Back To School: An Intersection Of Old And New

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As I sit here writing this post, this writer took a moment to hit the pause button to reflect on a meaningful, mundane transaction on today’s to do list. Specifically, I shuttled our teenager off to their final early morning summer cross training workout.

It’s not cool to call things like that day camp or playdates anymore (all too tempting). And you don’t call it practice, it’s now called training.

To wit: it’s hard not to hear George Carlin’s spirited questionable assertion, was it ever cool to call getting together with peers or friends playdates?

A vocational internship, community service hours, college tours, soccer season and the beginning of a new school year are all happening and on our household’s horizon. With a kid in school and dad who works in them, that’s what’s up. It’s a process many parents and caregivers have experienced before.

As parents, we’re trying to be mindful of our approach, because like any responsibility, it’s easy to fall prey to the doing, become robotic, and lose sight of the sacred moments along the way. That can happen in all aspects of life, if you’re not careful.

Speaking of transitions, the one constant is change along the trails of life. Are you noticing the subtle hints of Autumn are in the early August air?

These sense experiences mix alchemically with the microscopic, minority radiance of vibrant hues of leaves turning, whilst offering an early prequel to a backdrop to Nature’s theater. May we bear witness to everything old beginning anew again.

It won’t be long till the Equinoxes are here in later September, where light and dark are equal again, and peak foliage colors the tree lines again, if only for a brief moment in time. Ah, the yin and the yang at play!

Looking ahead, our days will get shorter until the darkest day of the year on the Winter Solstice in December. However, if you live in the Southern Hemisphere, Spring is springing, and it will be the Vernal Equinox at that time. Those days will get longer until sunlight peaks on their Summer Solstice.

For the rest of us in the living moment, a Full Moon is waxing and will fully reveal itself in the second week of August. Historically, Full Moons go by different names. One of the traditional names, as indicated by many of our ancestors, is the Full Sturgeon Moon.

These mighty freshwater fish still thrive in the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain regions in the Middle of the Americas. Like turtles, sturgeons have been around at least as long as when dinosaurs roamed Mother Earth.

In much the same way as everyone else, these fish are at risk in today’s changing tides. And yet, these living fossils are still around. Moreover, sturgeons reflect the power of survivors, and as such, are symbolic of resiliency. Like the murky waters these fish stir up, we need to swim through them with resiliency in our tackle box, if you’ll pardon the pun.

But what is this resiliency we speak of? After nearly two decades of social work practice in Public Schools, it is a dream come true to see that we are paying more attention to building resiliency in school community settings.

It’s no secret that we humans come into this Earthbound experience with our own unique, prewired blueprints. While our core temperaments don’t change, our personalities are an evolving process over our life cycle.

Resiliency is something that we are equipped with, and have an aptitude for- some more than others. But we can all build resiliency, which has a positive ripple effect on each other.

Systemically, one way we can all develop our capacity for resiliency is to create and follow a self care routine. I’m a big fan of the Keep It Simple Sweetheart (KISS) model.

Like any healthy self-care routine, building resiliency starts with yourself and invites an intention and commitment to a daily routine of mindful attention.

For example, teaching more meditation, mindfulness and social emotional learning (SEL) as part of the school curriculum supports resiliency and facilitates the challenging process of learning how to be human.

Strategies like focusing on peaceful, calming thoughts, positive self talk, mindful belly breathing, relaxing our judgments and learning to be gentle on ourselves are healthy ways to build an internal state of resiliency and harmonize with our environment. Of course drinking mostly water, emphasizing consumption of plants and being more meat minimalist doesn’t hurt.

Remember that saying yes to self care means that you are saying yes to your own mental health and well being. The rising tide of Inner Peace awakening increases as the more of us become living role models of these behavioral changes. Further, the more we make waves in this dimensional shift, we will collectively see ourselves becoming the change we want to see in the world.

Here is a practical self care/SEL demonstration below in the form of the The Mirror of the Mind meditation. Regular practice of this powerful strategy will support sound mental health and well being in your daily life:

Take care of yourselves everyone,

Ari

Mirror Of The Mind Meditation

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Welcome to my demonstration of The Mirror Of The Mind meditation. I really love this meditation and enjoy teaching this form to others, many of whom say that it really resonates- both kids, adolescents and adults alike.

Remember that the three key ingredients to the efficacy of this meditation are:

Desire: You have to want to do it.

Belief: You have to believe in the meditation.

Expectation: You have to expect that it will work.

The more you do this meditation, as in everyday, the more you will see yourself becoming the change you want to see in the world- in the mirror of the mind.

Remember to focus on the second part of the meditation during your practice, as in see yourself in the way you want your new self to be. Focus on who you are becoming.

Picture looking at yourself in your mirror of your mind with a luminous golden/white light around the mirror with you representing the change in yourself you want to see. This is what some people call the new human or homo luminous.

Don’t get hung up on how visual you are. Just use your imagination and get in touch with the feeling of it. Not everyone is good at creative visualization. But we can all get better at it.

When you are done with this meditation, send the image in the mirror of the mind into the Universe and let go of it. I like to imagine blowing a bunch of pink bubbles with the image enveloped in them, like when I was a kid blowing bubbles. It’s always good to say thank you and have gratitude.

The first part of the meditation (old self/dark edge/black hole envelope), you can revisit periodically- if you feel the need to release any aspects of your old self that you want to let go of or are struggling with. The Autumn Equinox, Winter Solstice or Imbolc (Groundhog Day) might be good times for your consideration to do this form of the Mirror of the Mind because they represent death of the old self times energetically. Some of our ancestors taught to do this form only once. But some of us find it helpful to revisit occasionally.

A Lion’s Truth, New Moon In Leo & Full Sturgeon Moon Down The Pike

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A New Moon in Leo awakens new beginnings on July 28, 2022.

Lion’s spirit symbolizes:

Trusting our intuitive faculties, strength of will, patience and creative imagination.

Meditation on the Solar Plexus Chakra can be a helpful strategy here.

Picture the Sun living within the center point of your sternum.

Lion energy reminds us that real power cannot be forced.

Instead of striving to make things happen,

we are allowing for the arriving of what is in an organic unfolding.

Leo prefers the limelight and focusing on sunshine and rainbows.

But they have a tendency to be spitfires and bring their heat while playing with form.

When examining the Mirror of The Mind in meditation, it is wise to give contemplation to

what we want to bring down from the dreamtime into our material realm.

Doing this requires differentiating fantasy from reality.

Saying yes to life and making amigos with our egos,

are key dynamics to personality development.

An inside out approach recognizes that Life is a matrix of

performing art where the actor and spectator

intersect with one another within an immediate feedback loop.

Be mindful of Pride being Lion’s shadow side:

We all know pride can be seductive!

Wisdom reminds us to face our shadows head on,

otherwise we fall prey to their dark edges

and become shrouded by them.

Mantra: Self Love & Self Expression . . .

I know a Leo who rolls around in dew covered grass underneath a summery Full Moonshine,

as an energetic cleansing strategy to ground & connect with Mother Earth.

Practicing T’ai Chi or another form of moving meditation allows for

exploration of experiencing the power of water gradually.

We are mostly water . . .

The tide of a Full Sturgeon Supermoon rolls in on August 11, 2022.

Like turtles, sturgeons have been around so long they are often referred to as living fossils.

They have an ancient wisdom and survival instinct about them that should be mediated on.

Sturgeon awakens resiliency when facing adversity and overcoming traumatic soul wounds.

Humanity’s evolution needs to develop resiliency in our quest

for reimagining our human story so that we can change our collective narrative.

We can learn to co-regulate and co-exist with one another

so that we can mutually harmonize with our environment.

In the meantime, do whatever you can to

stay in alignment with the Universal Pillars of Love and Truth!

Take care of yourselves everyone,

Ari

When In A Rut, It’s About Time To Buck Up To A Full Moon & Then Tell It To A Tree On A New Moon In Leo

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A Full Buck Moon on July 13th is a gently alluring time for

new adventures along Nature’s trail way.

A New Moon in Leo on July 28 entices your soul to come out to

dance in the light and shine like the sun.

Are you hearing the Universe’s signs and synchronicities

telling you to chase fantastic opportunities?

Remember the Tao does nothing and yet leaves nothing undone.

No worries, mate.

Slow and low, that is the tempo.

Remember that Turtle can turn its head up on a log and be loved by Grandfather Sun for hours.

That isn’t narcissism.

Rather, ancient wisdom at play down by the river’s edge.

If you need to express yourself naturally, get outside and be with the trees!

They want to hear what you have to say and they can help spread your messages,

along echoes of whispering wind kissed leaves . . .

Consider giving a tree a hug or sitting underneath one to yield to their power,

and get in touch with the strength of your roots.

Breathe in Mother Earth supporting your breath.

Are you struggling with the Empire’s duality and paradox right now?

Is it the new politics of of Roe V Wade overturned or the legal right to carry a concealed weapon?

Exhale any dirty energy . . .

Can you see the cyclical death and rebirth without clinging and grasping?

(Equanimity)

And then there’s Mark Twain’s wit about Congress being America’s only criminal class

ringing through the cracked Liberty Bell.

Oh My God, Lord have mercy!

Right about now. Right about now. Right about now.

What?!

Now that’s gangsta.

When Blue Lives (really) Matter,

Constitution is promoting the General Welfare for everyone.

There are no good guys or bad guys or demonized Evil Doers!

(Mantra: Peace Officers)

The only defunding Taoists are talking about is Investing In Loss.

When we invest in loss, we transform our pain & suffering into a gain.

To understand this spiritual concept experientially and energetically

consider this practical strategy:

Touch a tree and perceive it’s energy flowing into your hands, through your arms,

down your body, and then

sink through the balls of your feet into the roots of the tree, down into the ground.

Imagine inner mulching and composting circulating heavenly chi through your body,

whilst being mindful of your spirited, recycled breaths.

Take care of yourselves everyone,

Ari

Life’s A Beach And Then You Crab

Photo by Kristen Bouse

Summer is here and its Solstice signals peak light in the Northern Hemisphere.

Communal spirit and festive vibes are in the air!

Crab shuffles in with a New Moon In Cancer on June 29th . . .

Swimming into mystical waters, deep within creative experiences.

Cardinal flies into a dimension of manifesting self love & honoring nesting O’er insecurities.

Archetypal forces of Mother, Healer, Invisible Male & Female are awakening.

May we nurture through nature:

Subjective experiences are mindful of the interplay

between how we are feeling and communicate that through our throat chakras;

in the form of how we articulate the language of emotion.

Balance of permeability is key because we all need a protective shell for safety.

Yet we also need to feed our souls with interaction.

Imagination tracks into the mirror of the mind.

Walking into a hug reflects a womblike setting . . .

Crab energy draws out sensitivity and suffering of others in our encounters.

How do we do this without becoming sponges?

A Full Buck Moon on July 13th reveals peak antler growth,

and alluring new adventures in consciousness!

Tis good medicine for getting out of our ruts.

Take care of yourselves everyone,

Ari

A Gemini New Moon, Full Strawberry Supermoon & The Energetic Butterfly Effect

A New Moon in Gemini will arrive on May 30th, 2022. These changes in latitudes and changes in attitudes are reminders about the spontaneity of life. May a sense of safety awaken from an awareness about your feelings and sharing them with others. Remember that our heads and hearts want to be in harmony with one another because we need them both to function effectively. Gemini are mutable twins with a lot of teaching energy around them. They are natural storytellers and journalists and have a perceptibility for allowing the light to illuminate the shadows. Being able to see both the light and the dark in a balanced way recognizes the equanimity of life. You can’t have the light without the dark or the masculine without the feminine. Given how difficult it is to differentiate between fact and fiction these days, this is an especially good trait in the times we are living in. Effective communication is a balancing act between speaking and listening. Some people have the gift of gab, while others are natural listeners. We need to develop both forms for healthy communication. Learning to control our minds helps tame the Chattering Monkey Mind. This helps us discern between impulsive hot thoughts versus intuitive or psychic hits. Thoughts that are repetitive and loud need to relax.

A Strawberry Supermoon on June 14 will be the second supermoon of 2022. Its name trances its ancestry from the Algonquin, Ojibwe, Dakota, and Lakota peoples, among others. This time marks the ripening of strawberries that are ready to be gathered, as June reflects great abundance and manifestation. Alternative European names for this Moon include the Honey Moon and the Mead Moon. June was traditionally the month of marriages, and is even named after the Roman goddess of marriage, Juno. Following marriage comes the honeymoon, which is in spiritual synchronistic alignment with this sacred time. The Summer Solstice will happen on June 21st, marking peak sunlight in the Northern Hemisphere. After that, days will gradually start getting darker till light and dark are in alignment again on the Autumn Equinox in later September. In the Southern Hemisphere, it will be the Winter Solstice, the darkest day of the year. And then days will gradually start getting lighter till the light and dark are in alignment again on the Spring Equinox. Like our brains, Planet Earth has two hemispheres that are not separate but are naturally desirously dancing together in harmony.

Artwork by Barbara Merlotti

Full Strawberry Moon yields a fruitful harvest for this sweet crop.

Light peaks on Summer Solstice.

Summertime begins and our spirits want to flock together like birds of a feather.

Float with Butterfly to lighten up your soul to the energy of joy while following your bliss.

External outer-directed energies are in full swing now.

When you are faced with the challenge of changing the latitudes

of your attitudes . . .

Remember to float with the

joy of Butterfly lighten-up the color of your soul

Where are you at right now in your growth?

Are you a caterpillar inching along?

Or are you a grub in hibernation — just waiting

for something new to break out of yourself?

Or are you ready to spread your new wings and fly into new places?

Flitting away from Spring, we feel the ripple effect of the

rising sunlight peaking on the Summer Solstice’s to illuminate our way . . .

A Full Strawberry Moon celebrates this sweet season for harvesting strawberries.

The light of masculine-yang is at its energetic peak on the Summer Solstice.

Time to break out, expand and drink in the festivities of summertime!

In the Southern Hemisphere, the dark nights of feminine-yin energies are climaxing.

Southern lights start slowly waxing.

Might as well float through the season with the joy of Butterfly!

Spread the spiritual seeds of love for all to enjoy . . .

Becoming a future self in the here and now.

We are creating ourselves anew.

Butterfly’s position in our ecosystem gets us to reflect;

on the their effect on our

Waking up to the realm of possibility . . .

Summer is a good time to nurture outward growth and

Become a bit of a social butterfly.

We all need to breathe through these trying times . . .

Breathe out the force of fear;

Breathe in the power of love.

Butterfly is opening up our hearts to smile!

Remember to be gentle on yourself and others . . .

Release judgments and prejudices –

Open up to the courage to examine their grip on your own identity.

We are all One, albeit colorful and diverse expressions of that oneness!

Butterflies are pollinators of transformational seeds of growth into our souls.

Commentary

In the theater of life, the one guaranteed constant is change. The great thing about observing the naturalistic environment of Nature is that we see evidence of transience in the changing of the seasons. Think about how crazy it would be to try to rush away winter before the seeds of spring were ready to wake up. The moon doesn’t feel resentful of the sun’s heat, the sun doesn’t get fired up about the moon’s control of the tides, nor does the Earth say to the humans that have plundered Her resources that we owe her.

Do you really think God is egocentric enough to be jealous or vengeful about our behavior? If Jesus, believed by many to be the Son of God, was able to release judgements and forgive his perpetrators while being executed, then surely Creator was more in touch with Their better angels, rather than reacting to the atrocities like the crucifixion without reserve. Meditation on being created in the image of the Universe reveals that, as spiritual beings having human experiences, we understand that we are part creature and part divine. Awakening to the realm of possibilities is about learning how to become freewill within the humanity of our actions, rather than be enslaved by a mechanistic worldview of probability and statistics programmed to worship the suffocating ways of materialism. The energy of Butterfly shows us the real possibility of transformation. But transformation goes through stages. What stage of change are you in right now? Our spirits tend to rise with the light, and it’s hard not to feel inebriated from drinking in the sunlight. After the spring thaw, the natural impetus to be outside and walk in the sun is good food for the soul. All creatures have an excitability to their energy. Outward movement is reflective of working toward energetic expansion. It’s a good time to branch out of comfort zones, and broaden our social networks.

Don’t get sucked in or seduced by the programmed fears that live inside of you or are pushed onto you by the outer world. You all know that we are living with a proliferation of toxicity and pollution. But getting consumed by it isn’t helpful to you, anyone else or the world we live in. Remember that inner peace isn’t about living in a protective bubble. It is about finding that inner calm amidst the turbulent storms in your orbit. A healthy self care routine, including meditation and a trusted professional are all helpful change agents. None of us can do it all on our own. Let go of your pride and control issues, and allow yourselves to be vulnerable in a healthy way. If you have a voice in your head that says, “that’s not me”- ask yourself, who is that voice that makes this convincing argument?

Higher Love is such a divine feeling. It’s not an elitist or hierarchical position of judgment against lower dimensional thinking. Rather, this direct experience of the sublime is a vibrational shift where inner peace, happiness as a way of life, joy lives inside your being, and following you bliss is your way of life. This is where we ride the thermals of our better angels, or our Higher Selves. You can always gage where you are at in our own map of consciousness by how you feel. Are you in a scared, timid, frightened nervous woodland creature place? Might as well picture a butterfly to fly into a sphere of light-hearted floatation. The time is now!

Take Care of Yourselves Everyone,

Ari

A New Moon In Taurus, Spring Eclipse Season, Full Flower Moon & The Energies of Swan

A New Moon in Taurus gazes o’er the fields on April 30th. The sentiments are amplified by a Solar Eclipse. Eclipses are invitations for spirited change agents in our soul lives. A passionate passing pyre of fiery Aries lit the torch of Spring Eclipse season. Taurus is like dipping your feet in the cold mountain water after a rigorous hike. Inner peace is found with our feet on the ground. But now the Bull is a grounding energetic reprieve, as is the graceful energy of Swan, above the water at least. And yet underneath, Swan’s legs are paddling away rather intensely. This captures the reflection of the powerful energies of the Eclipses. Use the Bull’s energies to keep your wits about you. Analysis paralysis is a foreign land to Taurus. Practicality is important but not without growth. In order to grow, we must leave our comfort zones. The time is ripe now to receive the bounty of water into your soul.

In mid-May, a Full Flower Moon, also a Lunar Eclipse, will occur on Monday, May 16, 2022. This Full Moon has many names, but this name is used by Algonquin and Ojibwe peoples. Like the abundance of flowers springing forth in the flora, the ephemeral energies of cross-pollination reflect in the fauna as well. Flower Power rises again in humanity. The 60s might be dust in the wind, but the winds of change are ringing loud and clear throughout the land of hope and dreams.

Can we be graceful with our apparent imperfections? Life is fleeting and transient, bitter and sweet for certain. Everything is sacred, and yet every moment can be looked upon as a lifetime of death and rebirth. The spirit of breath enters into the body and springs forth life and then exits outward in the dirge. This alchemy of mulching is the compost of life.

Artwork by Barbara Merlotti

May the grace of Swan gently guide you downstream toward a Full Flower Moon,

through the uncharted waters of Climate Change.

Might as well go with the flow as much as possible rather than fight against the current.

Transience reminds us that the only constant is change.

When the grand rapids of life come on like the flooding

emotional waters of overwhelm . . .

Picture a Swan to remember to paddle with the current,

rather than getting sucked into the undertow.

Are you fighting against your stressful situations?

Can you find a way to make friends with your stress by

floating on the water instead of hissing at yourself and others?

May we swim with the grace of Swan as we navigate flow of energies 

streaming into these into uncharted New Age streams of consciousness.

Climate Change is upon us . . .

Might as well go with the flow rather than trying to push against the current.

A Full Flower Moon awakens our senses to the fragrant floral abundance!

Cross pollinating across an awakening New World.

Paddling along with the grace of a Swan . . .

Might we become inspired?

Let us appreciate the beauty of everyday living;

Both indoors and outdoors.

Do you see the beauty within your own Being and

the world around you?

Paradoxically, try to see opportunities for transformation within your transgressions.

Might we dig deep enough to rise up to both the challenge and opportunity . . .

To become friends with whatever we do not like about ourselves.

Trying to lead a perfect life . . .

Is a receipt for unhappiness

What could you adjust inside yourself when perceiving something

outside of yourself as undesirable?

In this space, we open up to the

sacred realm of inner peace.

Transient distractions to sitting with what is –

Are conveniently inconvenient pathways away from the Now.

Otherwise, cosmetic changes only temporarily placate the little ego!

Commentary:

Many times, we do not have control over what happens to us in life. But what we do have control over the way we respond to what life throws at us. We always have the choice to resist the events that unfold in front of our eyes. Or we can choose to accept and even embrace what comes our way and roll with it in as gracefully as possible. Some folks really don’t learn to live until they realize that they are dying. Still others have lived on this planet for many years, and merely exist hardly more than robotic walking corpses, like zombies. Energy is energy – it’s what you do with it that counts.

I remember being at a funeral of a past student I worked closely with, many moons ago. At this tragic event, we were given the opportunity to stand up and say something about his life, and the connection we had with him. One of his family members was a fire and brimstone kind of Christian, and as he stood up on the pulpit, thumping away on the copy of his bible, he talked about Jesus living the perfect life. Is that so? I have heard stories that Jesus was a bit naughty as boy, and often used his powers to manipulate and control other children, and adults alike. I don’t know if that’s true, but what is clear is that he elevated his soul on the map of consciousness into a god-realized human being, and was a powerful role model that led by example. Like the rest of us, he incarnated as a child of God into a mortal. When he died, his soul left his body, and continued to evolve and be of service to a deeper and higher spiritual light team.

Happiness is a way of life, not without it’s negative experiences with emotions. But the kingdom is on the inside like the Christ understood internally and taught externally by living that example. But accessing the vibrational shift of inner peace is really about leaning in, accepting and even embracing our own imperfections, and the imperfections we notice around us. Our Japanese ancestors have called this inner perspective Wabi Sabi. Moreover, the legendary American professional football coach Vince Lombardi once asserted that practice doesn’t make perfect, but that perfect practice makes perfect. In the spirit of that, we might as well take the imperfect pieces of this process, and weave them into a greater perfect whole that transcends the sum of our imperfect parts. Even an ornery swan is still perfect within the context of an imperfect threatening hiss to the eye of a targeted human beholder.

Take care of yourselves everyone,

Ari

Springing Into A New Age

Changing tides, multidimensional rides . . .

Gender identity and expression are signs of confusing transitional identity forms to differentiate.

Like shifting from Winter to Spring;

Winter is nearly forgotten, then remembered.

Not always gracefully like snowstorms in April when there should be only showers.

Or conversations about the fluidity of pronouns.

An attachment to the habituated mind’s eyes are sarcastically stained with clouds of judgements!

Reading a burning book about a caterpillar . . .

Doesn’t turn your fingertips into a firefly or butterfly!

(But meditation on Butterfly can help you spread your wings of compassion

by flying into gentle ripple effect zones of empathic understanding!)

Our world needs more loving kindness right now!

Fossil fuels are exhausting our resources!

Clean energy must be in the tailpipes of our heart minds . . .

It’s a Red Root Chakra thing:

You’ve got to understand . . . Whew!

But don’t get hung up on the color.

The primordial black truth of creation echoes a callback out of the Great Void:

Like leaves in Autumn, we are all diverse shades somewhere under the rainbow.

A New Moon In Aries, The Energies Of Frog & A Full Pink Moon

Aries is the first sign on the Zodiac. From a Western Astrological perspective, Aries reflects the energies of both the new beginnings of a new year, as well as a New Moon on April 1, 2022. Feelings of uncertainty make it tempting to run the hurry up offense by trying to solve problems faster than is natural. Do not rush as if there was a deadline. It is wise for the Ram to try to slow down their steps so that they can decide what they want to do and proceed at their own chosen speed. In the heat of the moment, remember the cool, wintry transitional shoreline tides of Pisces to take a deep breath, relax and go with the flow. May this be a gentle letting go of the heavy blanket of Winter, including any judgements you have been carrying in your backpack. The mystical, soulful travels of other dimensions are as important as the practicality of knowing how to live on this Earth. We all go through ages and stages in our life cycles. As humans, we all get insecure and suffer. We have neglected and even discounted our spirits. Vanity and glorifying youth culture can become a barrier to embracing our cosmetic imperfections. No, we can’t turn back the clock. With meditation, the aging process can be slowed down and even reversed. But meditation isn’t a cure nor is it a cosmetic approach. Developing a regular meditation practice is an inside-out approach to nurture our spirits (as well as our bodies and minds) that can have a meaningful and sustainable impact on our everyday lives. As we change the way we look at ourselves in the mirror of the mind, the way we look in the mirror changes.

Aries the Ram brings the element of fire and is a life force to be reckoned with because they can be fiercely deliberate in their approach. Aries is the part of our personality that embodies the power of our will, which is masculine or yang. Keep in mind that all women have masculine energy in them, while all men have feminine energy in them. So as the yin and yang, these energies flow within all of us and have a natural desire to be expressed. The Billy Joel classic song, My Life, captures the self determination of Aries to do whatever it wants. An intentional selection of crisis reflects the mountains we choose to climb. This writer remembers tapping into his inner ram during some radical hiking adventures, where being present with secure footing and listening to the elements could literally mean the difference between avoiding serious injury, or even life or death on any given moment. There were times that he lost his way, ran out of water and had to pull from resources that he didn’t even know were there. But the spirit of Aries is an intense and direct warrior and they will be sure to bring fire to their target. It won’t be a question of how to avoid stress because Aries attract stress like a magnet. The question is what form will it take. It’s as if the Aries positive self talk mantra asserts: pick your battles, as its signpost. Energy is energy. It’s what we do with it that counts and our approach that matters. We do not need to draw our swords or go to war with each other. Nobody likes feeling like they’ve been thrown under the bus or ambushed in relationship with each other. Remember that anger is the bodyguard of our fears, which explains why most, if not all emotional reactions come from a place of anxiety. Like the yin and yang, order and chaos are always at play with each other.

Check out this Civil Rights oriented video that captures the intersection between the powerful energies of Aries and feminine youth poetry in motion:

A Full Pink Moon, which gets its name from vegetation known as moss pink, arrives on April 16. The Cree Indigenous People called this Full Moon the Frog Moon. It is also known as the Paschal Full Moon because it is the first Full Moon of Spring. Easter is always celebrated on the Sunday after the first Full Moon of Spring, following the Spring Equinox, which was on March 20. This year, Easter falls on Sunday, April 17th. Like humans, flora and fauna; traditions have been mixing since creation. The light rises till its climax on the Summer Solstice on June 21, 2022. After that, the sunlight will slowly start waning until light and dark energies are equal again on the Autumn Equinox in September.

Artwork by Barbara Merlotti

When Frog sings in the torrential downpours of rain falling onto your Being . . .

No need to let it dampen your spirits!

Soak up the cleansing shower of Heavenly tears

by letting yourself bathe in a colorful

rainbow that shines on your golden soul.

What does Frog have to say to you about cleaning up

your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors?

Is there something you need to release or let go of?

How are you weathering the spirits of your daily routine?

A Full Pink Moon reflects an early arrival of spring vegetation in our outer world.

Let Frog guide you into an internal spring cleaning.

Clean, purify, detox and release any dirty, stagnant energies

that muddy the waters your soul wants to set free.

The winds of change are in the air!

Here we are hopping further along into Spring . . .

Frog showers us with purifying songs of April rains!

We branch out of a wintery coffin after a soulful energetic spring cleaning.

Rainbows reflect colorful flowers blossoming with clean care;

A Full Pink Moon signals an early arrival spring of flowers spreading outside –

Abundance and fertility are in the air!

Time to clear away the internal clutter . . .

Are you remembering to take deep, cleansing breaths to stay grounded?

Might as well transform the way we hop through life.

Call on the positive vibrations to reverberate in your soul’s acoustics.

Metamorphosis abounds as May flowers whisper in the winds of change.

Frog awakens magical elemental forces of water and land;

What needs to be released from your mind-body-spirit?

Picture a Frog to help you develop a deeper respect for boundaries.

Visualize transformative travels through powerful conductors of water and sound;

Your creative powers want to spring forth!

Now is the time to let go of stale, stuck energies

that want to uproot your soul’s impetus to evolve and grow!

Commentary:

Showers in April are a good reminder that it is time a good Spring clean-up. Time for cleansing, purification, detoxification and release. Nature reflects our inner world for us to examine. The beauty of a rainbow could not exist without the storm that preceded it. It’s when we feel lost and alone that a rainbow appears that brightens our spirits. Otherwise, we would not be able to differentiate a dark sky from a clear day. From a spiritual perspective, we are living in a time of transition, where there is the death of an old world and rebirth of a New Earth. We are literally taking our first quantum leap onto the lily pad of the Aquarian Age. In this process, we need to let go of divisive us and them, stale, boxed in thinking, old ways of being sacrificial lambs, dog eat dog, you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours, male dominating female, fear of feminine power and unbalance of power by subjugating Black Indigenous People of Color and Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer people. The awakening New Age of Aquarius is a time where we can find our way in our own uniqueness by aligning who we are as individuals that mixes with group consciousness. Diversity within Unity. We are moving into a time period where the ego does not dominate the playing field anymore. It is about us becoming what is in tune with our Higher Selves or our Better Angels, as President Lincoln said. We can be aligned in our heads and our hearts with each other and come from a place of authentic soulful recognition. Yes, we have our prewired and learned fears, negative self talk and voices of trauma. But we don’t have to be seduced or submerged by them. Sitting with the Lotus flower out in Nature will help show you the way by becoming the change you want to see in the world. Observe this transformative process unfolding within yourself.

Take care of yourselves everyone,

Ari

Recognition Poem

A positive self talk mantra asserts that the energy of recognition helps you take a different look at yourself. We often have a lot of self-criticism, which influences our self esteem in a negative way. Fear is often the barrier for doing what we really wish to do. Recognize yourself! Recognize others!

Devil inside, are you a better con artist than you are conning yourself into buying into?

Dark Nights of the Soul reveals light at the end of the tunnel.

She illuminates the shadows.

Us and Them segregations are cognitive distortions!

The blind man with his dog on vacation could have seen the Elephant In The Room coming . . .

In the beginning, there was the word.

And discipline derives its ancestry from the Latin root to teach.

A Higher quality of respect comes from feeling safe to learn,

even through peaceful and non-violent forms of tough love.

Fear of consequence avoids taking responsibility.

Karmic leveling impulses are not without natural and logical consequences.

They are not always seen and heard.

Bumper sticker:

Imagine the day the Air Force needs a bake sale to raise money for a 52-Bomber

Take it another step further and imagine there is no Air Force or Death Planes to raise money for!

From this perspective, there are No Fly Zones to fight o’er

the Ukraine or anywhere else for that matter!

They say we have the technology here on Planet Earth

to leapfrog over fossil fuels and send ET back home.

Why doesn’t the Secret Government come out of the closet about these self evident truths?

Taxpayers have the sovereign right to a Full Disclosure of their hard earned money at work!

The more aware that we are of our awakening awareness,

the spotlight of heart-centered mindfulness lays the cards on the table to call out the bluff.