Legitimate Thanks

Often when the ego is diminished, we feel an ‘insufficiency of gratitude,’ sometimes heard of as ‘the mean reds.’ We feel in those times that there is little call for thanks, or giving. We don’t have enough Self to be expansive, generous, or grateful, having forgetten it’s just the ego, not all of Self. The problem lies in it feeling like all. It is in fact only the ‘little Self’ with the over-sized voice. (heard as whiney & over rated)

“Why me?” “Why not me?” “How could they?” It should’a been me!” “ Me Me Me, ohhh ghrrrr, waaaghhhhh.”

Loud, voracious, demanding and hungry for attention, it is a raunchy-red-voice that if it is grateful at all, it’s only for one moment before hunger strikes again, needing more strokes, more awards, more acknowledgement.

What about a legitimate me? What about a timeless, open-hearted, Soul-Self that sits quietly in the dark behind ‘Big Red?’ Despite nay saying to the contrary, that dark-quiet Self is a complete compadre, a True self with whom we do, and we become extra-ordinary. It can be heroic, but most often it operates un-seen, and un-known, listening, nurturing, observing, saving.

It understands all too well our needy-greedy cries, smiling at the Me Me Me-ness. When we turn toward this other entity, this silent, healing, surrendering Self, and move into its well of peace, we are home. We can even be ‘home’ for crazy making holidays, rooted in power that does not rise to the bait of old hot spots, and wound-poking. This lovely, legitimate Self is never diminished by failure, gluttony, or pettiness. And when we remember the shining abundance of this legitimacy, sitting at the head of our table, let us indeed offer up Grace for ‘all things bright and beautiful.’

Asana: Choose the Asanas you give yourself to unconditionally, without judgment or fear, those lovely poses where you are most naturally your free, generous and beautiful self; your legitimate Self.

Astrology and Yoga of Transformation

SCALES OF JUSTICE GRIND SLOWLY Oct 8-16

THEMES

New Moon scales of Libran justice is in relationship with both Pluto and Neptune, exposing shadow material, and pushing us beyond old precepts and dogma.

  • Venus, as ruler of the New Moon, has lots to teach us in her 40 day Retrograde journey journey through secretive, regenerative Scorpio. We grow greater responsibility to resolve both shadow and spirit.
  • Mercury enters Scorpio on the 10th to keep Venus company ~at the feet of the Dark Lord. Don’t let the easy mentality of having an enemy obfuscate truth, or your talents to manipulate a better outcome.

Disturbed equilibrium and heightened emotion require more rest, better diet, loving friends, a meditation-oasis, and laughter!

THE STORY

True power has never been handed down from Dad, the government, or the courts. They rule, or mis-rule for a time, but true power is grown within. It is time for another inner revolution and transformative lesson in power. The ability to resolve and survive our inner revolutions leads to world-changes, where we are able to address imbalances of power. Gandhi, that most gentle and omnipotent of small, quiet men, said “There is a higher court than the courts of justice and that is the court of conscience.” We transform under that guidance.

In this memorable moment of time, standing under a New Moon, powered by Libra’s scales of justice, that connects to Neptune, asking for greater intuition and understanding, AND Pluto, demanding a balance of masculine and feminine. Masculine energies include: authority, power, control, autonomy. Feminine energies are about receiving, listening, accepting, cooperation, and Emotional Intelligence. This 28 day Lunar cycle will teach us to listen to the intuitive heart to understand manipulation, good and bad, superficial connections VS heart felt partnering, along with many kinds of death, re-birth, and hidden revelations of our psyche.

Scales, symbol of Libra, ask we weigh in, ( I couldn’t help myself) and redress what is out of balance, particularly in the Venusian world view of relationship, beauty, value, finances and strategy. It is an opportunity to re-negotiate what is right and wrong about our understanding of power, or lack thereof, and move into a deeper relationship with self to create harmony, rather than drama. Understanding and using your Emotional Intelligence is not simply a formidable strategy for individual power, but will be the power that ultimately governs.

As stated, the wheels of justice grind slowly, never the less-they grind. The solar system is in constant motion leading to ver higher revelation. (The Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill debacle of masculine power run amuck was a 53-48 confirmation. The Kavanaugh-Dr.Ford travesty was 50-48. … narrowest margin to date. * ) Balance and justice were ignored, but ground was gained to fuel women into accepting their power as never before.*Thanks to Stephanie Austin, Astrologer extraordinaire, for this information.

Mercury plays an important role every day this week. Be aware of your thoughts, grow more conscious of old shadow material, and hidden drivers, listen to what provokes and angers, AND what heals. We always have choice. Do not let little, bigoted, frightened rulers control your well being. Be inspired to choose new solutions, and lead with compassion, despite fury.

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YOUR PRACTICE: Balance is this week’s theme as bodies move out from under New Moon dark. Take the Yin softness inexorably toward the Yang, balancing the your energies every day in a new way. Use ‘Balanced nostril Pranayama’ by closing the right nostril with your thumb, inhale through the left, then close the left with middle finger, to exhale right nostirl. At week’s end, reverse this, close your eyes and be attuned to how it changes your feelings. Create a short ‘Balance-Kryia.’ Move from Vira I into Garudasana, by lifting back leg around to cross over standing leg. Five breaths before moving into Vrksasana/Tree. Stand rooted, be still. Lift foot across bent knee into # 4, hip stretch, folding over leg, then rising tall, and heart-open in Natarajasana /Dancer….’oh be still my heart.’

YOUR BIRTHDAY WEEK: This year will be a potent journey of rebirth and re-alignment. Your self worth, finances, and relationships are all up for deep review and revision. You may have a keener strategy for the ground ahead, along with less tolerance for toxic partnerships of the past. If power frightens you, then you will deal with power issues all year until you are not frightened. If relationships have not worked in the past, then expect to grow into greater understanding through unexpected partnering. You are having a grand house-cleaning! Not easy, but you are ready. Listen to the laws of heaven and know you are in safe hands. Nothing is asked of you that you cannot achieve.

OCTOBER EVENTS & SCHEDULING

OCT. 10 5:15 & 7 pm Wed. classes at Laughing Dog , Wellesley MA.

 Oct. 11, Thurs. morning 8:30-9:30 AM Mat Pilates,The studio at one Edson, RSVP-samcatcam@gmail.com

Oct. 13, 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

 Oct. 18, 9-1 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

 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