Metaphors for the Month: August 2009

Here comes the storm.
by Suzanne Wagner

Arthurian Tarot: The Tower, Two of Cups

Mayan Oracle: Ben, Measure

Aleister Crowley: Queen of Disks, The Hierophant, the Universe

Medicine Cards: Squirrel, Bear

Osho Zen Tarot: Maturity, Breakthrough

Healing Earth Tarot: Three of Rainbows, The Star

Ancient Egyptian Tarot: Six of Disks, Ace of Disks, The Magician

Words of Truth: Money, Beauty, Exhaustion, Abuse

August brings a storm of disappointment, change, and the potential for transformation and breakthroughs. This does not bode well for the money markets or financial systems. The Tower card is always an indication of sudden change in fortune. Be advised to make cautious moves and protect what you have during this tumultuous change that will probably take us into the fall.

An upturn in the markets had everyone breathing a sign of relief. But now the pattern is again changing, and people question this rally. Between the global threats and tremendous instability in the Middle East we cannot let our guard down. Unheeded warnings might give us a false sense of security. But destructive tendencies are afoot that can cause anxiety and force us to look at the truth in our personal and economic situations.

I hope this pattern happens internally in each of us rather than externally, but I think we need to be prepared on all levels. Then you’ll be okay in the end. If you do not pay attention, life has a tendency to wake you up rather harshly.

The cards this month counsel to take one day at a time. Make constant adjustments to rapidly changing, unpredictable situations. Yet, hope is also there and if you do not get greedy, tremendous breakthroughs of consciousness and awareness are possible.

Guidance is very active right now and so heed the advice of those who love you and those who spontaneously show up to assist and help. Angels come in all forms. Listen to the messages that are repeating all around you. Pay attention to your dreams. Be like a squirrel and gather up your nuts, knowing you might need them later. Now is not the time to take outrageous risks. Watch your personal physical energy and make sure you are taking care of yourself.

Breakthroughs happen when we are finally tired enough of hearing our old self-defeating conversation or when we are tired of others telling us what is our truth.

There is a moment when you cannot stand the present situation any longer and you feel as if “enough is enough.” This month may feel compelled to do something-anything-even if it turns out wrong, just to throw off the old shackles and restrictions that have been limiting you.

When you finally decide to allow your truth to stand up, an amazing amount of energy is also freed up. This gives you a surge of life force that revitalizes your very being. You feel as if you are finally aligned with the flow of your life and your life’s purpose when you let go of beliefs and perspectives that have limited your understanding of self.

By confronting the aspects within that feel blocked, we are finally able to step into a place of mature wholeness. You are a constant expression of the patterns of spring. At any time you can blossom forth and your entire perception can become inclusive and accepting rather than judging and separating. The seasons are there to remind us that no matter how bad a particular winter of our life feels, inevitably there is a spring that breaks us out of our cycle of stagnation to a more expansive expression of who we are.

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