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

Après Le Deluge   Jan. 15-21

Last year was a ‘deluge’ of change, loss, and new referendums, making this a golden year of opportunity upon which to re-build.  The challenge now is to become proactive, be flexible in difficult circumstances, and create new bridges.  2018’s numerology, (add the numbers together) is an 11, which is a master number, as well as a 2.  Either, and both ask we enrich and grow relationships, of all and every kind.  Issues of boundaries, balance, and cooperation are true issues of any relationship.  They require thought-filled care and intelligence for their continued, creative growth.

In 2017, we deconstructed many kinds of relationship, especially social ties with friends who didn’t agree with us, with a government we came to dis-trust, and we destabilized known landscapes.  We began to re-work and re-word the unknown. The tsunami of ’17 cleared the way for a higher order.  The lessons learned have hopefully made for mindful listening of what is, not what was assumed; To fully accepting the responsibility of our decisions; And of calling grace when dealing with another’s angered disagreement.  These are feminine attributes.  It is the hour of the feminine warrior, in all of us, not just women.

We all arise to march to the beat of this different drummer. The Karmic cadence will be passionate, re-kindling passions in and of all relationships. The true warrior first deals with the relationship within Self.  This begins with an awareness to carefully choose thoughts to create words, then action (Mercury in Capricorn).  It is the struggle to transform old wounds. (Mars in Scorpio quincunx Uranus, trine Chiron.)  It is the battle for power over self. (Pluto in Capricorn)

This week, begin listening to the rhythms in your ‘march-on-blueprint.’  With powerful earth energies in full display, (six of ten planets reside in Capricorn,) these New Moon seeds set intention not only for a 28 day cycle, but the entire year.  Re-think self-care habits, make slow, steady action your mantra, call responsibility to be inspired, and fill your spirit-well from fortitude, rather than delusion.  Ask, “Where can I be more, do with less, and steward resources from more than gain?”  These are enormous demands, but we have enormous planetary support to step-steady into the new life.

Hold onto happiness to Think big/think synergy/think motivation.


 On The Mat: The New Moon in Capricorn calls us to cultivate our autonomy, to recognize limits, and become more ‘real’ about taking charge and challenging possibility. Capricorn potency is earthy, telling us to stand our ground, and dig deeper.  We are to acknowledge our strength, moving into difficult poses, while remaining mindful of defending our safety. This week’s Practice takes us into the big energetic realms of ‘self-mastery, discipline, and integrity.  The body we bring to the mat, is the body that carries us through the day.  We are taking charge of a new ‘livelihood,’ validating who and how we put it to the test.

Your Birthday Week: Capricorn’s love to aim high, then actually get there.  With five planets aligned in your sign, there is great support for new definition and focus of higher and better.  This year could be a beginning where you find your commitments and efforts rewarded. Take time out to think about what, and who is most important to you, and your growth. What are your deepest desires, and who can support you in achieving them? You are a master of strategy, especially of defense.  Be aware not to remain overly defended when moving into new territory, and/or creating stronger relationships. Most importantly, grow your joy!

Astrological Consultations:   Beginning a New Year is always a good time to look at one’s life from an objective, non-judgmental point of view. If you are asking, “What is my genius, and how do I wish to use it?  How can I move deeply into my healing? When do I make moves for success?”  Then let us swim in your life together, in wonderful discovery.  Email  samcatcam@gmail.com


Wed. Jan. 17, 5:15  & 7 PM Classes at Laughing Dog. We will move from the earthy New Moon to stand our ground with greater fortitude and connection.

 Thurs. Jan. 18, 8:15 New Class at Laughing Dog. Alignment/sequencing/layering the subtle body make for a rich beginning to the day.

Sat. Jan. 20, classes at 8:30, level II-III, and 10:00 AM, all levels.   RSVP-samcatcam@gmail.com The Studio at One Edson, Natick.

Jan. 22, Advanced Techniques, 9-1:30, The studio at One Edson in Natick. This seminar explores standing and seated twists;  Relationships of their alignment & anatomy; Effective connective links between specific twisting poses; An opportunity to teach and share knowledge.   RSVP-samcatcam@gmail.com

Sunday, Feb. 4, Astrological overview of 2018’s energetic highlights. What does this New Year have in store?  Where are doors of opportunity?  When do I risk? Are there perfect times to begin something new? Bring your calendars Sunday, Feb. 4, 3-4:30 pm, Laughing Dog Yoga Studio, 159 Linden st., Wellesley: fee $25.00. Sign up- info@ldyoga.com