Memorial DNA   May 30

War does not determine who is right ~ only who is left.”   Bertrand Russell

Memorial Day was born out of the Civil War’s desire to honor and remember its dead. That heritage alone is enough to affect our DNA, as there was not an American family untouched by that destruction. Today, despite two ‘Great Wars’ and far too many in between, many people no longer have a direct link to a dead warrior. Yet the day remains one of memory, and of honor, for every fallen soldier is part of our DNA. Each one belonged to someone, who was related to another, who loved that one, whose child was raised without a father, whose mother lost every man in her home, and now she is part of the warrior’s lineage.   Whether we knew the fallen, or not, they have written a page in our heart-script by being connected to someone. We may only know their story. We might be distantly related, they may be a friend of a friend, but the life they led, and those they loved, are part of us.

 This relationship through time, and place, of remote DNA, and memory, was brought home during a 60 Minutes story of the last marine who had marched in the Death March of Bataaan, on the Philippine Island of Luzon, in WWII.   He is remarkably alive, and kicking at 98. As he told his story, I thought about how my life had been affected and changed by another who had been on that march. My mother’s brother, my handsome, winsome uncle Brooks, had died at 23 in prison camp, one of the few left alive of the 75.000 that began the march. Though I never knew him, my mother’s relationship as his younger, adoring sister, and her profound love, and loss, marked, and changed my life forever.

 Mundane and precious memories of spirit live within, leading us forward into deeper relationships as we seek to repair and re-connect to past and future selves. The legacy of loss is as important as that of survival. It is death that forges life as it is love, and loss of it that forges memory. We remember the dead because they have seeped into veins. We have stepped on their backs. We carry their passion, as well as spirits forward. This interconnectedness grows the transformative life.

 What do we owe our dead? Memory. What do they owe us? A hand-up in consciousness. If war is worth anything, it is the knowledge that it serves no one and solves nothing. Our war dead return to make us look back, reminding us to carry love forward. When we honor them, we prevail in growing stronger, compassionate, more willing to reach out to connect. Let us not allow their precious life to have been given in vain.

Astrology and Yoga of Transformation

Heatin’ Up!       Aug. 14-21

 

Under the heat of August skies, bodies surrender and slow, minds turn inward and backward with Mercury’s Retrograde guidance. Use these days as preparation, remembering that your wishes and hopes are greatly magnified under the disturbed electromagnetic field. It’s a good week for releasing and preparing the BIG BEGINNING of next week’s New Moon, better known as the ‘Great American Eclipse.’ We are aligning forces to design new lives. Buried within the breakdowns, turmoil, and violence, is an accelerated breakthrough as this New Moon Solar Eclipse connects to the Moon’s North Node, prodding us with a regenerative, evolutionary force for a new cycle of being.

 When we are working with a Leo North node, and many in the Boomer generation are, there is a life time discovery of heart-centered power. The North Node beckons bodies toward the unknown, supporting work at higher level, in this case, of Leo qualities including; better leadership, creativity, spontaneity, and joy. It’s mandate is to share the fruits of our wisdom., as any good ruler does. The marching order this week, is to refine, cleanse, and bring awareness to what needs relinquishing in order to move on splendidly. We are being asked to make a number of adjustments in order to do this. Planetary Quincunxes, of 150 degrees, mandate we re-design, and re-configure how we are to move forward….never mind that Mercury Retro requires the same.

 The upcoming Leo Eclipse, along with the North Node, and Mars, align with the fixed Star, Regulus, the heart of the lion. These all bring heat and passion, as well as a tippy, de-stabilizing influence to bear. At the ending degree of 29, it also symbolizes a death. In this case, the death of an old part of the ego, of the overweening masculine principle. It won’t go without a fight. Listen to what the heart wishes, not the ego. Let the fiery passion of this time burn away the unnecessary. Resolve issues of the past. Grow more courageous and trust yourself. Enjoy your good humor and radiant-self. Be patient with outcomes, for they may not unfold until the fall.

 Your Practice this Week: Last week’s potent Full Moon Practice gives way to adjustment, re-calibration, and a look back at how far you’ve come. Honor your body for the work it does on your behalf. Find new ways to continue changing your POV. How many ways can you hang upside down?  Continue heart-opening Asanas. Let me count the ways, and if you need reminding go to: dailybreathjournal.com /Yoga Poses/chest openers Finish with a heart-centered meditation, sinking your red-red love deep into the heart of the Lotus Mudra.

 If Your Birthday Is This Week: Tune in. Harness the power of your dreams. Wait on the will of heaven before moving forward. You will find yourself adjusting more than is comfortable for a Leo, but it’s good practice. Since you are a creative, joyful being at the center of your ego, enjoy! Remember Abe Lincoln who said, “Most folks are as happy as they want to be.” Sharing your joy and exuberance is one of the things others love most about you. Grow that muscle, then support others with that big heart of yours. As I wrote last week, “If you are wise, you will give yourself more time for listening to inner direction, allowing thought before response. You will see yourself jettisoning old ways of being that have held you back. “

SCHEDULE

TONIGHT! August 14, 7PM: If you wish greater understanding of this transformational time, I am sharing information about the great American Eclipse of August 21.  Find out how it may affect you, how you can prepare, what it may mean for America, and its leaders, particularly Mr. Trump.  We are all taking flight in unknown ways.
RSVP ~info@ldyoga.com  $18.00   Laughing Dog Yoga: 159 Linden st., Wellesley.  If you wish to know which areas of your life are most affected by the Eclipse, send NOW- your birth data of date/time/city to samcatcam@gmail.com

August 16, Wed night classes at 5:15, level I-II, and 7 P.M.~level II-III- Laughing Dog, Yoga, Wellesley, both classes will be taught by the wonderful Elgar Pichler. COME! You are in for a treat! Next Wed. 23, the 5:15 will be taught by the alignment queen, Jennifer Cooper, and the 7 PM by Elgar.

August 19, Sat. 8:30 AM~ Level II-III – Taught by the elegant Mr Pichler!

Astrological consultation:  For August birthdays it is particularly timely to look at your life from an objective, non-judgmental point of view. This month is a preparation, a time of soul-questing to discover how and where the BIG August eclipses affect your life. How do you wish to use your inherent genius, and compassionate awareness? How to understand the healing in front of you, and accept present difficulties in order to plan an abundant future.     Email  samcatcam@gmail.com