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



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 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 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.


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