Eagle Soars Along the Trails, Whilst Blazing Bald New Truths

A Full Harvest Moon fades into a sunlit moon’s twilight
of a waning Fall Eclipse Season . . .

Do you see the veils between the spirit and material realms
thinning before your eyes?

Grandmother Moon mates with Grandfather Sun
Autumn Equinox is the spirit of the season

Opportunistic Bald Eagle eats a dead dear

Is Mother Nature’s revelation gently allowing for
being lured into new moon frontiers?

Or perhaps Eagle hears formerly sound-proof
airways of transformative drum-trips . . .

Movement into multidimensional friendly cohabitation with shadow selves

A High Mind is balanced by a yinwardly strong tree trunk
sewn deeply into this black Planet . . .

There is no need to fear Her primal Nature

Spiritual Beings stand on Her fertile ground and bow to her bounty
But with paradoxical knowledge that we are not of It

We all sport star-dust in our Divine Constitution!

Creative forces flow with the power of water
Neurons want to dig in to outside the box right brain thinking

Linear, logical and rational left brain cognition is also important for balance

See your body as a Golden Temple living within the Kingdom of Heaven
This perception will help you reconcile the conflict with duality

Might as well lighten up attachments to Her gravitational pull

See positive interpretations through the Eagle Eyed lens of silver linings

Take note of your thoughts about the world . . .
Be curious about how they might affect your attached emotions

And then witness how you act out those drams in your day-to-day operations

If you want, consider scripting a new authorship

See you along the trails,

Ari

Bear Like Me Walks Along the Trails

Last week’s Full Harvest Moon and Lunar Eclipse wanes O’er the skies
Consciousness descends into dimming lights in the Northern Hemisphere

The shades of Autumn Equinox reflect balance of Masculine and Feminine

Bear medicine can help you know when to back off and when to assert yourself
Picture a Bear to stand in your own personal authority

Remember that a Yinward bound train gains momentum until Her climax
Deep into the caves of December on Winter Solstice

Boundaries are always an important opportunity for a mindful walking meditation

Darker nights symbolize a letting go of action-oriented yang
A sleepier time of the year reveals a thinning of the veils

The discrepancy between the material and spirit realm fades away

Our friends in the Southern Hemisphere will paradoxically
see more Light on their horizon
Souls are feeling more energized and intense there

Look to nature to nurture relationships within yourself and others
It is wise to move with our pain or we end up not moving at all

Rooting into the earth of our inner human potential . . .
Reflects that Life tastes as sweet as honey!

See you later on the trails,

Ari

When I think of Heaven, Deliver me in the Belly of a Red Winged Cardinal

Can you hear the whistle of Cardinal’s spirit blowing in the wind?
Are you feeling eclipsed by their virtuous and powerful archetypal footprint?

Mercury in Retrograde resurrects perpetually dead, albeit real call backs . . .
Our minds move away from rational, logical and linear recordings

Try not to get identified with any fixed ideas or repetitively negative mental tapes
Just examine them with an open, passive attitude and gently let them pass

A Full Moon coming soon yields a hearty seasonal Harvest . . .
What tremors will be seen, heard and felt across the fruited plains?

Feeling safe, comfortable and regulated will be challenged
But there is an opportunity for letting go and relaxing into seismic changes

Feminine yin power intensifies during the approach of the
Autumn Equinox this September

Back to school, back to business and getting organized is in the air!
But don’t let that drive you nuts . . .

A revival of old religious traditions co-mingles paradoxically with
listening to the messages of your True self and Inner Voice that
remind vitality is always here for you to allow in any given moment!

Climate Change, dark sorcery and violence plague our streets . . .
Breathing in chaotic storm fronts are painful to watch and hard on the lungs . . .

But where are you on the map of seeing a
Silver Lining Playbook and making only positive interpretations?

The black truth is that it can be hard to find Nirvana
within the chaotically deafening traffic jam of life!

Might as well strum the heartstrings of Oneness and
tune in to the key of Inner Peace!

See you further on up the trails,

Ari

Saying Peace Out to Spidery Entanglements with Form

Feminine energy slowly spins it’s web with Spider rising
Isn’t it tricky not to get tangled up in shady dark edges?

Symbolic of Grandmother Moon, may we be inspired by Spider
to weave new program designs into our dying old paradigm . . .

This reflects correspondence with a forthcoming New Moon
Time for new solutions and novel ways of looking at beginnings

Walking in balance within the center of a circle . . .
Awakens a paradoxical spiritual and practical challenge and opportunity

Like the tracks left in Buddha’s wake . . .
There is a Middle Way!

A Middle Way, in the current American general election looks like
a write-in vote , voting for a third-party candidate, or not at all

Instead of following the commercial that tells you to vote
for the opposite sides of the same coin based on fear-based incentives

Buying into the lesser of two evils only strengthens
the grip that Big Money and the Military Industrial Complex
has on your mind-set

Remember that you have a choice to stay on the path without getting too swayed
by the seductive pull of life’s tension of opposites

See how polarity consciousness plays out by pushing you to
think, feel and behave in a way that
echoes the dominant voices that the corporate media wants you to buy into

Try not to chase your thoughts and react emotionally to those thoughts
in a extroverted trigger happy way with others . . .

What would it be like for you to stand in the empathic shoes
of your so-called competition or adversary?

We nurture creativity by paradoxically staying grounded in Infinity
Dream weaving into the material reality should not be
without entertaining unintended consequences . . .

If you are wearing a predatory mask,
isn’t it obvious that you might not have the stomach
for empathizing with your victims?

Just chew on that for a moment . . .
Isn’t that a mouthful?

See you further on up the trails,

Ari

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Waxing Gratitude Following a Waning Fragrant Full Flower Moon

Thank you to all of you who have supported the energy of this blog.

It has been a process, and I could not have done it without
your encouragement and co-creation.

In fact, this forum has inspired the recent publication of my first book,
accompanied by my Aunt Barbara’s beautiful animal pictures.

And I would like to thank my wife Kristen, for her Earth. I deeply appreciate her grounding force in my life!

For more information on the arrival of my book, Something to Chew On . . . , here are the links to access a copy if you feel so moved:

http://bookstore.iuniverse.com/Products/SKU-001055991/Something-to-Chew-On.aspx

As such, I have chosen to take a break from this week’s posting to
allow us to sit with and celebrate the arrival of this walking meditation.

In the meantime, I look forward to seeing you up the trail head next week with new material,

Ari

Digging into a Secret Garden with Lynx

Lynx guides us into the heavens to return our divinity
Breathing in healthy living here on earth

Facing the great North
We return to ancient Egypt . . .

Even back then, Pharaohs revealed to us that “rule by few”
and trickle down economics did not work for the overwhelming majority

Forever watching with Lynx over the sands of time
This cat’s old blue eyes at birth
Symbolizes Father Sky’s depth

Looking back . . .
Slavery has been programmed into human history

Nothing more degrading than working the land on command
As the “land is our Mother”

So the idea you could buy or sell her lifts the veil of insanity
Because “this land was made for you and me”

In American politics today Bernie Sanders spikes the ball with authority
Touching down on this sentiment with the will of the people

While dinosaurs like Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton
Prefer to carry out a moderate Republican agenda
Continuing to siphon the welfare to the “minority of the opulent”

Flash forward to the current season . . .
Summer and Fall training camp prepares us for Winter
So that you can go your own way

Wisdom is to know the Sun still shines
When skies appear as 50 shades of gray
But this famous star is just hiding behind the clouds

Trust your instincts regarding how you feel in the presence of others
A healthy stomach makes it easier to listen to your gut

Silence is a Higher form of honesty
Instant Karma kicks in when we break confidentiality

Clairvoyance is a spiritual x-ray vision that holds intimate information
Just be with that empathic knowing

Nature speaks to us through signs and synchroncities
Lynx helps guide us through the process of discernment

Discover lost treasures stowed away in the
Kingdom of Heaven that resides within you

See you further on up the trails,

Ari

Lady and the Beetle Bug

Beetles symbolize the power of solar energies and new life
If you have been waiting for the sun . . .
Then now is the time to let in the sunshine of warmer days and outward growth

You only have to wait ’till Tuesday to hear voices carry
The sound of musical new beginnings accompanying this New Moon

Next week, we will reach Father Sun’s peak
A fire on the mountain that shines his lightest day of the year
On the Summer Solstice
In the Northern Hemisphere

Beetles represent metamorphosis
Like seasons changing . . .
Beetles transform from eggs to grubs to winged creatures

Nature show us that everything is transient
There is security in plans
They give us a sense of order

But chaos must also flow in the river of Life
Awakening the element of surprise

Instead of getting bugged by the chronic irritability of disappointments –
Especially when a situation doesn’t meet your expectations
Try to receive what arrives in your wake with an open attitude of detachment

It feels empowering to not take things so personally

Like oceans bowing to the streams flowing yin
We empathize with true feminine power

Saying good-bye to our old selves is just acknowledging that change is part of Life
As is being born again into a new self
Or taking a deep breath after yawning an exhalation of dead air

Just a gentle nudging to wake up instead of going back to sleep

This process is akin to resurrection and reincarnation . . .
In our soul development

But you don’t have to physically die to ascend in your skin
We are an accumulation of our choices
Past lives and future selves occur in this lifetime

Do you need to let go of the past?

Karmic Law or cause and effect does not discriminate against
A “you only live once” mindset

Our actions have consequences – some unintended
and still others lie hidden in the shade

We are not talking about punishment or eternal damnation
But it doesn not mean we throw caution to the wind

Might we allow the sunlight to illuminate the shadows?

Do you need to shine new sunlight into your life?

Meditation on Lady Bugs awaken nurturing energies of
Practicality and healthy personal space protection . . .

Synchronizing with spring and summer’s outward growth

Temperatures are heating up . . .

What hidden waterfalls of knowledge, magic and soul-searching spiritual messages
Are wanting to cool down the fiery furnace of your soul?

See you further on up the trails,

Ari

Tunneling Underground with Groundhog

Groundhogs radically lower their body temperature, respiration and heartbeat
Securing a protected slumber to keep safe and sound while frozen in time
During this week’s Full Snow Moon

Do you ever feel like you are sleepwalking through life in a hypnotic trance?
Every day is the same
Like Bill Murray’s character in the iconic film Groundhog Day
Even when killing himself, he cannot escape his suffering

But there is a way out of our suffering by leaning into our pain

A Groundhog’s Winter hibernation
Symbolizes death and rebirth while we are breathing
Waking-Up the embers of underground unconsciousness
Unearthing mysteries of death without dying

Pregnant with dreamy seeds of who we want to become
When Spring Eclipse season buds into our consciousness
While slumbering in dark tunnels of our soul

Lucid dreaming sheds light on our underground digging and tunneling
Do you feel your subconscious mind waking-up?

Life and death are deeply mysterious unknowns
But we do not have to physically die to live
with a healthy relationship with our mortality

Regardless of the weather forecast, unexpected changes happen
Order and chaos are in a fluctuating tango
Our boarders and edges soften with time

Are you sending clear signals for boundaries you want respected?

Mercury in retrograde resurrects relationships from our past
Use this period to release and let-go of stagnant energies
Like feeling abandoned, rejected, resentful or bitter
Gently allowing healing to take place instead of developing an attitude

Regarding past regrets . . .
Remember that you win when you choose forgiveness
Give yourself permission to grieve so that you can move forward

Are you handling the accompaniment of mixed and conflicting feelings
that are rising up to the surface without getting stuck in global overwhelm?

But rather than skillfully avoiding our pain and discomforts
Through sophisticated symptom relief . . .
If only we develop our tolerance threshold, accept and even embrace
our internal deaths and rebirths with grace

We breathe in the fresh air of every living moment . . .
And then exhale its death in the next moment of kin . . .

We can let go of our resentments and digest bitter
Relaxing the charge we have felt by our pain

If only we learn to live in the present as it happens
We gently allow a distant past of abuses or projected future fantasies
Pass with care

We awaken to the metaphor of reincarnation
Transcending the Law of Cause and Effect
Reworking and revisiting Groundhog Day
Into a magical mystery tour of
Right Now!

See you further on up the trails,

Ari

Facing North with Lynx

Facing North with Lynx
We venture across space and time
Discovering hidden lost treasures

How do we allow past lives
Illuminate the shadows of the present
To set sail toward clear skies ahead?

Nature gives birth to our blueprint orientations
But we are free to make our own footprints

What has been passed on to you by your ancestors?

While tracking with our snow shoe paws
We awaken to Heavenly knowledge of Dreamtime

What secret forecasts are hiding behind the clouds?

Remember that solitude need not be a lonely experience

Are your distractions a sleep-aid to your soul promptings?

Think outside the box . . .
What solutions do you hear echoing from stillness speaking?

Do you see or hear an unseen core of truth?

Lynx medicine is akin to spiritual x-ray vision
We peer deeper into our empathic connections in relationship

What do we do with this information?

As we move further away from the Winter Solstice
Closer to Groundhog Day, Chinese-Lunar New Year and then Spring Equinox
It becomes easier to see the light at the end of the tunnel

But in this darkness, it is a good time for
watching our surfacing dark feelings with a gentle gaze

Painful as they may be, it is wise to be informed by them
Without holding onto the shores
Or becoming consumed by their emotional darkness

May we write injuries in dust, benefits in marble

It has been 20 years since my mom killed herself
Half my lifetime ago

Leaving behind so much grieving for all of us
Such a challenge digging through the dark without losing sight of the light
Hasn’t been the first time I’ve been knocked down
And it won’t be the last

But the bell I choose to listen to
Is a bell of mindfulness

When I look to the past, I live in the present, with my eye on the future
Whatever I get hit with
I’m going to keep getting back up
And you can too

Lynx is a good reminder to hold onto knowledge with watchful eyes
Knowing that sometimes silence is a higher form of honesty
Even in transparency, we respect confidentiality

Now Mercury is in retrograde
Let go of left brain, rational, logical trying to figure it all out cognitive processes

Might as well go with the flow and open up to allowing
creative, intuitive, illogical and feminine faculties
to come out and play

Are you trusting your instincts?

Open minds channel alternative pathways and novel thinking

Seeing ourselves as eternal springs with an unlimited internal well of resources
helps shift from a victim mentality toward our True soul power

Clean care and clean Love burns greener energy into our atmosphere

Feed your soul with full-bellied laughter
Let your love and light shine on by wearing a genuine heart-smile

See you further on up the trails,

Ari

Listening to the Magical Tunes of Black Crows

Crows sit all along the watchtower in large flocks of communal roosts
A symbolically predictive omen for changing weather patterns

Further movement into a New Earth previews trailers of clearer forecasts
Revealing that we are all One

Connecting the loose threads of our multidimensional heartstrings
Striking a chord that we are all in this together

Meditation on the Law of Impermanence
Reminds us that everything is transitory and ephemeral

Is it a time for you to begin a new course of study?

Fireside storytelling awakens the flames of shared human experiences
Breathing in Samhain marks mid-point between Autumn air and Winter Solstice
A good time to honor our ancestors and exhale Karmic wounds of yesterday

Is a message on its way for you to receive?

Reflecting Nature’s intentional expression for letting-go
And feeling thankful for our vulnerability

Should you be more alert and wary?

Spiritual laws transcend physical laws
By bending the ways of our material world

Watching our shadow-side teachings remind us to attend to the nuts and bolts
Cultivating structure, consistency and predictability in our daily walk facilitates
Coming down into our souls from our high perches of observation

Try not to sweat the small stuff of nervous woodland creature energies

Creation is born out of the feminine womb of life
Master magicians see illusionary veils cloaking other realms
Mystical vibrations of co-creativity are woven into everyday life

Are you noticing everyday opportunities to make magic in your daily routine?

When sitting still in the driver’s seat
We keep our eyes on the horizon and in rearview mirror
Watching the wheels balancing in the eternal now

Picture a tree soaking in sun
Rooted deeply into our Earth’s dark soil
Together we stand in alignment with the elements

Shapeshifting ourselves into transformative inner peace
Shining intrinsic Divine Light onto our darker edges

Leave it to Full Beaver Moon this week to cue us to “set traps”
Before our internal swamps become frozen
Turning our clocks back yinward
In preparation for the cold by blanketing our souls with “warm winter furs”

Remembering when our soul power breathes effectively through our human voice
We are honoring every moment as a past teacher,
the living present as our creation
and the future as our inspiration

See you further on up the trails,

Ari