Metaphors for the Month: August 2011

By Suzanne Wagner

Expect opportunities to leap beyond reality as we know it.

Osho Zen Tarot: Postponement, The Miser, Exhaustion
Medicine Cards: Beaver, Antelope
Mayan Oracle: Chuen, Universal Movement
Ancient Egyptian Tarot: Nine of Cups, Eight of Wands, The Star
Aleister Crowley Deck: Knight of Cups, Ace of Cups, Four of Swords
Words of Truth: Quantum Leap, Love, Competition, Fantasy Bond

Yes, we live in a schizophrenic world.

The month of August creates opportunities to leap beyond reality as we know it. At the same time, there is a sense of continuous delay in daily patterns that need further unraveling. This is the feeling created by the oppositional forces of the astrological Cardinal Cross, as it runs over us once again.

Some of you are asking, “When is this going to stop?” Honestly, I am beginning to wonder that myself.

This constant pushing and pulling of energies in daily life seems to bring up one more thing, then another, then another. You may feel as if it will never end. You may feel as if the universe is nickel and diming you to death. Just when you think that you are on level ground financially, another financial emergency pops up.

When I feel psychically into the unfolding pattern, I have to say we are going to feel pummeled by the waves of change until 2015. But I think we will get the hang of it at a certain point. I like to think of navigating this time as me being a seal pup learning how to flow with the waves. The pup has to learn how to relax with each larger wave until he or she is completely one with the force and intensity of emotional change. A seal pup does not see the waves as a problem. It just is what it is. That is what I try to think of when I feel into this time. It is just another wave coming and going in our life. We might as well relax. Resistance will only get you pounded into the sand at the bottom of the ocean.

This month, the cards are full of waves, making us more aware by pounding us repeatedly into the sand until we start to pay attention to our surroundings. Eventually, we learn (just like seals) to be aware of the water and waves, the constantly changing circumstances of life, and flow with them.

August is a time to take action—to look at the situations that are exhausting you and choose another pathway. The warmth of the August sun gives us hope and the desire to find a direction that allows more fulfillment and joy.

At the beginning of the month, it will be easier to feel more grounded and stable internally and externally. We’ll feel a small break in the intense energies, but it will only be a small one. The planets are always moving, and change is the name of the game at the moment.

Uranus and Pluto are squaring, and those two powerful agents of change are going to aggravate and evolve us whether we like it or not. Anything stagnating or needing reorganization is going to be transformed.

But other planetary aspects finally allow us a much-needed close introspection. Recently, we may have needed to take an honest look inward, but the energies were too emotional to have clarity. Now the door is open to a new level of understanding. We can finally look inward and allow a more sensible side of us to make practical life choices.

Spiritual knowledge is one thing, but knowing how to apply it in daily life is quite another. This month offers a doorway to practical solutions to the challenges facing us. We have the objectivity, internal calmness and clarity to finally feel those shifts are possible. Something internal has settled that will allow us to relax with our choices because we know for certain they are correct.

So enjoy this month. Take action. Find the pathway to your own inner clarity with each choice. Feel the movement within that allows a feeling of grounded understanding and acceptance. Give the seeds of hope some water and light and see what might begin to grow.

Suzanne Wagner is the author of numerous books and CDs on the tarot.

This article was originally published on July 29, 2011.