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

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