Metaphors: November 2007

by Suzanne Wagner Arthurian Tarot: Ten of Cups, Two of Cups
Mayan Oracle: Dissonance, New Myth
Aleister Crowley: Lovers, Prince of Cups, The Empress
Medicine Cards: Fox, Armadillo
Osho Zen Tarot: Stress, Miser
Healing Earth Tarot: Five of Wands, Seven of Wands
Ancient Egyptian Tarot: Eight of Swords, Wheel of Fortune
Words of Truth: Freedom, Choice, Meditation, Elimination, Rejuvenation

You would think after all the stresses and changes over the last few months that we could catch a break for just a second. But we are in the acceleration time of Cauac in the Mayan calendar, and whether we like it or not we are continuing to speed up. Navigating life requires more and more of our attention, concentration, and awareness in these amazing and transformative times. In November,  we continue to feel this amazing planetary shift.

 This month's cards balance the duality between the Cups and the Wands. Wands represent fire – the energetic bursts that  force us to shift energy and perceptions. Cups represent the deep needs and desires as well as the emotional tools we need to move through chaotic and challenging times. The balance shows us how to get through this month's intensity without falling apart.

November makes this duality more and more obvious in the world political game. It is difficult not to get caught up in the suffering and drama we see played out in the world stage day after day. You have choices to make, and what you choose will determine how you feel and how you handle this incoming energy.

The first thing to remember is that freedom is a choice. Not everyone wants it. Not everyone has the experience to handle the level of responsibility, awareness and accountability that freedom requires. As Americans we think everyone should experience freedom the way we do. It is a wonderful thing to be blessed with the freedoms we have.

But in other places those choices do not always come easily; there are tremendous problems that must be  overcome before freedom can be achieved.

Major conflicts are a given this month. How you decide to stay present and centered within those conflicts is the issue. Where do you stand up for what is true and right? How do you do that effectively without overriding the desires, needs, and personal wishes of others? Just because something is right for us does not mean it is right for others.

Stresses will be high, leading to a desire to contract and protect yourself and what is yours. You may find yourself at many impasses – directions that once seemed perfect will require major adjustments. Our egos will need to let go and find other ways.

This month you will need good, healthy, strong boundaries and the ability to observe with detachment from an open mind and an open heart. Everything is happening for a reason, though at times it may seem that the universe is out to get you personally. Do not let the externals over which you have no control break down the deep emotional connections you have with those you love.

If you navigate the tumultuous waters of November well, you will discover that love and the deepening of emotional attachments can increase through the conflicts. You will have support if you are willing to open your heart and share your deepest feelings with those close to you. You may feel you can finally trust your partner, and that gives a feeling of renewed pleasure and comfort. Others can recognize your kindness, love and honor, and you can make some great headway toward a long-term goal on which you have been working.

Suzanne Wagner is the author of numerous books and CDs on the tarot. She lives in Salt Lake City.