Metaphors for the Month: April 2017

By Suzanne Wagner

You cannot directly combat certain energies but you can take energy away from them so they become no longer effective.

Osho Zen Tarot: Sorrow, Understanding, Projections
Medicine Cards: Beaver
Mayan Oracle: Oc, Ix, Transformer
Ancient Egyptian Tarot: Seven of Wands, Two of Wands, The Star
Aleister Crowley Deck: The Aeon, Victory, Death
Healing Earth Tarot: Five of Rainbows, Grandmother of Shields
Words of Truth: Creativity, Letting Go, Inappropriate Relationship


Bad things happen in life to show us where we are stronger and more resilient than we suspected. Bracing for such moments, in a detached, honest and objective way, is what I attempt to do in my writing. Unfortunately, that often means that I have to say things that some do not want to hear. That’s the crux of the evolving pattern of astrology and cards this month.


There are moments in life when recurring patterns take on a life of their own. We are presently facing a series of choices and situations that seem beyond our control. Perhaps that is part of the lesson….for us to see that something bigger than our small attachments, ego and desires is at work in this world. That, in of itself, should give us all hope.


First off, we are in a Venus Retrograde until mid-April. We are in an interesting pattern of attempting to create and build and at the same time not feeling as if things are moving along at an expected pace. We are being transformed, even though we seem to keep getting struck by some emotional/metaphorical/spiritual lightning again and again.


Surges of energy are prepping you for the energy acceleration that is already happening on the planet. Energy shifts of this level are not comfortable. And yet it is only through being forced energetically to step beyond the known that we can see our own shallow perceptions that we have placed on others and this world. You are being freed from a cage that has kept you safe but has also drastically limited your potential.


A fight is happening between your human self and your soul essence. The ego inside your mind wants to fight to maintain its control over your reality. But it is failing. Its iron-clad grip is slipping. What you have been hanging onto, whether it’s a belief, a perception, a piece of metaphysical truth or an element of safety, is falling away.


Only in the greatest personal deaths do we discover our true nature. Only by recognizing that the life you have lived is complete and knowing that now you must shift to this new life, can you find the peace and hope that you seek.


And yes, there is grief in that letting-go process. It is okay to express your disappointment and loss of faith in yourself, others and this world. But don’t hang onto that grief. Let the tears of loss bring you back to your vulnerable self. Only by coming back to openness and innocence can you receive the new insights and find that place of self-acceptance you are seeking. Hurt heals if you allow it time to mend. But you must not habitually scratch at those wounds or they bleed again and again and take much longer to heal.


The choices of people with a high degree of influence seem out of touch with the reality right now. Money and power isolate them from the “real” world and does not allow them the perspective that you might have hoped. Expect aggressive and high-spirited public expression that is pioneering in its approach to break the leaded crystal ceiling of those with influence and status. Egos and those in power will attempt to drive their plans forward without the concern of consciousness or the softening of compassion. The lack of subtlety on the finer points might astound you but once again shows all of us how out of touch with the majority of humanity those in power actually are.


This can lead to feelings of impatience. Remembering to breathe first will help control the darker emotions.


Remember that intense dissatisfaction leads to better times eventually. Just don’t expect miracles quickly. Listen to your heart, not your mind. Listen to the subtle messages coming to you from nature. Reach out in a compassionate way to other people, animals and organizations that attempt to support all of life.


It is often the small things that change the obviously dysfunctional patterns. You cannot directly combat certain energies but you can take energy away from them so they become no longer effective.


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 April 4, 2017.