Metaphors for the Month: January 2018

By Suzanne Wagner

There is only change.

Osho Zen Tarot: Maturity, Conditioning, Slowing Down

Medicine Cards: Butterfly Beaver

Mayan Oracle: Chicchan, Complex Stability

Ancient Egyptian Tarot: Prince of Swords, Queen of Wands, Ace of Swords

Aleister Crowley Deck: Ace of Wands, Nine of Wands, Ace of Cups

Healing Earth Tarot: Justice, Grandfather of Wands, Strength

Words of Truth: Choice, Immortality, Death


Numerologically, 2018 is the number 11, the number of transcendence. It is associated with Leonardo da Vinci and the expansion of minds that is clearly happening on so many levels.

“Waking up is hard to do!” That much must be very clear at this moment. The bubbles have been popped and shattered glass is strewn all over the floor, making movement forward dicey in this minefield of life.

The number 11 carries the intention of uplifting souls to a higher plane of conscious existence and clarity but it can also just as easily fall into the place of negative mind and the number 2 (because 1+1=2). We need to be careful of not co-creating that at this time.

Last year was enough expansion of power and change for everyone. Now the question is, what you are going to do about it? You can criticize everyone and everything and allow negativity to overtake your mind and heart or you can rise above this dense illusion, the fabrication of those in power whose selfish, childish desires will do anything to get what they want including destroying this amazing and beautiful world the Divine has given us to play in and experience life.

You have a choice. You always have a choice. Growing up and maturing is about understanding the responsibility of that choice and recognizing when it is time to follow another path.

Finding the connection that gives you energy and joy is essential right now. And moving that type of energy in a healthy way is very important. Secrets will be revealed. Expect many more surprises and the shattering of many careers. Don’t you become one of the victims. Own what is your shadow and learn to fully integrate it in a healthy and constructive fashion.

Right action is essential because justice will be handed out—not our legal system type of justice but a justice of a higher origin related to karma and the hard and firm hand that karma wields at such times. You don’t want to be on the wrong side of that sword.

Recognize the magic that is held in your darkest self. Find your strength. It is time to embrace your courage. If you are afraid of the world, you are afraid of your potential. Ego attempts to make you stay within the limitations that you have determined are comfortable and that allow you to move smoothly through the world without ruffling any feathers.

But in 2018, you are going to ruffle more feathers than you have ever before. In such an atmosphere fear loses its grip on your soul as you could finally care less about what others think related to your voice, choices or actions.

You will find that those who stick around in your life are also those who choose fearlessness over acceptable social patterns of behavior. In acts of social and conscious rebellion, we discover our purpose.

Fire is coming and how it manifests depends upon how you choose to use it and respect it. If used wisely, it is the essential life-force energy that can change the world. Used unwisely, it is equally destructive. Once again, the choice is yours.

Notice the chains with which you have bound yourself. Some of those chains are purely mental. The mind loves to tell you what to do. The mind loves to define who you are. But you are pure energy inhabiting a body and that energy can realign your physical body in a multitude of ways if you let it. But first you have to let go of the definition of self that is a yoke around your neck. Aren’t you sick and tired of carrying that sign telling everyone who you are? And isn’t that sign one that someone gave you instead of you knowing who you really are? Do you want to live your life expressing someone else’s projection of who you are? Are you done with others determining the forward progression of your life?

Then it’s time. The restriction is not worth the “safety” that you thought you were getting in return. Besides that, safety is completely gone anyways. So, don’t try to hang onto something that is no longer there in the hope that it will magically return.

Choose change or you are choosing death.

There is only change. When you refuse to adjust when all things are pointing in a new direction, the force of your resistance can drain the very life-force from you.

Is that what you want?

Of course not.

I know… the Universe has never put you in such a position or predicament. That is because what was is now so toxic that life can only exist when you let your entire old self go.

It is time. You are ready (whether you recognize it or not).

Let the change be slow and conscious.

Let the conditioning melt away to reveal the truth.

Let the choices be life-affirming.

Let those whose hate that is intended to harm others be snuffed out with the compassionate understanding of your own soul.

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 January 1, 2018.