Metaphors, Regulars and Shorts

Metaphors for the Month: Decide to Sprout

By Suzanne Wagner

Soft roots work with life’s rocky soils.
—by Suzanne Wagner


Osho Zen Tarot: Possibilities, Courage, Sharing
Medicine Cards: Moose, Turtle
Mayan Oracle: Kan, Akbal
Ancient Egyptian Tarot: Prince of Swords, Ace of Cups, The Fool
Aleister Crowley Deck: Queen of Disks, Virtue, Ace of Wands, Art
Healing Earth Tarot: Death, Eight of Crystals, Grandfather of Feathers
Words of Truth: Divine Intervention, Integrity, Pain, Hermitage

We are at the hottest and brightest time of the year, yet the dance between light and dark is becoming even more evident right now. The dualities of the world are pulling us every which way, and we just don’t know where we’re standing. The external conflicts that we see mirror the internal conflicts we feel.

And yet, there is an indication of change in the air. The resentments of the past are giving way, and something new is finally emerging.

Things that you want to create and do call you back into the light of life. There is no point fighting life’s challenges, or trying to avoid them or deny them. Life is just life, and it always creates one more thing for you to learn or deal with.

Just like a seed on the cusp of sprouting, you sense you will soon have to deal with a new environment that is full of barriers to your growth. You don’t know what you’re becoming, just like a seed doesn’t know when it sprouts that it will ultimately produce a flower. That’s the way of things in life, and success is never guaranteed. Deciding to sprout means you’ll encounter many hazards, and that’s one reason why we often prefer to stay in the seed.

Seeds are full of potential and possibility, and it’s alluring to remain in that state. As a seed, you’re secure and hidden from life’s harsh realities. But inside us all, we yearn to be more than just a potential of a flower—we want to be the real thing. In order to attain that, we have to shed our rigid shell and give up the security of living in a dream. We have to awaken to the full-contact sport that is life.

Globally we are all sprouting simultaneously; a renaissance of creative potential is awakening in a flurry of expansion and change. We want to support each other in this rapid growth, as we relinquish our hardness and our protection.

Sprouting is a state of softness and vulnerability, but it’s this same softness that allows us to creep into the cracks and crevices between the rocks and the restrictions that we live with in the world right now. We expand, gently, into an unknown future.

Together we are starting to actively reach for the light, and to fulfill the potentialities that are ours. The dreaming seed puts out a root to test the soil, and a shoot to find the sun. We are in the yellow light of the third chakra, where the abundance of love overflows with compassion and the need to expand, move, and grow. Later when we get to the fourth chakra we will share this love with others, but right now it is about allowing the energy within us to overflow the banks of the conscious mind and to become an explosion of love, joy, blissfulness, and benediction. When we allow this, we can feel the freedom and natural effortlessness that is the infinite self emerging.

Minds, however, love to perceive boundaries. We will create them even when they aren’t there. But existence has no boundary because beyond what we can perceive there is always a further level of reality.

Challenge yourself to reject easy contentment. When you choose to be content with the boundaries your mind perceives, you remain small and hard, locked in your seed-shell. Your life will be small, your joys will be small, your ecstasies will be small, and your experience of yourself will be small. Why do that when there is no need?

My mother used to say, “You can be anything that you want to be and that you can responsibly dream into reality.” The key is that you have to manifest your dream responsibly into reality, which takes work and time. But what else were you planning to do with your life?

So let yourself out of the cage of your mind. Laugh at the limitations that your mind attempts to impose.  We can change the reality in which we find ourselves. It might be difficult work, but remember to be a soft root sprouting. Softness gets into places that seem difficult to manage, so be gentle with yourself and others. Choose to follow your life’s dream and mission. Choose it consciously, responsibly and with integrity.

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

This article was originally published on July 30, 2012.