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Begin here: deep in the forest. Listen to the sounds. Alert your senses. Quiet the mind. Rest your heart. Take a deep breath and exhale. You are home. You have nothing to fear. There is nothing here to dread. The night is your mother: let her enfold you. The light is your nature: bask in it. Come, sit with your ancestors around the sacred bonfire. Let them welcome and embrace you. Listen to the ancestors speak! Are you listening?

Sacred Bonfire is a personal and spiritual journal. Here is a collection of fictions, short essays, photos, quotes, heresies, musings, and restless thoughts I have about things that matter to me. Don’t believe a word I say, but read between the lines and find a word or a phrase that will spark a deeper idea that reflects your own truth. This site is a sacred space to ponder, ask questions, and share insights with readers and spiritual warriors who are on the path to enlightenment. Here is where I share with my brothers and seekers the views, discoveries, and insights I have into the spiritual journey, gay-affirming spirituality, the erotic sacred, the gay-male mysteries, divination oracles, gay/queer spirit, magical practices, gay tantra, herbal and energy healing, and contemplative photography practices.

Walter Kiri is a spirit warrior, healer, diviner, herbalist, scrivener, meditator, geek, and part-time urban monk. He practices the Art of Peace along an Unnamed Path in South Florida.

Sacred Bonfire Required Reading

  1. The Art of Peace, Morihei Ueshiba
  2. Two Flutes Playing, Andrew Ramer
  3. The Velvet Rage, Alan Downs
  4. The Gifts of Imperfection, Brené Brown
  5. The Joy of Living, Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche
  6. Radical Acceptance, Tara Brach
  7. The Happiness Trap, Russ Harris
  8. Gay Spirit Warrior, John R. Stowe
  9. The Hidden Spirituality of Men, Matthew Fox
  10. The Flame and the Cauldron, Orion Foxwood
  11. Garbed in Green, Casey Giovinco
  12. The Path of the Green Man, Matthew Thomas Ford
  13. Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu
  14. A Religion of One’s Own, Thomas Moore
  15. Ruling Your World,  Sakyong Mipham

Books for the journey: Joyful Wisdom (Yongey Mingyur); Meditations (Marcus Aurelius); Rising Strong (Brown); The Candle and the Crossroads (Foxwood); Everyday Tao (Deng Ming Dao); Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior (Trungpa); Turning the Mind Into An Ally (Sakyong Mipham); Great Eastern Sun (Trungpa); Full Catastrophe Living (Kabat-Zinn); When Things Fall Apart (Chödrön); Wisdom of No Escape (Chödrön); The Book of Awakening (Nepo); Living Buddha Living Christ (Thich Nhat Hahn); Happiness (Ricard); The Way of the Bodhisattva (Shantideva); The Way to Shambhala (Bernbaum); One Continuous Mistake: The Four Noble Truths for Writers; Meditation (Eknath Easwaran); QueerDharma vols. 1 & 2; Man Seeks God (Weiner); Wherever You Go There You Are (Kabat-Zinn); Wicca a Guide for the Solitary Practitioner (Cunningham)

Tarot and divination oracles I use:

  • Thoth Tarot (Crowley)
  • Divine Masculine, St. Jinx Arcana Tarot (St. Jinx)
  • Shaman’s Oracle (Matthews, Kinghan)

Other favorite Tarot decks and oracles: Pagan Otherworlds Tarot (Gits/Dunham); Golden Tarot (Black); Fountain Tarot (Gruhl, Saiz, Todaro); OSHO Zen Tarot (Deva Padma); Alchemical Tarot (Place); Santa Muerte Tarot Book of the Dead (Listrani); Sun and Moon Tarot (Decort); Chinese Script Oracle (Wen); Tao Oracle (Padma); Universal Waite (Colman Smith/Hanson-Roberts); Guardians of Wisdom (Ledbetter); Buddha Tarot (Place); Madame Endora’s Fortune Cards; Art of Life Tarot (Livingstone); Cosmic Tribe Tarot (Ganther); City Mystic New York Tarot; Tarot of the Sevenfold Mystery (Place); Medieval Scapini Tarot (Scapini); Steampunk Tarot (Moore); Nostradamus Tarot; Gay Tarot (Bursten/Platano); Penny Dreadful Tarot (Showtime); The Burning Serpent Oracle (Place, Pollack); Malpertuis Lenormand; The Druid Plant and Animal Oracle (Will Worthington)

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