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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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A Full Wolf Moon blows in the cold winds on January 10th.

The distractions of the holidays have passed, and the
Sun driven Gregorian New Year eclipses us.

And now many are feeling depressed, as the void of coming down
into the wake of winter’s slumber is setting in.

These feelings are natural, even if demonized, and
feared in our glamorized world of being up all the time.

But we can look forward to a New Moon on the 24th, that is followed closely by
the arrival of the Chinese-Lunar Year of the Rat on the day after that.

Meditate on the tracks of Wolf government . . .
Wolves embody a delicate balance of hierarchy, and democratic principles.

Be mindful of the shrewd inspiration of rats to remember
our intellect to reflect, and evaluate on our current human plight.

Legend has it that even the Buddha was impressed when
Rat was the first one to come learn when he
invited all the animals to his teachings.

You don’t have to look very far to see
the climate of changing tides on the Planet today.

There are many things to grieve about the suffering
we see among our human brothers and sisters.

Yeah, it might be hard not to get seduced by the
enemies of hate spreading like agent orange across
the sands of time.

Watch the dinosaurs of the old paradigm fight tooth and nail
to protect a dog eat dog conditioned mentality that is oppressive.

Remember that those people are suffering the most are afraid
that their power is slipping away by believing that they
don’t have a place in a New Earth.

But everything about that kind of thinking
are merely examples of erroneous zones.

Even if you don’t understand what polarity consciousness,
or diversity in unity means, you probably already realize that
people are more divided nowadays more than yesterdays.

That’s why we souls have come here at this time,
because we must heal the illusion of our perceived separation.

But then again, every soul’s waking up process happens in
its own way, as does their personal transformational process.

As long as I have been on the planet, I have seen this
more pronounced now more than ever.

This is part of our awakening, spiritually speaking.

I was born right around the time that Richard Nixon resigned –
probably right before he would have been impeached.

People forget that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,
left his comfort zone of black churches.

He did that with great courage by venturing out into the unknown
to protest the Viet Nam War, and social injustices by crossing over into
the the dominant White, Middle-Class America, and the world at large.

Civil Rights is about asserting the right for everyone to
have equal access to resources. It is about asserting
that we all deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.

Now we have a Billionaire Class gangster at large in the White House.

But he is just part of the Old Testament Goliath
that represents a dying old world.

The vanity fair of the ego should be our servant
but not our master.

A tao centered way of an Aquarian New Age is on its way,
but we are in the labor pains right now.

It is a similar feeling to when you experience loss
when someone you love dies, moves out of your life,
you go through a death of your old self, your child leaves
for college, you go through a break-up, a divorce,
or leave a job, along with coworkers you see everyday, etc.

Perhaps the gender identity, or your sexuality has
changed, and you now view that part of you as dead,
and a new part of you as born.

Out of the great void, arises a new light, and energies
that come alive inside of you when you
let them flow through your Being.

But around here, part of playing the blame game,
and being a blamenator, is to take things personally.

In this sphere, we see criticisms as personal attacks,
and then become defensive.

I know this because I have been good at those things during my lifetime.
In fact, I have been gifted at it.

At some point, you have to get sick of being sick, and realize
that by softening your will, and by surrendering to the
will of the Universe, you aren’t losing or selling out.

If you can access faith and trust, it will shed light
in the tunnel of darkness – however dimly lit.

By not drawing your sword, and going to war with another person,
you are actually getting in touch with yourself on a deeper level.

Remember that the definition of insanity is to keep doing
the same thing over and over, and expecting different results.

And here we are with our weapons of mass destruction, wars, cyberbullying,
and deleting each other because we fear our apparent differences.

We have to stop attracting this kind of energy if we are
going to stop creating it.

We can have our philosophical disagreements, and work
them out through peaceful, and non-violent means.

If you want make a difference, like Ghandi said,
you have to become the change you want to see in the world.

Instead of being seduced by your anger, hate, fears, etc.,
listen to your internal informers, and be curious about why
you are really feeling that way.

Respect isn’t an entitlement.
It may be earned, but it should be given no matter what.

Might as well make respect a daily habit.

Do you remember the Golden Rule?

Heaven and hell are inner states of consciousness.

You always have a choice about which gate you go through.

You can heed the call of your lower self (demons), and make
the transition into your Higher Self (better angels).

It isn’t about walking around with a yoke around your neck,
or following the dictates of what society says you should.

You’ll know when your head and heart are in alignment when
you do the right thing just because it’s the
right thing to do out of your own goodness.

It doesn’t matter who agrees with you, or who is on your side.
Just try to see souls over roles when you co-mingle with our human family.

Till we tweet again peeps,

Ari

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A Full Moon arrives in our consciousness today.

As always, Father Sky reveals orderly cycles in the heavens,
in much the same way as Mother Earth does with seasons down here on Earth.

But like the seasons, we are not without
changing latitudes and attitudes.

Like when a Deer begins to rut this time of year . . .

To wit:

Or whether or not a manic stock market appreciates
how many points a buck has or the alchemy behind the
nightmare that we see playing out on the surface of the planet.

Even with the advanced intellect behind algorithms and
fancy nanotechnological advances:

You can’t forget about¬†human rights, and the general welfare of all sentient beings.

But you already know not to demonize demons.

Remember that Deer symbolizes the spiritual power to dissolve the monster of fear.

This happens via a strong gentle gaze that awakens
the mythical quest that invites us to connect with Great Spirit.

The sacred union of Snake reflects transformation.

We are all vulnerable to the poisionous toxins in our world.
But remember that in the venom, there is a healing tonic.

Even if you have fallen off the wagon wheel, you
can still get back the eye the tiger with the magic of Crow.

Try not to become seduced by your fears – regardless of how real
you believe them to be, or proof or evidence you have to back them up
and make convincing arguments accordingly.

Heaven and Earth are meant to be in a collaborative relationship.

They are competing together for mutual-aid, rather than against one another.

You can’t have the yang of brotherly order,
without the yin of sisterly chaos.

Nature’s theater of cosmic sibling rivalry is shown
on the screen of a silver lining.

When I think about our ancestors that named this Full Moon after a male deer,
I can appreciate the point that predators and prey, like the yin and the yang
show us the cycle of life.

We humans did not weave the web of life –
we are strands in the web, and our actions have a ripple effect on
the multidimensionality of our experiences.

Put that in your peace pipe and smoke it,
and drink it in your meditative tonic of healthy choice.

Is it a coincidence that our planet has been attracting more attention
from other dimensions since the splitting of the atom, and then the
decision to weaponize this technology?

The reason history tends to repeat itself is due to
the density of the habituated mind.

Destiny only exists when we are unconscious of it.

Isn’t it nice to wake up to a mindful awareness?

Traditions might be time-tested, but not without novelty
and creative outlets.

But if we can learn from the sweet and satisfying souldful dance step
of Grandfather Sun and Grandmother Moon, then we can deepen
our understanding of balancing ritual with sacred meaning.

Otherwise, we just become ensconced in our robotic doings.

We all need a sense of safety and security.

But not at the expense of sacrificing freedom and liberty.

Getting swayed too far in either direction leads to a chemical imbalance
and hard times on the self.

Be gentle on yourselves peeps.

Till we tweet again,

Ari

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Father Sun will reach his zenith on the lightest day of the year
on the Summer Solstice on Thursday, June 20th.

Is it a coincidence that Father’s Day is on the Sunday before that?

Adding to the festivities is the arrival of a
Full Strawberry Moon on Monday, June 17th.

There are a lot of celebrations in the air right now.
High School graduations, and award ceremonies galore.

I wonder what would happen if these seasonal celebratory
vibes were less staged, compressed, and instead were
organically woven into everyday life?

And what if celebrations were less about recognizing winners and losers –
but more about simply catching each other being good, like
noticing random acts of kindness?

When I think about the power of empathy in relationships,
I remember to notice the common core standards of the sun and the moon.

Without one, we would not have the other.
Nor would we have any water to drink, air to breathe, or planet to live on.

The Sun has his fire, and the Moon has her emotional tides.
But they don’t judge each other for their different approaches.

They are good role models that way.

We could stand to remember that when we think about the
popular desire to win an argument with someone else.

Who really wins anyway?

If the Sun remembers to bring his light to the Earth,
and the Moon remembers to bring her waters –

Then it stands to reason that we can learn from the Nature about
the power of male and female energies working together during these
difficult times of change and transition that we are living in right now.

Nobody really wins with dripping sarcasms, and us and them kind of thinking.

Yeah, you might feel special when you are given a secret decoder ring to
belong to a club that boasts privileged entitlements.

But a sense of entitlement – that things will be given to you,
or you should get your way, is a receipt for unhappiness.

It isn’t easy to be present with someone who is saying
something that you don’t like to hear.

And it doesn’t get any easier when someone is abusing their power
by throwing their voice by using disrespectful language.

Perhaps you feel fed by getting charged, or developing an attitude
against someone or some group of people that you demonize or see as an enemy.

But you aren’t going to balance the wheels by making them pay
via a punitive, heavy hitting consequence.

A lot of people in jails still see themselves as victims,
and don’t take any responsibility for their actions.

And plenty of folks in mental institutions never leared how to emote,
or speak their truths through the voice of mental health.

To wit: that doesn’t just go for the workers in those social environments.

You all know about the rampage of school shootings these days.
We aren’t going to reduce violence by adding more bullets on the streets.

Remember that those hardest to love are the ones that need it the most.

And you are not going to be able to give love to the tough ones if you
put your nose to the grindstone,
and forget to make yourself a priority to love yourself.

Otherwise, you’ll just burnout and develop compassion fatigue.

Rather, you’ll actually strenthen their resentments, and build
their impetus to retailiate against you, instead of be more more likely
to see where you are coming from.

Just look at the way President Trump,
and plenty of faux news pundits do that in everyday current events.

A lot of people that are Trumpites, follow him because of their
hatred of Hillary Clinton, and the Politically Correct movement.

Or they saw him as the lesser of two evils, and felt like a muzzle was
taken off their mouths because he says things that you felt,
but weren’t supposed to say.

Just like that opposite side of the same coin thought when they took
down Nixon during Watergate.

Real systemic change must come from the inside out.

The times we are living in, like back in the 60s, shows us
that the stars are aligning in a way that we can
cocreate systemic transformation.

But to do that, we need to align with the
Universal pillars of Love and Truth

That doesn’t happen when you hate the guy next door
because you don’t like his politics or the way she looks.

See you at the next trail junction,

Ari

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I foresee a day
when humanity passes
our technology
But we live in a time of
performance enhancers and

nano/biotech
boomtown lab rats dominate
the human factor

Perhaps robots and
cyborgs might lead us back to
A time when we take
back the days of our lives and
the dreams of our night visions

You can take a red
pill or a white capsule to
unplug from or stay

connected to the
hypnotic trance like state of
the matrix boxes
or you can awaken from
slumbering eyes wide shut now

It is your sovereign
right to choose the pillars of
love and truth to light

your way through the dark
night of the soul that you may
face during your life
quest. The duality of
freewill is a blessing and

a curse. Energy
is energy. It’s what you
do with it that counts.

Here is a newish documentary on the cultural/historical context of UFO phenomena since the Roswell incident in 1947.

And here is my new author website:

http://www.aribouse.com

Till we tweet again,

Ari

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Chickadee sings songs
of Spring arriving right now
Vernal Equinox
and a Full Worm Moon unearths
Takes root on Wednesday March 20

Crows show their magic
chasing away hawks from nests
to protect their young

Male and Feminine
Energies are dancing in
transgender fashion
Father Sky and Mother Earth
commingle in alignment

May truth speak to you
with an approach that is soft
and a gentle voice

Nature reflects light
and darkness in equal ways
Sunlight grows stronger
till climaxing on Summer
Solstice after long Winter

We feel drunk from sun-
beams that awaken magic
of the moment, and
give pause for the arrival
of transitory sweetness

And then let them go
with a playful, light-hearted
sense of detachment

Do you hear the birds
chirping gleefully on days
some more than others
Grieving wintry remnants
Welcoming warmer weather?

Sunshine and rainbows
feels inebriating to the
soul’s sun tao and zen

Till next week peeps,

Ari

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The Winter Solstice arrives on December 21st,
signaling the darkest day of the year in the Northern hemisphere

A Full Cold Moon follows in its wake on the day after that.

Spirits can run high and naturally crouch low this time of year . . .

Might as well allow these tension of opposites
flow in your being without getting too swayed in either direction.

Another astrological eclipse season is coming shortly after
the birth of the Gregorian New Year in early January.

The Chinese New Year of the Pig rolls in on February 5, 2019

More winds of change are in the air

Do you see the parallels between President Hoover
and the stock market crash of 1929 and today’s plummeting capital?

Consider these changing tides a newer redistribution
of wealth and financial appreciation for the many!

What about the parallels between President Nixon,
Watergate and President Trump and “Russiangate?”

Underneath these time traveling synchronicities is
a growing remember when tune to “power to the people”

The darkness of feminine energies is rising,
as is further movement into a new Aquarian Age Consciousness.

As always, picture peaceful, calming thoughts,
and be gentle on yourself.

At the same time, do what you can to make the world a better place.
But remember to do so with love in your heart.

If you find yourself being seduced by hate,
be mindful to exhale this dead energy,
and let it go to so that it can transform into the light of the Universe.

In this dark time of year, think about the resurrection of the light

He rises everyday day till Spring arrives on the Vernal Equinox in March,
and then the sunlight grows stronger every day after that
until He peaks on the Summer Solstice in June

Till we tweet again peeps,

Ari

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