Metaphors for the Month: December 2017

By Suzanne Wagner

Take a breath and know that nothing is going to go according to plan. So, you might as well relax.

Osho Zen Tarot: Intensity, Thunderbolt, The Source

Medicine Cards: Otter

Mayan Oracle: Polarity, Men, Harmonic Balance

Ancient Egyptian Tarot: The Tower, Nine of Cups, The Wheel of Fortune

Aleister Crowley Deck: The Hermit, Queen of Cups, Sorrow

Healing Earth Tarot: Death, Woman of Pipes, Nine of Pipes

Words of Truth: Allies, Divine Intervention, Nurturing


I ntensity permeates this month’s reading. In all honesty, it is a bit disconcerting. Yes, I know that Mercury is retrograde in Sagittarius December 2-22, making the holiday season more scrambled than you might like. You may feel like the clean-up batter—you know, the one who comes in when the bases are loaded and you’re expected to hit the home run. No pressure at all in such a situation—not! Expect the high energy, noise and passionate responses to continue—it’s becoming the new norm.

Situations seem to be locking into difficult places, bringing with it a sense of frustration and impatience and a fracturing of the energy, making you feel off base and somewhat out of touch. Mishaps, malfunctions and delays may get in the way. Take a breath and know that nothing is going to go according to plan. So, you might as well relax.

On December 21, Saturn goes into Capricorn for two and a half years. Saturn is a planet that wants to build. Capricorn is the darkest sign in the zodiac. Let’s just say that it’s difficult to build in the dark, especially when Neptune keeps dissolving away all the structure that Saturn keeps attempting to build.

This aspect will make you grow up and take responsibility for the choices and decisions you have made. No one will save you; you will have to find your own strength and connections to others that support you in the evolution of who you came to be. Saturn rewards those who work hard. Laziness and avoidance strategies tend to blow up and it harshly breaks down that which is not real.

That’s what the cards are reflecting. A breakdown in the old order and structures. People and governments that need restructuring. Pipe dreams completely shatter and the intensity of that shift will force each of us to find our own center of truth regardless of the chaos and mayhem happening in the external world.

This may make you appreciate your loved ones even more. And that is a response I believe is greatly needed. It’s time to let go of what you believed was true and the story you made up about that person or situation. Stories are rarely real and life situations are becoming more difficult. The little stuff no longer holds sway over the immense energy that is being asked to shift inside your body and outside in the world.

See the polarity. Let your life roll in the mess and breakdown that has to happen for new growth to emerge. There is harmony in breakdown—it’s the place where the Divine needs to intervene because the mind’s creation has been so destructive. Change happens in ways that are not always pleasant. But they are necessary to get your attention and to learn to appreciate what you have been given up to this point.

Find your center, ground into the reality and look to a higher perspective and meaning. Your ability to nurture others can only happen when you have learned to connect and love all that you are, mistakes and all.

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 November 30, 2017.