CROSSING OVER~ All Saints Parade!

To voluntarily move into shadow, to inhabit the dark, takes a pinch of faith, and a pitchfork of fortitude. It is a caterpillian-choice, either to curl in, or break through the cocooning carapace to emerge a butterfly. In the northern hemisphere, we celebrate this dark entry, this ‘crossing over,’ as All Saints Day, or Day of the Dead, or Samhain, and yes, left-over Halloween. We march from harvest’s bright field to stand under cold-tumbled skies of falling leaves, to contemplate the surrender of the year, and the end of long, warm daylight. We move irrevocably toward the unknown, releasing our harvest of experience, of regret, and loss. We digest and regenerate for what will be, but not yet is.

Samhain, and All Saints, celebrate the dead, the well-loved spirits who once inhabited a life. Despite the skeltons and bad movies, it is an un-American celebration. Our DNA prefers Halloween, the joys of candy and fantastic costuming, where orange masks and haystack wigs make a lot of money, but denigrate solemn rites of passage. American spirit was built on forward movement, of no looking back, a conquering, can-do grab of life. This young spirit has not yet been able to cross over from its original genesis to embody adult soul. Of course, many individuals do cross, and for those, Plutonian riches await. When willing to wrestle with demons, and desires, the underworld teaches that what happens on the journey is not half so important as how we respond to the inner battles.

It is our willingness to surrender, heal and resolve unfinished business that offers soul-dharma. This dharma can be a path, a role, a friend, a talent, a job, a journey. It can be diurnal and/or nocturnal, of spirit and/or matter. When it is in the service of radical change, stretching us beyond old conventions and comfort zones, we cross over as saint and/or sinner. Being in relationship with both, creates wholeness. When we are in communion with shadow, entering the dark is not so scary as when we have no idea of what’s in the dark. When we have been impassioned by our demons, and done battle with passion, our dharma is muscled in resilience. There is an ability to understand that when we are suffering, it is because of what we think we are experiencing. When we are able to cross back and forth, we are able to shift perception. We open to different interpretations, and not only suffer less, but know that herein lies our freedom!

Astrology and Yoga of Transformation

WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN THE PAST 25 YEARS?   Dec. 12-18

 THEMES

  • The New Moon of 12/7 set the table, now it’s time to sit, eat, share what we’ve learned, what we know, and decide on desert.

We will be prodded into choosing weird combinations, as well as enjoying the comfort of harmonizing tastes. Uranus, god of the higher mind, chaos, and sudden change, is in an uncomfortable semi-square with Neptune, god of the spiritual seas, oneness, loss and chaos. Think anchovies with eggs.

Wed. and Thurs., take advantage of the delicious taste between Moon and Sun in sextile. They’re offering opportunity to see our ‘tablescape’ as expansive, cohesive, and well constructed. This appetizing energy supports efforts to be WOKE, which is what the connection between Neptune and Uranus asks of us.

 THE STORY

Last week’s story, under the dark radar of the New Moon, we pushed out a birth crying for greater consciousness. This is a difficult, complex and hungry babe, born with capacity to move beyond old patterns. It’s story continues to grow this week as the transpersonal planets, Uranus and Neptune, push and prod one another through another of their 45 degree semi-square of irritation frustration and challenge. Think fire and water, and you have steam. This is the fourth of five passes these two will make, (between mid 2017 and May 2019) so we are familiar with the flavors of this provocative territory, where the push is to transcend old blocks, move beyond self imposed limitations, and discover a deeper purpose to life…..yet once again! Polish the silver! Sharpen that knife!

The gift of pain is growth. The gift of wishing life were different is making something different happen. The gift of hunger is appreciation when sated. Transpersonal energies are easier to observe with societal settings, but they also operate within us, usually below the level of consciousness. They turn up the heat so that eventually our feet burn and we start dancing on the table. We can either dance along in a foxtrot or get tangled up in an erratic, deceptive tango. Depends on how woke we’ve grown. Uranus and Neptune began their dance back in the early 1990’s, when they joined to give birth to a new cycle of consciousness, baptizing the world with an upgraded cycle of confusing parameters, and requests to move beyond the known. For many, it was an exciting exploratory time of delving into healing practices, death and dying workshops, fire walking, shamanism, subtle body study, and working with light. You see the resurfacing of many of these modalities in areas not opened before.

In some respects, it’s easier not to wake up, to not sit at the table of weird tastes, and odd company. But the chaotic fall-out is far greater when the bill comes due. You have to grow conscious at some point, and this is a good one! Others are waiting on you, especially those that have taken the ‘Bodhisattva Vow.’ This makes the delay more of a moral dilemma, as who wants to keep a Buddha waiting? Many of you know, the vow, taken by Mahayana Buddhists, and others, is to free the world of suffering. With the cultivation of spirit, empathy and moral wisdom, the Bodhisattva place themselves in the service of others, until all sentient beings become conscious, and wish to join the large golden table of love.

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YOUR BIRTHDAY WEEK: This may be a birthday where you are invited to a gilded table laden with delicious choice. The difficulty may lie in asking what you have to surrender in order to eat something new. How much do you wish to expand and move beyond the definition you have given yourself? What beliefs can tumble out of your brain in order for the body to commune more strongly with it? I hope you will give yourself opportunity to take a meaningful trip, perhaps in early spring, that offers a time out of quiet joy. Yes, you are being pushed toward greater consciousness, but you’ve wanted this all along! Happy Trails!!

YOUR PRACTICE: Move the body from New Moon-Yin toward Full Moon-Yang. The ‘First Quarter Phase,’ Sat. 15, is always a goad to build muscle- “Mas Chaturanga!” Pay attention to sequencing! Pull inner birth created, at New Moon, out into viable action. A kryia of challenge: Move from Child’s Pose to Dolphin, to Down Dog, (no shoulder work, please!) jump to Uttkatasana, twist right, lift left leg, extend back, hold, then lower foot, open arms, and windmill arms into Vira II, pull right arm back in Dancing Warrior, windmill arms over to plank, Vinyasa! Mas Chaturanga! Repeat right and left then do it again. The beginnings of a nice heat.

 

 

NOVEMBER~DECEMBER EVENTS & SCHEDULING

 DEC. 10, 9:00-1:-00 pm, Advanced Techniques, The studio at One Edson, Natick. Subtle body meets physical body to support a strong practice.This seminar continues Pranayama techniques, layering a Practice to the emotional body via chakras, mudras & mantra. Working anatomy of hip and spine. CEU hours available. RSVP samcatcam@gmail.com

 DEC. 12, 5:15 & 7 pm Wed. classes at Laughing Dog, Wellesley MA. New Moon moves of inner assessment, and Mercurial information connect to emotional understanding. Outer structures support soft inner journey.

 DEC.13, 8:30-9:30 AM Mat Pilates, The NEW Studio at one Edson, Natick. We howl happiness at the end to be wonderfully stretched, strengthened and formidable! $15.00

 DEC. 15 Saturday, There is only a single, 9 AM class, taught by the new 200 hour instructors of Daily Breath Yoga School. The class is full this week, but you can contemplate coming next week, 12/22, when both 8:30 & 10 AM will be in session. NEW Studio ~one Edson rd, Natick, MA. samcatcam@gmail.com

 DEC. 16, New Class/New Studio~Sunday Serenade! An invitation to those needing peace, surrender, and spacious awareness. Restorative poses, long stretches, and Nidra offer the body lush self care. Closure of short meditation/ Yoga Nidra. Grow Emotional Intelligence, relinquish stress, grow a ‘beautiful body electric. $15.00

 * Interested in a 2019 overview of energetic patterns? I will be offering a workshop end of Dec. Eyes on upcoming calendar.

 Jan. 6  4th, 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. RSVP alcatcam@gmail.com

 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