Metaphors for the Month: January 2009

By Suzanne Wagner

No more same old used-ta-be’s…
by Suzanne Wagner
Arthurian Tarot: Three of Cups, The Eachtra
Mayan Oracle: Muluc, Universal Movement, Manifestation
Aleister Crowley: Strength, Victory, The Magus
Medicine Cards: Badger, Blank Shield
Osho Zen Tarot: The Creator, Suppression
Healing Earth Tarot: Eight of Wands, Two of Feathers
Ancient Egyptian Tarot: Prince of Disks, Seven of Disks, The Devil
Words of Truth: Self-Obsessed, Resentment, Feeling, Fluidity

January 2009 is a time of celebration but also great change and stress. For the moment, optimism is the theme as we look forward with hope to a new beginning with a new president.

The next year will be fraught with major adjustments and shifts that will profoundly affect everyone and the world.

There will be those of you who feel that the ship of life is heading away from the obvious dangers that have been plaguing us for the last six months. The new president will be the brave face for an upset and stressed country. Some will feel that we are finally breaking out of a rut, knowing full well that further effort will be needed. All around, the anticipation is igniting a fire of hope that is desperately needed at this time.

Then there are others who want to see that the sky is falling; they may want to feel like the victim in this situation. This will cause great worry, delays and negative feelings.

And both can be true. One is not exclusive of the other. In every time there are those who want to fall into fear and gloom. There are also those who want to see the possibilities and are willing to sacrifice in order to allow change to manifest.

Change is necessary for life. Nothing can stay the same. There are natural cycles of prosperity and downturn for every culture and system that has ever existed on the planet. So why stress yourself out? A better option is to honestly make conscious choices to protect and support the new energetic shifts and trends that are coming into play now. It is time to let go of the pattern that used to be and become clear about what is happening right now. If you continue to live in the illusion of the past in order to bolster fears or weaknesses within, you may find yourself in a very difficult position. But if you become aware and take the necessary precautions, you will be able to navigate this river of change with clarity and a sense of adventure.

A good boatman in the Grand Canyon knows that before running a big rapid, you stop the boat and study the temperament of the water at the moment. Rivers change day by day. The pathway to take the boat through last week might not be correct for this week. A boatman knows to get out and take a look, create a strategy, and then run the rapid.

This is the way life should run, also. But often we forget and want to run the river the way we did before. Sometimes doing that produces dire consequences.

This month I challenge you to pause, survey the scene, suss out the possibilities, stay flexible and open to change, forget about how you did it last year or even yesterday, and decide what you want to happen next. Then run the rapid of your life with all the awareness and enthusiasm you can muster. Because, ultimately, whether the sky falls or the ship sails smoothly is irrelevant. Your ability to choose your viewpoint will rue or save the day.

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

This article was originally published on December 31, 2008.