Lions In The Heat of Summer

In days of darkness, somewhere there is light. When we have lost faith, somehow, reason to hope appears. When we are most cruel, sometimes kindness prevails.

A brief news bulletin from the provincial town, Beta Genet, 350 miles outside of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, tells of a twelve year old girl, missing for a week, who’d been taken and beaten by seven men, one of whom wanted to marry her against her wishes. Three lions came and frightened away her attackers, then stood guard over her throughout the afternoon until police and family found her.

“They stood guard until we found her,” said Sergeant Wondimu Wedajo, “And then they just left her like a gift and went back into the forest.”

A gift indeed. A redolent reminder that there are more things in heaven and hell than we shall ever know. When Angels choose to move through us, ‘us’ doesn’t have to mean human. The connection between human and animal is far greater than we acknowledge. Mankind can be so much worse than we wish to know. Redemption can be greater and stranger than before envisioned.

Like storytellers of old, sharing this story makes it more alive in me. It calls to what is profound, mysterious, and brave, as well as what is evil. In its re-telling I connect over and over to the magic, alive here on earth, never forgetting how close by darkness waits.

Be the lion!


Asana: Simhasana/Lion Pose, of course. You can sit with your R foot placed under left buttocks, place L foot under R buttock, or in Padmasana, or kneel. Stretching the back up, extend hands, placing them on the knees, opening fingers wide. Focus gaze at tip of nose, or within to the Third Eyes, in center of forehead. Open your mouth as wide as possible, extending the tongue out onto the chin. Inhale then force the air out strongly, roaring, Feel your power to step up and do the right thing

Health Notes: Leo, ruled by the sun, rules the heart. When we listen to the heart we always do the right thing. When that happens we are in alignment with our true self and blessings flow.

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.