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 gift of an Eclipse is the unmasking, or release of intensity that brings a breaking point. The Macrocosm is often revealed through energetic release of earthquakes, fires, floods, or violent storms, all of which unleash change.


  • You may want angel wings to master microcosmic Eclipse events, as they often erupt from deep emotion, revealing unseen or unknown aspects of self that we prefer remain unconscious. This personal ‘unmasking’ offers needed information moving us to the next level. Outmoded emotional patterns, ready to die, erupt. It’s disconcerting.  It’s a gift.


  • Mercury, now Retrograde until July 31, offers three weeks of review, and re-consideration of what we’re learning. Hopefully it’s an opportunity to open new eyes to the unmasking. Be observant, not judgmental. Don’t multi-task. Be willing to be awakened.


  • With all we have going on in the heavens, you are sure to be feeling extra sensitive. Take time to nurture and heal. Give your body extra rest, water, and time in nature. It’s imperative. Chiron, the ‘wounded healer’ has just turned Retrograde as well, making its healing/wounding energies urgent.


  • This is the time to prepare for further unmasking and revelation for upcoming Lunar Eclipse on the 16th. This one is a Full Moon-WHAM as it aligns with the powerful Pluto/Saturn duo at the Eclipse point. More on this next week.


IF you are fortunate enough to get slapped around by the Eclipses and become ‘WOKE’ to a part of you that has been asleep, then brava! And lucky YOU!! With Mercury AND Chiron ‘in reverse and extra potent, we have an opportune moment to ‘look homeward angel.’ Step back, allow a break down, or break out. It can be a time of high adventure, IF you are willing to not go to judgment, and IF you are willing to see how you have unconsciously worked and rubbed old childhood wounds that keep you a prisoner. Pay attention to odd moments, strange symbols, casual, overheard conversation. Mercury Retrograde, with its communication glitches, confusion and breakdowns is not always easy, but the planetary firmament is in alignment to support taking the next big step, especially a large heart-step!

Not only are Eclipses, along with Mercury and Chiron Retrograde, opening portals to the past, but as I have written, Saturn and Pluto, aligned with the South Node, encourage review and re-do . It’s a chance to see that some old guidelines are no longer relevant. Often there is unfinished business asking for closure. To put the cherry on top of this Astrological compilation, Venus is involved. As guide and goddess of relationship, self worth, and love, need I tell you that issues of partnering and payment are up front and oh so sensitive! This is to say that if you are not swimming in some murky sea of your childhood, you have an extraordinary family heritage. Not everyone is in the testing and crises zone, but many are, and they could use extra TLC. Pay attention, and listen with your heart. You don’t have to fix others, in fact, they rather you wouldn’t. They simply want to be heard.


YOUR BIRTHDAY WEEK: Dear kind Cancer, with the Saturn/Pluto/South Node power-brokers opposing your Sun sign, 2019 has been rocky…revealing but rocky. The extremes are here to take you to the next level. I wish you could say, “Beam me up Scotty,” and all would be well. But this birthday’s instruction booklet is about ‘funding a deeper sense of balance and well-being, grown from new roots. Not an easy task. Your old family system has changed, which for a Cancer is very difficult. As you gain a greater foothold in the new life, the light expands. This birthday may offer a complete re-birth, a freeing opportunity to be who you have always wished to be, but were fearful of becoming. Have at it! Be all you can be! Celebrate the tears and the loss that free you.

YOUR PRACTICE THIS WEEK: Move onto your mat as a warrior. Take no prisoners, least of all yourself. Fess up to your fears. Move past them. Create balance between non-doing and over-doing. Keep returning to center to re-evaluate and congratulate before you take on the next difficult pose. Listen to the over-drive of goals, and ego desire, then soften and balance with gentle breath-work, and a long, lovely savasana.



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