Metaphors for the Month: December 2016

By Suzanne Wagner

Intuitive patterns for December.

Osho Zen Tarot: Letting Go, Receptivity, Laziness
Medicine Cards: Lynx, Antelope, Butterfly
Mayan Oracle: Portal of Transcendence, Resolution of Duality
Ancient Egyptian Tarot: Nine of Disks, Ace of Cups
Aleister Crowley Deck: Sun, Happiness, Queen of Cups
Healing Earth Tarot: Five of Wands, Empress, Man of Crystals
Words of Truth: Appropriate Form, Elimination, Lovers


A strologically, taking risks this month gives you fresh insights and skills to navigate the uncharted future. With a Mercury Retrograde Decem­ber 19-January 8,  doublecheck those travel plans and have a backup.

This month, explore ways to make this time precious. Something greater is waiting for you if you will let go of past perceptions and allow gravity to do its work. Gravity is pulling you to go with the universal flow rather than the  opin­ions and patterns of your conditioned mind. You are exhausted with the effort exerted over the past few months that may or may not have gotten you anywhere. Truth clarifies over time and you may be surprised to notice, over the next year, that some things you were so attached to and believed in are no longer real.

When you let go of identifying with your personal “I”, you will rediscover the innocence you’d abandoned in your quest to be right. This is a month to reengage with your sensitivity, intuition and compassion. When you seek things of light, you automatically begin to dissolve obstacles that have kept you separate  from experiencing being a part of the whole.

It is time to listen. Listening is passive in that  you have to let go of your ego and forget yourself completely. When you are open and receptive, you make fertile ground for new infor­­mation to germinate in your consciousness.

Amidst the holidays, parties, family and friends, there is a quietude that allows you to relax and enjoy some deeply needed rest. However, be alert to the unexpected happening, especially toward the end of the month.

If you’ve been engaged in an inner battle, examine the views you hold that are contrary to your development as a whole and conscious person. Notice where your inner dialogue stops your progress and locks you into an energy-sapping position. You can waste a lot of energy propping up a belief that is no longer valid or a perception that is not true. Within you is a compassionate and giving heart. Within you is a quiet and clear mind that is centered and objective. It is time to discover both and allow them to guide you.

Notice the gifts in not getting what you want. It can point out the delusions of the ego. It may inspire new goals. Sometimes it forces you to admit you’ve been bamboozled.

This month you stand at a Portal of Transcendence, a doorway to your true self. But to see that doorway, you need to see where you got caught in duality, choosing one side and ignoring the other. You are always both sides, light and dark. When you learn to see both, then you can see the whole truth and move through life with less reactivity and more authenticity.

You are in a process of transformation. It is time to listen to that secret voice inside.

Those who hold the greatest wisdom are much less willing to speak it. Learning how to hold your tongue until it is the right time is a lesson of this month. Real power does not need to yell, scream or make others do what it wants. True wisdom allows for the journey all individuals need to take to discover what is true for them.

Truth cannot be taught or explained. It has to be experienced. Instead of pushing our opinions on each other, listen and observe from where that information is anchored in your body and theirs—is it from the mind, the heart or the gut? How the information is anchored says a lot about people and how they organize their reality. Only by understanding one another can we both find our own truth.

Also this month, let go of the fantasy of past people in your life. Accept what the Universe is offering you instead. Clinging to those who cannot “see” you is no longer appropriate. Let go of waiting for them to recognize your light and love. Move on. Let those who can see your light and appreciate your heart be your spiritual family.

Suzanne Wagner is the author of books and CDs on the tarot and creator of the Wild Women app. She lives in California, but visits Utah frequently.

This article was originally published on November 30, 2016.