Metaphors for the Month: June 2010

By Suzanne Wagner

Arthurian Tarot: The Wasteland, Wind Harps of War
Mayan Oracle: Cauac, Measure, New Myth
Aleister Crowley: The Devil, Peace, Virtue
Medicine Cards: Skunk, Buffalo
Osho Zen Tarot: Success, Traveling, The Fool
Healing Earth Tarot: Man of Wands, Eight of Shields, Six of Shields
Ancient Egyptian Tarot: The Devil, The Hierophant, Two of Wands
Words of Truth: Future, Laughter, Authenticity, Core Movement

In June, we will feel as if we are up against the old wall of our most cherished illusions. We have come to the edge of what we have known ourselves to be. There is no longer any choice but to move from patterns of separation into reunion. But the intensity of the feelings around this apparently insurmountable wall is the fuel that will propel us through the perceived block.

Situations will present themselves that call us to becoming our awakened selves. The keys are within us. Love is neither taken nor given, it is explored and allowed. It is now time to explore the potential that we have been holding within. There are no more excuses for why we cannot be the expression of our authentic selves.

I love the Medicine Cards for this month—the Skunk and the Buffalo. I laughed when I picked them. Buffalo is about gratitude and prayer; Skunk is about reputation. Skunks are stinky, smelly creatures that have a way of not apologizing for what they are or how they smell. This month, take a look at your disgusting side and be grateful for that aspect. I know that sounds strange, but a skunk cannot pretend that it is not a skunk. Yet, how often in our life do we pretend that we are something that we are not? How do we try to cover up our stinky-ness in one way or another?

Perhaps we should be more like the cartoon character Pepé Le Pew. Some will want to play with him and some will run away—yet he never stops offering his gift regardless of the reactions of others. And every once in a while, someone sees beyond his smell and chooses to accept his love just as it is. How wonderful it would be if we could somehow look beyond the dis- gusting aspects of others and see the gifts that are being given. How much happier we would be if we could step beyond our judgment and receive what is being offered with gratitude and acceptance. After all, the skunk part of you is not trying to hurt any- one—it just wants to be loved.

If we could look with laughter and love at all the aspects that trigger negative reactions within, then perhaps we could finally learn to love and accept others, the world, different religions and cultures, and transform the conflicts of this planet. When we are at war with our essential nature, that conflict externalizes and we contribute to the world chaos that we see today. Personally, I do not want to do things that add to the suffering already on this planet. This is tremendously difficult to know how to navigate, but I know that we are part of a collective whole.

Each of us is energetically dialed into a certain frequency. It is part of our gift to assist in releasing that energy for the planet. You can tell what your frequency is by what types of stories draw you in the most. Your energy is hot wired to that frequency and you will see and notice it more than other things. So take a look at what types of movies, stories and events you are most drawn to. Then look inside as to where that story is laying out in your psyche. Take responsibility for your own inner conflict or drama.

Choose to mature that energy into a more functional, responsible way. When you do, you will find that, miraculously, the external will also shift in some way. Sometimes those shifts are small, but sometimes they will seem amazingly big. That is because each of us is a miracle. Each of us has amazing amounts of power if we will learn how to harness our energy with discipline and clarity. If you do not like what the external looks like, then notice what that reflection is telling you about some denied internal part. Then go within and listen to that part’s fears, issues and conflicts. Negotiate something different and allow these frozen internal parts to begin to grow and develop in new ways.

Know that you will not do it perfectly. You will make mistakes. But you will also learn as you go and life will begin to feel much more magical and open. Your energy will free up and you will feel more at peace, because regardless of any situation you encounter, you will be whole and complete within. Then it will not matter what the world does.

Because the game of this planet is to be your total self, regardless of excuses or circumstances.

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

This article was originally published on May 28, 2010.