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October ends with the modern holiday of Halloween, which traces its roots to the Samhain. The Samhain marks the approximate mid-point between Autumn Equinox and Winter Solstice. Our days are getting darker and we are turning more yin-ward. Our ancestors honored this spirited time by recognizing the “thinning of the veils” between the physical and spirit realms. As such, it is an especially good time to connect with our loved ones that have passed on into the spirit realm. There is so much help in the spirit realm if only we ask. Keep a picture or memorable item of power that reminds you of your beloved on an alter and meditate on that to connect with their energy.
In the beginning of November, we welcome the traditional All Saints Day, All Souls Day and the Day of the Dead and a Scorpio New Moon on the Fourth. Even today, mask wearing remains a powerful spiritual practice that invokes portals into other dimensions and alternate realities, and can also be a good exercise in empathy through perception of other viewpoints.
A Beaver Full Moon rises on Friday, November 19th, 2021. Our ancestors honored this Full Moon by recognizing this time when beavers finished their winter preparations and took shelter into their lodges. Civil Rights calendar highlights include National Native American Heritage Month, Solidarity Week, Diwali, Transgender Day of Remembrance on the 20th, Thanksgiving, and the beginning of Hanukkah at the tail end of the month. Reflect on how we are all equally part of oneness and yet we are diverse expressions of Spirit. Also, the winds of a powerful astrological Eclipse season are blowing in, which will trigger the status quo and further rattle the cages of our global community. Specifically, there will be a Lunar Eclipse on the Full Moon this month and a Solar Eclipse on the New Moon on December 4th. Keep in mind that the Universal Pillars of Love and Truth are what really hold things together, not the ego made structures that appear to run the show. The shake ups are meant to move us into alignment with that. Remember that what we resist will only persist and lead to more pronounced suffering. Might as well say yes to the present moment and be mindful of the home of your breath.
Artwork by Barbara Merlotti
A Full Beaver Moon awakens an attitude of gratitude for shared blessings.
Picture a Turkey to give you the spiritual power you need to
ward off any negative energies that want to suck off your aura.
As you wake up your Third Eye,
you become a more powerful spiritual watcher in your day-to-day operations.
Remember to think in moments, and just be with them,
one breath, one step, one moment at a time.
The time is now for feasting on an attitude of gratitude
Be thankful for everything that comes your way, even if it
doesn’t feather your ripple!
Don’t let that bum vibe hold back your spirit.
Picture a Turkey to fluff your energy field.
Are you feeling thankful for your blessings?
Or are you focusing on what you do not have, but wish that you did?
Turkey guides us into the shared space of gratitude and infinite blessings –
Even if they are notorious for stealing their fellow nervous woodland creature
squirrel friend’s winter stockpiles of food storage . . .
In this way, Nature holds up a mirror to look at the power of leveling impulses.
Let us give back to our Mother Earth –
As a way of saying thank you for the abundance She has provided us.
Picture a Turkey to ward off any negative energies that might be
sucking on your energy field and leaving you feeling drained.
A Full Beaver Moon reminds us of a time when peak beaver activity
inspired our ancestors to set traps before swamps froze.
We all need enough fur to keep our bodies warm to survive the cold winter months.
In that industry, Turkey helps our souls warm up to the idea of
feeding ourselves a clean spiritual diet.
We are waking up to the birth of a New Age and Paradigm.
We are lifting the veil from our Third Eye that has been
sleeping in a hypnotic trance for a long time.
A critical mass of feminine energy is gaining power in numbers . . .
Trying to put the brakes on this yin bound train will only delay our gratification –
Met with predictive futile resistance
Equal access to resources is an unfolding convergence of harmony again –
Of sustainable living for our planetary consciousness and beyond.
Imagine all of us sharing our resources and gaining equal access to the greater good. We know that we have been well-trained to divide and conquer and view ourselves as separate from one another. In that, we have become good at making judgements about each other as being either superior or inferior by sizing one another up. But in today’s tumultuous times, we have been given a clear view of perspective taking. A culture of egalitarianism is being born, albeit not without the labor pains. While the pain is inevitable, suffering is a choice. The freedom to choose whether or not we will continue to suffer is a powerful choice. Waking up to finding a way out of the suffering is in our best interest as a collective consciousness. Abundance is a real possibility. We will know when a critical mass is here when enough of us choose to believe it and see the change reflected in a New World as it is revealed before our eyes. May any benefit from this practice help relieve my own suffering. As well as the suffering of all beings. Today my body, mind, emotions, my speech actions and deeds, will embody Loving Kindness, Compassion, Joy and Equanimity. May all Beings Be Free!
Take care of yourselves everyone,
Artwork Created by Aunt Barbara Merlotti
A Full Blue Moon is happening on the Samhain, aka Halloween.
Our ancestors payed special attention to this time of year because they perceived that the veils are thinner between the spirit/material realms.
All Souls Day, on November 2nd, further reflects ancestral celebrations that honor those that have left their bodies, but live on with us in spirit.
It is tragic to see how many friendships, and family relationships have died due to opposing political views that are culturally dividing friends, and family members.
Is this an invitation to heal whatever polarity that might be living within you to reconcile those diametrical oppositions, and make friends with those differences on the inside?
Could this lead the way into a dimension of digging up, and then reexamining any buried relationships?
In my civil rights work with students, and as a social worker in public schools, it is always challenging to find ways to discuss our diversity in ways that are done respectfully.
But it is a good communicative skill that we need to breathe more life into our planet today.
It is an interesting synchronicity that Mercury goes back direct on Tuesday, November 3rd, the same day as the official Election Day.
When Mercury is in Retrograde, life can feel like living in the Twilight Zone, where non-localized/non-linear realities are more real, and logical/rational thought/machines systems tend to break down, and become more disrupted.
If you are more of a left-brained thinker, who finds security in the creature comforts of concrete thought forms, then you might need to work harder at letting go, and surrendering to these energetic shifts right now.
Tis the season to get in touch with your feminine side, turn inward, and go into deeper meditations/dreaming.
It’s hard not to see the Presidential Election process being without more ugliness, and controversy.
It could take a while before the results are conclusive.
But then again, if enough of us get out to vote, any cheating or attempts at rigging or buying the election are trumped by we the people.
Those statistics fall apart when enough of us stop our silence, and exercise our right to vote.
Regardless of outcome, try not to predicate your relationship with happiness or suffering with which side wins the election, or dominates the Supreme Court.
What really matters is that we focus on finding inner peace on the inside, and become the change that we want to see in the world.
Giving up your power to the circumstances of life, as much of an armageddon as it appears to you, is a sure fire recipe for more inner misery, and turmoil.
Like Einstein said, insanity is to keep doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results.
There is a great awakening, and freedom in the surrendering to the heart space of Love, and head space of Truth.
A New Moon on November 15th awakens new beginnings, while a Full Beaver Moon on November 30th reminds us to set traps before a long wintry freeze.
Beavers are doers, and know how to get things done.
They also know how to build multiple exit strategies when it is time to leave the security of their old comfort zones.
Are you building new neuronal pathways inside yourself so that you can expand beyond your familar dams of consciousness?
Rituals can be a form of wellness.
But rigid aderance to them can dim the soul, and cramp the brain.
November is historically the gloomiest month of the year in Maine, as the days are getting shorter till the dark climaxes on the Winter Solstice on December 21st.
We will be at the tailend of 2020 by then.
Take a look back at how much the old world has changed over the past years, and this year especially.
Will there be a peaceful transition into a New Aquarian Age with a new administration?
Regardless of what side wins, it is time to let go of an old age that rewards/punishes winners/losers.
It is time to say goodbye to the dying ways of us/them segregations.
Instead of you’re this, you’re that, we are the fountain that springs from Source.
We are an interconnected diversity within unity.
November is a good reminder that everyday can be a true thanksgiving with an attitude of gratitude, and yield a peaceful harvest within.
It is within our DNA, and spiritual powers to ward off negative chi that wants to suck off of our energy fields.
Meditation on Turkey can satiate your spiritual appetite by fortifying your energy field with a hearty meal of energetic protection.
Gently allow Turkey’s shared blessings to feather away an unwanted ripple effect of dark energies that want to feed off of the amazingly powerful life force that lives within you.
Give this form of self care to yourself.
Till we tweet again peeps,
The Autumn Equinox has eclipsed us, and our days are getting darker.
From a spiritual perspective, the veils between the material and
spirit realms are thinning, and intersecting in more obvious ways.
Energetically, it’s a good time to turn yinward, and
be more mindful of darker, less welcome emotions.
And it isn’t getting any easier to live on the planet today,
with the intensifying labor pains.
But there is so much help from the spirit realm, if
only we remember to ask.
Now more than ever, it is the perfect time to ask,
so that you can receive the spiritual guidance you need.
Have you noticed your perceptual experiences heightened in this way?
Our ancestors are speaking to us more loudly and clearly
at this time of year, often through Nature.
Picture a Spider to step into Infinity,
and connect with your Higher Self to script
your New Story in this New Age and Paradigm.
Otherwise, you will just be eating Crow
if you let your ego take over, and miss out
on the magic and mystery of the unfolding “yellow brick road.”
Be like a Cat, and know that you can see in the dark,
and hear the sounds of Spirit guiding your Soul
through Its transformational energy of Bat.
The Samhain is on its way, the approximate mid-point between
the Fall Equinox and Winter Solstice.
Today, we have Halloween, and other cultural celebrations like
All Saints Day, All Souls Day, and the Day of the Dead.
Interestingly, Mercury goes in Retrograde then, which will
magnify Twilight Zone perceptions, and disrupt left brain
systems of thought.
But if you align with Bear, then you will access the dreamtime,
and make the shift into your intuitive faculties –
so long as you allow for faith and trust to become your waking reality.
Not coincidentally, daylight savings time ends on the Sunday after
all those dates.
In the Southern Hemisphere, movement through the
Imbolc/Spring Equinox/Summer Solstice are happening,
and their days are getting longer.
A Full Hunter Moon is on its way gracing us with
Her presence on Sunday, October 13th.
Meditate on the thrill of the hunt, or how we move through this
Full Moon cycle, rather than what we gain or lose from the hunt itself.
Like Lao Tzu would say, “nature is the best physician.”
But it’s always good to get outside, and unplug.
It will be more important to do that with the arrival of the
Astrological Winter Eclipse Season coming in December.
Perhaps if you have been sleepwalking through life in a hypnotic trance,
your eyes will open up to 20/20 vision in the New Chinese Year of the Rat.
Till we tweet again,
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A Full Hunter’s Moon
Weaves spirits into our material world
Grandmother Spider inspires us to get in touch
with our inner web designs
It is a good time to use our creative opportunities
without becoming entangled in dark webs of fate
Try to transcend polarizing viewpoints and boxed in thinking
Consider appetizing possibilities rather than being
eaten alive by fears and limitations
We are Infinite beings being revisited by ancestors
during the Samhain through the window of a Divine Plan
May our meditations become enhanced by their past wisdom,
forethought and power for living in the here and now
Walking the center of the circle in balance keeps us grounded
The veils between our physical and spiritual worlds are thinner now
Are you being haunted by the ghosts of yesteryear?
There is so much help available to us from the spirit realm
All we have to do is ask and allow ourselves to receive their wisdom
Realize the death of your old self is merely a shedding of dead skin
Facing our fears of an unknown rebirth head on is less scary than
anxious avoidance of unknown possibilities
With a Hunter’s Full Moon
Fallen leaves reflect mystery and hidden realms
Let Nature mirror healthy reflections of divergent viewpoints
through an empathic and self-reflective lens of curiosity and warmth
See you further on up the trails,
Guardian Hawk swoops in with a fresh look
At the visionary power of a New Moon this week . . .
Symbolically connecting us to new beginnings as new moons do
Autumn Equinox and a string of powerful
Supermoons have fleetingly eclipsed our soulful travels –
Now we are falling back onto a recent memory of
balance between light and dark energies . . .
Synchronizing with Mercury going back direct at the tail end of last week
Clarity resumes as the fog lifts in tandem with
the thinning of the veils before our eyes . . .
Twilight approaches as the ghosts of yesteryear reawaken spirited conversations
Hawk awakens our perception to gain a bird’s-eye view of
Nature’s offerings of signals that become intuitively
obvious when we are paying attention
A dying old world lives as
A parallel New Earth is being born out of the Phoenix Rising
Do you walk around with a yoke around your neck for a sense of security –
Or are you able to go within and hover in your own personal authority?
Do you understand the space where true freedom resides?
It cannot be known without accepting the responsibility that follows in its wake
While Mouse might inflate the minutia of a magnifying glass
Hawk sees through a wide-angle lens –
Without pole-vaulting over mouse turds
Belief in the magic of everyday life –
Helps us overcome our challenges and obstacles
Alternative solutions not yet perceived are wanting to become obvious
We are moving away from action-oriented yang into more inner directed yin
As the darkness of feminine energetics gains momentum
Stay alert and trust your intuition to read the omens to light your way
Hawk helps us rise toward our ascension –
into higher perspectives in our consciousness
What signals are being sent to you to point you in the direction
of moving closer toward your soul purpose?
Time to focus up and relax on distractions that take away from your soul promptings
Temperance . . .
Moderation is merely a harmonic convergence of
“one foot in spirit, one foot in ground”
Upper levels of consciousness take flight
Hawk levies a flood of creative-psychic energies . . .
Without being swept off your feet in this sensuous Universe
Open up to new ways to approach old challenges
Be careful of what you say, how you say it and who you say it to
because Hawk medicine carries the power to crush or kill those in your path
if you throw caution to the wind
The old ways are not working anymore . . .
Given underlying resentments regarding the offshore US military base of Israel,
the build-up of an American police state or a frightened and armed American public
There are too many stray guns and bullets on the streets –
Coupled with easy access to concealed weapons, limited social skills
and proliferating undiagnosed and untreated mental illness . . .
This Imperial witches brew is a dark cauldron that increases the likelihood of violence
The metaphor here is that we all need to feel a sense of belonging
and learn how to effectively emote
Be mindful of how your actions may speak louder than words
and how they might impact another
See you further on up the trails,
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,
Cat’s medicinal power sees effectively in the dark night
Watching the veils thin before our eyes
Opening perceptual doors revealing our own Divine sunlight
A stinger of a Scorpio New Moon has passed us by
With seasonal reminders that everything old is new again
Now we pounce toward Halloween, All Saints Day and All Souls Day
Are you using your cat-like powers in a positive light?
Releasing old ghost stories gives birth to spirited new character development
Are your underlying emotional cards fanned out on the table?
Or are you hiding beneath tales from the crypt?
Dark emotions carry venom only when bottled up and then acted out in toxic ways
Cat’s eye can give you a glimpse into facing passed down fears from our ancestors
This is a good time of year to symbolically give back those inherited burdens
Through telepathic, prayer, meditation or visualization communication rituals
A quiet mind is an aware mind when calm and relaxed
Do whatever you can to conjure up inner peace
Feminine powers brew magical mystery tours
in mystically soulful cauldrons
Are life’s obstacles merely tricked treats cloaked in a brilliant disguise?
Being a leader affords wizardly empathic glimpses
into divergent viewpoints of our charges
Cat awakens paradoxical energies
Purring telepathic messages
Meowing that even a loner can become a social creature
Or are you like Dog and need to become more independent?
Do you need to become more discriminate in your choice of companions?
Are you weighed down by voices of guilt and resentments?
Replace them with a forgiving and compassionate heart
Setting an intention of mindful awareness in our daily doings
disassemble any robotic short circuits in our politics of living
Following downstream rivers of bliss
mirrors an outer fun house that won’t drive you mad
In spite of our circumstances or what we deem should or should not have happened
We remember to run the play and follow our shots
When Life deals us a full court press
See you further on up the trails,
Autumn is my favorite time of year, although Mother Nature’s indecision right now makes it difficult to know when to put on or peel off, pun intended . . . “how do you like them apples?”. “A time when darkness overtakes light, and nights grow longer than days. It marks the second station of the year. It is the time of calling, ripening of the harvest, a prelude to a wakening at Samhain. If it is warm at the autumnal equinox, the season should be fine. The goddesses Carpo and Carman are deities of autumn and poetry, respectively.” What’s more, Fall is a time of energetic alignment, somewhat akin to spring equinox, though in this case, beginning to rest, rather than awakening. At this time, We balance Our Selves as We prepare for rest and inner work. Turning Our clocks “yinward”, so to speak.
I remember an anthropology class I took way back in college that included a required text-book entitled, Other Fields, Other Grasshoppers. I remember leaping right into the open view that book espoused for warding off Our tendency to become ‘ethnocentric’ in one’s fieldwork with diverse cultures. Moreover, Carl Jung always struck me as in alignment with this kind of energy as a psychologist and a therapist and inspired me to follow suit by laying my cards out on the table. I’ve heard it said that one should “write about what you know.” In the spirit of that, I’ll focus on what’s going on with the weather (dialectically pronounced weathah) around the way in the neck of the woods I sit. However, I would also like to acknowledge that I’m not reporting on merely what I see through my physical eyes, as I practice letting go of identification with my humanity, while awakening from my own slumbering ‘inner space’. In fact, as We officially transition from Summer to Autumn here in Our Northern Hemisphere on Mothership Earth, I’m inspired to Fall back and trust that the dying leaves will catch me in a gentle and loving Gaia safety net. Ah, the ‘Web of Life’, as Chief Seattle once spoke of in His wisdom. Wilting flowers, falling leaves, watching children playfully running and jumping through piles of leaves, temperatures waxing and waning (perhaps conjuring up sneezing), as Light and Dark are equally One, albeit diverse expressions of that Oneness, in the Great Cosmic Wheel. I hardly think Steve Perry could hit a note as High as D Sharp in a Harmonic Convergence of acoustical journeying. Paradoxically, I heed Chuck D spittin’ a Public Enemy number one message to the Military-Industrial Complex, “don’t treat my highs too high or my lows too low” . . . Doesn’t Mr. Miyagi’s martial arts wisdom strike a chord when he says to ‘Danielson’, “balance is about all of life.”?
On this Autumn Equinox, I am reinvigorated into Bee Leaving the forecast may be dimming, though when I keep my ear to the ground, I can still hear Summer whispering to stay light on the feet and drink in the nectar of life. Although the subsequent funeral procession that accompanies Fall might be the death of me, I am also fairly certain the changing tides won’t be the last time I commit suicide–from the Shamanic death of the old self perspective. I wonder if Kafka’s main character in The Metamorphosis would have come out of his shell if had he embraced a Groundhog totem in learning a ‘death without dying experience’ and realized We are not as alone as We might feel from time to time? In every moment of breath, there is death and re-birth–a trumpet sounding its call sure, but a new star shining brighter on this New Morning. Maybe it’s just a little more colorful during this time of year, especially in Northern New England that showcases my favorite time of year that welcomes “leaf peepers” trotting from around the Globe. In fact, I look forward to the Fall, Halloween, All Soul’s Day and All Saints Day–especially given the “thinning of the veils” and watching them lift so that it’s a more open time to commune with Our human family members whom have passed on. It is a great time to honor Our ancestors and thank them for their sacrifices in clearing space for Our evolutionary impulse toward “walking in a Heaven that We can finally see.” And that Heaven on Earth happens when We are present with Our Selves right Tao, as We gently let pass any devilish fixed ideas and egoic attachments to future projections.
In the remembering and forgetting, I try to remind myself to focus on the positive aspects of life, to see the ‘silver lining’ and remember the Sun and Moon are merely hiding when We can’t see them dancing with One another. Moreover, I know the ‘Voice of the Trauma’ quite intimately and realize how easily seductive it is to pay attention to the doom and gloom scenarios that accompanies the unfolding human drama. However, I agree with the ancient wisdom that says, “know Thyself” and also Master Yoda’s understanding in self-awareness when He said to Luke, “you will know, when you are calm”. When We give Inner Peace a chance, We co-create Heaven on Earth, one step, one moment, one individual at a time. When We take this step toward Our True Self, We step in alignment with Nature, with the Universe and We know Oneness. When I observe the Nervous Woodland Creatures going Straight Outta Woodland, this time of year, I think they can dig on what I’m saying–especially since they seem quite present being so nuts. Perhaps Red Squirrel is really just saying, “G’Day Mate”, merely cloaked in His sentinel bravado? I know I am my own Boss when I sing to myself, “Tomorrow Never Knows.”
Finally, in recent meditations on Turkey medicine, I remember to give thanks for the shared blessings and harvest Turkey brings to Us–especially during Autumn. What would happen if our “senators and congressmen please heed the call” of Turkey to offset “rampant consumerism” and realize that “there’s enough and we can all win.” So, maybe 28 billion is slashed for yet another weapon of mass destruction, followed by yielding on blowing it up to see if it’ll produce a mushroom cloud. Now, maybe I’m just being a fun-gi, but I don’t think it’s too much of a sacrifice for the Military-Industrial Complex to cut some of that spending and reinvest that savings into healthcare and education and more importantly, a more balanced systemically oriented budget that values Universal capital. What would happen if the pyramid on the Almighty Dollar looked more like an equilateral triangle than the sinking ship that it looks like right now? I see Turkey’s medicine as somewhat akin to “birds of a feather, flock together” as We transition into a New Age and Paradigm. Now that’s a Sunny harvest I can digest . . . especially when Full from a Moonshadow.
I Hopi You Are Well,