Punxsutawney Phill

Nothing against Aquarians, but February is not a cakewalk as months go. We have spent our money, and bills are due. Pipes are frozen, and you can’t smell spring. We have gained weight, and resolutions haven’t paid off yet. Taxes, like heating bills, loom large. Given that the above are true, what do we most need? Hope & Silliness, not necessarily in that order. Groundhog’s Day goes a long way to satisfying hopes with lashings of silliness.

Groundhog Day history is a strange combination of European and Native Indian ritual and story.
In February 4, 1841 a Pennsylvania-German storekeeper referred to a celebration of Candlemas, which has origin in the pagan celebration of Imbolc. It is timed for the mid-point between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox. Candles were lit and carried home to dark houses. Superstition was that if the weather was fair, the second half of Winter would be stormy and cold.

The other half of the Groundhog equation emerged from the Delaware Indians, who considered groundhogs honorable ancestors. According to their original creation beliefs, their forebears began life as animals in “Mother Earth” and emerged centuries later to hunt and live as men. The Woodchuck comes from the Indian legend of “Wojak, the groundhog” who was considered to be the Indian’s ancestral grandfather. Punxsutawney comes from the Indian name for a location, “ponksad-uteney” which means “the town of the sandflies.”

So far so good. None of this is particularly interesting or makes any connection to today’s legend. They simply increase the nonsense around Groundhog Day, casting wierd shadows on it’s history. What I love is that from these disparate, sacred beginnings, it took Americans only a few short years to turn them into the bizarre ritual of Punxsutawney Phil looking for his shadow.


Asanas: If the requirement is to be hopeful, and silly, then the poses are: Bakasana/Crane into Sirsanana/headstand, and back up again. Many of you never thought you’d ever stand on your heads, the other half never thought to be able to ‘pull your bodies up into a ball over your arms. You’ve done both. There’s hope. Now you are to put them together, and think of how silly it looks to be squeezing yourself into these positions, much less worrying about whether you can do it or not. The Groundhog roots for you.

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