The Misshapen Heart

There is an astrological signature for the place in each of us where we are most wounded, and where ultimately we do our greatest healing, and teaching. It is the placement o an Asteroid called ‘Chiron,’ named for the Greek God who was blacksmith, teacher, and healer to the Gods, and their offspring on Mt Olympus.

I am reminded of Chiron through my Yoga Practice, for it surfaces in poses that fmost rustrate me, and where my body feels inept/misshapen. Ultimately these are the Asanas offering the greatest knowledge, and profound understanding not only of my body but my attitude toward it. In my growing consciousness healing begins.

The ‘Chironic wound’ is a reminder not only of what we think we don’t do well, but where we hold back, where we allow fear to squelch effort, then disdain ourselves for taking the risk. Psychologically, it is the interior space where we cannot, or do not support ourselves, selling our talents short, diminishing our true gifts, or worse, not even recognizing them.

Just as our Practice over time opens consciousness, and elevates desire, Chiron’s healing comes through the same practice of awareness, loving kindness, forgiveness. In both, the deep bell tones of a well lived life emerge out of rock-hard struggles. The Chironic wound often appears as the ‘Zen-Master:’ The unfair boss who drives you crazy, the lover who abandons you, the child who flagrantly disobeys. Each of these demonic conflicts has something important to tell us/teach us, then heal us.

Are we listening? Are we willing to bring our ‘misshapen hearts’ into light?


Asanas: Natarajasana or Lord of the Dance. Begin in Tadasana, and move onto the R foot, (lift R knee cap, and draw thigh deep into hip joint.) bending L knee, raise the leg behind you. Rotate L arm out, bend at the elbow, reach back, and hold outside of foot. Press L hamstrings backward, drop pelvis down to lengthen lower back, lift belly. If you can, swing L elbow around and up to point toward ceiling, then reach the R arm back to hold L foot in same fashion. Keep drishti strong, do 5-12 breaths, repeat on other side.

Once mastered, this is a wonderful pose to dance within the’ inept and misshapen’ bringing them to healing and wholeness. It is difficult to stand majestically in ‘Dancer’ and not feel beautiful, and fulfilled….Opening the heart does that.

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.