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

WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN THE PAST 25 YEARS?   Dec. 12-18

 THEMES

  • The New Moon of 12/7 set the table, now it’s time to sit, eat, share what we’ve learned, what we know, and decide on desert.

We will be prodded into choosing weird combinations, as well as enjoying the comfort of harmonizing tastes. Uranus, god of the higher mind, chaos, and sudden change, is in an uncomfortable semi-square with Neptune, god of the spiritual seas, oneness, loss and chaos. Think anchovies with eggs.

Wed. and Thurs., take advantage of the delicious taste between Moon and Sun in sextile. They’re offering opportunity to see our ‘tablescape’ as expansive, cohesive, and well constructed. This appetizing energy supports efforts to be WOKE, which is what the connection between Neptune and Uranus asks of us.

 THE STORY

Last week’s story, under the dark radar of the New Moon, we pushed out a birth crying for greater consciousness. This is a difficult, complex and hungry babe, born with capacity to move beyond old patterns. It’s story continues to grow this week as the transpersonal planets, Uranus and Neptune, push and prod one another through another of their 45 degree semi-square of irritation frustration and challenge. Think fire and water, and you have steam. This is the fourth of five passes these two will make, (between mid 2017 and May 2019) so we are familiar with the flavors of this provocative territory, where the push is to transcend old blocks, move beyond self imposed limitations, and discover a deeper purpose to life…..yet once again! Polish the silver! Sharpen that knife!

The gift of pain is growth. The gift of wishing life were different is making something different happen. The gift of hunger is appreciation when sated. Transpersonal energies are easier to observe with societal settings, but they also operate within us, usually below the level of consciousness. They turn up the heat so that eventually our feet burn and we start dancing on the table. We can either dance along in a foxtrot or get tangled up in an erratic, deceptive tango. Depends on how woke we’ve grown. Uranus and Neptune began their dance back in the early 1990’s, when they joined to give birth to a new cycle of consciousness, baptizing the world with an upgraded cycle of confusing parameters, and requests to move beyond the known. For many, it was an exciting exploratory time of delving into healing practices, death and dying workshops, fire walking, shamanism, subtle body study, and working with light. You see the resurfacing of many of these modalities in areas not opened before.

In some respects, it’s easier not to wake up, to not sit at the table of weird tastes, and odd company. But the chaotic fall-out is far greater when the bill comes due. You have to grow conscious at some point, and this is a good one! Others are waiting on you, especially those that have taken the ‘Bodhisattva Vow.’ This makes the delay more of a moral dilemma, as who wants to keep a Buddha waiting? Many of you know, the vow, taken by Mahayana Buddhists, and others, is to free the world of suffering. With the cultivation of spirit, empathy and moral wisdom, the Bodhisattva place themselves in the service of others, until all sentient beings become conscious, and wish to join the large golden table of love.

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YOUR BIRTHDAY WEEK: This may be a birthday where you are invited to a gilded table laden with delicious choice. The difficulty may lie in asking what you have to surrender in order to eat something new. How much do you wish to expand and move beyond the definition you have given yourself? What beliefs can tumble out of your brain in order for the body to commune more strongly with it? I hope you will give yourself opportunity to take a meaningful trip, perhaps in early spring, that offers a time out of quiet joy. Yes, you are being pushed toward greater consciousness, but you’ve wanted this all along! Happy Trails!!

YOUR PRACTICE: Move the body from New Moon-Yin toward Full Moon-Yang. The ‘First Quarter Phase,’ Sat. 15, is always a goad to build muscle- “Mas Chaturanga!” Pay attention to sequencing! Pull inner birth created, at New Moon, out into viable action. A kryia of challenge: Move from Child’s Pose to Dolphin, to Down Dog, (no shoulder work, please!) jump to Uttkatasana, twist right, lift left leg, extend back, hold, then lower foot, open arms, and windmill arms into Vira II, pull right arm back in Dancing Warrior, windmill arms over to plank, Vinyasa! Mas Chaturanga! Repeat right and left then do it again. The beginnings of a nice heat.

 

 

NOVEMBER~DECEMBER EVENTS & SCHEDULING

 DEC. 10, 9:00-1:-00 pm, Advanced Techniques, The studio at One Edson, Natick. Subtle body meets physical body to support a strong practice.This seminar continues Pranayama techniques, layering a Practice to the emotional body via chakras, mudras & mantra. Working anatomy of hip and spine. CEU hours available. RSVP samcatcam@gmail.com

 DEC. 12, 5:15 & 7 pm Wed. classes at Laughing Dog, Wellesley MA. New Moon moves of inner assessment, and Mercurial information connect to emotional understanding. Outer structures support soft inner journey.

 DEC.13, 8:30-9:30 AM Mat Pilates, The NEW Studio at one Edson, Natick. We howl happiness at the end to be wonderfully stretched, strengthened and formidable! $15.00

 DEC. 15 Saturday, There is only a single, 9 AM class, taught by the new 200 hour instructors of Daily Breath Yoga School. The class is full this week, but you can contemplate coming next week, 12/22, when both 8:30 & 10 AM will be in session. NEW Studio ~one Edson rd, Natick, MA. samcatcam@gmail.com

 DEC. 16, New Class/New Studio~Sunday Serenade! An invitation to those needing peace, surrender, and spacious awareness. Restorative poses, long stretches, and Nidra offer the body lush self care. Closure of short meditation/ Yoga Nidra. Grow Emotional Intelligence, relinquish stress, grow a ‘beautiful body electric. $15.00

 * Interested in a 2019 overview of energetic patterns? I will be offering a workshop end of Dec. Eyes on upcoming calendar.

 Jan. 6  4th, 4-6 pm ‘Sunday Salon’ .Allan Cameron leads those interested in journeys of discovery and questioning. Free to those who listen well , and offer heart-felt wisdom. RSVP alcatcam@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