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

MIND POWERED BY HEART     Feb 4-12

 THEMES

·      The Aquarian New Moon offers opportunity to open to new POV’s, which synthesize insight with willing muscle to ignite imagination. Take advantage!

·      Listen to the strong impulse to re-align subtle body circuitry.  Bathe the over-stimulated nervous system in long, slow breath and warm baths.

·      The Aires master and commander impulse is a strong polarity to Capricorn’s methodology and security platform. Discover ways and means for these counterpoint energies to support one another.

·      February rituals include Imbolc, marking mid-winter, Candlemas, Groundhog Day on the 2nd. The Aquarian New Moon on the 4th. And Chinese New Year of the Earth-Pig on the 5th. .  Just in case you needed an excuse to celebrate.

THE STORY                                                                                                                                Because Mercury nestles into this New Moon, and manifests well in Aquarius, pay attention to thought process.  Are you caught in old vernaculars? Are you reaching out to others? Are your visions outside the box? As observer, do you see judgement influencing your perception?  Can you track the trajectory of ideas and thoughts creating your life?  Can you see how your version of reality shapes and affects others?

Aquarius is about peer-ship, chaotic destruction, the collective, the unique mind, the tribe, and futuristic ideals of a humanitarian community.  Uranus, ruler of Aquarius, is the higher octave of Mercury, expanding Mercury’s ideas into Aquarian transcultural ideals. To move us toward greater possibility, we are struggling with shadow issues of resentment, and reaction, rather than a listening response.  We are pushed toward darker expression by Mars squaring Pluto, and opposing Uranus. We always have choice.  Between Feb. 1-12, you can channel these potent energies into streams of strategic creativity.   Pay attention to what triggers you, take a deep breath, and stop before the finger pulls the trigger.

In Northern climes, February often feels like a month to survive, rather than thrive.  Find an excuse, see above, to celebrate what is germinating, perhaps waiting to ‘bloom’ at the Spring Equinox, in six weeks’ time.  The Chinese New Year of the Pig/Boar is a receptive, yin energy, nurturing stability and community.  It is the 12th and last sign of their zodiac, and as such holds a sense of completion, and realization.  Ask, what am I prepared to give up? What is ready to harvest? How might I share that harvest?

The truth is, we can make any day sacred. The only excuse needed is- intention.  We can fill any celebration with ritual and meaning, like each day taking a moment to be born anew.  It requires nothing more than a conscious awareness, a passion to be present.  At this pivotal time, be passionate about your ideas.  They are growing and connecting to others in unseen ways.  More important than ideas, is the heart behind them.  We live lives of desperate loneliness when the mind is not ruled by the heart.

YOUR BIRTHDAY WEEK:   Some of you lucky Aquarians will resonate to the abundant expansion of Jupiter’s opportunistic support this year.  Others may find it too much, too pushy, too scary.  Re-think your fears.  Step out beyond the known, for his week’s Aquarians are invited to take a bigger leap of faith, and stretch beyond old structures.  As you open the pages of this year’s journal, listen to angelic whispers and write the story of a great new adventure!      ( Email- samcatcam@gmail.com to discover details of your upcoming saga.)

YOUR PRACTICE THIS WEEK:  Flowing out from under the New Moon, we move with a quiet determination that at the beginnings of the week, easily connects to spirit and imagination. At the end of the week, serious muscle shows up to push us around if we’re not attentive.  Either way, when we can synthesize the enthusiasm and quirky ideas of the Aquarian New Moon, life blooms with amazing resonance!  Spirit needs will to be put to action. Creativity needs persistence to grow.  We have the both/and conundrums again this week, making the mat a perfect petri dish for ‘practicing’ our use of deeper realms within.

FEBRUARY-MARCH EVENTS & SCHEDULING

 NB  This week’s classes are my last until March 4, as I will be workshops across Spain on the Emotional Intelligence embodied in Shakti Yoga Dances.  shaktidances.com  Who knows who I will be upon returning.  It’s an inspiring week, and I am filled with fires of enthusiasm.  Come burn with me!

 

FEB. 6, Wed.  5:15 & 7 pm classes at Laughing Dog Yoga, Wellesley.  Flowing out from under the New Moon, we move with a quiet determination that connects to spirit and imagination.  If we can synthesize the enthusiasm and quirky ideas of the Aquarian New Moon, life blooms with amazing resonance!

(Beginning 2/13, to 2/20, and 27th, classes will be subbed by the lovely Cory Halaby at 5:15,  and Elgar Pichler with his depth charge at 7 PM.)

 FEB, 3, Thurs.  8:30-9:30 AM Pilates Mat, The Studio, 1 Edson Rd., Natick.  We howl happiness at the end to be stretched, strengthened and formidable!

FEB. 8, Fri. 10:30-11:30 AM, Graham Technique. samcatcam@gmail.com

FEB. 9, Sat., 8:30 & 10 am The Studio, 1 Edson Rd, Natick.  Saturday’s Aires Moon say’s “time to lead!”  We take what we’ve learned and courageously decide! Poses will blend counterpoint energies to support a new sense of will and power.  We synthesize enthusiasm and unique ideas off the Aquarian New Moon so that life blooms with amazing resonance!  samcatcam@gmail.com  

(Elgar Pichler will be teaching a wonderful 9 AM class 2/16, 23, and 3/2)

FEB. 10,  Sun., 4-5:15 pm, Sunday Serenade is a Restorative, stretchy, meditative time-out, offering lush self-care, and space to grow Emotional Intelligence.

MARCH 10,  Sun.  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. 1 Edson rd, Natick, MA

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