The Realistic-Super Fragile-istic Heart

Dedicated to dear friends around the world…. And strangers becoming friends

Juan Miro wrote, “The power of color reveals the fragility of line.”  Translating that to a heart-practice I write, “The power of love is revealed in lines of fragile durability.  Asking emotional muscle to choose delicate, intelligent lines of response to difficult people and situations, up-grades love to a bold fearlessness, despite its fragility.  And not only for Self, but for everyone touched by our efforts.  This year, in honor of St. Valentin, I commit to wearing love as a powerful color, allowing it to reveal lines of conscious-willingness toward remaining vulnerable, aware, and motivated.

Miro also felt that he wished to ‘assassinate painting,’ and challenge the conventional.  He could only achieve his aims through transgression and the constant reconsideration of his own creative effort.  I say “ditto” when it comes to learning to love as a warrior.  These times call for us to suit up in armor, take to the streets in rebellion, and yet remain vulnerable enough to reach out and hold not only loved ones, but the stranger beside us.

When moving outside of one’s comfort zone, it’s easier to see that the stranger is really us. This is particularly true when moving together. Bodies are nourished by the muscular musicality of breath and movement. Song and dance are rituals of our humanity.  No translations necessary in these heart-practices, for here we cannot lie.  The body is not capable of deception because it is the color, or the language born of heart and spirit. Whirling African dancers directly relay their exuberant joy and physicality. Seeing film of Nazi’s marching in perfect synchronization, you feel their united determination. A young ballerina, teetering on toe, speaks her tremulous story without a word.  We are primitive under our chic. We are fragile under our armor.  (amour/amor/amore).  We bond in love and hate. Choose your color, wear it proudly for all to see your talented, creative, realistic, super fragile-istic heart.  Mine to yours always.

My email is now: samcatcam@gmail.com  I’d love to hear your heart-stories.

Astrology and Yoga of Transformation

Amplified Awareness~ Feb 23-30

With much of the world imploding in some fashion, we are being asked to re-define our faith. It’s fortunate Saturn is moving through Sagittarius, for Sag is the archetype of faith, and Saturn is the archetype of what we struggle with, and fear, as well as being the Old Man of Mastery as we learn overcome his difficult tasks. As Saturn moves through the generous and educational energies of Sagittarius, the philosophy of faith becomes a base line of progress. This might be the message of the upcoming New Moon Eclipse in Pisces. If you have lost faith, or never had it, easier to find some now as five planets morph into Pisces.  Build on what you have, refine, and re-structure life from an inner faith. The clearer you can be, the better! Profound shifts in awareness due to political extremes, the failure of old world practices, the diaspora of refugees, and immoderate weather patterns all demand that our inner core of awareness grow stronger components of faith, not necessarily religious, rather that of a spiritual warrior.

As written last week, we move from the mental Aquarian think-tank to the oceanic feeling-flow of Pisces, closing the Astrological year. The ‘yahooo-cowboy-fire’ facing watery, spiritual Pisces, boots us toward a new reality, but not before we have reconsidered the past and pulled up lessons worth keeping. With the Aires New Year on March 20,  a more complex cycle of integration and comprehension is needed.  Before leaping, use this prime-time week to listen to your divine inner voice.  Despite soft Pisces planets, this is a hot week, where reaction is far easier than response. The ‘bad boys,’ Mars, Pluto and Uranus, pushed on by gaseous Jupiter, conflagrate- making us rebels with a mighty cause.

Fellow Astrologer and friend, Rich Humbert, beautifully explains: “Because Jupiter is a fire planet in an air sign (Libra) and Uranus is an air planet in a fire sign (Aries), their combination makes for “hot air” inflation. Both are planets who symbolize the ways we expand our awareness: Jupiter, by expanding our viewpoint, and Uranus, by exploding frozen structures. Disputes tend to flare up into high drama that can obscure compromise and reasoned arguments.” www.celestialweather.com

If you wish tools to support and sustain you through Piscean loss and chaos, plus Uranian surprises of destruction, cultivate your particular genius.  Honor the unique gift you have for the world, and discover new ways to use it. No easy task, but imperative! When fully engaged, and fulfilled, we endure and grow. We have enough muscle to stand up to, AND resist the temptation to drop kick ‘those who grow the world’s despair.’

Your Practice this week:  Seek solutions on the mat; in time alone and with your tribe. Reach out and find a hand that needs holding, besides yours.  Stretching deeply from the core, through breath and muscle, unite body and brain for greater emotional resilience. Perhaps this spicy week is a good time to pay more attention to keeping the heart open and strong. Work the following poses into your Practice, open breath and body in sustaining joy: Baddha Natarajasana, MatsyasanaCamatkarasana.  All poses found at:  http://dailybreathjournal.com/yoga/poses/chest-openers

Can’t wait to see what you’ve learned and how you’ve grown in my absence.  See you all on the mat come Saturday as we inch into the New Moon Solar Eclipse in Pisces.

Your Birthday Week:  “Look Homeward Angel” – not back in anger, could be your mantra for the coming year. Despite the hot conflagration of the week’s energies, there is ambition for transformative, spiritual change. (Sun/Moon/Neptune in Pisces, plus Eclipse forces.)  There is greater capacity for understanding, if you wisely use the air and fire energies. They can also assist in off-loading dead dreams, and old repressive text   Dare to step to the end of the cliff and leap, holding faith that the wind picks you up and drops you where you belong. (Jupiter opposing Uranus/Mars, squaring Pluto)

If you wish to look at your life from an objective, non-judgmental point of view, consider an Astrological tune-up. Grow past/present/future understanding with compassionate awareness.                   Email  samcatcam@gmail.com