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

OPEN SESAME!       July 15-22

 

THEMES

  • During the ‘Eclipse season,’ open doors to reconfigure your life. Accept energetic invitations to grow mindful awareness, and clarify emotions that re-design, and support insightful calm. Listen to the direction calling you.
  • Where were you? How were you in 1999?  Noticed any energetic mirrors of what is up for you now, connected to choices made 19 years ago?  Has your field of choice expanded? Where to now?
  • Mars is ‘out of bounds.’ What this means is that the planet in charge of anger, energy, commitment, bravery, and physical ability is wilder, more innovative, volatile, and unpredictable than usual.
  • Take summer’s lead. If you’ve cleaned out your Eclipse closets, you may be best served by stepping back to contemplate what’s been revealed, and taking a deep breath before the upcoming Eclipse, July 27. (This is a total Lunar Eclipse when the Moon will spend more time in the Earth’s shadow than at any other time in the 21st century!)

 

THE STORY

Eclipses’ are potent because Sun, Moon and earth line up more closely, thus forcing cosmic transmissions to intensify and focus. The electromagnetic field, tides, and tectonic plates of earth, along with individual bodies are reconfigured, and rendered ‘opportunistic’ for new thought-forms, and shifts   of awareness to nurture essence. Spiritual practices around the globe are more focused during ‘Eclipse Season’ as prayers and intention are readily relayed.  This was particularly true as Pluto, lord of transformation, faced the New Moon rebirth in Cancer, as well as making a rare ‘nodal alignment,’ which brings up life-path issues that are often karmic.

The Moon, and the sign she rules, Cancer, are big players in both these Eclipses.  Cancer is the sign of emotional watery tides. It is also the signature of developing Emotional Intelligence/EI. If you feel you are strapped into an ebullient, tragic, shocking, delicious, sickening roller coaster, then you are on the right track.  If it has become too intense, seek solace near water, with nature, among the family, or tribe that understand you. See whatever is offered as a gift.  If it’s joy, share your overflowing heart.  If adversity pulls you down, remember the opportunity it provides to grow courage and resilience, empathy and faith.  In short, pay attention to the information stored in your emotional body.  Cancer is a highly intuitive sign.  Listen to your gut.  Don’t ignore the fact you are over eating, hiding out to watch hours of TV, giving away your power by working 70 hours a week.  These are signs the emotional baggage has grown too heavy and needs disgorging. It’s time to discover what we truly hunger for.

To support courage and commitment in moving out from difficult situations, or getting you into one, Mars is our man of the hour!  Not only is he out of bounds, (meaning any time a planet is outside the plane of the ecliptic- the path followed by the earth and planets as they orbit the sun,) he is closest to earth he has been since 2003.  You can easily see his bright red star in the night sky.  His overriding, innovative, unpredictable, bold hold on our actions can either kick us toward salvation, or get us in the hottest water we’ve ever known.  We have less control over anger, especially if it’s been suppressed. What the Eclipses reveal, Mars may heal, or destroy.  Since it is a major player in the upcoming Eclipse, we need to use his high-octane fuel, not be used by it.  Be proactive with physical practices, speaking up before anger erupts, and grow greater civility in general.  The world desperately needs that more than ever. Find ways and means to use the positive power of Mars, for there is a lot of it!!  Commit to your heart’s desire and follow through.

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THIS WEEK’S BIRTHDAYS:  “It’s a hot time in the old town tonight,” and for you adventurous ones, it will be all year. Having been through a tumultuous year, I can hear you groaning as you read this.  But take heart, for you are clearly in the process of becoming a master at something.  Make it something wonderful!  Take fear by the throat and shake it out.  Commit to your very best self, your self of unique genius and beauty.  Believe in it, and cut the shackles of old habits. Be a wild-child!  Be the child you choose, the one you love and support.

 

Astrological Consultations:   It’s always a good time to look at one’s life from an objective, non-judgmental ‘soul point of view.’ This is especially helpful when 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  samcatcam@gmail.com

YOUR PRACTICE:  If ever there was a time to take it to the mat, take it now!  Power Yoga may be the choice du jour that serves to work the anxiety and anger out of the system.  Use all your Yoga tools of breath, mudra, mantra, and asana to loop back home to self so that when you lie in Savasana, there’s nothing left but peace.  Send that sweetness out into the world.