Metaphors for July 2017

By Suzanne Wagner

Awake and engaged will get you through the month (and beyond).

Osho Zen Tarot: Experiencing, Morality, Guidance

Medicine Cards: Lynx, Otter

Mayan Oracle: Portal of Transcendence, Hologram

Ancient Egyptian Tarot: Strength, Queen of Disks, Four of Wands

Aleister Crowley Deck: Prince of Swords, Knight of Swords, Gain

Healing Earth Tarot: Man of Crystals, Nine of Rainbows, Woman of Shields

Words of Truth: Opportunity, Withholding, Humor


Awareness is the key to finding your core morality. Feigned mor­ality is just a thin layer of ego and projection that can be destroyed by others. Morality comes out of awareness. Repeating certain behaviors, mantra, traditions or prayers does not make you a moral person.

When your morality comes from awakened consciousness, you cannot in good consciousness do things that cause harm or are destructive.

But you must be willing to act upon those values. You must be awake to notice others’ suffering and then to do something about it. Ask yourself, “What have I done recently for others from a place of unconditional love, caring, and a desire to help someone who is suffering?”

The end goal is always to serve others in some way.

We are in a time when the “keeper of secrets,” the Lynx, is attempting to teach you about hidden truths. Clarity comes from a playful openness, such as the Otter has. Otter energy is alert and aware. That awareness gives it the ability to play even in intense situations. Even danger can be a doorway for playful exchange because when you know who you are and you are completely awake, there is less to be afraid of.

It’s time to concede that you’re not going to be “all-knowing” in this life. But what you can be is fully awake and engaged in this constantly changing kaleidoscope. And that should be enough to bring you the enlightenment that you seek.

When you live only in the mind and not also in the body, you are not fully experiencing what is being so generously offered each and every moment.

As we move in the direction of the Four of Wands, we finally begin to feel that the rule of law, order and government is beginning to work as it was designed to. It has been a lengthy battle for all of us. Holding a position that is morally, ethically and energetically aligned with the greater good is hard to do when so much distortion is going on.

What you’ve been holding back now has an opportunity to be released. Standing up and (possibly) alone was necessary for you to find your center. A calmness is emerging along with the feeling of some stability. This is only a temporary breather in a much bigger pattern and we still have a long way to go. But enjoy this pause while it is offered and move in the direction of more joy and connection with family during this very astrologically engaged month.

You cannot go from a beginner to a master without being tested. Can you handle the power that comes only from experience and the learning of truth and who you are? Expansion is exhausting. Healing and letting go of toxic energy is also momentarily exhausting. Empty yourself from all that you have previously known in order to become something bigger. Let go of the lessons that got you here so you can be propelled by their energy into a new dimension. Some tools are only the fuel to get you to the next plane of existence; they cannot follow you there. But they were necessary to help you become who you are.

Venus is in talkative Gemini most of this month and it brings a much needed quick wit back into the mix. Take time to meet new people and get to know them. Attend lectures or classes that resonate with who you wish to become.

Know that the week of the Full Moon on July 8th (which includes the 4th of July) is going to be challenging. Pluto, the planet of transformation and change, is engaged with impatient Mars (which wants its way right now). Use this energy to get in touch with your deeper and more hidden emotions. Allow your inner vulnerability to soften the armor you may still be wearing.

We are building up to the long-anticipated eclipse month. Have fun and use the energy of Mars moving into Leo at the end of the month as a way to shed the emotional intensity of the past year and allow for something new to be born in August.

Suzanne Wagner is the author of books and CDs on the tarot and creator of the Wild Women app. She lives in California, but visits Utah frequently.

This article was originally published on June 30, 2017.