The Wow Week Feb. 7-14

 The full speed dynamic of the new presidency will be slowed and circumvented with this week’s Retrograde Station of Jupiter.  The Station will magnify not only the partnerships and alliances Jupiter enlarges during his passage through Libra, but his involvement in the T Square with Uranus and Pluto. Everything is amplified as we are challenged, opened, and impacted on every level. Difficult as it is, we are impelled to dynamic change and unforeseen consequences.

The Jupiter archetype rules the courts, education, foreigners, long distance travel, abundance, publishing, religion and philosophies.  You have seen the enormous focus in these areas, now with the added emphasis of the Station, expect to hear passionate push-back to what keeps stingy, old guard policies in place, a greater cooperation in new alliances, and the travesty of small-minded ideas. These themes were part of the January New Moon which opened the energies of 2017, and they remain at the forefront through Jupiter’s Retrograde passage, ending in April.

The other Planetary Dynamic surge this week is the powerful Lunar Eclipse, February 10, at 22 Leo, triggering the Jupiter-Uranus-Pluto T Square.  Eclipses are energy shifts that occur when we clean out personal psychological closets.  They also trigger the breakdown of society’s collective closets. Eclipse Seasons (occurring usually twice a year- in pairs) provide transformative doors where old structures, illusions, mis-aligned action and thought are brought out of the closet for review and repair.  The Moon in Leo, archetype of individuality, creativity and heart-energy, opposes the Sun in Aquarius, signature of brotherhood, humanitarianism, and equality. Our shadow and light in these areas will be explored, and we will observe it being played out in the news.

The frenzy peaking with the Full Moon reveals government struggles with the courts and law. The over-amped arrogance of those in power is being met by strangers standing together- for foreigners no less.  The extremes in meanness and anger are pushing business and foreign governments to stand against policies that not only do not not serve them financially and creatively, but it appears that what is good for the heart is good for the almighty dollar.  The extremes we are experiencing are a force toward greater consciousness and compassion.  The worse it gets, the more flexible and innovative we grow.

Your Practice This Week: During this Wow-Week do a Wow-Practice of Yang intensity. Work the anxiety out of your body. Be audacious, and persevere as you breathe deeply and engage profoundly.  Be insightful as you mix demanding poses with those you know well. Integrate your shadow and light, illusion with reality, heart with head. Feel yourself part of your Yoga tribe, yet alone on the mat.  Love what you do and who you are. Allow the contrary and contradictory to flow through your Practice, so that during savasana you totally surrender to what was, and accept who and how you are being re-born.

Your Birthday this week: Do not go in to hyper-drive, rather do your best to step back from the intensity and see the long view.  Jupiter Retrograde, depending where it is in your chart, will be a big player for you all year. You will have greater desires for resolution and new perspectives which will be supported by integrating objective and subjective, inner and outer limitations. The Lunar Eclipse demands that you take time to examine priorities and invested interests.  You cannot assume and move on as before.  Transformation, in some form, is being tattooed across your chest.

 

Astrology and Yoga of Transformation

The Twins Face Off! May 23-30

If you have not enjoyed all that has taken place in the past few weeks, stop for a moment in this Last Quarter Lunar phase to re-set, re-orient, and re-negotiate.  As we move ever darker toward the Gemini New Moon, Thursday 25, set aside quiet time to find the light you wish to be, the love you wish to grow. Despite the mutable, questioning energy of Gemini, this new lunar cycle is colored with passion as Venus squares Pluto, along with an ‘anxious Yod’, and challenging T Square. (Hear the arias of “Carmen.”  Visualize the Tango, and you begin to glimpse this potency.) They express Venus in her warrior mode in Aires. She takes few prisoners. Pluto, as Darth Vader, takes none.  When these two meet, we often decide who will be our bosom-buds, and who we will drop at the bus stop. We make moves beyond limiting beliefs, and emotions that have held us captive. We reconsider our value, and true authenticity.

After a spring of powerful Retrogrades, we seek forward motion, hoping to manifest changes we’ve re-landscaped, as well as materialize future plans . We would also love to see our politicians grow up so that we can breathe a great sigh of relief. Sadly, we shall endure ever greater power struggles, and scattered, unfinished business that holds us hostage….. if we let it. The divisive energies informing this New Moon offer ever greater opportunity to grow generous, emotional muscle.  to stand up for our beliefs, and share our fortitude with those who are not yet ready.  Reach out and keep loved ones close. Keep the faith for what is possible.

Your Practice This Week:  The duality inherent in Gemini opens pathways to incorporate polarities, to listen, see, and do both sides equally.  It’s a good week to not only plant New Moon seeds of intention deep within your Lotus Mudra, but to step back and question how and why you do asanas in certain ways.  Look at inner polarities deepening the poses. Seek ways and means that bring you greater balance.  We are going to need this inner and outer equanimity to create space for peace, despite the emotional unpredictability of the incoming cycle. Be even more generous of spirit, especially toward self. My classes will soften, stretch, listen, accept, sing and breathe soulful spirit into the body.

Your Birthday Week: You may discover dormant parts of yourself awakening to turn a new leaf.  With Venus prominent, you will be integrating greater self-worth, paying attention to where love calls, and where it does not.  If you are of strong heart, you will take up the warrior’s sword and cut away dead wood to lighten the load of the new life you sail upon. As you embark, carry less weight of regret and anger in order to develop new systems and structures that increase your flexibility, power, and compassion.

Astrological consultation:  It is a particularly good time to look at your life from an objective, non-judgmental point of view.  Consider a soul-centered consult with Samantha Cameron to discover how to better use your inherent genius, your compassionate awareness.  Understand your past, accept and love the present,  and plan an abundant future.         Email  samcatcam@gmail.com

SCHEDULE  All are Welcome!

May 22, Mon. 10:30 Pilates mat.  The Studio at One Edson, Natick.
May 24, Wed. 5:15 & 7:00 PM classes at Laughing Dog Wellesley. In the dark of the New Moon, we expand the body, creating resilience, flexibility, and peace.  We integrate feeling with thought, listening to what the body needs.  We accept where we are, not pushing to make it better.  Long slow asanas will give the body opportunity to open with pleasure and peace, informing the mind to do the same.May 27, Sat. 8:30 AM ~ Class at Blue Lotus Yoga in Needham.  It is a celebrational weekend, not only Memorial, the start to summer, but it’s the beginning of Ramadan.  The Practice will take the Yin notes from Wednesday’s New Moon rituals, and step them up a notch. We will continue listening and accepting where our Practice to balance the push and pull in the world.  We will sing and dance spirit to open summer’s beautiful gates, in pleasure and peace.