Metaphors for the Month: July 2018

By Suzanne Wagner

At an impasse? Choose a new path!

Osho Zen Tarot:  Harmony, Inner Voice, Transformation

Medicine Cards: Spider, Turkey, Blank Shield

Mayan Oracle: New Myth, Unity, Complex Stability

Ancient Egyptian Tarot: Ten of Disks, Queen of Cups, Ace of Disks

Aleister Crowley Deck: Princess of Wands, Change, The Moon

Healing Earth Tarot: Ten of Crystals, Grandfather of Wands, Seven of Crystals

Words of Truth: Knowing, Purity, Change


What do we weave when we deny

And use the threads of deception and lies?

A web that corrupts and destroys the soul

A spider that tears out hearts of gold.

~Suzanne Wagner~


As I pulled the cards for this month, the first one that jumped out was the Spider in the Medicine Cards. Spider, the weaver, brings the threads of energy, light and matter together to make life happen. Spider is the ruler of words and the artist of communication. The spider’s body looks like the number 8 or the infinity symbol. She can bring great wealth and prosperity or cause great sadness and grief (the number 8 numerologically). Her eight legs represent the four directions and the four winds of change. The weaver of fate, she shows that there’s a lethal consequence to not seeing through the illusion of the physical world. Her web, in the shape of a circle just like the wheel of life, reminds us that when we are not decisive enough, we become consumed by our fears and limitations.

She is the feminine creative force at work this month, a reminder that you must choose a new path to your present impasse. There are opportunities at the edge of the web that you might be ignoring and are at risk of missing completely. She reminds us that when you criticize others, you are feeling weak inside.

What a powerful metaphor she is this month as so many planets go retrograde and pull us toward inward seeking rather than outward doing!

In the cards, the 10 of Crystals points out again that we have held onto a set of beliefs for way too long. They have become old and fragile and are breaking under the strain of overwhelming external forces. Sometimes we’ve held onto something for so long, keeping it so near and dear to our hearts, that we believe it is an essential part of us that it’s the reason for our very survival, power, stability and existence. We’ve used this tool to stabilize the chaos so we could gain confidence. But now we see the tool for exactly what it is: a tool.

A tool does not have power. You give the tool power. Your intention gave it the remarkable qualities that sparked the revolutionary shift in your awareness a long time ago. You are beginning to see that you are the central motivating force—that within you is the power to understand and to know. At that moment, the tool becomes obsolete.

When you forget to appreciate what you have because of what you desire, you are at risk of losing everything. When you reach toward a wish from a place of lack, you will never get the desired object or energy.

But when you use that desire to bring wonder, gratitude, delight and adventure into the lives of others, you always win. Fulfillment is never found in things or in what you have but in what you have to give and the impact you have made on others. When you give from your heart, you discover your worth and your value. You find your joy and confidence. And you discover your inner greatness.

Find the purity in your soul that you know is there and unify your thoughts around it. That will allow life to calm down. From there, you will understand how to transform your passion into harmony and inner clarity.

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 29, 2018.