Metaphors, Regulars and Shorts

Metaphors for the Month: December 2011

By Suzanne Wagner

Something stirring: An intense ending to an odd year.

I often find that “odd” years are odd—and no one could say that 2011 was a normal year. But 2012 being an even year does not mean that life will level out. Quite the contrary. 

We are coming into the year of intense transformation. As we wrap up 2011, we want to be in the holiday spirit but the astro action of November 24 and the lunar eclipse of December 10 forces us to look into the rear view mirror again. Then it kicks us through more doorways. 

As we enter into the fading light of winter, energies around friendships and connections from the past may also alter and change. Some­times it is about learning to let go gracefully and allow the divinity in each person to freely move and grow in the pathway of his or her life. People are sometimes like pages in the book of your life. Others are chapters. We are blessed when there are those who journey along with us for long periods of time. But that is not always the case.

This energy is forcing some major upsets as the old patterns come crashing down and new players come onto the playing field of your life. Don’t worry. It is going to be beautiful and amazing.

Something is stirring within. Something is not the same. Many of you are tired of playing by the rules of someone else’s game. It is too late for second chances. It is too late to retreat. It’s time to trust your instincts, close your eyes, and leap.

The bear, the guardian of the winter sleep, is guiding us inward. We are finally feeling a flow. That flow has woven a thread of reality together and that reality is coming to the surface of our consciousness. The intensity of the flow is so great that the mind’s ability to stop the progression of change is finally halted like the freezing of the ice in the winter.

After all, Pluto is a frozen water planet and Pluto is sitting in Capricorn till 2023. Sometimes patterns have to be stopped. Destructive tendencies must be stopped. These eclipses and patterns in December force governments and systems to take another look at what might work for the future. What becomes clear is that past patterns need to be adjusted. But it is not just the external situations that will be re-evaluated. Internally, each of us is being rewired and upgraded to make the shifts into the next developing phase of our life. 

In the quiet that follows intense transformations there is an acceptance that becomes surrender. Sometimes we need to be trapped in order to feel beyond what we think. Sometimes we want situations to prevent us from following our old pattern. But we may fight right up to the very end.

You will find that conversations begin to take on a different tone. People have had enough and they need to see the politicians and governments offering something other than the old rhetoric.

Balance is restored when there is an integration and understanding through acceptance and sharing with others.

When we can look into the eyes of our “enemies” and see the divinity in each perspective and pattern, we are coming home to a place of peace. Then that peace radiates outward to everyone we encounter and they, too, will begin to awaken to their inner potential.

Nature is so clear that there are moments to expand into the light and to see the beauty. Nature is also very clear when it is time to slow down, surrender into what is and come together with others to find new ways to become more whole.

As winter’s darkening sun begins to enter our awareness, it’s time to drop inward and go deeply into understanding our reactions to life’s circumstances. There is another answer, one that you may have missed in the heat of the moment. There are always other doorways. The question is: Will you choose them?

This month, look and listen to the shifting sands of time. What role do you play in this complex dance? What is your next move? It is time for some interesting shifts to the tempo and flavor of your life. Let those shifts be spectacular and compassionate. See the unfolding of your new self with appreciative eyes. Love what you are becoming.u

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

This article was originally published on November 30, 2011.