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

Heatin’ Up!       Aug. 14-21

 

Under the heat of August skies, bodies surrender and slow, minds turn inward and backward with Mercury’s Retrograde guidance. Use these days as preparation, remembering that your wishes and hopes are greatly magnified under the disturbed electromagnetic field. It’s a good week for releasing and preparing the BIG BEGINNING of next week’s New Moon, better known as the ‘Great American Eclipse.’ We are aligning forces to design new lives. Buried within the breakdowns, turmoil, and violence, is an accelerated breakthrough as this New Moon Solar Eclipse connects to the Moon’s North Node, prodding us with a regenerative, evolutionary force for a new cycle of being.

 When we are working with a Leo North node, and many in the Boomer generation are, there is a life time discovery of heart-centered power. The North Node beckons bodies toward the unknown, supporting work at higher level, in this case, of Leo qualities including; better leadership, creativity, spontaneity, and joy. It’s mandate is to share the fruits of our wisdom., as any good ruler does. The marching order this week, is to refine, cleanse, and bring awareness to what needs relinquishing in order to move on splendidly. We are being asked to make a number of adjustments in order to do this. Planetary Quincunxes, of 150 degrees, mandate we re-design, and re-configure how we are to move forward….never mind that Mercury Retro requires the same.

 The upcoming Leo Eclipse, along with the North Node, and Mars, align with the fixed Star, Regulus, the heart of the lion. These all bring heat and passion, as well as a tippy, de-stabilizing influence to bear. At the ending degree of 29, it also symbolizes a death. In this case, the death of an old part of the ego, of the overweening masculine principle. It won’t go without a fight. Listen to what the heart wishes, not the ego. Let the fiery passion of this time burn away the unnecessary. Resolve issues of the past. Grow more courageous and trust yourself. Enjoy your good humor and radiant-self. Be patient with outcomes, for they may not unfold until the fall.

 Your Practice this Week: Last week’s potent Full Moon Practice gives way to adjustment, re-calibration, and a look back at how far you’ve come. Honor your body for the work it does on your behalf. Find new ways to continue changing your POV. How many ways can you hang upside down?  Continue heart-opening Asanas. Let me count the ways, and if you need reminding go to: dailybreathjournal.com /Yoga Poses/chest openers Finish with a heart-centered meditation, sinking your red-red love deep into the heart of the Lotus Mudra.

 If Your Birthday Is This Week: Tune in. Harness the power of your dreams. Wait on the will of heaven before moving forward. You will find yourself adjusting more than is comfortable for a Leo, but it’s good practice. Since you are a creative, joyful being at the center of your ego, enjoy! Remember Abe Lincoln who said, “Most folks are as happy as they want to be.” Sharing your joy and exuberance is one of the things others love most about you. Grow that muscle, then support others with that big heart of yours. As I wrote last week, “If you are wise, you will give yourself more time for listening to inner direction, allowing thought before response. You will see yourself jettisoning old ways of being that have held you back. “

SCHEDULE

TONIGHT! August 14, 7PM: If you wish greater understanding of this transformational time, I am sharing information about the great American Eclipse of August 21.  Find out how it may affect you, how you can prepare, what it may mean for America, and its leaders, particularly Mr. Trump.  We are all taking flight in unknown ways.
RSVP ~info@ldyoga.com  $18.00   Laughing Dog Yoga: 159 Linden st., Wellesley.  If you wish to know which areas of your life are most affected by the Eclipse, send NOW- your birth data of date/time/city to samcatcam@gmail.com

August 16, Wed night classes at 5:15, level I-II, and 7 P.M.~level II-III- Laughing Dog, Yoga, Wellesley, both classes will be taught by the wonderful Elgar Pichler. COME! You are in for a treat! Next Wed. 23, the 5:15 will be taught by the alignment queen, Jennifer Cooper, and the 7 PM by Elgar.

August 19, Sat. 8:30 AM~ Level II-III – Taught by the elegant Mr Pichler!

Astrological consultation:  For August birthdays it is particularly timely to look at your life from an objective, non-judgmental point of view. This month is a preparation, a time of soul-questing to discover how and where the BIG August eclipses affect your life. How do you wish to use your inherent genius, and compassionate awareness? How to understand the healing in front of you, and accept present difficulties in order to plan an abundant future.     Email  samcatcam@gmail.com