Metaphors, Regulars and Shorts

Metaphors for the Month: November 2011

By Suzanne Wagner

Scary experiences help us pick up new or unpracticed skills.

Osho Zen Tarot: Adventure, Existence, Receptivity
Medicine Cards: Blank Shield, Porcupine
Mayan Oracle: Language of Light, Harmonic Resonance
Ancient Egyptian Tarot: Queen of Cups, Queen of Swords, Five of Cups
Aleister Crowley Deck: Pleasure, Science, Prince of Swords
Words of Truth: Inappropriate Relationship, Rebellion, Withholding, Learning Experience
Healing Earth Tarot: Three of Rainbows, Grandmother of Feathers, Hanged One
Arthurian Tarot: Perivale’s Vision

November is the month for visions of your future. A vision pushes you to discover yourself and find meaning. Visions are often metaphors, and metaphors are not set in stone. 

The problem is that we often don’t understand the levels of meaning within the visions at the time we experience them. 

This month, finally, we might be able to see the vision creating itself in our lives.

A vision instigates change. A vision is not necessarily literally true. Rather, it is what you need to see in order to muster the courage to move forward. 

Some visions bring hope and inspiration. But visions can also be frightening. Those of the darker persuasion are designed to make you look at your fears, beliefs and perceptions. The most important factor is what parts of the vision are literally true and what parts are metaphors to help you address aspects within that need modifying.

As we come into 2012, some people’s dreams and visions will manifest as Armageddon types of disasters. And people with those fears might manifest them as self-fulfilling prophecies. But are they literally true, or is this a desire for the soul to escape the scary places within, to change and grow? It can also be a little bit of both. Through scary experiences, we are forced to pick up new or unpracticed skills. Fear is a wonderful motivator for change when held properly in centered awareness. 

That centered awareness is difficult, I know. But it is possible to observe the situation before reacting to it. Taking a step back allows you to evaluate what is really happening. It allows for a calmer reaction and smoother flow, even in the face of great fear.

In November, take a look at all the relationships in your life. Are those relationships filling you up with wonder, love, safety, acceptance and joy? If they are not, it might be time to re-evaluate your choices. 

All things in life have cycles: people, friendships, business, money, emotional issues. When it is time to shift but we are attached to a past vision, it’s difficult, especially when a new vision opens our eyes once again to another possibility. 

It does not mean the last vision was wrong. The new vision is just a glimpse of where your soul longs to be. 

The vision motivates you to pursue it. Just remember to stay centered and stable in the process. 

Dreams are gifts that show us our longing, our desires, and our soul’s yearnings for fulfillment. Dreams show us other options.

Which dreams do not let you go? Which dreams give you joy every time you think of them? These are the dreams to follow. Do not let the chaos and demands of life take you away from attending to your dreams. 

Stay open and receptive and see what begins to manifest. 

Notice who inspires you in your life. Allow their methods to give clues to the pathways that might work for you. 

We are attracted to people for certain reasons. Others may inspire us because we can understand and relate to their energies. Still, your way will be unique; it will look very different from those who have inspired and motivated you.

No one but you can unravel the intricate patterns and energetic blocks you uniquely carry. Others can give us clues or share their tools and abilities with us. But you are the one choosing and manifesting in this reality. You get to create and uncreate your energies as feels correct in each moment.

You are an amazing manifestation of sound, matter and light. Create your own symphony. And experience yourself as fully as possible this month. 

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

This article was originally published on October 31, 2011.