Metaphors for the Month: February 2009

Pay attention, but do not fret.
by Suzanne Wagner

Arthurian Tarot: The Hermit, Five of Spears, Ten of Shields
Mayan Oracle: Transparency, Universal Movement, Dissonance
Aleister Crowley: Ace of Swords, Sorrow, Princess of Cups
Medicine Cards: Mouse, Fox, Dragonfly
Osho Zen Tarot: Turning In, Playfulness, The Miser
Healing Earth Tarot: Eight of Feathers, Two of Shields, Wise Old Woman
Ancient Egyptian Tarot: Seven of Cups, Four of Wands, King of Disks
Words of Truth: Original Cause, Support, Expansion

Navigating these challenging times may feel like canoeing down big rapids. You need the strength of a buffalo and the agility of an antelope. And teamwork.

Obama coming into power gives everyone an opportunity to shift energetically to a new possibility. It is time to put blame aside and find a way to work together as a country and embrace a more aligned and unified worldview.

Expansion is at hand. With that comes renewed public support and truth revealed. In the context of the economy, this requires dismantling broken systems. New movement may feel painful and challenging. We must let go of old illusions, what we thought our life was going to look like, and move forward with a more practical and informed perspective.

Fortune expands. This heralds a time when a wise person may come to your aid with answers to your questions, though ultimately the answers come from within. Only by looking into yourself can you fully realize wisdom in your external environment.

Old systems break down under the tremendous stress of emerging patterns. Things appear disorganized and we see moments of mass confusion. Huge losses for the lower and middle class fuel upheaval and conflicts. Expect to continually reassess methods and plans throughout the year.

The way through is to consistently and calmly direct energies toward a common goal that will work for everyone. Know that everyone is in the same boat; no one is without the experience of loss and regret. This global material loss will put everyone under comparatively tight budgets. Self-discipline regarding spending is becoming the norm.

Pay attention, but do not fret. Step out of the old illusion but do not allow your heart to lose its generosity toward others. Stay­ing open may be painful, but this is what’s required for us to expand and grow toward a new humanity.

Instead of requiring the world to revolve around you, you now have the opportunity to reconnect to the spirit of community and humanity.

Fulfillment lies in the ability to step out of “getting what I want” and instead considering what we have to give others. This may change moment by moment; we must be awake and aware of our changing environment and world. This does not have to be a problem. It can be a grand adventure into a new world perspective, and we have the opportunity to contribute to the bigger scheme of life.

I am always amazed at how little we need to survive. In our materialistic world we forget that life can be very simple. When I was a child, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich was the most fabulous thing. It can still be, if I let go of what my mind says I need and listen instead to what my heart needs.

My mind will always want more, but my heart just wants to feel loved, acknowledged, appreciated and nurtured. These assets are not costly. Take a moment to breathe into your heart and ask what it needs at this time. Then find others who feel the same, and share that connection with them. The greatest gift you can ever provide is the gift of your full love and attention to what ever calls to your heart.

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