Metaphors for the Month: May 2018

By Suzanne Wagner

The wakeup call.

Osho Zen Tarot:  The Rebel, Ordinariness, The Fool
Medicine Cards: Blank Shield, Snake
Mayan Oracle: Harmonic Resonance, Shadow
Ancient Egyptian Tarot: 9 of Disks, 7 of Swords,
The Hierophant, 4 of Swords
Aleister Crowley Deck: Luxury, Knight of Disks, Strife
Healing Earth Tarot: The Star, Three of Crystals,
Four of Wands
Words of Truth: Density, Sensitivity, Opportunity

You can’t sleep with vipers and not get bit. Sounds simple enough. But rarely do people take truisms to heart. It often takes experience, with consequences and learning curves, to ground in hard truths.

Even though it’s spring, and each day brings more sunshine, we are about to get some lessons in shadow from the hard hand of karma.

Astrologically, May is quite a ride. Uranus leaves the fiery intensity of Aries and enters the financial world of Taurus. Uranus is the planet of revolution, revelation and change. It tends to blow things up, revealing what has been festering underneath. I think of it in this context as a boil that is going to burst, and the toxicity becomes revealed in a rather unpleasant way.

Uranus changes signs only about every seven and a half years, so when it moves, it tends to do it in a dramatic way. Get ready, everyone: This is rarely a pleasant transition.

Even as I write this article in April, the shifts are being felt in the stock market, the farming industries and potential trade wars with China. Over the next seven-and-a-half years, money systems worldwide will be reworked, dismantled, altered and regulated.

This month is the taste test for the next few years after which Uranus will retrograde out, reentering Taurus for the long haul on March 7, 2019.

Meanwhile, in the world of the cards: Several cards indicate that, metaphorically speaking, robbers at the door are waiting to take everything from you. Notice: Where is your line in the sand? What will you give up willingly? Where will you go numb and ignore the facts? Are you aware of those people, situations and circumstances in your life that are an infected boil of toxins ready to burst? The game is always about awareness and learning to pay attention when you need to.

You may feel overly sensitive in many areas of your life, due to so much density this month. It’s a good time to learn more self-control, mental discipline and emotional restraint. Recognize that riling moments are designed to get you moving.

The cards indicate that there are those in power who have been using the tactic of inconsequential and non-substantive appeasement of certain groups rather than the more difficult route of standing up for truth and justice. Appeasement is always related to tricking the minds of those who hold certain prejudices. Appeasement is always an intellectual game where unpleasant or difficult truths are not faced and actively ignored.

The cards indicate an abdication of personal responsibility in exchange for power. The cards show an army invading a walled city whose doors are wide open for the taking. They show a leader who wants to be venerated and feared. They show a deep sorrow of the people because a majority of them know this shift is one toward dark power rather than light and that those who wish to bring shadow into the world seem to be winning.

Now, I extend the possibility that this is only a metaphor for a feeling that is overwhelming the world at this moment. As a psychic, I take the cards always as a metaphor for the emotional, mental, physical and spiritual challenges facing us. I believe that cards are an emergency broadcast signal intending to show the trend and that can allow us some time to shift the present trajectory.

This month, healing comes from the power of the Rebel card, which is the humanistic side of the Emperor card. When people of dogma and rigid beliefs attempt to co-opt power, the real power, then, is in the people. The real power is in the rebels, who refuse to pretend to not see the destruction of their world.

In a democracy, it is the power of the people who refuse to be ignored who become the masters of their own transformation. When enough people stand together in the light of being, willing to master their own destiny, things change for the better. Through repression we find our real power, discover our true nature and choose to live in accordance with our deepest soul and values.

You are discovering the power of the rebel within. He or she is more than ready to stand up for truth and is brave enough to face the fury of those who refuse to admit that we are not who we were or where we were 100 years ago. It is time for all of us to grow into a new form. That is always a difficult thing but one that is worth the effort in the long run.

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 May 2, 2018.