Face To Face

Under the staggering gaze of the full moon,
Her face the face I love
Reveals cold weight of winter
Illuminating purple snow
And hills where geese wait.
Her round largess at the horizon
Sets off shrill squawking
Silhouettes rise across her redolence.
Do angels fly on such nights?
Lovely as swans— white on white,
Unseen, except as reflection.
After the hill, the geese, the angels,
We stare face to face
She turns not from my scarring,
The beauty-less form I shadow.
Her white breath softens my face
Her frozen light caresses my hair
Daring me to reveal more.

Astrology and Yoga of Transformation

DEPTH CHARGE   Oct. 15-22



This a week for emotional deep diving. Expect passion to be hot, and manipulative. ‘Underworld themes’ bring shadow to the light. Give thanks for the challenges of a First Quarter lunar phase, AND Mercury with Venus, in personal Scorpionic pandering.

  • Understanding grows from working with the ongoing struggles of feminine and masculine within, and without. Who fights fair? How? When? Who caves in? Why? What are you learning from ‘the enemy’? Can you be brave and grow more vulnerable?
  • Effort and choice are First Quarter Moon issues. Dane Rudhyar named this phase, ‘a wheel of change.’ As the Moon gains in light, we see greater possibilities which often collide with what we’ve experienced. This is expressed as a square of tension between Sun and Moon; ego and emotion, masculine and feminine. Squares make us squirm as we wring out old junk.


If you are feeling vulnerable, and who is not these days, then this is a week of attention and care for fragile confidence, of eluding adversaries with savoir faire, and of working intelligently with shadow issues. What is yours to heal, and what is not? Boundaries and polarities of balance are issues that need attention. Remember, just because it’s your truth, don’t mean it’s Aunt Sadie’s truth. If ever there was a week for listening to inner, disparate themes working against each other…hear them roar. Be a mindful-warrior on a path to greater love, with the power to express it.

The Venus/Mercury connection, brought together by the Moon, gives strong feeling tones to communication, particularly Monday and Tuesday. This adds fuel to the First Quarter call to ‘action Jackson’ when we often deal with circumstances outside our control, especially with alchemical Venus issues of forced-change through love. We are having relationship-conversations about many things, not just lovers. You may notice the passion of first meeting- now needing to find compromise. The partnering tension of a Retrograde Venus in Scorpio, in a Mars and Pluto ruled sign, creates ‘confrontational depth.’ That could be a password to moving forward. Pay attention to when you are over-sensitive to other’s comments. Can you change your mind about how you are provoked? Scorpio’s depth charge is not easy, but it offers regenerative opportunity to step outside old thought-forms.

Because there is a strong feeling overlay to the week, pay attention to outside influences such as music, computer-hours and technology, sports, the news, the desk and chair you spend too much time in, scents and light subtly affecting the body. What is working? What needs reduction, or removal? How can you ‘gracefully’ move into better self-care? What can fill the emptiness to replace stress, offering a healthy grace? Take small steps. Mercury is analytical and good at taking things apart. When holding hands with Venus, we are more able to create beautiful ideas, more compassionate, intuitive thinking, especially about relationships, and our patterns regarding ‘love-true luv.’



 YOUR BIRTHDAY WEEK: Oh you lovers of love and passion and sturm und drang. I hope you can make friends with drama, or at least keep the drama with worldly events, not your inner landscape. For that, dig deep. You have a wonderful opportunity to transform all manner of relationships, primarily with self, through spirit, mind and body. Listen to the song within, and as it sings, “even if the whole world has forgotten, the song remembers when.” It does, and so does your heart. Use those old memories in service to better move-on-moves, toward a more considered understanding of yourself, and desires. Keep your dreams alive from new motivations, engineered on what was best of the old.

 YOUR PRACTICE: It’s the relationship, stupid. That almighty one with Self. Bring that one to the mat all week. As you stand in Tadasana/Mountain Pose, pull up earth grounding, and its strength of simplicity. Exhale anxiety. Bring your hands into the Tse Mudra, closing thumb into palm and wrapping fingers over it. This mudra enhances intuition, charm, and magnetism while minimizing depression, sadness, and fears. What a subtle balancing act to do to help us hold center.



 OCT. 17 5:15 & 7 pm Wed. classes at Laughing Dog , Wellesley MA.

 Oct. 18, Thurs. morning 8:30-9:30 AM Mat Pilates,The studio at one Edson, RSVP-samcatcam@gmail.com

 Oct. 18, 9:30-1:30 pm, Advanced Techniques, The studio at One Edson, Natick. This seminar works with Pranayama, particularly in relationship with asanas using alignment & anatomy of shoulder girdle; Receive CEU hours, or deepen their practice. RSVP-samcatcam@gmail.com

 Oct. 20, Saturday morning, 8:30 & 10 AM. 8:30 for those with Yang to burn, and 10 AM with Yin to sleep in. The studio at one Edson, Natick, MA. RSVP-samcatcam@gmail.com

Nov. 4th, 4-6 pm ‘The Sunday Salon’ – Following on the heels of the first fabulous Salon of Oct. ,Allan Cameron leads those interested in journeys of discovery and questioning. Free to those who listen well ,and offer heart-felt wisdom. RSVP-samcatcam@gmail.com

Astrological Consultations:   Planetary wisdom offers a timely look at one’s life from an objective, non-judgmental point of view. As you begin fall’s journey asking, “How do I wish to use my inherent genius? How can I move more deeply into my healing? How do I plan an abundant future?” Then let us swim in your life together, in wonderful discovery. Email  samcatcam@gmail.com