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

FUEGO! July 23-29


  • We are lion-hearted, fire inspired as we remove our watery-selves from Cancer’s emotional tides. The Sun-filled signature of Leo fills the firmament, emotionally taking us from sensitivity and cuddling to drama, and passion.

We feel the effect of the Leo grouping as these are ‘personal planets,’ in close and directing ‘daily traffic.’ Hopefully, you will feel the ‘fuego’ as inspiration, and a passionate renewal, not melodrama and arrogance- two faces of Leo.

Use the last week of Mercury Retrograde in Cancer to reconsider how you are nurturing self, and others; Where is your sense of safety? What is changing, or needs changing in your family construct? Consider your sense of home?  Is it shifting?  Why and how?

 THE STORY                                                                                                                                              By Friday, Sun, Mars, and Venus are in Leo, affecting daily behavior as these are ‘personal planets,’ in close and directing ‘daily traffic.’ Hopefully, you feel their ‘fuego’ as inspiration, and passionate renewal, not melodrama and arrogance- two faces of Leo.  But there is yet more heat in the heavens as Leo connects to flames of Jupiter in Sagittarius, and Chiron-the wounded healer, in Aires. How can we best use this fiery combust?  As always, it is our choice of the use of energy that creates an inspired passion, OR an arrogant, drama queen?  We have both faces within, waiting to leap out. ‘Leap’ is the correct verb, as fire erupts, it does not hang out for you to decide, so it’s best to think about it now, if at all possible.

What will help pull in the instant impulse to action is the inconjunct of Mars to Saturn.  Inconjuncts are planetary connections that ask for reconsideration, possibly a re-do, in order to proceed with caution.  It’s a psychological linking that often requires an attitude adjustment…..very welcome in this explosive week.  We may also find that Mercury being retrograde all week, until the 31’st at the New Moon in Leo, reinforces reconsiderations before firing off something we then need to apologize for.

It’s a short story this week as I suggest you listen to your own amazing inspiration. Be joyous at the beach, in the mountains, in your backyard. Go out and be lion-hearted, big with love and generosity.  Spend some of that on yourself, remembering to stand in awe of who you are.  Here is a lovely tip from a great Yoga instructor in Chula Vista, Ashley Disharoon, who said, “Think of your bestie, your mate, someone who loves you, and see yourself through their eyes.”

YOUR PRACTICE THIS WEEK:  Despite heading down toward a New Moon on the 31st, it’s not a week to grow quiet, unless you need that silence to balance the roar off the flames.  First, use some that enflamed energy in physically challenging Practices.  Move from what you know into poses that challenge, as fire helps overcome old fears, and holds inspiration to expand.  As always, pay attention to what your body is asking, not what you are demanding of it…which is an all too easy place to go with Leo boldness in full force.  It’s the age old balancing of how much is too much?  Pay extra attention to being present, on the mat, and off.

 YOUR BIRTHDAY FLIGHT INSTRUCTIONS:  Ask how you are spending your relationship-money. Are you connected with those who care for you?  Who tell you the truth?  Who will go the distance?  These are questions you’ve been considering, and will continue to do so this birthday year.  With all the fire surrounding your re-birth, pay attention to how best to be inspired AND inspiring.  It may be a year for risking, for a new creative habit, an unknown direction, a deeper love.  You are impassioned, so pay attention to how that passion can best be grown and nurtured~ Fuego Fortunes!


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JULY 26,  Fri. 10:30-11:30 AM, Martha Graham Technique. Floor work with contraction and release as principle focus

jULY 27, Sat. 8:30 and 10 AM, Multi- level Vinasa-fire inspired classes. All welcome.  The Studio, 1 Edson Rd, Natick. RSVP-

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