I realized something yesterday. I don’t know why it took me this long to get this message. It’s one of those things, that once you know it, you can’t believe how you didn’t know it for all that time, because it seems so obvious. But of course, it’s only obvious from a certain vantage point, and not until you reach that level of awareness.
Yesterday, I was working out, as I do almost daily, and I was doing some sprints. My sprints were the fastest since I began measuring my time. That was a nice surprise. And it was during this work out that I had a realization.
In the Christian Art there are images of Mary in blue and Mary in red. There are tons of different interpretations of what each color means, some might be correct some might not be. But I want the truth, so I asked long ago the sacred beings themselves to show me the truth of who they are and what these colors represent in my own life. Mary in blue is often depicting the Mother of Christ. Blue representing water, the waters of the womb out of which JC was born.
Mary in red, by some interpretations was seen as Mary Magdalen. The religious authorities called her a prostitute. Implying that red is the color of passion, but a dark, demonic, manipulative kind of passion. While Mary in blue is pure and innocent.
Well, of course, that never sat right with me. It’s well known that corrupt politicians, appropriated religious symbols and texts to expand their own political agendas, and removed enormous amounts of valuable information from what is now the Bible. Books that were on par with other canonical books were removed entirely. Whole passages, edited and changed by scribes to say whatever they wanted them to say. Anything about reincarnation, for example, was removed. Surely Jesus himself wrote a book or two, considering how much he had to say. Why haven’t any of his own writings made it into the cannon of the New Testament? Why is it that only the books that are about him, and even those have conflicting information in some places, made it into the cannon? For a serious student of the sacred scriptures, these are all very interesting questions to research. But probably the most interesting mystery is: what in the world is going on with the women in the Bible? There are all sorts of commentaries and opinions about the explicit texts in the Bible, but there are even more opinions about what is implied and what you gather by reading between the lines.
Many women that I have met over the years, just believed that Mary Magdalen must’ve been a prostitute because so called ‘experts’ said so. But there are other texts that say she was his wife. JC was a Jewish Rabbi (Rabbi means teacher). For those who don’t know, Jewish Law at that time and still today does not permit men to become Rabbis unless, they are married with kids. Because it’s understood that men who who don’t have a family, are not sufficiently mature to serve as a leader in the community. The Catholic idea that JC was a 30 yr old virgin is preposterous. It’s completely unrealistic and untrue to historical facts. So, he was definitely married with kids. Based on some documents about how JC treated MM, its very possible she was his wife. But putting all those speculations aside. I still wanted to know exactly what is the energetic basis of the Mary in red, what is the archetype. If Mary in Blue is ‘The Mother’ - that is a very clear strong positive archetype. I see Mary in Red as an equally strong positive archetype, and certainly not a prostitute. So what then?
And then it hit me. Mary in Red is a Warrior.
I had a dream last summer where I saw a man who looked like Jesus and a woman whom I didn’t recognize fighting together a very large dark force, that was threatening to destroy them. The man and the woman fought side by side. The man had a long sword, and the woman had a short dagger. They moved in total synchrony, like one body, and eventually defeated the dark force, because they were in synchrony with each other, and with the forces of light. After I told a friend of mine who had done Kali Escrima martial arts in the past, about this dream, he said that there is an actual martial arts technique called ‘Espada y Daga’ - Sword and Dagger.
So I wonder if the dream that I had was about the archetypical feminine and masculine when both are in harmony with each other and acting in the Spirit Warrior Way. And the only way to defeat the dark forces that plague humanity is if men and women both practice the Spirit Warrior Medicine Way. What I see a lot of is, people in one camp screaming ‘Patriarchy good, feminism bad.’ And people in the other camp screaming, ‘Matriarchy good, toxic masculinity bad.’ Both are wrong.
Neither men alone, nor women alone can defeat the dark forces on their own. There is a magic that happens, when women and men stand and take action in the Spirit Warrior Way together. I feel very strongly that that is what my dream told me.
If this is true, then my recent realization that Mary in Red is a Spirit Warrior, makes total sense. I also feel like this is the missing piece for a lot of women who are seeking empowerment nowadays. Feminism is not that empowerment. It’s destroying women and families. I feel the true Spirit Warrior Way is very hard for people to reach. Many women latch on to fake imitations, and false empowerment paths that don’t lead to soul fulfillment. I know because I stumbled into very many fake paths on my journey of maturation. And eventually I rejected them all, upon realizing that they are not what they claim to be. Liberalism at this time, is pretty much the opposite of the Spirit Warrior Way. The Spirit Warrior Way is essentially a path/ discipline of self mastery and service to others from the heart. Liberalism is a path of self indulgence, victimhood and dependence on the state. Part of the discipline of The Spirit Warrior Way is an uncompromising seeking after truth. Liberalism says ‘anything goes’, you can make up your own truth. Because people are so out of touch with universal principles and core truths, they are spoon fed lies by the MSM and ‘experts’ and psychopaths in power, and accept these lies totally. Those on the path of liberalism love their oppressors and their oppression, because then they don’t have to be responsible for anything. By contrast, a Spirit Warrior is responsible for everything in their world.
I also think that the image of Our Lady of Sorrows, which represents Mary in Red with seven swords pointing at her heart, is entirely wrong. It should portray the swords pointing outward, away from her heart. Warriors point their weapons out - which means, we use weapons to protect those whom we love, and we guard our own hearts.
If I had the time, I would draw this image with Mary in Red wielding the 7 swords to defeat the dark forces (and winning.) I have transformed that archetype inside myself, and she will never be Lady of Sorrows to me. What she is to me now is the Sword and Dagger Warrior.
Some people might not get what I’m saying. But I think there will be also a lot of people who will see some truth in what I’m saying. I don’t ever presume to know everything. But I feel like I’ve glimpsed so many parts of the truth, and have connected the dots, to see the underlying messages. And if you do see what I’m seeing, your feedback is appreciated.
Finally I’ll add that one meaning of this dream is that family, core family, that is based on one man and one woman forming a sacred union, and it is that sacred union that has been attacked and nearly entirely destroyed in the modern society, the most. If there is a worthy cause that should inspire men and women to put aside their myopic arrogant arguments about who is more powerful, and humbly unite their forces instead, its family. Family is sacred. And if men and women don’t fight for family, then our civilization is truly doomed. I hope that more men and women master the Spirit Warrior Way from whatever angle they can, from whatever philosophy or religion or personal world view they are coming from, and conquer the dark forces that all human beings are facing.
This is an image of the Sword and Dagger set from the Filipino Martial art, Kali Escrima, as taught by Guru Dan Inosanto. What I saw in my dream was very similar.
This is a photo of a demo of people utilizing the Espada y Daga technique.
This is one of my favorite images of Mary in Red. I meditated on this image for many years, until I realized what this image actually is about. This is called the Lady of Sorrows, or the Mother of Sorrows, in traditional Orthodox Christianity.
This quote from Dan Inosanto defines precisely the meaning of the phrase 'Point your Weapons out.'
It’s been a while since my last post. This year has been incredibly busy for me. I’ve been working 7 days a week for many months. My passion for teaching and sharing the wisdom and medicine of the Spirit Warrior Way has grown since then. Although, I have a full day of work today, I wanted to make a few posts of my thoughts, feelings, and messages that have come to me recently, that hopefully will help someone out there who needs to hear it. Know that the Warrior Way is not easy but there is always help.
In February of this year, I was faced with a massive challenge that I'm still resolving. I cannot write about it publicly at this time. In April of this year my brother committed suicide. I am still processing that and had decided to write about it only when I felt like it was the right time to do so. That time is approaching.
About a year ago, a friend of mine who loves fae, did a fae card reading for me, and one of the cards of my future was of a fae climbing a mountain. Of course, Sacred Mountains in mythology and spiritual philosophies have always represented places of meeting with God. Mountains are places where people go to get away from the tumult of the world, people go there to be hermits, to introspect. Mountains are cold and purifying, they allow for greater vision, perspective, clarity.
And so the reading has come true, I'm climbing a very very very tough mountain. It's a spiritual mountain of life challenges. In a way it's a literal mountain. Because the challenges are physical, mental, spiritual, and multi dimensional. One of the challenges is writing my book. There is enormous amount of material that I want to share, and I have to write a lot more, organize it all, edit it, and then publish it, etc. It's a very positive challenge I'm facing. Its a labor of love, and my service to the world. But it is also therapy in a way. Writing is sanity producing.
I'm also continuing my kick boxing, martial arts, fitness training. This is also a very positive challenge and in the full sense of the word martial arts training is therapy. It's a huge challenge to truly master a martial art. It requires enormous amount of time of dedicated practice, resources, commitment.
And the rest of the life challenges I'm dealing with at this time, I think are even greater, and consume all of my time. The higher I climb, the more the people who once started with me, fall away and quit, because the challenges get exponentially harder the more aware you are, and most people can't deal with so much reality. Not me. I plan to win. At any (ethical) cost. Many people expect too many things for free, they want to win but not pay anything for their victory. Socialism is bs. It's a con for the naive. Nothing is free. Everything has a price. And you have to work hard and smart for everything in your life.
The Warrior Way is magical and medicinal only if you are awake. If you are not awake, it is just struggle and suffering.
From the Art of War: Victory is reserved for those who are willing to pay its price.
If you are struggling to overcome challenges ahead of you, if you feel overburdened by life's expectations placed on you, if you feel blocked or held back, or unable to overcome the dark forces in your life, feel free to reach out. If you have considered suicide, please don't do it. Know that there is always a way, and there is always help. Even if it doesn't seem that way, when you are going through a dark night of the soul. Every single person in this world is needed and important. A lot of people who have considered suicide, feel that they cannot contribute to this world because no seems to need their gifts and talents. They cannot unburdain their soul. That the world couldn't care less. I think a part of the problem is that social media has so many insane negative people on it, who hijack and drown out any real conversation, and ability for people to connect, that it makes it very difficult for people who are loving, kind and sensitive to share their gifts on social media platforms. Your special gifts that only you can bring to this world need proper care, loving attention, and guidance. They need the right venue of expression. And there is a need for the strengthening of your inner Warrior, who can brush all that negativity aside and focus on your spiritual goals: your own journey on the sacred mountain.
I've been on this road for a long time, I've survived multiple dark nights of the soul, as all Shamans do, and have overcome many of life's challenges and have helped 100s of other people to do the same. I'm available for private Spiritual Counseling, Coaching, and Energy Healing sessions, by phone, zoom voice or video, or in person. If you need help, reach out to someone. Whether it's me or someone else. Anyone you feel drawn to in your heart, who is genuinely there to help.
In Sacred Service,
Arriale Starbird is a Spiritual Counselor, Shamanic Energy Healer, Reiki Master, Past Life Regression Therapist, Teacher and Mentor. To schedule a private session or register for the program, please contact us.