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A New Moon arrives on January 24.
And then after that, the Chinese New Year of the Rat on the 25th.

The duality of an old world dying, and a new one
birthing is laborious, and painful to watch at times.

This transition into a new age and paradigm
goes by different names, just like the moons.

Does that early leaf falling in late summer,
bring you into your fears about the waning light,
and cooler temperatures?

Like all transitions, many people are
questioning where they have been,
and where they are going in their lives.

Some say they don’t want to live on the planet anymore.

There are many forms that people play with to do
that in their consciousness by way of escapism, fantasies,
hitching a ride to another galaxy in a spaceship, running from
our feelings, or retreating into a personal bubble.

One of the ways people give up is through death by suicide.

Killing yourself is certainly one of the 10,000 ways into
the valley of death.

But there are more purposeful ways to expand our souls,
and liberate them, rather than by ending your body’s experience here.

Besides, it’s a really traumatic experience, and terribly confusing.

That’s why I try to be mindful of killing with kindness, and
remember to meditate on Groundhog to die without dying.

It makes sense to me that our ancestors celebrated the Imbolc,
because it marked the mid-point between the Winter Solstice, and Vernal Equinox.

The popular American holiday of Groundhog Day reflects
this symbolism because energetically Spring is starting already.

It’s good medicine to celebrate the light rising at the end of the tunnel,
and the wisdom to see light, and dark balancing each other out again.

As dark of a topic as suicide is,
it does not discriminate.

It doesn’t care if you are rich or poor, what your race,
ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation is, what political
party you belong to, or if you are an introvert or extrovert.

Suicide is something most people contemplate.
But most people don’t do it.

And one of the reasons people don’t end their lives is that people think about
the impact it will have on the survivors, and the holy hell it leaves behind.

One of the complexities of suicide is that people
who try to end their lives, or do end their lives
are sick of the pain, don’t want to deal with it anymore,
and wish their pain would go away.

As a survivor of a completed suicide,
it has been a long journey in working through my own healing process.

It hasn’t been easy to look forward to this month in a new way.

Anniversaries can bring all those feelings,
and old stories right back to the surface –
regardless of how deeply submerged or buried they were.

I can still remember getting the call that my mom
had left this Earth 25 years ago, like it was yesterday.

As you can imagine, that wasn’t an easy call to take,
even though I had tried to prepare myself for it from her previous
attempts, and knowledge of how extreme her shifts
between internal order and chaos could be.

I feel thankful to my family, friends, and fraternity brothers
who were there to cushion the blow, and help me see that
a safety net was there when I needed it.

There have been many ebbs and flows along the way,
regarding how I have handled this tragedy, or not handled it.

Like Sting, I have worn the royal crown of the King of Pain,
and traveled through Dark Knight of the Soul.

For a long time, I’ve been good at hiding that side of myself.
Wearing masks can do that.

But it can also show you who you really are before you are
ready to show your dark and shadow sides to others.

The old survival of the fittest paradigm is
part of a dying process, just as are old stories.

On some level, we have believed that “it’s just the way it is.”

People have been put into boxes, and believed in those boxes.

If you didn’t identify with one version of yourself,
or what someone told you about yourself.

Perhaps you’ve rebelled by becoming the opposite side of the same coin.

The grip of those old stories can be hard to let go of.

We humans have believed in them,
and developed attachments to those stories.

Like with all new moons,
this new moon coming is associated with new beginnings.

And so it is with the lunar energy of a new year.

Rats are shrewd creatures, and can symbolize prosperity,
according to Chinese astrology.

What shrewdness, and prosperity do you want to bring to the table,
and manifest on our Planet in the year ahead?

In social science, rats are associated with behaviorism,
and applied behavioral analysis.

Like humans, rats are intelligent creatures.

Sometimes, behaviorism gets a bad rap about
wanting to manipulate, and control people.

But any knowledge that gets in the wrong hands
embodies that kind of stupidity.

I recently saw an old you-tube interview with B.F. Skinner.
And it was illuminating to see him talk about how he
saw his psychology as a way for individuals to empower themselves.

And I don’t think it’s a coincidence that country rats have been
identified as smarter than city rats.

We all do better in smaller, more intimate circles where we feel
part of a community, and organically connected to Nature.

If you can see the maze for what it is, you can then
see yourself rewiring new cognitive maps.

These are the days of creating amazing portals into new ways of being.

Till we tweet again peeps,

Ari

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The Imbolc is coming, which represents the mid-point
between the Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox.

And the Chinese Lunar New Year of the Pig comes on
February 5th, along with a New Moon the day before that

So the new energies of a new year are still strong right now . . .

Of course in The United States, the popular
Groundhog Day tells us if we have six more weeks of winter,
depending on whether or not the groundhog sees his shadow.

The energy of Groundhog awakens the death of the old self
without actually physically ending your life.

I wonder how many suicides could be prevented if, or even
the public’s general fear of death might relax,
if a healthy energetic diet of
Groundhog medicine was more consistently consumed?

Changing seasons, death without dying,
and even physical death itself,
is merely a transition.

Like the Law of Transience teaches us,
all life is not without change.
It’s one constant that we can count on.

Given that groundhogs hibernate in winter,
and dig elaborate underground homes,
it makes perfect sense that they symbolize
digging into our subconscious,
to see what might be hiding beneath
the shadows of our conscious reality.

Meditation on Groundhog can awaken a sense that
there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Use these energies to be curious about what feelings have been
simmering cautiously beneath the surface of your conscious experience with reality

Perhaps they will lead you into the depth of your humanity and personal divinity

Just a shift in perspective can literally transform
the way the world looks right in front of your eyes . . .

See you onward along the trails,

Ari

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A Full Snow Moon arrives earlier than usual this year . . .

This Full Moon is also a Total Lunar Eclipse
Its energies, like the NFL/Super Bowl hype is performance enhanced!

The Imbolc, or the halfway point between Winter and Spring
also arrives this week, along with Groundhog Day

Our days are getting longer, and light/dark will be
equal again by the Spring Equinox in March

May the spiritual powers of Groundhog’s consciousness
awaken a death without dying experience

Although wearing masks is a natural part of being human,
living authentically means coming out of hibernation . . .

Time to come above ground and leave our shadow selves behind . . .
A Full Moonshine is a revelation into our Higher Selves

Digging deeper into our souls revisits lessons from past selves and before lives
What do those lessons have to teach you in the here and now?

See you further up the trails,

Ari

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A waning Full Wolf Moon shrinks in the skies,
as we are waking up into a new year ahead . . .

Like losing our loved ones, a dying lunar cycle
can bring up similar feelings of grieving, loss and sadness

Winter is a good time to turn inward, pause and reflect on the last year
It is also a good time to go into the Dreamtime,
and take note of what comes up from there

What metaphorical trees are moved to uproot and be
examined in the underground of your consciousness?

What seeds do you want nurture and breathe life into the sunlight come spring?

Every day will shed a little more light until
light and dark are equal again on Spring Equinox in March

Energetically, if we are paying attention to Nature’s subtleties,
we will see evidence of a blossoming spring coming earlier than that

Spring Astrological Eclipse season is on its way at the tail end of this month . . .

Their energies correspond with of a Full Snow Moon at the end of January, and the
Chinese-Lunar year of the Dog later on in mid-February

Time to weather the cold, and maintain perspective
even in dim lights, and dark emotions

Picture Groundhog to awaken death without dying, and
focus on seeing the light at the end of the tunnel . . .

See you further along the trails,

Ari

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Groundgog Day arrives this week . . .
A passing New Moon, and waxing Full Snow moon is coming soon

The energies of February eclipse season are stirring seeds of change in our world
These rising tides of changes in consciousness are not met without resistance

Just yesterday, Father Time delivered the birth of the
Chinese-Lunar New Year of the Rooster into our Mother Earth

It is also the traditional Imbolc, a time when our ancestors honored
Nature’s halftime celebration between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox

So whether or not Groundhog sees his shadow,
Groundhog medicine awakens underground forces

May the Goddess Brigid be the fiery light at the end dark tunnels . . .

Meditate on Groundhog’s spiritual guidance on death without dying . . .
What old self needs to die, what New Self wants to grow?

If you are willing to take a deeper and higher responsibility in life,
then you can transcend cause and effect

You can let go of your suffering, and be free from that kind of slavery

In spite of cold weather, and darker days

Groundhog reminds us that the seeds underground
are contemplating the waking up process to blossom in the Spring

Are you ready to tunnel into and examine the catacombs of your soul
to recycle that compost so that it will blossom in the Springtime?

If you take issue with some else’s perceived transgressions . . .
Are you able to express your feelings without going straight outta woodland?

Just because you might feel justified in your emotional expression through
provocative and aggressive language does not make your delivery OK

Love always wins in the long run,
never the dark forces of hatred and bigotry

Part of being human is learning to differentiate and individuated from our
emotions without becoming our emotions

What matters is how we express our emotions
We are more likely to get respect when we give it

Or you can be a victim and continue to live in hell

This requires us to hit the pause button, and stop, think and relax before
responding to the situation at hand . . .

Be the Aquarian New Age transformation you want to see in the world!

See you further on the trails,

Ari

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Bald Eagle lights our way over a waning Full Wolf Moon . . .

Their spiritual guidance symbolically reminds us to
spread our wings in the heavens,
but not without keeping our feet firmly anchored in the earth

We all came here as diverse expressions of oneness
to co-create heaven on earth . . .

All too often that is forgotten in the illusion of separation

May we remember that Dr. King spread his wings from the pulpit of black churches
but in his walk into the general public, he never forgot his roots

King reflected a deep spiritual truth that the only way to
dismantle hateful darkness is through the light of love

Many folks are struggling with the aftershocks of election cycle insanity . . .
It is challenging for a lot of people to stomach a Donald Trump Presidency

Try to see beyond the smokescreen . . .

Can you dig deeper through the fears projected by black magic that sells
control of the evolutionary process of a fluidly flowering New Age?

Look to the changing seasons to realize no guarantees
can execute a fool-proof game plan

Natural forces are at work that transcend human-centric program design

We are moving into a realm of infinite possibilities . . .

This is the space where order and chaos, move as fluctuating energies,
like the yin and the yang

The Lunar Chinese New Year roosts in later this month . . .

A little further on down the trails, we tunnel into Groundhog Day, while the
Imbolc marks the mid-point between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox

February Eclipses are brewing to blow in the winds of new beginnings . . .

Sunlight continues to gain momentum, albeit while softened by dark nights

See you onward up the trails,

Ari

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Groundhog Day comes out of hiding this week
May we be inspired to face our shadow sides while tunneling through
dark nights of our souls during Winter’s wake

Isn’t the labyrinth of our inner tapestry an expansive and deeply mysterious place?

But with the ascent of yang rising toward alignment with darkness
Spring Equinox arrives in March . . .

Bringing energetic balance to the Force

But before that, a Chinese Year of the Monkey
swings in next week to signify a new Lunar calendar year ahead
and remind us of the power of community

We are digging further into a New Age of Aquarian unity
Reawakening us to the reality that we are all in this together . . .

Regardless of our superficial differences to the naked eye
or cursory glance of illusionary divisions

You are not alone

A beacon of light is becoming harder to ignore

Groundhog’s seasonal sleep –
reflects death without dying

If only we allow the light to illuminate the shadows

Remember Winter’s death breathes life into Spring’s rebirth . . .

Purposeful underground digging allows for seeds of our
subconscious minds to walk in the sunlight

If you peer into Nature, you will see examples of life and death everywhere
But we do not have to physically die to experience rebirth

Consider a game plan for this lifetime that gives you an opportunity to
play every down like it’s your last

Make sure it is you that commands the call for the
boundaries on the playing field that you want respected

Remember to maintain your own integrity in your daily business transactions

Take a deep breath of fresh air in every living moment . . .
And then exhale its death and let go of it . . .

Awaken to the metaphor of reincarnation …
Transform the Law of Cause and Effect –

Realize that you are a creation of your thoughts
Become conscious of them and transform your thoughts
so they are in alignment with the Golden Rule

See this reflect in your everyday outer reality as our collective Higher Truth . . .

Let us live in the here and now while revisiting and redefining Groundhog Day

Hope to see you onward up the trail,

Ari

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