Metaphors for the Month: October 2010

By Pax Rasmussen

Arthurian Tarot: Arthur, Battle of Mount Badon
Ancient Egyptian Tarot: Four of Swords, Eight of Swords
Mayan Oracle: Cauac, Resolution of Duality
Aleister Crowley Tarot: Satiety, Luxury, Gain
Medicine Cards: Eagle, Buffalo
Healing Earth Tarot: Three of Crystals, Eight of Feathers
Osho Zen Tarot: Ice-olation, Postponement
Words of Truth: Undermine, Authenticity, Success, Breakthrough

Just like a black and white horse pulling a chariot into battle, we are all going to experience the polarities that this month’s pattern will create internally and externally. The black and white horses represent the pull between our logic and our emotions, our passion and our reason. In a battle, two such horses are not In total harmony, yet they are under the driver’s control. In situations of chaos it is often less confusing to follow someone’s strong lead. Yet, for us to relinquish the control and to trust, we must be able to feel a person’s skill, intent, and intuition during times of stress and turmoil. This month will be a test to see if you hold the power and skill to balance the dualistic energies within you and allow you to find a pathway through the battles that are being presented in your life.

This month it would be wise to know that you have both a black and white horse within you that are under tremendous strain. Your passion and reason are struggling to find a balance in a tumultuous situation and are looking for the part inside you that is strong enough to lead. This will require a conscious effort on your part to reign in your own internal conflict to accomplish the task at hand. You may find yourself controlling a situation with many conflicting sentiments. The only way through it to know that through perseverance and strength of will you will over- come the obstacles in your path. If you let your passions control, you will fail. If you let your reason control, you will also fail. Only together by choosing to remain focused and to keep your own emotions in check will you find the pathway through the present impasse.

Courage and ambition are good things but they must be balanced with reason and fair play. You may find that your competitive nature wants to rise to meet the challenge. Just check to see if your aggressive side is in check or hiding a deeper fear or insecurity. It is always more pleasant to feel powerful than frightened. And both may be true. This is really about becoming conscious of your patterns and habits of behavior.

Avoiding making a choice at this time is a sign of a part within you that is immature and fears taking responsibility. When you are unable to make a difficult decision it will cause others to lose faith in you. At this time that pathway would be unwise.

The astrological patterns at this time can create delays and postponements. I find that when I know that then I do not try to push situations but I allow for the awareness and additional information to come into me through the process of the delay. There is always a reason for delays. They can be very frustrating and aggravating but there is often a new awareness that you will discover if you allow the universe to show you.

Regardless of the situation and circumstances, regardless of your history and past, know that completion is on its’ way to you. The isolation you have been feeling is coming to an end as you are resolving the duality within you. Take a moment and be in joy at the journey that has gotten you this far and has propelled you to this present level. This process has allowed you to become more authentic and to break through old fears and sorrows to claim your gifts. Now, it is time to give them to the world.

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 September 30, 2010.