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





  • If you survived the Full Moon weekend and its extreme planetary hits, plus family Passover, or Easter, Bravo! You can now celebrate EARTH DAY.   Take time to honor her elegance, and class, her bravery in the face of destruction. Be her great hope for redemption.


  • The Full Moon, at the tipping point of 29 degrees pushed all into new territory. It is mostly unknown, therefore mostly uncomfortable. As we begin new journeys. We are helped by two personal planets in Aires that inspire and offer courage: Mercury and Venus working with the warrior-fire, commit us to being committed. The Sun conjuncts Uranus….a big kickstarter of unexpected beginnings, endings, chaos and freedom. This is hand in hand energy to the 29 degree Full Moon, and Mercury, Venus in Aires…. You have no option but change!


  • Pluto, the deep, passionate, destructive, redemptive purging power-player of the Universe, is stationing to turn Retrograde, a vibration of transformation. We all shake, rattle and roll under this Plutonian roll-call.



The story we share at this time is one of unexpected change. It is not just enormous social and political mayhem seen round the world, but personal challenges and change are the main game in town. Some of it flows with fortune, but most of it is incredibly difficult, often shocking the very essence of our life.  Uranus, as ‘great awakener,’ and representative of ‘higher mind,’ is wrapping its liberating arms around the Sun, our ego and identity, forcing us to widen our eyes and see different points of view, especially of the eco system and earth-values. This not only affects fixed and rooted Taurus identities, who like to remain as is, but all fixed signs including Scorpio, Leo and Aquarius, who also hate being pushed, will feel Uranus’ seven year hitch through their fixed sister, Taurus.

For the next seven years, Uranus will profoundly affect the earth, our ecosystem, banking, values, money and relationship, all territory of Venus ruled Taurus. (If you wish further information on Uranus in Taurus, scan past month’s blogs at dailybreathjournal.com) Adding to Venus’ influence of the moment is her ‘cheek to cheek’ with Chiron, the wounded healer. Remember that Chiron reveals and heals childhood wounds. It asks us to stop ripping open old scabs by addressing the issue, not blaming others, confronting the past, an then apply a soft dressing of forgiveness and redemption. While Chiron is in Aires, we all address issues of being enough, being seen, being valued, having the right to be alive.

Speaking of redemption, with its deep, difficult emotional purging, Pluto, planet of the underworld, prepares to turn Retrograde on the 25th, at 23 Capricorn. (Saturn follows shortly after, but that’s a story for next week.) The Station of any planet brings it closer to earth, and therefore its energy is greater. As far out into the galaxy as Pluto lives, we are feeling her depth charge. Changes belong to both Uranus and Pluto. They both rip up the known to drag us screaming and kicking into the unknown. Uranus works in sudden, unexpected fashion. Pluto is slow, unrelenting, and forks up dark secrets of the past to be seen and healed. Pluto, and Saturn, passing through Capricorn are revealing secrets, lies and redacted statements of a hidden past. Capricornian interests will be highlighted in territories it favors including: big business, government, politics and patriarchy, power and its abuse, authority, and it’s lack of knowledge, even large religion and its lack of perception…. all Capricorn vessels. Next year, when we look back at this passage, we will see that the job calling us is to become our own best and highest authority.

A last drop-kick to the week is Mars challenges Uranus, then Neptune. Mars and Uranus in any combo are dicey. Take extra care with sharp instruments, your anger, speed, carelessness and machinery. Mars with Neptune is likely to make us foggy, forgetful and careless, especially about commitments, and will. It might be a highly creative time?

YOUR BIRTHDAY WEEK: Happiness is a gift to be cultivated. This is a good year to dig and grow joyous roots. Change is here, there, and everywhere, and this is a divine opportunity to be the change you wish to see in the world. You will not be able to stop it, with Uranus conjunct your Sun. Expect your identity and ego to be quite different by this time next year. You will not be able to hide desires, or sit on passion any longer, for deep aspects of your nature have been calling for freedom, and it has arrived! You may think that someone is doing something to you to upset your applecart, but it’s the inner guide wanting new soul-life that is now in the driver’s seat. Vroom-Vroom!

YOUR PRACTICE THIS WEEK: Set an intention to balance some of the mayhem of change with practical grounding in simple breath work, and Asanas that connect you to your roots. Be calm and carry on by moving through Warrior Poses with poise and power. Do your Sun Salutations with a ritual sense of returning to known safety. Think about the poses that succor you, ask why, do those. Rise in Tadasana to your favorite balancing Pose- Dancer/Natarajasana is wonderful as it opens the heart to dance us onward!


 APRIL 24 Wed. 5:15 & 7 PM. Fallout wisdom is expanded, with muscle put to the service of creating a strong, calm body. Laughing Dog Yoga, Wellesley.

APRIL 25 Thurs. 8:30-9:30 AM Pilates Mat, We always howl happiness at the end to be stretched, strengthened and formidable! The Studio, 1 Edson Rd., Natick.

APRIL 26, 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 wind and re-wind, release and hold- with extraordinary power. samcatcam@gmail.com   The Studio, 1 Edson Rd, Natick.

APRIL 27. Sat. 8:30 & 10:00 AM classes open to spring-green life. Re-setting and renewing the intentional life, we put asanas to the service of mind, discovering new ways of moving into new territory.The Studio, 1 Edson Rd, Natick. samcatcam@gmail.com

EYE OF THE HEART WORKSHOP –was sold out! But due to Uranian mayhem, one space has become available. contact Samantha at samcatcam@gmail.com Saturday 4TH & Sunday,5TH, 13 CEU credits for teachers- $260.00 shaktidances.com  May 4-5 THE EYE OF THE HEART is where we move as Rumi dictates.Your heart knows the way. Run in that direction.”* Repurpose new insight through shaktidances. *Grow Emotional Intelligence woven in movement * Expand life structures synthesized by Asana & breath.


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