Blowing Minds/Melting Hearts 

What now? Now that the great American eclipse has passed over? Indeed, what now? Can we create greater balance between masculine and feminine within self, and society? Will greater consciousness move us forward? The American Eclipse offered an opportunity to embody greater soul purpose as it was a point of ‘celestial communication’ perfectly designed to open hearts and blow minds. Is there a new nudge within when you ask, “What now?” As the Moon impregnated the Sun, casting her deep shadow over his radiant light, the new life lays claim to being a more sovereign being, a truer soul-self. The royalty inherent in the Leo/lion signature of the Eclipse, was kicked up a notch with the added layer of the fixed star, Regulus, inseminating the seeds of this new journey with: courage, royalty, and power. When you ask yourself ‘what now,’ include: “Do I have courage to risk stepping into the unknown? What do I want from this one precious life?” What is sacred? What is the wisdom of my heart? Where do I want it to open and lead? Who are my fellow travelers?

We traveled to Ketchum Idaho to be under the full umbra, and to sit in a circle of long time heart-friends. It was mind bending, heart-blowing on many levels. When the physical world became cold and dark, it also became un-worldly and magical. It opened a moment to disconnect from all that was known. Watching the Moon eat the Sun, seeing him literally become a Lunar crescent as his golden orb slowly traded places with her dense darkness, you literally watched opportunity for the masculine to be re-born from feminine fabric. Perhaps because I had been preparing for weeks for this moment, or perhaps it might have happened anyway, but as it became very, very cold and dark my body opened in warmth to a different quality of love. I felt it moved out of verb, as in ‘to love.’ than an embodied state of being. It was so subtle I was afraid if I questioned it, it would disappear. But no, its river continued flowing until my love-tank over-flowed. I felt emboldened, and embodied by a luminosity, as though rivers of light moved through my shadows.

This re-set, this guide and guardian to a new incarnation, felt of mermaid-form, and I was reminded of the many mermaid cards that had been sent this past birthday. I thought it odd, but quite wonderful, and had no idea what it was about. Now I do. Adding to the weird synchronicity of the eclipse is the Sabian symbol associated with the eclipse degree. (Sabian symbols are Astrologic, esoteric essences revealing deeper purpose and meaning of each degree in the zodiac.) This one speaks of, “A mermaid emerging from the ocean waves, ready for rebirth in human form: The stage at which an intense feeling-intuition rises from the unconscious is about to take form as conscious thought.” Dane Rudhyar.  Having been a Sea Maid, swimming with dolphins as a teenager, at Sea World, I have always felt that mermaid life to be part of me. I shall move on with that essence alive and well within. I am even more of a believer in the surreal, the sublime, and serene. Can I make it a fabric of my perception? Will it sustain on meeting my first opportunity for road rage?

Where are you being called to the next level? I hope something wonderful and light-filled is opening for you. Look back 18 years, at the previous eclipse in this Saros Cycle, what happened then? Is there a repeat-energy calling you to new life? How far have you come? What have you left behind? How far do you wish to go? Blow some minds/open everyone’s heart! The Universe is calling. Time to answer.

 

 

Astrology and Yoga of Transformation

Microcosm/Macrocosm Feb. 20-27

 

 

                  Pisces fish tied at the tail, struggling in opposition: Faith VS Chaos.

Astrology is an ancient, sacred and symbolic language of planetary effects on the earth. It informs and supports a wider world-view of one’s place in the firmament. Its cycles remind us of ‘being on time,’ of knowing when to reap and when to sow, of coming to the table with the right attitude.  And yes, it supports us when it is time to relinquish and surrender.  The microcosm/macrocosm of ‘as above, so below,’ or ‘as within, so without’ are metaphysical principles of relationship.  If Astrology is about anything, it is about relationships. Its primary symbols remind us we are connected.  We are not alone.

Given that large, macro-opening, I bring it down to the week’s microcosm. We have walked through the two Eclipse doors of change. For some, there has been enormous upheaval.  For others, fluttering and shifts, that hopefully now propel you forward.  The Pisces planets offer a quiet, reconsidered-space, one calling spirit more than ego.  The Pisces energy, in an odd way, reflects the ‘eclipsed Mercury,’ of the 15th, when it stood beside Sun and Moon, highlighting not only communication and thinking, which was the theme of the Saros Cycle that birthed this Eclipse. Even without that, when Mercury snugs tight into the luminaries, it is drawn inward to transmit and receive information within self.  Lots is being communicated, and shuttled back and forth, but it may not be conscious. It may not make sense. It can go be between lower and higher mind, or between body and spirit, even witness mode and worldly ego. Choose your thoughts wisely and intentionally.  They are making imprints on your soul material.

It is a good week to expand awareness, vision, and thought process to find new solutions, or upgrade the old. Transformational possibilities are amplified.  As I wrote previously, the system is in go-mode, with all planets in forward motion until March 8 when first Jupiter, then Mercury, (March 23,) turn retrograde. Before rushing onward, check facts, take more time with communication.  The Pisces spirit can be lovely, but its reputation for confusion is enormous. We see and hear what we wish, not necessarily what is.  Do evaluate heart-plans and ideas.  Connect your microcosm to the macro as Friday we move to First Quarter Moon phase, which has the push and thrust to take us deeper. With flow of watery planets swimming within and without, it’s a good week to listen to the emotional body, not the intellect.  Hand over conflict, or uncomfortable events, to a restorative practice, a nap, a glass of red with a good friend.

This Week On The Mat:  I like what I wrote two weeks ago: “Listen to the magic of this time, and commit to your larger life, your essential being. Breathe life force into your dreams!”  It remains a good mantra.  We need beauty and nurturing from our Practice this week.  You may have trouble distinguishing right from left, but you will be moved by the music in classes.  You will be touched when someone reaches out.  You will feel connected to the hearts in your tribe, despite not knowing who they are.  Allow the empathy to open doors that have been closed.  The mat is a safety zone, giving permission to deepen into life move toward the passion in gentle, permissible ways, and feel the burn!

Your Birthday Week:  As a Pisces Fish, you love to swim in gentle, nurturing waters, where spirit and matter create beauty.  You may find this an inspirational year, if you listen to your body more than your brain.  Practical assessments may need assistance.  Objectivity will not be readily available.  You may wish professional help with finances or major decisions. Choose the person wisely.  Your talents to create beauty, be it musical, visual, or dance will call you to deepen and attend the practice of this beauty.  Be aware of sacrificing your work to save another.  Seek balance.

EVENTS & SCHEDULING
Wed. Feb. 21  5:15  & 7 pm Classes at Laughing Dog.  5:15 muliti level, 7:00 level II-III

Thurs. Feb 22, 8:15 am- Multi-level class at Laughing Dog.

Thurs, Feb 22, 10-11 am Pilates Mat. The Studio at One Edson, Natick.

Sat. Feb.24, classes at 8:30, level II-III, and 10:00 am- all levels. RSVP your space.

March 14,  Advanced Techniques, 9 am-1:30 pm, The studio at One Edson in Natick. This seminar explores seated poses, with added layers of Pranayam and focus on the bandhas. Discussion and Practice of relationships in alignment & anatomy; Effective connective links between specific poses.  It is an opportunity to break boundaries, to teach and share knowledge. RSVP-samcatcam@gmail.com

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  samcatcam@gmail.com