As a nation, we may feel nostalgic about past patterns that we wish to experience again. But life changes permanently, regardless of how hard we want to cling to the past. How happy we feel in this moment will be related to how kind we have been previously to those we love and others in our lives. We can use difficult situations to practice unkinking old patterns of body and mind. When we are most triggered, we have incredible opportunities to open our hearts and send love into areas that have consistently caused pain or upset.

This is difficult; it takes discipline not to fall into old habits of the personality when we recognize moments of tremendous growth. In recognizing these moments and choosing some other way of behaving, we begin to unwind the negative patterns that cause suffering.

Some of us may find we need to let go of unhealthy attachments that do not allow the free flow of change to manifest as fully as we might like. In these moments, we may find  ourselves facing old insecurities that surface because past patterns and people no longer serve the emergence of new patterns we wish to create.

That is okay. As we grow and evolve, our friends and support people will change or grow with us. But we cannot make others do what we want. Each person shifts and opens in their own perfect time.

This month, let the past go. Don’t get me wrong; the past was great! But we can’t let ourselves miss how marvelous the new pattern might be by clinging to feelings and people from the past. Love them all. Appreciate them all. And allow your heart to expand and open so others can also connect to your light and gifts.

As you create the web of reality around this new segment of your life, pay attention to details, but not so much that you chew to pieces the thing you are creating.

You are attempting to find ways to merge your mystical intuitive powers and perceptions with your rational mental perspectives. They can work together. Some things should not and cannot be rationally explained by the mind, but they work nonetheless. Within each realm, different rules of reality and perception apply. All are valid, and all can help you expand beyond what you know and beyond blind faith. But you must be aware that you are more than just your mental constructs and beliefs. You are more than a bunch of magical dreams and thoughts. When you do not limit your experiences to what you want to be true and what you want to prove is correct in your reality, then something tremendous can happen. You begin to understand that you are a vast and varied multidimensional being that needs, wants, and desires all levels of experience to find wholeness.

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

This article was originally published on August 1, 2008.