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




Consciousness changing lunations affect our personal bodies, emotions, and thought as well as those of the collective. It turns out- you do matter. Awareness changes the observed.

Perceiving, and interpreting, interior patterns of thinking offers the ability to align and prepare new pathways.

  • Summer Solstice, 6/21, is a potent moment to set intention, honor and accept life as the great unsolved mystery.


The themes are BIG! In order to utilize their gifts, call Imagination and trust as guides. This week’s consciousness flow was birthed at the New Moon on the thirteenth with the first of three consecutive super moons. This means the Moon is at perigee, closest to the earth, intensifying tides, tectonic and gravitational fields. The mind/body is affected by these strong vibrations. You may be tired as a result. The upcoming lunations, two of which are Eclipses, will, as usual, change the known playing field for many. It is best to prepare by clearing out, releasing, and completing old business.

That Gemini New Moon, accenting EI/Emotional Intelligence, may have created a rubric cube of riddles you are still working on.  It is a welcome mat to this week’s bizarre Neptunian emphasis. It turns Retrograde, boosting all things nebulous, compassionate, spiritual, lost, and artistic. The sea god is a guide to different levels of consciousness, invoking grater empathy as will as confusion, high imaginative levels, chaos, loss, music, painting, dance and Yoga. Neptune is particularly powerful as it is dwelling in its home sign of Pisces. Another watery emphasis will be the Sun moving into Cancer at the Solstice. Mercury is already in Cancer, and Jupiter is awash in Scorpio. Emotion and feeling connect us, bringing relationships into high focus.

There is a ‘partnering presence,’ not only from the watery flow, but Mars and Venus align with the nodes-’the path’ bringing up assumptions, misunderstandings, and hurt feelings from old wounds. It’s time to step back and re-evaluate relationship priorities. Before you blow, or try to take the high road, sit with the responsibility you have to yourself to re-interpret childhood thought patterns about love and loss. Uranus, god of change, in close aspect to the Moon and Sun, supports greater intuition and new perspectives. Is it time to let Uranus blow you out of the water of habitual pattern, offering new freedom to embrace the unknown?

THE PRACTICE THIS WEEK: Part of Yoga’s mastery is its ability to recreate a relationship with Self. This week this is especially a potent possibility. Use Asana as tools for the body to work its way inward toward the nature of your spirit, and deep emotions. Expand your understanding and use of Pranayama, as well as mantra, and mudra. Take invaluable time out to re-connect with yourself on the mat, even if you only lie in savasana. Honor showing up for you! Your body will thank you, and your mind will straighten out and fly right.

THIS WEEK’S BIRTHDAYS: This may be a year you win a prize for understanding and accepting yourself, which will change every facet of your life. You may find that not only relationships prosper, but that your creativity expands, and/or takes a different trajectory. Take time out to complete and toss the old, to listen to your intuitive body, to align with what is important. Then choose those three things/people of top priority. Give them your heart and soul.

Astrological Consultations:   It’s always a good time to look at one’s life from an objective, non-judgmental point of view. Especially when the dust flies and the future looks unfamiliar. 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


Wed. june 20, 5:15pm –All levels, & 7 pm- level II/III, Laughing Dog, Wellesley, MA

Sat. June 23 . 8:30, level II-III, and 10:00 am- Solstice Ritual to deepen awareness, and a strong Yang practice to bring it home. We will practice outside if possible. RSVP Email

Wed. June 27, 9-1:30 pm- Advanced Techniques, The studio at One Edson, Natick. This seminar explores the alignment and anatomy of back bends and arm balances. It is an opportunity to break boundaries, to teach and share knowledge.
Advanced Techniques is for those seeking a 200- hour YA certification, or bodies simply interested in expanding their skills and knowledge, these seminars are aligned to encourage deeper understanding and wisdom of the Practice.