A Page From My Journal ~ Reality & Fantasy

The starry firmament has been transmitting through me as we traverse the plains of Spain. The mix of reality and fantasy rising from the work, the relationships, and the inner odyssey has created new muscle. It is a muscle of quiet fearlessness, rather than bravado. Moving on rails from town to town, teaching ShaktiYogaDance workshops, we’ve trained from Valencia to Barcelona, and back to Madrid, We are in cycles of discovery and wonder, dismay, and gratitude. Despite the differences and difficulties, every event has opened to discover unexpected, transformative heart-space.  Be they small, or larger turn outs, the emotional body has been fed and watered in a sea of Piscean oneness.  It has also undergone uncomfortable re-adjustments of new construction and meaning.

Astrologically, this is a testament to the stellium of Sun, Mercury, and Neptune in watery Pisces, and Venus, Saturn, with Pluto in earthy Capricorn.  You could say it’s an opportunity to infuse fantasy with reality.  It is also an opportunity to transcend, (Pisces) whatever blocks, (Capricorn.) Along with Jupiter’s ride through Sagittarius this year, we all working with forms of teaching, learning, and graduating!  Thanks to the support of strangers and friends, I feel this odyssey is a deep inner graduation to a future not imagined before.  It is a ‘Jupiterian opportunity’ offering an abundance of experience that prepares the way for more satisfying patterns of self-expression.

It is Venus in Capricorn that for me has displayed most prominently throughout the planetary patterns. In opening doors to an unknown Yoga discipline, not only have I risked, but others have graciously risked to support my work. At times, it has been painful, yet always sublime. Strangers have courageously opened intimately to the work, creating small, enthusiastic tribes. Venus in Capricorn speaks to structuring and supporting alliances that create worthy relationship. The primary alliance is with self, after that, all else follows. Capricorn can be fearful of being too emotional or demonstrative, yet its strength teaches us to stand stalwart and courageous.

The past two weeks of this transformative process has ebbed and flowed on inner emotional seas, and of course, inspired the work.  ShaktiYogadances is nothing, if not about relationship. In moving through the elegant sequencing of asanas, the body feeds the resilience and determination necessary to ride incoming tides of turbulence. As strangers move and breath together, the body informs the mind that survival lies in union, and that in our ability to connect, we build resilient bone to overcome hurdles, and re-define our passions

it has been proven, that like the pied-piper, whenever I can leave my comfort zone, to reach across the wide divide, others will join. Each time I am willing to face the unknown to share passion and knowledge, I partner those willing to do the same.  I love the intimate moments when we crack open and stand face to face in union.  It’s rare.  It’s needed.  It’s my work.

YOUR PRACTICE THIS WEEK:  Bring yourself to tears, then turn and embrace a stranger so they get in on the good juju.

YOUR BIRTHDAY WEEK:  Promise yourself a new strategy to go out and grow your passion.  Begin new constructs that support your dream, and promise yourself to dream big.  Reach out to new alliances, and reach out to those in need of partnering. As a Pisces, your grow empathy like gills, but make this a year where your empathy supports you to swim deeper into the unknown.  Do not give yourself away to those undeserving of your energy. Re-define your priorities, put on your mermaid tail to swim on!


NB  If curious about our odyssey across Spain dancing the Emotional Intelligence embodied in Shakti Yoga Dances, go to shaktidances.comAs the new dance, Phoenix Rising, reveals, inspiration rises from failing, joy opens from fear, friendships await when we reach out….It is a journey of unknowns, and discovery- filled with hope and enthusiasm.

FEB. 27, Wed.  5:15 & 7 pm classes at Laughing Dog Yoga, Wellesley. Classes will be subbed by the lovely Cory Halaby at 5:15, and Elgar Pichler with his depth charge at 7 PM.) 

MARCH 2 , at 9:00 AM will be taught by the one of a kind Elgar Pichler, The Studio, 1 Edson Rd, Natick. 

MARCH 7, Thurs.  8:30-9:30 AM Pilates Mat, The Studio, 1 Edson Rd., Natick.  We howl happiness at the end to be stretched, strengthened and formidable!

MARCH 8, Fri. 1:30-2:30 AM, Graham Technique. samcatcam@gmail.com

FEB. 10,  Sun., 4-5:15 pm, Sunday Serenade is a Restorative, stretchy, meditative time-out, offering lush self-care, and space to grow Emotional Intelligence.

MARCH 10,  Sun.  4-6 pm ‘Sunday Salon’    Allan Cameron leads those interested in journeys of discovery and questioning.  Free to those who listen well , and offer heart-felt wisdom. 1 Edson rd, Natick, MA

Astrological Consultations:   Planetary wisdom offers a  timely look at one’s life from an objective, non-judgmental point of view.  As you begin fall’s journey 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

Astrology and Yoga of Transformation




THE STORY:   Last week, I asked ‘what sort of a cell tower were you constructing to receive and emit incoming and outgoing messaging.’ This week, the nerve-fretwork is fired up with synchronistic brain synapsing. You might be shocked and let down by incoming news, but you will also find brilliant new ideas offered through surprising anomalies. Indeed, “whaaaat the fook-moments” from intuitive-ahaaaa’s open new doors. Nerve endings need to be soothed and creamed. Pamper yourself with the silence that comes from time off the grid: Less phone, TV, and computer.

On March 28, the befuddled world is close to finishing up the three weeks of a very confused Mercury Retrograde. I hope you have gained in spiritual connection, sympathy, and creativity, all promoted in Pisces, especially with Neptune as leader. If you have been dealing with details, a business plan, and tight scheduling, you deserve sympathy. On Thursday, with Mercury’s standstill station, the ‘Sky-Jokster flips us a last great bird with a semi-square to Uranus. This connection creates angst-energy between higher mind/Uranus, and lower mind/Mercury. Because of their travelling speeds and Mercury’s standstill, they repeat the contact again Friday., offering double blasts of disruption and uncertainty.

Unfortunately, this chaotic influence is not confined to just Thurs. and Fri.. We are in it as I write, and it lingers through beginning of April. My advice, to myself, is to have back up plans. Flexibility on every level is growing more and more necessary. Because sleep may be an issue, plan to take more time before closing-down the day: disconnect earlier, more time in Shoulder Stand, the queen of sleep-pose. You want supportive information? Make time to be still and listen. Along with the angst, are gifts of insight and high-level-download. This is a good time to ask, then stay alert for expansive consciousness to inform. Information may arrive in weird, unexpected ways. Be open to the mystery and the magic of your life!


YOUR BIRTHDAY WEEK: As an Aires, you enjoy speed and daring-do, and your courage leads the way for so many of us, but this year you may slow down to choose a different path. It will likely involve something from your past. Because your vision is expanded, and very creative, you have muscle to master a new art form, woven of past and present. This ‘art form’ also involves you, your solar radiance and worldly identity. which is moving toward greater healing. There is a new foundation ready for pouring. As stated above, it’s very important for your soul muse to take time out to re-set by writing, meditation, walks in the woods, listening to music….In short, taste the luxe flavors woven into this insightful beginning.

YOUR PRACTICE: We continue the theme of bringing ritual front and center to the Practice. This connects inner body with outer, and higher brain to lower., masculine to feminine. All classes this week work with grounding the body, so that brains withstand the high magnetic charges, and bodies can put the excessive vroom of the electromagnetic field into practical action.

A key pose in working with the 6th chakra, this week’s inner focus, we re-define outwardly through Salamba Sarvangasana/Shoulder stand. For informative notes go to: yoga /yoga poses /inversions. Working with the 6th chakra, open to the Ajna, or Third Eye. Here we balance and re-direct with greater integrity and understanding. Its element is ‘mahat,’ or the great element in which all other elements are present in pure essence. Its seed sound/bija is “Aum,” the vibration connecting human to Universal Source. It is depicted as a two-petaled lotus, representing the polarization of the mind, and it’s meeting place. It is here we open our visualizations, intuition, and ‘self purpose.’


 MARCH 27, Wed. 5:15 & 7 PM. We put asana muscle into calming our chaos, growing empathetic, and connecting to the muse through music & dance. Laughing Dog Yoga, Wellesley.

 MARCH 28, Thurs. 8:30-9:30 AM Pilates Mat, We howl happiness at the end to be stretched, strengthened and formidable! The Studio, 1 Edson Rd., Natick.

MARCH 29, Fri. 10:30-11:30 AM, Graham Technique. Learn how to really lift your bandhas, and put core strength into movement. There is nothing like an hour of Graham to re-set core, and lower back. samcatcam@gmail.com  The Studio, 1 Edson Rd, Natick.

MARCH 30, Sat. 8:30 AM, and 10 AM. We create seeking strategic balance to counter act sudden changes. We move into the heart of sequenced asanas for synthesis and balance. Create inner grace, and outer power. The Studio, 1 Edson Rd, Natick.

 MARCH 231, Sun. 4-5:15 pm, Sunday Serenade is a Restorative, stretchy, meditative time-out, offering lush self-care, and space to grow Emotional Intelligence.

Astrological Consultations:   Planetary wisdom offers a timely look at one’s life from an objective, non-judgmental point of view. As you begin fall’s journey 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


  • THE EYE OF THE HEART~Shaktidances Workshop.

           We shall dance as Rumi dictates.Your heart knows the way. Run in that direction.”

* New dances * *Emotional Intelligence woven from movement * Expanded teaching/life structures synthesized in movement.  *Weekend energies of a Taurus New Moon, Cinco de Mayo, and Ramadan underlie rich tapestry of shared learning * Cross-pollination of right & left brain, masculine & feminine, with subtle body layers. CEU credits. Email: samcatcam@gmail.com