The Golden Leaf


The world as a miraculous place of life, death and renewal. It is a home for impeccable balancing acts of inhale and exhale, yin and yang, within and without, Equinox and Solstice.  The ongoing, irrefutable balancing happens under our noses in endlessly magical stories.  To celebrate the Vernal Equinox, here is a golden tale to capture your imagination, balancing tragedy with greatness.

Did you know that the Mangrove Tree, of which there are around 80 species, grows primarily in swampy, tropical salt bayous.  Some within this species are capable of filtering out 75% of salt in the water.  In the Turks and Caicos, it is rumored that one of the Mangrove species bears a single golden leaf on each of its branches, which sucks in the remaining 25% of saline which the tree cannot tolerate.  Imagistically, and imaginatively, each golden leaf has chosen to turn its life into an aurulent, shinning death in order for the tree to live.  It makes of itself an offering to guarantee survival, despite the extreme eco system.  Once the leaf has absorbed the salty elixir of death, it makes of itself an offering, not only to the tree, but to the aquatic life below, which depends on the golden leaves for nourishment.

I am reminded of Mary Oliver’s line from “The Buddha’s Last Instruction” “Make of yourself a light.” A life worth living does make of itself a light. It is a golden offering that others might be nurtured and live.  It does not have to be a huge sacrifice, or a ‘published’ life to be golden.  But it might be.

Because the school shootings are high on the radar, I have taken some comfort in imagining that the careless destruction of precious lives is not a waste, that perhaps their souls had chosen to become golden offerings. They have made of themselves a light so the rest of us could see. Their gift may be a prayer of courage, and comfort for us to stand for them. Now it is our turn to carry the torch, and grow golden. If not, their waste is not bearable.

At this transformational turning point of the Equinox, let us transmute dross into gold. We can be a conscious choice to embody spring’s greater light. Who doesn’t want to be rich, honeyed, redolent and resplendent? We have life to offer. We have a life to save.

Astrology and Yoga of Transformation




Consciousness changing lunations affect our personal bodies, emotions, and thought as well as those of the collective. It turns out- you do matter. Awareness changes the observed.

Perceiving, and interpreting, interior patterns of thinking offers the ability to align and prepare new pathways.

  • Summer Solstice, 6/21, is a potent moment to set intention, honor and accept life as the great unsolved mystery.


The themes are BIG! In order to utilize their gifts, call Imagination and trust as guides. This week’s consciousness flow was birthed at the New Moon on the thirteenth with the first of three consecutive super moons. This means the Moon is at perigee, closest to the earth, intensifying tides, tectonic and gravitational fields. The mind/body is affected by these strong vibrations. You may be tired as a result. The upcoming lunations, two of which are Eclipses, will, as usual, change the known playing field for many. It is best to prepare by clearing out, releasing, and completing old business.

That Gemini New Moon, accenting EI/Emotional Intelligence, may have created a rubric cube of riddles you are still working on.  It is a welcome mat to this week’s bizarre Neptunian emphasis. It turns Retrograde, boosting all things nebulous, compassionate, spiritual, lost, and artistic. The sea god is a guide to different levels of consciousness, invoking grater empathy as will as confusion, high imaginative levels, chaos, loss, music, painting, dance and Yoga. Neptune is particularly powerful as it is dwelling in its home sign of Pisces. Another watery emphasis will be the Sun moving into Cancer at the Solstice. Mercury is already in Cancer, and Jupiter is awash in Scorpio. Emotion and feeling connect us, bringing relationships into high focus.

There is a ‘partnering presence,’ not only from the watery flow, but Mars and Venus align with the nodes-’the path’ bringing up assumptions, misunderstandings, and hurt feelings from old wounds. It’s time to step back and re-evaluate relationship priorities. Before you blow, or try to take the high road, sit with the responsibility you have to yourself to re-interpret childhood thought patterns about love and loss. Uranus, god of change, in close aspect to the Moon and Sun, supports greater intuition and new perspectives. Is it time to let Uranus blow you out of the water of habitual pattern, offering new freedom to embrace the unknown?

THE PRACTICE THIS WEEK: Part of Yoga’s mastery is its ability to recreate a relationship with Self. This week this is especially a potent possibility. Use Asana as tools for the body to work its way inward toward the nature of your spirit, and deep emotions. Expand your understanding and use of Pranayama, as well as mantra, and mudra. Take invaluable time out to re-connect with yourself on the mat, even if you only lie in savasana. Honor showing up for you! Your body will thank you, and your mind will straighten out and fly right.

THIS WEEK’S BIRTHDAYS: This may be a year you win a prize for understanding and accepting yourself, which will change every facet of your life. You may find that not only relationships prosper, but that your creativity expands, and/or takes a different trajectory. Take time out to complete and toss the old, to listen to your intuitive body, to align with what is important. Then choose those three things/people of top priority. Give them your heart and soul.

Astrological Consultations:   It’s always a good time to look at one’s life from an objective, non-judgmental point of view. Especially when the dust flies and the future looks unfamiliar. If you are asking, “What is my genius, and how do I wish to use it?  How can I move deeply into my healing? When do I make moves for success?”  Then let us swim in your life together, in wonderful discovery.  Email


Wed. june 20, 5:15pm –All levels, & 7 pm- level II/III, Laughing Dog, Wellesley, MA

Sat. June 23 . 8:30, level II-III, and 10:00 am- Solstice Ritual to deepen awareness, and a strong Yang practice to bring it home. We will practice outside if possible. RSVP Email

Wed. June 27, 9-1:30 pm- Advanced Techniques, The studio at One Edson, Natick. This seminar explores the alignment and anatomy of back bends and arm balances. It is an opportunity to break boundaries, to teach and share knowledge.
Advanced Techniques is for those seeking a 200- hour YA certification, or bodies simply interested in expanding their skills and knowledge, these seminars are aligned to encourage deeper understanding and wisdom of the Practice.