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

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!


JULY 24, Wed.  5:15 and 7 PM All Level Classes. Time to celebrate the heart of our Yoga at Laughing Dog Yoga.

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- samcatcam@gmail.com

JULY 29, Mon.  8:00-9:00 AM Pilates Mat-All are welcome to strengthen, stretch and grow formidable! The Studio, 1 Edson Rd., Natick

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