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

STORY TELLING May 13-22

THEMES 

The week ends under a dark, Scorpio-Taurus Full Moon, the 18th. We have grown from the Taurus New Moon of the 4th (fixed earth,) through the First Quarter Moon in Leo (fixed fire,) to imploding under Scorpio’s Full Moon (fixed water.) The New Moon planted roots of strong, simple directness in order to find support us finding our way through the hidden world of deep emotion, subterfuge, and strong loyalties. And we are all stubborn (fixed) about all of it!

What might be secretive will be shared as the Sun is hand-holding Mercury, the gabby-one….revelation and surprises, of past and present, abound.

We need to attend both the physical and the emotional, and with conscious intention, ask them to shepherd one another through high drama and a sensitive psyche.

THE STORY

The story may be a secret worth knowing, or telling. If it’s not, keep it close. Forbidden, and or hidden information may come to light which supports understanding the next step. The Full Moon may reveal where we need to delve into and discover answers that have eluded, or work with visions that are manifesting differently than we first intended. This emotional Moon struggles with power and control issues. In sextile to its ruler, Pluto, opportunities are offered to work with and transform old emotional blocks, perhaps transforming wounds to the feminine archetypes.

The Moon is also in a Quincunx relationship with co-ruler, Mars, which asks we make ‘adjustments,’ step back and re-address an issue, especially when feeling a lack of power, or an inability to speak up. Mars in watery Cancer struggles with being able to execute with its usual directness. Navigating honest, succinct conversations may require preparation. Think before speaking! Not only because of a stressed, emotional Moon, but Mercury is ‘combust.’ It is burned by the Sun, as it stands too close. Yes, use calm caution in sharing your stories, and question to ask if what you hear is reliable.

The seed intentions planted at the New Moon are faced with complications. Visions and intention need extra care and attention this week. The energies can support creative potential, and open-hearted generosity, but be aware of pitfalls such as over-analyzing, of allowing frustrations stall the process, of getting too emotional in the wrong situation, of making simple concepts too complicated, or letting plans become derailed in too many details. Use the strong Pluto energies not to sting yourself, – but to take the next transformational step-as the eagle. (Both scorpion and eagle represent the low and high aspects of Scorpio.)

YOUR BIRTHDAY WEEK:   As the Full Moon powers your birthday year, partnerships, of all kinds, will draw your attention. You will deal with power and control- from the mundane to the deep tissue of your body. As a Taurus, comfort and safety are primary. Change is NOT comfortable. Beauty and creative alignment are much appreciated. You may be out of your comfort zone as you are challenged to make deep changes within and without. You are learning about the true face of power, with Self, primarily. You may be surprised to see new creative projects gain greater clarity and energy as you choose to risk. Indeed it is a year that provokes risk, and self-assessment. Each day, learn to appreciate the story you are telling about yourself.

YOUR PRACTICE THIS WEEK: The body is building to a divine Yang surge this weekend. We are working with physical muscle AND psychic muscle. When aligned, we are a force to be reckoned with. Your primary tool is intention; the secondary is listening to how far you can go; third, asking, “Should I go there?” When we are pushed by over zealous energies, and emotions are provoked, we over-do, which prevents the divine of anything. The more Yang the turbulence, the more Yin the mind must become. It is the still pool forming intention that is then carried out by ecstatic muscle.

MAY EVENTS & SCHEDULING

 May 15, Wed. 5:15 & 7 PM. We will create a strong vessel to hold the intensity of the Full Moon. We will integrate body and emotion with conscious conduits from breath, asana, mudra, and sequencing. Laughing Dog Yoga, Wellesley.

May 16, Thurs. 8:30-9:30 AM Pilates Mat, We always howl happiness at the end to be stretched, strengthened and formidable! The Studio, 1 Edson Rd.,

May 17, Fri. 10:30-11:30 AM, Graham Technique. Learn how to really lift your bandhas, and put core strength into movement. There is nothing like an hour of Graham to learn to wind, re-wind, release and balance. samcatcam@gmail.com   The Studio, 1 Edson Rd, Natick.

May 18, Sat. 8:30 and 10 AM Full-Moon-Zoom, straight to the heart of the deep-matter we go. Expect a physically Taurus, with Scorpio Moon Yang intensity.   The Studio, 1 Edson Rd, Natick.

I THANK ALL THE EXTRAORDINRY PARTICIPANTS OF EYE OF THE HEART WORKSHOP. INDEED WE ARE TRANSFORMING THE WORLD ONE DANCE, ONE HEART, ONE SHAKTI GODDESS AT A TIME.

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