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

PUSH & SHOVE PRELUDE         Sept. 17-22

 

THEMES

  • We push and shove forward, released from summer’s pent up Retrogrades asking: will my plan work? Was my vision correct? Did I assess correctly? Is this an improvement? Can confidence overcome doubt?

Challenges from Mars/Uranus square on Tues.~ No running with scissors! Slow down! Prepare for ‘course direction.’ Take time-out to cool down.

This week’s final degrees of Virgo Sun, with ruler Mercury, we scrutinize, test, and refine ways to inhabit the real world. Leave room for other’s input. Be inspired, dream big!

Preparing the Equinox on 22nd, the moment the Sun moves into Libra, and day and night are in perfect harmony~ we declare ‘fall’ in the Northern Hemisphere. (Vernal Equinox in Southern Hemisphere.)

THE STORY

This week marks the midline, or First Quarter phase, between the New Moon in Virgo on the 9th, and the Full Moon in Aires on the 24. There’s a coherent sensibility between these two, for the New Moon asked we get our detailed ducks in order so that by the fruition of the Full Moon we would courageously zoom ahead as Aires’ warriors. The smart warrior is taking advice and listening to their gut before picking up the sword. If you have been tired, there is good reason, it goes far beyond that of the usual school start up syndrome. Remember that one of Virgo’s gifts is self-care through daily habit and diet. She is the healer of the zodiac, winnowing wheat from chaff in order to best digest life-bites.

With Mars as general of ‘commitment, energy force-field, and anger boxed into Uranus’ chaotic surprises, higher mind, and enlarged perception expect to be challenged. This is the third, and last square between these bad boys. The first was in May, announced by the Kilauea volcanic eruptions. This last hit unleashes typhoons and hurricanes. Together, they can create the ‘perfect storm’. They also open an enlightened perspective, and deeper perception, as well as irritation and over-strong reactions. These personal and non-personal lightening rods kick society onward. Dare I say upward?

As night and day come into perfect balance, take a quiet moment to you’re your own balance between big picture VS little picture; me VS other; inner life VS outer; experience VS hope; attachment VS non-attachment. The quarterly Equinox and Solstice charts reveal primary energies for upcoming three months.   (More on this next week, but here are themes to contemplate.)

*Be aware of old anger issues of how you’ve used aggression, either passive, or active. It’s time to see it, and heal it.

*When feeling afraid of the unknown, and the massive changes society faces, be-Virgoesque with daily habits of holding yourself, gathering angel wings about you to feel protected. Find a true friend who will hold your hand, then be that friend.

*Despite pervasive conservativism in the world, move beyond the old ideas, be bold and challenge where you, and others are stuck. Kill old, fixed mindsets with listening and love, and lead the way to greater harmony.

REMEMBER TO HOLD THOSE IN PERIL IN YOUR PRAYERS. FILL YOUR AROUND-THE-WORLD-VISION WITH HEALING LIGHT.

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ON THE MAT: Despite fatigue, stand your mat with the intention to conquer~ a new pose, an old fear, on-going frustrations. This is a great week to break down old barriers, step by small step. Prepare for Libra’s harmonizing balance by using Virgo’s powers of assessment. Don’t be in a rush. Don’t assume you should do a pose in the same old way. Don’t criticize anything you do on the mat! It is a sacred space, there for you to learn to love yourself more.

YOUR BIRTHDAY WEEK: Thanks to Mars squaring Uranus, your birthday year is sure to hold surprises! It also asks you to relinquish and cut away what no longer serves, especially fear! Take some meditation moments to observe your ‘shadow’ or disowned self, then asses how to heal what no longer serves. Do not judge or critique! There is opportunity for greater vision, and a more empowered sense of self! Have at it, save yourself/serve the world!