Mountains & Molehills    Jan. 8-13

 

The over-riding structure of this week is –structure, consolidation, and manifestation, as Sun, Venus, Saturn, and Pluto are in Capricorn, with Mercury joining them on Thursday. Saturn, Capricorn’s over-lord, attains his greatest strength, and will micro-manage, and demand we step up to the plate of making 2018 the best we may. Tomorrow, the planets move into a cozy gathering, a ‘stellium,’ to blend forces and prod the raising of standards. Saturn, represented by the Mountain Goat, is a hard task-master, demanding we prevail to climb mountainous peaks toward success.  Whenever planetary energies join forces like this, there is a great imbalance as the stellium becomes ‘a board of directors’ making everything dance to its tune. Capricorn is not a merrie tune.  It is the sound of overcoming failure, of try-try again, of ‘show me the quan.’

This may not be the easiest of weeks emotionally, but it is a golden opportunity to root a new template into existence, (Pluto) re-configure outmoded habits, (Saturn) accept greater responsibility with grace, (Sun) create financial integrity, and pay close attention to relationships, (Venus).  The stellium’s steep ascent heads toward another peak moment on Sunday, with the Capricorn New Moon.  Clearly, this week is an invitation to calendar-in well-defined intentions to shape up 2018. You will have another opportunity on Feb. 3, at my Astrological overview of 2018’s energetic highlights; 3-4:30 pm, Laughing Dog.

 Take time now to prepare New Moon seeds to plan not only this cycle but up-coming months. Visualize doors of opportunity, and transformation, particularly those involving partnership commitments, be they wedding or business, inner and outer.  Tomorrow, Tuesday, when Venus and the Sun are subsumed in a Plutonian depth charge, we feel passionately about liaisons of every make and model.  It’s is an opportunity to take a hard look at any partnering-directions, asking if your commitments and convictions are serving you, and others.

Another opportunistic energy is a Jupiter/Pluto sextile which will be in play all this year until November.  The sextile is a connection of ‘opportunity,’ offering energies to support effort.  It does mean we have to make the effort in order to take advantage. And we should take advantage of this transformative, deconstructive, expansive, passionate duo, which is made more potent by Pluto ruling Jupiter, as Jupiter is moving through Scorpio, Pluto’s home town. This creates tighter bonds and understanding of receptivity between them….of which we may take advantage. I suspect there will be on-going reveals of secrets and lies, particularly those covering corruption.  For those of us who ain’t corrupt, and never lie, ponder that it may be time to reveal something you have kept hidden away- a secret talent, perhaps.

On The Mat:  Last week I wrote, “What a marvelous week to put a personal Practice together. This continues to be a timely note. During this Last Quarter Moon Week, the emphasis is as much on relinquishing, or deconstructing the past, recognizing what we have overcome and no longer need, as it is on taking advantage of bringing the best of the past forward.  What are the difficult poses you have committed to, but not yet accomplished? Can you see how to better ground your Practice?  The potency of all the Capricorn earth energy, forces us to stand our ground, and dig deeper roots in order to fly higher and safer.  Think of Ardha Chandrasana/Half Moon from a straight leg lift off.   Visualize the sequence Garudasana/Eagle Pose into Vira III, into Natarajasana/Dancers Pose, into Vrksasana/Tree Pose. That takes some very deep rooting!

Your Birthday Week:   Last week you had the Full Moon as guide.  This week, it’s the preparation for Sunday’s New Moon. This brings a birthday year of paying attention to how you prepare.  As a Capricorn, you are most always prepared and ready to be in charge, but this year you will find yourself having to take others into greater consideration, as relationship trifectas will give you opportunities to re-think strategy. You will also see yourself deep diving as never  before.  The soil under you is being tilled for power over self, which involves serious decisions on regenerative self-care. Yes, it is a demanding, complex birthday, but you will be oh so excited as you see yourself stepping up to the plate of life to break with the old to regenerate the future.

Astrological Consultations:   Saturn says, ‘it is always timely to look at one’s life from an objective, non-judgmental point of view. If  you are asking, “How do I wish to use my inherent genius?  How can I move more deeply into my healing? How do I plan an abundant future?”  Then let us swim in your life together, in wonderful discovery.  Email  samcatcam@gmail.com

EVENTS & SCHEDULING

Jan. 10, 5:15 subbed by Jennifer Cooper, 7:00 by Elgar Pichler

Jan. 11, Start up of my first Thurs. 8:15 Class at Laughing Dog. Where we will create an enthusiastic, joyous beginning to the day!

JAN 13, Sat. classes at 8:30, level II-III, and 10:00 AM, all levels.   RSVP-samcatcam@gmail.com The Studio at One Edson, Natick.

Jan. 17, Advanced Techniques, 9-1:30, The studio at One Edson in Natick. This seminar explores standing and seated twists;  Relationships of their alignment & anatomy; Effective connective links between specific twisting poses; opportunity to teach and share knowledge.    RSVP-samcatcam@gmail.com

Feb. 3, Astrological overview of 2018’s energetic highlights. What does this New Year have in store?  Are there doors of opportunity?  Doors of transformation? Perfect times to begin something new? Will our earth find some stability? Will we be inspired to move through stress with greater integrity and grit?  Come find out Sunday, Feb. 3, 3-4:30 pm, laughing Dog, when we explore an overview of 2018.   $25.00

Astrology and Yoga of Transformation

Après Le Deluge   Jan. 15-21

Last year was a ‘deluge’ of change, loss, and new referendums, making this a golden year of opportunity upon which to re-build.  The challenge now is to become proactive, be flexible in difficult circumstances, and create new bridges.  2018’s numerology, (add the numbers together) is an 11, which is a master number, as well as a 2.  Either, and both ask we enrich and grow relationships, of all and every kind.  Issues of boundaries, balance, and cooperation are true issues of any relationship.  They require thought-filled care and intelligence for their continued, creative growth.

In 2017, we deconstructed many kinds of relationship, especially social ties with friends who didn’t agree with us, with a government we came to dis-trust, and we destabilized known landscapes.  We began to re-work and re-word the unknown. The tsunami of ’17 cleared the way for a higher order.  The lessons learned have hopefully made for mindful listening of what is, not what was assumed; To fully accepting the responsibility of our decisions; And of calling grace when dealing with another’s angered disagreement.  These are feminine attributes.  It is the hour of the feminine warrior, in all of us, not just women.

We all arise to march to the beat of this different drummer. The Karmic cadence will be passionate, re-kindling passions in and of all relationships. The true warrior first deals with the relationship within Self.  This begins with an awareness to carefully choose thoughts to create words, then action (Mercury in Capricorn).  It is the struggle to transform old wounds. (Mars in Scorpio quincunx Uranus, trine Chiron.)  It is the battle for power over self. (Pluto in Capricorn)

This week, begin listening to the rhythms in your ‘march-on-blueprint.’  With powerful earth energies in full display, (six of ten planets reside in Capricorn,) these New Moon seeds set intention not only for a 28 day cycle, but the entire year.  Re-think self-care habits, make slow, steady action your mantra, call responsibility to be inspired, and fill your spirit-well from fortitude, rather than delusion.  Ask, “Where can I be more, do with less, and steward resources from more than gain?”  These are enormous demands, but we have enormous planetary support to step-steady into the new life.

Hold onto happiness to Think big/think synergy/think motivation.

 

 On The Mat: The New Moon in Capricorn calls us to cultivate our autonomy, to recognize limits, and become more ‘real’ about taking charge and challenging possibility. Capricorn potency is earthy, telling us to stand our ground, and dig deeper.  We are to acknowledge our strength, moving into difficult poses, while remaining mindful of defending our safety. This week’s Practice takes us into the big energetic realms of ‘self-mastery, discipline, and integrity.  The body we bring to the mat, is the body that carries us through the day.  We are taking charge of a new ‘livelihood,’ validating who and how we put it to the test.

Your Birthday Week: Capricorn’s love to aim high, then actually get there.  With five planets aligned in your sign, there is great support for new definition and focus of higher and better.  This year could be a beginning where you find your commitments and efforts rewarded. Take time out to think about what, and who is most important to you, and your growth. What are your deepest desires, and who can support you in achieving them? You are a master of strategy, especially of defense.  Be aware not to remain overly defended when moving into new territory, and/or creating stronger relationships. Most importantly, grow your joy!

Astrological Consultations:   Beginning a New Year is always a good time to look at one’s life from an objective, non-judgmental point of view. If you are asking, “What is my genius, and how do I wish to use it?  How can I move deeply into my healing? When do I make moves for success?”  Then let us swim in your life together, in wonderful discovery.  Email  samcatcam@gmail.com

EVENTS & SCHEDULING

Wed. Jan. 17, 5:15  & 7 PM Classes at Laughing Dog. We will move from the earthy New Moon to stand our ground with greater fortitude and connection.

 Thurs. Jan. 18, 8:15 New Class at Laughing Dog. Alignment/sequencing/layering the subtle body make for a rich beginning to the day.

Sat. Jan. 20, classes at 8:30, level II-III, and 10:00 AM, all levels.   RSVP-samcatcam@gmail.com The Studio at One Edson, Natick.

Jan. 22, Advanced Techniques, 9-1:30, The studio at One Edson in Natick. This seminar explores standing and seated twists;  Relationships of their alignment & anatomy; Effective connective links between specific twisting poses; An opportunity to teach and share knowledge.   RSVP-samcatcam@gmail.com

Sunday, Feb. 4, Astrological overview of 2018’s energetic highlights. What does this New Year have in store?  Where are doors of opportunity?  When do I risk? Are there perfect times to begin something new? Bring your calendars Sunday, Feb. 4, 3-4:30 pm, Laughing Dog Yoga Studio, 159 Linden st., Wellesley: fee $25.00. Sign up- info@ldyoga.com