Autumn Equinox

The standstill of perfect balance before night descends,

A momentary refuge of light and dark whose doors open

In side by side perfection.

This soul’s asylum of neither right nor wrong

Ushers us through with no second thought

One more leaf, spinning and twirling

In death defying spirals before earth accepts our stillness.

Peace beckons, shelter to the deepening life

Safe, calm cocoon before the turning.

Here, we become the light.

Here we attend momentary Grace

Before rushing down the windward fall.

Astrology and Yoga of Transformation

Set the Table for Ongoing Transformation Nov. 20-27

As you prepare to generously share yourself with family and friends this Thanksgiving, know you will be dancing polarities between the ‘dark lord’ who has been working us over with Scorpionic depth, (presently ruling Venus and Jupiter) AND rising Sagittarian enthusiasm. No doubt, this may help us find a balanced center to deal with Aunt Mabel who loves Trump, and GranPa Jack who loathes him. By digging deep under the New Moon skies of the past weekend, we have prepared richer soil, so that with the entry of the Sun into Sagittarius, we begin seeing a longer, more hopeful point of view, based on a stronger heart muscle. (On the 22nd, the Sun joins Mercury and Saturn in Sag.)

Despite exhaustion, there is no going back to sleep, for ‘enlightenment’ is the only game in town. The on-going triumvirate of outer planetary archetypes continues their diverse wake-up call. (Uranus kicked the Scorpio New Moon toward higher attunement. Pluto and Mars, co-rulers of Scorpio, are in a knock down square, today/Monday. This is signature energy to be the bully, or take a stand against the bully.   Plus the charismatic, artistic, transcending, but confusing Neptune, Stations Direct the 22nd, magnifying her powers greatly. (She is also amplified in connecting to Jupiter, ruler of the Sagittarian planets.)

Another enlightening point is Saturn sitting at 27 degrees Sagittarius, the same degree as the Galactic Center. The GC is the black hole at the center of our universe, and planets passing through this degree can open windows to higher insight and transmission. It is also known for it’s power to release habits, and unwanted patterning as it magnifies energy fields holding old memory.

All told, the Universe is only asking for our total surrender to the old way of being so that it can infuse us with transformational transmissions in a last ditch effort to save the planet. Perhaps we get to practice our clear intentions of compassionate wisdom this Thanksgiving? New disciplines always begin at home, within the sacred circle of Self, then family and friends.

A note of Gratitude to tuck into your pocket: I know my only hope to grow greater heart-muscle of trust and patience, is through my loved ones, my friends and compatriots. Here is a small note of my heartfelt thanks for your support, which contributes to the colors and flavor of my life. Getting your notes, doing your charts, hearing your questions not only means a great deal, but heals and changes me. Sitting with the loss and sorrow of this year, I am given courage and hope by our connection. Holding hands to cross the street is a gift that keeps on giving every time it occurs, AND every time I remember we can do that.

*Mercury Retrograde Note: If you’re buying technology, a car, or travel tickets do it now before Mercury turns Retrograde, Dec. 3rd. We will have a Full Moon in Gemini, ruled by that 29 degree (very tippy) mercury, on that same day, which will Quintile Neptune. BIG YIKES! This is your warning to plan ahead. Prepare, and back up! Confusion, illumination, and intuition need more space, along with detailed attention to mundane demands.

This Week’s Birthdays:  This year is going to propel you far beyond who you have been. The confluence of outer planetary ‘hits’ and the polarity of Scorpio/Sagittarius energies are making high demands on your soul-self. The good news is- you’re ready. You have been working toward this opportunity for a while as Saturn has been testing your journey. With the Station of Neptune this week, stay alert to not being a sacrificial lamb, nor a lost cause, with bombastic inclinations. Not that you ever would!! Rather, it is your time to be the artistic messenger, carrying hope as a banner for all to follow. (Read last week’s New Moon notes for your pre-birthing illumination.http://dailybreathjournal.com/Astrology/

Astrological consultation:   This fall of endings, with preparation of timely beginnings, is a perfect moment to look at one’s life from an objective, non-judgmental point of view. Consultations ask: How do you wish to use your inherent genius, and compassionate awareness? How to understand and surrender to the healing in front of you. Tools are offered to see where your future beckons and how to best arrive there. Email  samcatcam@gmail.com

On the Mat This Week: You are to be bold, and profound; exploratory and safely aligned; artistic and funny. Explore the polarities that offer you new insight as to how you can hold the center in surprising ways. Take quiet time on the mat to regenerate inner peace and stability so you may go into the world, carrying a banner of hope, Grace, and gladness. If you can’t figure out a pose to support your body’s needs, go here: http://dailybreathjournal.com/yoga/poses/

Modified SCHEDULE 

Wed. Dec. 6th, 9 AM-1:30 pm Advanced Yoga Training! Learn to deepen and personalize your Yoga experience. Expand connections of body, mind, emotion as you uncover layers of your life. On Dec. 6th, we continue with structures of standing poses, adding twists, and deconstructing the movement prayer of Surya Namaskar/Sun Salutation. From feet through knees to hips, discussing injury prevention, alignment, breath, bandhas and teaching cues. See basic poses with new eyes.

Advanced students interested in creating deeper life-Practices are welcome. RSVP required. samcatcam@gmail.com

Wed. Nov.22 : Wed. Classes are cancelled at Laughing Dog Yoga this week.   Go cook!

Thurs. Nov. 23, 8:30 am: Pilates Mat. -Cancelled   The Studio at 1 Edson rd., Natick

Sat. Nov. 25th: RSVP to samcatcam@gmail.com for 8:30 or 10 AM space. 1 Edson rd.

Yes! we are having classes!